Watch the trailer for Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's new Lifetime movie
The trailer for Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell's Lifetime movie, 'A Deadly Adoption,' is here.
Parrot unveils 13 new minidrones to tackle air, sea and land
Well, here's a fun surprise! Parrot has just revealed a pile of inexpensive new minidrones, 13 in all, including one that tackles a new medium: water. Th
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Virtual reality Star Wars experiences are coming this year
Did you feel that? That great disturbance in the Force? It's as if millions of voices suddenly cried out not in terror, but from sheer joy.
There is a lot of excitement about the upcoming Star...
USA-Sweden Women's World Cup showdown packed with intrigue
The USA-Sweden Women's World Cup showdown is packed with a layer of juicy drama centered around Sweden coach Pia Sundhage.
Weatherman took out his NBA Finals frustrations on a weed wacker
A meteorologist for Cleveland's WEWS described last night's Game 4 of the NBA Finals by using a weed wacker as a metaphor ... ?
Iron Man Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge sells for more than $91,000 in China
A limited edition Iron Man-themed Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge just sold for more than $91,000 in China.
Virgin America's in-flight entertainment will run on Android
To call most in-flight entertainment systems old and crusty would be generous when even the more advanced systems typically pale in comparison to your la
YouTube Gaming app is coming this summer
“Today, the gaming world is much more diverse than the one I grew up with, and the community has created new formats that have made gaming more collaborative and interactive,” said Alan Joyce, product manager of YouTube Gaming, in a blog post today. “On YouTube, gaming has spawned entirely new genres of videos, from let’s plays, walkthroughs, and speedruns to cooking and music videos. Now, it’s our turn to return the favor with something built just for gamers.”
Scientists seek surfer butts to study super-bacteria - CNET
Take, for instance, the researchers behind (no pun intended) a new project in the United Kingdom. They're trying to understand the effects of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that come from polluted seawater tainted by raw, human sewage by asking surfers and bodyboarders to volunteer their butts for science. Don't worry. Volunteers will get their butts back when science is done with them.
Report: Uber Deems China Its "Number One Priority"
"Today we are live in 11 Chinese cities with an average population of 14 million. Yet there are 80-plus cities with over 5 million people (as a reference, 5 million is roughly the size of Miami, one of the largest cities in the U.S.). Over the next year, we plan to launch in 50 of those Chinese cities. This kind of growth is remarkable and unprecedented. To put it frankly, China represents one of the largest untapped opportunities for Uber, potentially larger than the U.S."
Net Neutrality Rule Set to Take Effect as Court Denies Stay
An appeals court allowed U.S. open-Internet rules to take effect Friday while it continues weighing an industry challenge to so-called net neutrality regulations.
Windows 10 can stream Xbox One games to Oculus Rift VR
Oculus VR, the Facebook subsidiary that is working toward the release of the Rift virtual-reality headset, held a stage event today to run down some of the things it is working on. That led Oculus chief executive Brendan Iribe to invite Microsoft’s Xbox boss Phil Spencer up to talk about how the two companies are working together. The Rift will fully support Windows 10, it will work with the Xbox One controller, and — most interestingly — it’ll play Xbox One games.
Wayward Pines: “The Truth” Review - IGN
Splitting up the family allowed us to experience three different points of view, piecing together new bits of information as the episode progressed. With Ethan, we saw these hunters up close; with Theresa we got a little more intel about the process of bringing someone over to Wayward Pines; and with Ben we learned a number of truth bombs. Little nuggets like the fact that the year is now 4028, that the rest of the planet has been decimated by evolution, and that those unknown killer carnivore peeps are actually called aberrations. It was a lot to take in with one episode, but it flowed quite well thanks to the contrasting perspectives, which were woven together in accordance with Ms. Fisher's presentation about the "first generation."
Man Vs. Machine: How Humans Are Driving The Next Age Of Machine Learning
If you’ve been following the buzz around artificial intelligence lately, you may have gotten the impression that machines will soon take over the world and destroy it.
BlackBerry considering a move to Android: Report | ZDNet
The former Canadian handset behemoth is reportedly weighing up its options concerning a move to Google's mobile operating system.
