Microsoft's hover gestures for Windows phones are magnificent
Microsoft had been planning to introduce a unique 3D Touch feature with a flagship Windows phone back in 2014. While the device was canceled, the work behind Microsoft's Kinect-like gestures lives...
'SkinTrack' Turns Your Arm Into a Touch Screen
Carnegie Mellon researchers introduced a solution that turns your arm and hand into an extended touch screen.
How to Bet on the 2016 Kentucky Derby Online
Saturday marks the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, here's how to place your bet even if you're miles away.
Apple is letting you create shareable Mother's Day videos for Facebook
Mother's Day is coming up in the US, so brands are busy shifting their marketing to family love. Apple's tactic: a website to let users create Mother's Day
I can't wait to try this flexible, holographic smartphone
The team behind the Android 5.1-based Holoflex says the phone can render 3D images with stereoscopy, so anything on screen looks like a hologram.
Google not embarrassed to self-drive Fiat Chrysler minivan
Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have announced a partnership aimed at bringing more cars into the search giant's autonomous fleet.
Radiohead's new album is coming out on May 8th
Radiohead's new album doesn't have a title yet, but it finally has a release date: May 8th. The band confirmed on Twitter that it's releasing its first LP since 2011's The King of Limbs and...
“Sesame Street” makers launch Sesame Studios YouTube channel
The idea of the channel, executives told NPR, is to allow the production company to create content more quickly and to r
7 new trailers you should watch this week
This week may have included Star Wars Day, but Star Wars is being totally overshadowed by another juggernaut — Captain America: Civil War, which comes out today and has been getting all-around...
Watch Amazon's Alexa summon a Tesla Model S out of a garage
If you own a Tesla Model S or Model X you've been able to summon your all-electric car for nearly six months now, but one developer has created an even cooler way with Amazon's Echo. Using an...
These 4 charts from Y Combinator show where tech is headed
Renowned startup incubator Y Combinator and the Priceonomics Data Studio analyzed eight years of incubator applications
Justin Timberlake’s New Single Is Kind of About Trolls?
No, not THOSE kinds of trolls. But, whatever—it's a new Justin Timberlake tune! We'll take it.
Since 2000, fracking’s gone from a tiny percent to two-thirds of natural gas production in U.S.
That's a huge increase from 2000 when fracking accounted for just a small percentage of the total, according to a new re
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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
"If you’re willing to meet me halfway and challenge yourself…you’ve got the power to change your life."
Autistic people are not failed versions of “normal.”
Just a couple of blocks from where we’re sitting on this overcast morning in New York City, at Bellevue Hospital, more than 850 children were diagnosed with “childhood schizophrenia” in just a few years in the 1950s. Now we know that schizophrenia is in fact very rare in childhood, and that most of these children were on what we now call the autism spectrum. At least two generations of autistic people lived and died in institutions, where they were subjected to brutal experimental treatments and thought to be incapable of learning. In Nazi Germany, people with autism and other disabilities were murdered by the thousands, in a practice run for the Holocaust against the Jews. Even today, in countries where autism is not well understood, autistic people are treated like animals, locked in attics and chained in basements.
10 ways to have a better conversation
When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."
SpaceX successfully lands its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship again
Perfecting these sea landings is an important step for SpaceX, especially since the company hopes to land and reuse as many Falcon 9 rockets as possible. SpaceX has said that somewhere between half and two-thirds of its launches will need to be at sea, but if it keeps successfully landing rockets, it's going to need somewhere bigger to put them — ironically, its hangar is running out of space .
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GTA Online Weekly Updates - GTA 5 Wiki Guide - IGN
GTA 5 and Grand Theft Auto Online regularly roll out special Double Cash and double RP rewards and weekly discounts. This week is no exception, with special double cash and RP rewards in Freemode time trials. New weekly GTA Online rewards are listed here, along with discounts for the week of May 7-13.
The Wall Street Apocalypse Is Now
Hate to say it, but the weather report for Wall Street employment is sounding eerily similar for both the buy and sell sides, at least according to the financial meteorologists who appeared before open microphones this week. Of course, predictions like these are nothing new, but they seemed to reach a climax this week amid a busy conference schedule and more casualty reports from the wicked game of dodgeball being played on the hedge-fund killing fields .
