A bunch of random animals are just chilling at UK polling stations
#dogsatpollingstations became a meme during the general election, but people brought all kinds of animals to vote with them.
Imagine this insanely fast drone hunting you down
Let me be honest and say that after watching this video, I was not convinced it was real. It starts out with a fairly mundane-looking drone hovering innocently enough. And then with a sound like a...
This speaker lights on fire (and it's supposed to)
Your Sonos setup is pretty handy, what with its wireless audio and all that, but you know what it's missing? A mothereffin' open flame that bounces along
Ed Helms brings back the Griswold family road trip in 'Vacation' trailer
A continuation of Chevy Chase's 'National Lampoon's Vacation' franchise, starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate.
Playful baby foxes find a dog's toy ball
A pair of little baby foxes had a blast when they discovered a tennis ball in someone's backyard.
7 of the most memorable and touching stories from Big Bird's AMA
Carroll Spinney, the man behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, shared some amazing stories and experiences during his AMA on Reddit today.
Watch John Oliver Explore Insanity of Standardized Testing
"Something is wrong with our system when we just assume a certain number of kids will vomit," 'Last Week Tonight' host says. "Tests are supposed to be assessments of skills, not a rap battle on '8 Mile' road"
Cleveland Cavaliers foul out with ad that parodies domestic violence
Why is it so hard for sports teams to grasp the problem of violence against women?
Impressionist recasts 'Lord of the Rings' with celebrity perfection
Impressionist show what would happen if the world greatest celebrities tried to form a fellowship and destroy the ring.
As the Apple Watch goes, so does the smartwatch market
Overall, smartwatch shipments will hit 101 million units by 2020, up from 3.6 million units in 2014, the report said. The Apple Watch and the Android Wear smartwatches will benefit from their respective app ecosystems, while smartwatch vendors that use other OSes will over time struggle to attract the attention of app developers and their sales will consequently suffer, according to IHS.
Nintendo turns profitable for first time in four years
Earlier on Thursday, Nintendo said it booked operating profit of 24.8 billion yen for the year ended March 31, turning into the black for the first time in four years due to the lower cost of sales.
Chinese authorities visit Uber's Chengdu office
The visit is the second made by authorities to Uber's China offices in the last week. The official Xinhua news agency said on Friday Guangzhou authorities raided Uber's office there on suspicion of an "unlicensed operation".
Alibaba names new chief executive after posting 45pc revenue rise
Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant and the world's largest retailer,
promotes chief operating officer Daniel Zhang to the top job
9 programming languages and the women who created them
Software development has a well-known reputation for being a male-dominated world. But, despite this, women have made many important and lasting contributions to programming throughout the decades. One area, in particular, where many women have left a mark is in the development of programming languages. Numerous pioneering women have designed and developed the languages programmers use to give computers instructions, starting in the days of mainframes and machine code, through assemblers and into higher level modern day languages. Use the arrows above to read the stories behind 9 programming languages that have had a significant impact over the years and the women who created them.
Cops claim their cell phones were illegally searched (by other cops) - CNET
Now, however, as NJ.com reports , the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association is suing the Port Authority, the force that patrols the bridges and tunnels between New York and New Jersey, and accusing the investigators from the Inspector General's office of having illegally forced the rookie cops to hand over their cell phones.
Apple Watch Chief Jeff Williams to Speak at Code
But few know that two years ago Cook tapped him to also manage the development of the Apple Watch, the first new product category the tech giant has entered in five years. Williams is also the one driving the company’s health initiatives, including ResearchKit, Apple’s effort to bolster medical and health research.
Your Creative Calendar: 73 Things To Do, See, And Hear This May
It's time to mourn Arnold Schwarzenegger's zombie daughter (and David Letterman), get serenaded by Best Coast, and read Ronda Rousey this May.