So, Uber Just Released Its Own Videogame | WIRED
The company today released UberDRIVE , an iOS game that essentially mimics what it’s like to drive for Uber. Players “pick up” passengers and drive them from point A to point B. The more efficient the route they choose, the more points they can rack up in the game. If players earn consistently high ratings, they can unlock new cars and explore new areas of the city. The game also includes fun facts on important landmarks in the city, as well as a “trivia mode” where riders quiz drivers (the player) on certain destinations on the map. At launch, the game only includes a virtual San Francisco, though it’s available to play nationwide. If the game is successful, Uber says it will add new cities to the app soon.
Microsoft’s Oculus partnership is a very clever move
Looking ahead, Microsoft is heading into the biggest gaming event of the year with an early win. "We believe we’ll be able to create state of the art virtual reality experiences with the Oculus Rift on top of Windows," said Xbox chief Phil Spencer today, hinting that there’s a lot more to come. Microsoft has big plans for its own HoloLens headset, and the company is planning to show some of that next week at E3, but it’s possible Microsoft could share its stage with Oculus to offer its own vision of virtual reality. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has previously revealed that HoloLens was part of the reason for buying Minecraft, so expect to hear more about where Minecraft is heading in the augmented and possibly virtual reality worlds.
The Moonraker: The Nokia-built smartwatch that never was - CNET
Images of an unannounced smartwatch were discovered on Friday by tech-leak-finder and technology journalist Evan Blass. The images, which were on a Tumblr blog operated by Microsoft designer Pei-Chi Hsieh, showed what Blass says is the "Moonraker" smartwatch. No specs were shown on the site, but Hsieh's Tumblr blog, which has since been taken down, provided a slew of photos of the smartwatch -- which would have competed with the likes of Apple Watch -- with different colored bands. The images appear to be for marketing use and would have accompanied an unveiling.
Google Slides for Android and iOS now lets you stream presentations to your TV via Chromecast and AirPlay
In short, today’s update means Google Slides now lets you wirelessly stream your presentations to the big screen. To do so, all you need is a smartphone or tablet with the Slides app. “So you can say goodbye to wires and set-up stress,” Google said.
Carrie Underwood is surprisingly great at rapping the 'Fresh Prince' theme song
Other musicians, including Sara Evans and Mickey Guyton, weren't afraid to read from a lyrics sheet to countrify one of TV's catchiest tunes. Meanwhile, Hunter Hayes beatboxed and ad libbed his rendition, wrapping it up with, "I'm gonna go play guitar now."
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 is fly, but priced too high - CNET
Starting at $299, the 9.7-inch tablet doesn't give you the most bang for your buck, but at least it looks good.
Uber made an iPhone game to help recruit new drivers
Can a videogame help convince someone to become an Uber driver? The company seems to think so, as it's just released Uber Drive , a Google Maps-based game that puts you in the role of a driver — or "partner" as Uber likes to say. You're tasked with picking up customers (Uber encourages you to focus on zones with surge pricing) and choosing the most efficient route to their destination.
New iOS 9 ReplayKit will screen record gameplay & app videos without need for Mac or third-party SDK
Prior to ReplayKit, devs would need to implement an SDK like Kamcord or users would have to use a hacked together solution that uses a Mac or other external gear to record the iOS device’s screen. So far that means screen recording features have mostly been limited to the under 600 or so games that have implemented a third-party SDK. We reached out to Kamcord to get their thoughts on ReplayKit and the company offered the following statement:
Lucas on 40 years of 'Star Wars,' ILM
Lucas on 40 years of 'Star Wars,' ILM
Forty years ago, George Lucas had a vision for a space saga that required the creation of Industrial Light & Magic, a special effects company that went on to revolutionize the industry.
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Rdio's CEO doesn't fear Apple Music, but he probably should
“It’s not a zero sum game in terms of what people will get for free. I do think it’s a zero sum game in the sense [of paid services]. I don’t think people will pay to subscribe to multiple music services,” Bay reasons. “It’s not like Netflix and LoveFilm [Amazon Prime Instant Video] because the catalogs are pretty much the same. The music business has never been based on exclusivity but the movie and television businesses always have.”