Another Important Game of Thrones Character Is Coming Back and It's Not Who You Think
Two episodes in and it’s already been a good year for the good guys on G ame of Thrones. Sansa finally met up with Brienne. Tyrion made some dragon friends. And, well, something happened with that Snow guy, too. Now, Arya Stark has confirmed some more good news.
In search of a healthy gut, one man turned to an extreme DIY fecal transplant
Human feces floated in saline solution in a mortar, on a marbled countertop, in a dimly lit kitchen in Burlingame, California. A bottle of ethyl alcohol, an electronic scale, test tubes, and a stack of well-worn pots and pans lay nearby. The stove light illuminated the area as Josiah Zayner crushed the shit with a pestle, creating a brownish-yellow sludge. "I think I can feel something hard in there," he said, laughing. It was probably vegetables — "the body doesn’t break them down all the way."
Warner Music's streaming revenue hits milestone
"We are now the first major music company to report that streaming is the largest source of revenue in our recorded music business, surpassing our revenue from physical formats," CEO Stephen Cooper said in a statement announcing the company's second-quarter earnings. "And this new milestone comes only four quarters after our streaming revenue first topped our download revenue."
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Did Apple Music delete these music libraries, or was it user error?
It’s true that iTunes scans your music library, trying to match your files with music on Apple Music and the iTunes Store, when you use iTunes Match or the iCloud Music Library. When a song is matched, a record of that file is stored in the cloud, and unmatched music is uploaded. If your music was in a format that wasn’t AAC, this uploaded music is converted to 256 kbps AAC, according to McElhearn.
Apple Music's new student membership includes a 50 percent discount
Apple Music might be getting a complete overhaul next month alongside a fresh marketing blitz, but that's not stopping Apple from trying to tempt more consumers over to the service in the meantime. Apple is launching an Apple Music student plan today that discounts the subscription service by a massive 50 percent. If you're part of an eligible college of university then you'll get to pay $4.99 per month instead of $9.99.
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Lawsuit challenging Facebook’s facial recognition system moves forward
Today's decision focused on the question of whether the Illinois law is applicable to Facebook, one of the major legal hurdles facing the plaintiffs. Facebook's Terms of Service maintains that the the company is only bound by California and federal laws, and the company had moved to dismiss the case on those grounds. But today, the judge ruled that the terms-of-service clause isn't sufficient to nullify the Illinois law. As a result, the plaintiffs have a valid claim under the Illinois biometrics law and the case can proceed.
Apple’s Tim Cook to visit China for government meetings
BEIJING (Reuters) – Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, at a time when it is facing some setbacks in its most important overseas market, a source familiar with the matter said.
Alden Ehrenreich Has Been Cast As the Young Han Solo
The rumors are true . Alden Ehrenreich, who made a name for himself earlier this year in the Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar , has been cast as the young Han Solo in the 2018 Star Wars story directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Apple is poised to kill its 'Connect' social network for music
The report says that Connect's not dead, but its hard not to see parallels with iTunes Ping , Apple's last attempt at a social network, launched in 2010. It failed to gain traction and was killed two years later. "We tried Ping and the customer voted and said, this isn't something I want to put a lot of energy into. Some customers love it, but there's not a huge number that do," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in 2012 .
Apple begins offering half-price $4.99 Apple Music subscriptions for students
Starting today, students enrolled in an eligible college or university will today be able to subscribe to Apple Music at a discounted price, as Apple is offering half off the standard subscription rate for its streaming music service.
ICYMI: VR manipulation and drone delivery for 3D tissue
ICYMI: VR manipulation and drone delivery for 3D tissue
Building AI Is Hard—So Facebook Is Building AI That Builds AI
Mehanna and Facebook want to accelerate this. The company plans to eventually open source Flow, sharing it with the world at large, and according to Mehanna, outfits like LinkedIn, Uber, and Twitter are already interested in using it. Mehanna and team have also built a tool called AutoML that can remove even more of the burden from human engineers. Running atop Flow, AutoML can automatically “clean” the data needed to train neural networks and other machine learning algorithms—prepare it for testing without any human intervention—and Mehanna envisions a version that could even gather the data on its own. But more intriguingly, AutoML uses artificial intelligence to help build artificial intelligence.