“Who’s Viewed Your Posts?” LinkedIn Adds Analytics To Its Publishing Platform
LinkedIn adding analytics tools is significant for a few reasons. The first and probably biggest is that it is a sign of how the company is looking for ways of driving more content to be published on its site. Knowing that it’s largely catering to a crowd of people who are already adept at using LinkedIn, adding tools that they are already familiar with seems like a no-brainer, and probably something many of those authors were already demanding.
Why Your Tweet about How People are Voting Might be Illegal
The legislation is hot on how the media should handle reporting on election day – basically, keep quiet about it until the polls are closed – but, as the cliche runs, we’re all publishers now on social media.
Expect St. Paul broadband service to speed up by 2016
All we know for sure: Broadband service that hits or exceeds the increasingly common threshold of 1 gigabit per second will eventually become the norm here, possibly as soon as 2016.
Uber bids for Nokia's mapping service: NYT
The logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street is seen in this photo illustration taken in Madrid on December 10, 2014.
I'm an MIT computer scientist and recent TED speaker who can hear your conversations by watching a potato-chip bag. AMA! • /r/IAmA
When I was in high school I went to a professor at the Johns Hopkins computer graphics lab and asked if I could work there as part of a research program I was taking through the Baltimore Ingenuity Project. He said yes, which was super awesome (thanks Jon Cohen!). I started teaching myself to program out of a book, and nagged whoever was around with questions. There was a lot of freedom, which led to a lot of productive play. I would learn a programming or graphics concept and think "what cool thing can I do with this?" It led to a lot of little text based games and screensavers, but more importantly, it was a good environment to foster curiosity :-p
Apple Watch dominates competition in Consumer Reports test | Cult of Mac
We’ve already seen the Apple Watch’s durability get tested in some pretty extreme ways. Now Consumer Reports is weighing in with tests of its own and Apple Watch dominated the smartwatch competition.
How to change the name of your Apple Watch - CNET
Just like you can with any other iOS device, you can give your watch a name of its own.
Tesla's Elon Musk welcomes an Apple car
He also says Tesla, which is based in the Silicon Valley base of Palo Alto, hasn’t lost a lot of engineers to Apple, which is based in nearby Cupertino. Tesla, he asserts, has recruited far more Apple workers than Apple has taken from Tesla.
NASA Tech Detects Heartbeats, Saves Lives in Nepal
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Arkham Knight Voice Cast Revealed in New Trailer - IGN
The company has confirmed a number of fan-favourites that are set to return, including Kevin Conroy as Batman, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, Troy Baker as Two-Face and Nolan North as Penguin.
Keurig says it was wrong to force users to buy single-serving pods
“I would tell you the other thing we heard loud and clear from the consumer, while a very small percent of consumers, a very vocal and intense, passionate consumer who really wanted the My K-cup back, what we learned is... that we want consumers to be able to brew every brand, any brand of coffee in their machine and bringing the My K-cup back allows that,” Kelley said on the call. “We took the My K-cup away and quite honestly we’re wrong.”
Exciting News from Freightliner
"Freightliner is the recognized leader in developing trucks that improve Real Cost of OwnershipSM for our customers. The Cascadia Evolution redefined what was expected in terms of fuel efficiency, connectivity, safety, quality and uptime. And the Freightliner SuperTruck, unveiled at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show, shattered the goal set by the U.S. Department of Energy for heavy-duty Class 8 trucks by achieving an incredible 115 percent ton-miles per gallon freight efficiency improvement," said Diane Hames, General Manager, Sales & Marketing, DTNA. "And now, the Freightliner Inspiration Truck is yet another prime example of the infinite inspiration from the research and design team at DTNA when it comes to advancing our state-of-the-art commercial truck technology. We want to always have the best truck on the road, so we will never stop investing in our customers through the product we put on the road."