The Most Wonderfully Bizarre Cars Ever to Race Le Mans | WIRED
Carmakers and deep-pocketed sponsors throw big money around trying to win this thing, and the race’s prestige has only increased through the years. The combination of the two has produced some spectacular, truly innovative machinery, but also some wonderful—or just plain odd—long shots and underdogs.
The iMac with 5k Retina Display Giveaway
OS X is a pretty operating system under normal circumstances. But viewed on the 5K display of the new iMac, it’s other-worldly. For a chance to look at this beauty on your desk every day, you just need to enter our giveaway . That’s right, we’re giving away a 5K iMac valued at $1,999.
Hannibal: "Primavera" Review - IGN
After last week focused on Hannibal and Bedelia, this episode continued to tweak the show’s formula by focusing almost entirely on Will, as we found him following Hannibal overseas eight months after nearly being killed by him. The fake out with Abigail was both well done and heartbreaking, as we saw that sequence where Will was successfully operated on while Abigail’s corpse was sewn up, underlining just what Will lost that night (again, given he already thought she was dead!) in a tangible, blunt way.
Netflix pushes 'OITNB' release six hours early during primetime
We were expecting season three of Orange is the New Black to become available for streaming at about 3AM ET tonight, but Netflix surprised everyone and released it at about 9PM. That was during its "OrangeCon" event in New York City for fans, but really raises an interesting question. What if Netflix bumps its all-at-once original series releases from those early morning hours to right in the middle of primetime? There's not much on tonight other than the NBA playoffs, but pulling such a stunt in the think of the fall TV season could be an interesting experiment -- if Netflix ever does it again.
Hyper-hybrids battle at Le Mans this weekend: Don’t miss it!
Most people think Christmas is the 25th of December, but for Cars Technica, Christmas comes in June, this very weekend. Yes, It's time for the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans, the greatest race in the world. In this year's event—the most exciting in almost two decades—four different car companies are doing battle to see whose hybrid is the fastest around the 8.46 mile (13.629 km) circuit. Audi, Nissan, Porsche, and Toyota all have very different answers to that question, with some fascinating technology being put to the test.
BlackBerry move to embrace Android may bring unexpected reward
TORONTO BlackBerry Ltd's move to embrace Android may be aimed at lifting revenue from its software and device management segment, but analysts say it may inadvertently give its device arm a fillip and a new lease on life.
The Hottest Take: Superstar Eyewitness Courtney Barnes On This Week's Big News
One of the most wonderful things of the week was Jackson, Mississippi, resident Courtney Barnes's colorful and animated description on local news of a car accident he witnessed. We rounded up some of this week's biggest news, from Costco's treatment of hens, to Homer and Marge's upcoming separation on The Simpsons , to one prom attendee's show-stopping dress, and got Barnes's take on it. Enjoy.
Apple Music: Everything you need to know
In a way, iTunes Radio is the predecessor to Apple Music Radio. iTunes Radio debuted alongside iOS 7 and is available for iOS devices and the Mac. Similar to Pandora, iTunes Radio delivers a station-based music streaming service that is available to all iTunes users. Instead of selecting songs and creating playlists, iTunes users can listen to channels based on the artists, songs, or genres they choose. You chose a genre, for example, and iTunes Radio will select the songs. The service will learn from experience and select the best tracks for a station based on an individuals’ musical preferences. With the debut of Apple Music Radio, the future of iTunes Radio is unclear as Apple Music Radio is very similar in scope. For the immediate future, Apple likely will keep iTunes Radio as a separate entity, but it would not be surprising to see the service disappear if Music Radio gains traction.
NASA explains how cell networks can restrict drone flights
NASA has taken on the job of preventing drones from crashing into things, and it's now revealed more info about how it plans to do that. It wants to link up drones up to a control system when they're flying, then "geo-fence" them off from trouble, according to its latest missive . And as the space agency mentioned earlier , one way it could communicate with them is via cellphone networks like Verizon's. A central system would use them to transmit information to drones, helping them steer away from restricted areas and other aircraft. Creating such a network, which NASA calls the UAS traffic management system (UTM) would be a challenge, however.