Finally, a Mouse and Keyboard You Can Comfortably Use on the Couch
While a lot of televisions rattle off specs to make them appealing for PC gaming, and a lot of PC manufacturers shrink down their systems so they’ll fit in your media center, there’s still been one major issue with the concept of PC gaming from your couch.
Product Review: A Form of Beer Concentrate Lets You Whip Up Brewskis in the Bush
During that process, sugar in the wort feeds the yeast, and the yeast creates alcohol. Too high a percentage of alcohol causes the yeast to slow down and eventually stop. To create the beer syrup, Pat’s uses a proprietary technique it calls “nested fermentation,” where the brewers continually add sugars and remove alcohol. It makes for some very happy yeast. Using Pat’s method, the brewers add the alcohol back to the mixture at the end of the process. It yields a syrup with close to 50 percent alcohol by volume, which Pat’s refers to as a 10:1 concentrate. Combine the syrup, water, and carbonate, and a glass of the resulting concoction has a similar flavor and percentage of alcohol to “normal” beer.
Toshiba nominates new CEO in bid to put accounting scandal behind it
TOKYO Japan's Toshiba Corp ( 6502.T ) said it had nominated Satoshi Tsunakawa, a former head of its medical equipment division, to be its next chief executive officer - a move that it hopes will draw a line under a damaging accounting scandal.
Captain America: Civil War Is the Fantastic Avengers Movie Age of Ultron Should Have Been
The movie rights the ship from those minor gripes pretty quickly, though. Once the Captain America/Winter Solider story comes to a head, Civil War shoots off like a bat out of hell. Action scenes lead to interesting interactions, which lead to character introductions, which lead to hilarious asides and then back into the action, all of which never lose sight of the larger mystery. Using the huge cache of characters new and old, the Russos do a masterful job of presenting the audience with different tones and ideas. Each character gives the film their own thematic or philosophical depth. For example, the Vision (Paul Bettany) still doesn’t quite know how to function with his friends and humanity as a whole. Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman in his MCU debut) is stoic and intense after the tragic death of his father, representing a very specific point of view that links many of the stories. Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man comes in and slays with the same kind of fanboy appreciation the audience has. The list goes on and on.
Facebook loses round one in privacy fight over photo tagging feature
A federal judge yesterday rejected Facebook’s request to throw out a lawsuit that alleges the company “secretly amassed the world’s largest privately held database of consumer biometric data.”
'Boaty McBoatface' polar ship named after Attenborough - BBC News
The UK's new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, despite the title "Boaty McBoatface" previously topping a public vote.
Exclusive: Apple's Tim Cook to visit China for government meetings - source
BEIJING Apple Inc ( AAPL.O ) Chief Executive Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, at a time when it is facing some setbacks in its most important overseas market, a source familiar with the matter said.
Scientists Have an Insane Plan to Stop These Rhinos From Going Extinct
In a lush conservation park in central Kenya, the world’s last three northern white rhinos are unable to breed. When they die, the subspecies will go extinct. That is unless a complex, controversial plan involving tissue cryobanks and test tube embryos can actually work.
DT Giveaway: LG G5
Do you want to own an LG G5 ? As the first mainstream modular phone ever made, it’s one of the most innovative, adventurous, and exciting devices we’ve seen in 2016. We’ve been using it for the past few weeks, and it’s everything we hoped it would be. Now, we’re giving away not one, but two LG G5 smartphones.
Evernote for Android Adds Annotations, Automatically Detects Note Types
Android: Evernote’s added a few new tricks for users who are into scanning notes. Now, the app can automatically detect things like business cards and post-it notes. You can also add annotations to pictures you take.
West Ham United signs its first FIFA eSports pro
The FIFA video game franchise has grown into a hotly contested eSports discipline. Just like League of Legends , Dota 2 or Counter-Strike , players travel around the world to compete for coveted titles and cash prizes. Now, FIFA professional Sean "Dragonn" Allen has been signed by a legitimate football (or "soccer," as my American colleagues like to call it) club -- West Ham United, the same team that has Dimitri Payet and Cheikhou Kouyate among its ranks. Of course, Allen won't be competing in the Premier League -- he'll be representing the club at FIFA tournaments instead.
Apple's home town is pretty pissed off that it 'abuses' its position
Unfortunately, the city mayor Barry Chang told The Guardian that it’s exactly the same for him too and that the company wields too much power over the city as a whole. In one example, Chang says he needed just one vote from another councillor to put a plan into action to get Apple to pay $100 million towards improving city infrastructure, as it’s building a huge new ‘spaceship’ campus.