Why Microsoft is calling Windows 10 'the last version of Windows'
Microsoft has been discussing the idea of Windows as a service , but the company hasn't really explained exactly how that will play out with future versions of Windows. That might be because there won't really be any future major versions of Windows in the foreseeable future. Microsoft has altered the way it engineers and delivers Windows, and the initial result is Windows 10. Instead of big releases, there will be regular improvements and updates. Part of this is achieved by splitting up operating system components like the Start Menu and built-in apps to be separate parts that can be updated independently to the entire Windows core operating system. It's a big undertaking, but it's something Microsoft has been actively working on for Windows 10 to ensure it spans across multiple device types.
Retail Expert Francine Della Badia Joins Bonobos As New CEO
Former Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn is “stepping up” to Executive Chairman of the company and will be replaced by retail expert Francine Della Badia. Dunn will become a brand ambassador and media face for the company while Della Badia will handle day-to-day business and manage the company’s Bonobos, AYR, and Maide lines.
The Facebook "It's Not Our Fault" Study
Regarding whether diverse exposure is good or bad, Flaxman, Goel, and Rao find that online networks both expose people to diverse perspectives and increase ideological polarization. My reading of this is that Facebook has an intimacy problem – it can’t provide the proper context for people to engage in proper discussion with the other side. A better understanding / control of who sees what you post / comment on might partially resolve this by providing a less public space for cross-cutting political *discussion* rather than mere exposure. https://5harad.com/papers/bubbles.pdf
A pet rat and a therapy dog have the cutest Instagram you've ever seen
Street rats have terrible reputations in urban areas, leading many to write off the idea of pet rats entirely as unsanitary and incomprehensible. However, breeder-bought pet rats, like Riff Rat, are actually pretty sensible pets for cramped city apartments. Their cages don't have to take up much floor space (most owners build their cages vertically, not horizontally), they spend most of their day cleaning themselves, and they keep themselves plenty occupied with cheap materials like cardboard tubes and empty tissue boxes.
Pizza Hut App Saves Mom, Kids From Hostage Situation
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Swatch says it’s developing smartwatch batteries that last 6 months
Swatch CEO Nick Hayek told investors Wednesday that his company is developing smartwatch batteries that will last six months. He said Swatch plans to put its super-batteries in a line of new smartwatches that will show up sometime in 2016, according to a report from Reuters.
Gates Foundation Is Opening Six New Centers to Help End Child Mortality
The Gates Foundation has announced that it’s investing $75 million into six new research centers across Africa and south Asia, that will act as a disease surveillance network to help end child mortality in the developing world.
Patch Tuesday may be dead, but Microsoft's not confessing to the crime
Microsoft has long updated Windows on a regular basis, but only in the form of security patches and bug fixes. They will now be accompanied by more visible improvements. And those updates will, as Myerson said, not reach everyone simultaneously: Both consumers and business users will choose a "ring," or distribution track, from several offered. A "fast" ring may deliver updates as soon as they're available, while a "slow" ring may delay the same updates for days or even weeks.
Microsoft Office 2016 to feature co-editing
Today, joint editing of the same Word document can be complicated, as people make changes to the file on their local devices and email it to their colleagues for further modifications, often resulting in the existence of multiple drafts. Co-editing eliminates the need to email the same document back and forth among different participants.
Spotify's next jam could be streaming video, report says
It’s unclear whether Spotify has any arrangements in place right now. While the Journal describes the company as having “discussions” with digital media players, the paper also claims that an announcement could happen as soon as this month. Spotify has been sending invites for a May 20 press event in New York with no indications of what the topic will be.
What Can a Network Learn that an Individual Cannot?
Today’s digital networks include both business and social interactions, opening doors for limitless market intelligence. One of the biggest opportunities is the ability to detect trends that are untraceable to the human eye.
Does Your Mobile App Need A Patent?
Since you cannot get a software patent issued until at least one year after exposing your app to the market, most entrepreneurs choose to file a provisional patent, which is valid for one year. This gives you a whole year to get product/market fit and validation for your app along with revenues to assess whether there is viability of your app concept and also at the same time, whether it makes sense to invest in a nonprovisional patent, thereafter.