Microsoft Moonraker was Nokia’s smartwatch before it was killed
Nokia's Moonraker smartwatch never made it to market primarily because Microsoft was anticipating its wearable Band. While the Moonraker had a number of sensors to allow you to lift your arm to read texts or drop it to turn off the display, Microsoft opted for the Band as it had more functionality. Nokia took the familiar "Metro" interface from Windows Phone and paired it with simple email, phone, and messaging apps on its smartwatch. There was even a camera remote feature to take pictures on a smartphone from the watch. Facebook and MixRadio integration was also built-in, alongside customizable watch faces and different colored straps.
Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo Chooses To Step Down, Jack Dorsey Named Interim CEO, Shares Up 3%
“I am tremendously proud of the Twitter team and all that the team has accomplished together during my six years with the Company. We have great leaders who work well together and a clear strategy that informs our objectives and priorities. There is no one better than Jack Dorsey to lead Twitter during this transition. He has a profound understanding of the product and Twitter’s mission in the world as well as a great relationship with Twitter’s leadership team. I am deeply appreciative of the confidence the Board, the management team and the employees have placed in me over the years, and I look forward to supporting Twitter however I can going forward.”
Chrome for OS X has been updated to conserve more battery
Google strongly based its improvements to Chrome’s overzealous battery usage by comparing it to Apple’s Safari browser. For example, it tested the browser on Amazon.com, finding a total of 768 wakeups over 30 seconds. Safari had just 312 wakes over the same time period. With a 59 percent reduction in timer firings, Chrome now clocks in with about 316 wakeups in 30 seconds (closer to Safari’s total).
Being Sneaky in C
I entered the 2014 Underhanded C Contest last year. Didn’t win, but hey-ho what can you do. Still, I thought I’d post my entry and a write-up of it, in case anyone found it interesting.
YouTube Gaming arms Google to battle Amazon's Twitch - CNET
The YouTube Gaming site will contain pages for more than 25,000 games. The service also puts an emphasis on live streaming, where gamers discuss their favorite titles or broadcast footage of games while they are playing them. Some of the new features -- which Google says are coming in the next few weeks -- are focused on making it easier for gamers share their broadcasts with other people. That includes no longer needing to schedule a broadcast ahead of time, and allowing people to share all their streams with followers through a single link.
Oculus Previews “Oculus Touch” Handheld Motion-Tracking Haptic Controllers
Oculus wants to go beyond the Xbox One controller shipping with the Rift , so today it showed off the prototype of Oculus Touch, a set of handheld motion controllers that let you see your hands in virtual reality. Known as the “Half Moon” prototype, they’ll let you pick up objects, fire a gun, or point at things. They include integrated inertial and 360-degree movement tracking, plus haptic feedback that can shake to make you feel like you’re touching something.
Orange is the New Black Season 3 is now “out on early release”
Launched several hours ahead of schedule in the United States, the entire third season of Orange is the New Black is now available to watch on Netflix’s streaming service. Originally scheduled to launch on Friday at midnight, Netflix announced the launch of the popular drama on Twitter. The tweet reads “ Attention inmates! Orange Is the New Black season 3 is out on early release. #OrangeCon .” Cast member Uzo Aduba also chimed in on Twitter with a tweet that read “ The entire season @OITNB is live on @netflix right. NOW. Enjoy! #OITNB #OrangeCon #321GO. ”
What to watch online this weekend - CNET
Outside of Netflix, we found a few new things to catch -- and they're all free. On the Machinima channel on YouTube, you can watch the three-part miniseries "Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles." It's available in full HD and features a very different take on the Justice League than you're used to. Be ware, though, the show isn't for the faint of heart. Here are links to episode 1 and episode 2 .
Leica Releases a Full-Frame Compact Camera (For Zillionaires) | WIRED
Remember that the word “compact” is relative to its sensor size. The company stresses that these cameras are “made in Germany,” and this is not a little pocketable point-and-shoot. It’s more like the size of a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, and it’s bigger than its chief rival, Sony’s full-frame RX1, which costs less than half the price. At 5.1-inches wide, 3.14-inches tall, and 3.6-inches deep, the Q is a bit chunkier than the 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.8-inch Sony. It also weighs close to a pound and a half, while the Sony is only a pound.