How Pinterest Can Help Boost Your Brand [Infographic]
Pinterest is working hard to establish the platform’s place in the eCommerce chain. Late last year, TechCrunch reported that the image-based network is aiming to be generating $2.8 billion in revenue by 2018 – which is quite a jump, considering Pinterest’s forecast result for 2015 was only $169 million.
7 Twitter Marketing Mistakes You Should Never Make
Plus, your brand doesn't need to be aligned with rudeness or bad unprofessional behavior because no one wants to do business with a company that thinks it's okay to treat others this way. The old adage that says, "If you can't think of anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all," holds true here. There are those on Twitter that are there to try to engage you in this bad behavior - so recognize what they are doing, ignore them, and focus on positive things to say to others.
This white horse holds the key to two major 'Game of Thrones' fan theories
In episode two, Bran watches as a young Lyanna Stark — Ned's sister, who apparently goes on to die in her brother's arms after being kidnapped and raped by Rhaeger Targaryen — rides into the Winterfell courtyard on a white horse. She is met by a young (and significantly more talkative) Hodor, who it turns out was once called Wylis.
5 Things Really Successful People Never Think
It's all too easy to think this, and it isn't true, Ross says. Combat this depressing thought by making a list of things in both your work life and personal life that you've accomplished in the past day, month, or year, he advises. "Big ones. Small ones. Tiny ones. Anything you can think of," he says. "This is a way to focus on yourself rather than others." Or -- even better -- instead of listing your accomplishments yourself, go talk to your friends or customers and ask them the most impressive or important thing they've seen you do. Ask them what they see as your strengths . The answers may please and surprise you.
Google's AI engine is reading 2,865 romance novels to be more conversational
The next time someone throws you shade for pulling out a steamy romance novel on the train or bus, just tell them that it's okay, because Google's doing it, too. For the past few months, Google has been feeding 2,865 romance novels into an artificial intelligence engine to help loosen it up — linguistically at least, BuzzFeed reports .
How Android gets to 100% market share
Android already commands over 80 percent of the mobile OS market share globally, and just under 60 percent in the US. But you wouldn’t know it here in Silicon Valley — almost everyone I know has an iPhone. As the consumer technology landscape evolves over the next five years however, there are a number of reasons to believe that Android, and the Google stack more broadly, could take an even greater share and become the platform of choice, even here.
Tim Cook is heading to China as pressure on Apple increases
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New Android One devices are on the way
There is [now] freedom to choose components is now around for OEMs. The decision to procure the components to build the device is still very much taken by the OEM, as they decide everything in terms of specification, pricing, and when to launch. We work around the software elements such as bringing services and Android as a platform OS on to those devices.
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Mesmerizing Animation Shows Which Countries Sent the Most Immigrants to the US Since 1820
Immigration is a hot topic in the United States right now, thanks in part to a rather blustery presidential candidate. But as this animated map created by Metrocosm reminds us, migrants have been a defining aspect of the U.S. for centuries.
$30K replica of you is the perfect Mother's Day gift from garbage sons
In collaboration with Alabama-based 3D-printing company SWIGRO , the deal includes travel to the headquarters to create your body’s blueprint and framework, and free shipping within the United States. It won’t likely arrive in time for actual Mother’s Day (this Sunday, May 8) but if you’re seriously considering getting this as a gift for the lady who raised you, we’re guessing it doesn’t matter when mom’s day is .
Apple Music doesn’t delete your music files
I don’t know exactly what happened to this user. I contacted him by email trying to get more information, and he told me that he no longer uses Apple Music, so he really can’t help elucidate the issue. There are a few hypotheses circulating about what may have happened, and none of them make total sense. Something deleted his music files—including music he composed—and it’s hard to figure out what was responsible. But it wasn’t Apple Music, and Apple certainly did not “steal” his music.
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Your Next Phone Might Have a Holographic Glasses-Free 3D Display
The device starts with a 1920 x 1080 resolution OLED touchscreen display, but images are displayed as an array of 12-pixel wide circles. When viewed through a special 3D-printed overlay that’s covered in 16,000 tiny fisheye lenses, those images appear to pop-off the screen. And as the phone is angled and moved around, 3D objects can be viewed from almost any angle.