Windows Media Center is dying. Here's how the Xbox can replace it
The next obvious step should be DVR support, which is rumored to be coming later this year . If Microsoft can add the same whole-home streaming capabilities for DVR as it does for live broadcasts, the Xbox will finally do what Windows Media Center never could. You’ll have all your entertainment on one device (including streaming services, which Windows Media Center wasn’t really built to support), with phones, tablets, and computers acting as modern-day “extenders.”
This Is How The EU Plans To Match Up To Silicon Valley
The European Commission has unveiled the details of its ‘Digital Single Market’ plan. It’s made up of 16 vastly differing initiatives, which aims to help the European Union’s member countries work together digitally and compete on a stronger footing with Silicon Valley
Alibaba revenue beats estimates, CEO Lu to step down
Alibaba's quarterly revenue jumped 45 percent to $2.81 billion, beating the average analyst estimate of $2.77 billion according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Shares jumped 6.9 percent to $85.54 at midday in the U.S. trading session.
With Yelp Reportedly Considering Sale, Stock Pops 25%
"It was an emotional decision. Yelp is my baby, so I wanted it to be in a place where it was going to thrive. As it became more of an auction process where it felt like there was blood in the water and the sharks were attacking, it just felt like it wasn't going to end up with Yelp in a good spot."
FOX Cancels The Mindy Project, Hulu Might Save - IGN
Mindy Project owner Universal TV is very eager to take the series to 100 episodes (the sweet spot number for syndication) and is currently shopping it to Hulu, which would pick it up for multiple seasons if the deal goes through, which multiple sources say is looking likely.
Nintendo Attractions Coming to Universal Theme Parks
"The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal's theme parks and will feature Nintendo's most famous characters and games," the company said. "More details will be announced in the future, as the Nintendo and Universal creative teams work to create specific concepts."
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7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free
None of these cities are planning—yet—to go completely car-free. And it's possible that may never happen; it's likely that future cities will have at least a small fleet of self-driving electric cars on hand that can eliminate some of the current challenges around parking, congestion and pollution. But it's also clear that urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not cars.
The psychology of your future self
"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
NASA's Radar Found 4 Men Trapped in Rubble in Nepal By Their Heartbeats
A couple years ago, NASA and DHS unveiled a portable radar unit based on technology used to detect alien life on distant exoplanets. This radar unit, though, would be used closer to home—to find people burried under rubble. In the first real-world demonstration of its use, the device helped save 4 men trapped under earthquake rubble in Nepal.
On being wrong
Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.
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.
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.
Millennials want a work-life balance. Their bosses just don’t get why.
“Wanting flexibility or work-life balance is the number one thing we hear all the time from candidates. It’s the number one reason why people are looking for a new job, by far,” said Heidi Parsont, who runs TorchLight, a recruiting firm in Alexandria. “We’re definitely seeing more candidates asking for it. But companies still see it as making an exception. It’s still not the norm.”
The Epic Story of Orson Welles’s Unfinished Masterpiece
After Sinatra, A.F.I. director George Stevens Jr. introduced Welles by addressing the status of artists in an industry that was obsessed with box-office receipts. Reminding the crowd of the trials Orson had endured in creating stunning films under difficult circumstances, Stevens explained that they were gathering on this evening to recognize his “courage and the intensity of his personal vision,” and pointed out that the man they were there to honor “reminds us that it is better to live one day as a lion than a hundred years as a sheep.”
THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING: 2015 [SLIDE DECK]
The Internet of Things market will soon be bigger than the PC, smartphone, and tablet markets combined.
Toppr.com Grabs $10M To Help Indian Students Prepare For Entrance Exams
Toppr.com , a Mumbai-based startup that helps students prepare for entrance exams, has raised $10 million from Fidelity Growth Partners India, SAIF Partners, and Helion Ventures. Founded in 2013, Toppr.com helps students study for entrance exams to engineering and medical schools, including the Indian Institutes of Technology (public universities that are considered the most prestigious engineering colleges in India).