How to Turn Vine Videos into Money
The most popular Vine stars can make as much as half a million dollars a year. They’re becoming the new age of celebrity endorsements for millennials through six-second videos.
Hackers stole all federal employees' SSN and private info, union says
In the same letter, Cox accused the agency of failing to take the proper precautionary measures to protect federal workers: it keeps up to 780 separate pieces of information on each person, after all. "We believe that Social Security numbers were not encrypted, a cybersecurity failure that is absolutely indefensible and outrageous," he wrote. Take note, however, the Cox and his team don't have access to the investigation and are only basing all these from OPM's sketchy and limited responses to their questions. An OPM spokesperson has denied allegations that the breach is bigger than the agency reported, though, telling NBC News that the official number of affected people remains the same: 4.2 million overall, including 1 million retirees, 2.1 million active civilian federal employees and 1.1 million separated workers.
A game told me I don't have what it takes to be a good Uber driver
Think you have the behind-the-wheel skills to cut it as an Uber driver ? Well, the transportation company has a way for you to find out: a mobile game. UberDRIVE is an iOS title that not only offers a glimpse at a day in the life of an Uber driver, but also helps improve navigation skills . Gameplay revolves around helping riders get from one point to another by taking the safest and most efficient route possible. Opting for the best route earns a higher score, and players who grab those 5-star ratings on the regular are rewarded with new cars and access to other parts of the city. Uber created the game for current drivers to work on their navigation chops, but it's also hoping that folks interested in signing up will give it a go to see what work day could be like. UberDRIVE is available nationwide, but for now, content is limited to the streets of San Francisco. That probably explains why I was so terrible at it.
Twitter 'endangering national security' says top cop
The micro-blogging site is slammed for policy of alerting customers who may be
under surveillance, as it emerges two out of three requests are blocked
‘Trouble with girls?’ Female scientists mock Nobel laureate with #DistractinglySexy photos
LONDON -- Female scientists were jumping on Twitter on Thursday to voice their views on the controversial comments by a Nobel Prize-winning British scientist, who spoke about his " trouble with girls " when working in laboratories.
A Masked Vigilante Dubbed 'Bromley Batman' Is Saving London's Streets
He’s not the hero that Bromley deserves, but could he be the hero that Bromley needs right now. A masked vigilante has been spotted in South London standing up for the little guy and fighting off muggers.
Help a brother out: Asus hasn't ruled out the idea of buying HTC
Asus Chief Financial Officer David Chang confirmed to the outlet that Asus chairman Jonney Shih brought up the topic during an internal meeting, though nothing concrete came of it. “Our chairman has chatted about the topic internally,” said Chang. “Still, the chances of an actual takeover are not big as Asustek is a company that has depended on organic growth.”
The Leftovers: Season 2 Teaser - IGN
We learned back in December that the show was undergoing some cast changes and a location change for Season 2 and this new teaser seems to reveal the new setting. Here we see a mass exodus and sign for a small Texas town with an intriguing trait. Check it out...
When do Twitter block lists start infringing on free speech?
One good thing about crowdsourced or shared block lists, York says, is that it is better than Twitter choosing who should be blocked and who shouldn’t. “In general, I think these tools are much better than if we just let the company decide. That would be terrible. At least this is real community policing.” If nothing else, it’s clear that being the “free-speech wing of the free-speech party”—as Twitter has famously described itself in the past—is getting harder and harder.
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.
5 dangerous things you should let your kids do
At TED U, Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do — and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.
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.
6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day
Having lived with diagnosed clinical depression most of my life I have learned to find ways to manage. Everyday I find 30 min to walk outside in nature, if I cannot find a full 30 min then I break it down to 3x10min. Each time I go from one new activity or event or get in my car to drive I consciously stop what I'm doing, clear my brain chatter and focus on taking four deep slow breathes. I spend a minimum of 20 min each morning and evening in meditation and I too keep a gratitude journal, it helps me to remain humble and keeps my ego in check. At the end of each day I check in with myself mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally by going over my day and looking at what went well and what didn't and I seek to find how the not so well moments can be improved on instead of seeing them as failures. My philosophy is when we put 'ourselves first' this is when we shine the most!
In praise of slowness
Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.