How the digital dinos of 'Jurassic Park' changed everything - CNET
In the early 1990s, a decision to bring dinos alive with the magic of CGI made an irreversible impact on pop culture. Here's what happened.
Exclusive: Quantum Paper And Google's Upcoming Effort To Make Consistent UI Simple
There have been a lot of leaks and rumors leading up to Google I/O this year. From Gmail to your Android device's home screen, nothing has been spared. Thr... by Liam Spradlin in Design, Exclusives, Google, News
Coach Harbaugh's Wife is Pleating With You to Stop 'Dad Pants'
Sarah Harbaugh, with the help of Dockers, is campaigning to rid the world of "dad pants."
Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy Tab S
Samsung has cooked up a recipe for a pair of very iPad-like tablets that should appeal to the anti-Apple crowd.
PulseOn Review: Heart-Rate Monitor Wrist-Band
The last 12 months may be remembered for many things, but in the tech realm, the surge of wrist-mounted activity-trackers will surely be one of them. Some
Firefox 31 Beta Arrives with Cross-Platform Developer Tools
Following the release of Firefox 30 just two days ago, Mozilla today updated its Firefox Beta channel to version 31 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. T
Japan Apple Store opening preparations [Video]
Apple releases new video showing behind the scenes footage of Japan Apple Store opening
Business PC Demand Boosts Intel's Second Quarter Forecast
In its first quarter earnings release , Intel reported $12.8 billion in sales, down slightly from the $12.8 billion Street estimate, and earnings of 38 cents per share, a penny above the analyst consensus. In that report, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich noted that he saw “signs of improvement in the PC business,” but did not predict a jump in sales volume from the company’s business PCs that led to Thursday’s hiked guidance. The technology giant will next report quarterly results on July 15.
Apple simplifies app browsing and discovery with new 'Browse by Category' collection
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 05:26 pm PT (08:26 pm ET)
Apple simplifies app browsing and discovery with new 'Browse by Category' collection
By AppleInsider Staff
Apple on Thursday announced a new App Store feature called "Browse by Category" that allows users to navigate to different curated app collections without the need for drop-down menus.
The new feature is basically an alternative user interface to the usual drop-down category menus seen in the current Mac and iOS App Stores. Now, instead of selecting from a text list, users can choose categories by clicking or touching an icon.
As seen above, the new method is perhaps aimed more toward touchscreen device users than Mac owners, with large easy to select category graphics displayed in a grid layout. Browsing the Mac App Store via the usual drop-down method is more efficient as the traditional list view was designed for larger screens and mouse control.
The "Browse by Category" option is now a featured card on both the Mac and iOS App Stores alongside other curated collections like App Store exclusives and individual showcased apps.
Up close and personal with Samsung's vibrant new Galaxy Tab S
The richness of those displays is even more apparent when you stick one of Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pros next to them -- the Pro is less than a year old, but the screen looks lifeless and washed out alongside the 10.5-inch S. And if the Tab Pro didn't have it bad enough, the difference was magnified in a test that simulated performance in direct sunlight. The Tab S's AMOLED panel maintained a level of clarity and vividness that couldn't be touched. Part of what makes the screen so impressive are the smarts that help it adapt to new situations. There's a tiny RGB sensor embedded in the bezels of both tablets that let it gauge your current lighting situation and fiddles with white balance to compensate. If you happen to find yourself in a room bathed with purple light (poor you), the screen takes on a magenta cast so as not to strain your eyes, a process that repeats wherever you go.
'Guccifer' hacker indicted after George H W Bush's personal email targeted - Telegraph
A Romanian using the online moniker "Guccifer" has indicted on US charges of
hacking into email accounts of high-profile people including family of
former presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush.
Match.com's New Partner Will Help You Find Your Type By Analyzing Your Ex
Match's new partner is a high-end service. Three Day Rule's premium service costs $5,000 for a six-month package, Mashable reports. For that price, professional matchmakers meet with users and even screen potential matches for them in person. They also ask for photos of past flames to best gauge traits a perfect match should have.
Bill Murray Crashed an Engagement Photo Shoot Because He's Bill Murray
Erik Rogers and Ashley Donald were taking their engagement photos in Charleston, South Carolina, when Bill Murray stumbled across the photo shoot. And like any other fun-loving Ghostbuster, he decided to hang around for a pic or two.
6 Unusual Dream Jobs You Can Actually Get Paid For
From hugging cute pandas to plunging down water slides, there are various unique occupations that — without a doubt — pay off.
Our Earth May Be WAY Older Than We Thought
"It is not possible to give an exact date for the formation of the Earth ," study co-author Dr. Guillaume Avice said in a written statement. "What this work does is to show that the Earth is older than we thought, by around 60 [million years]. The composition of the gases we are looking at changes according the conditions they are found in, which of course depend on the major events in Earth's history."
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17 Wildest Things at the World Cup Opening Ceremony
Brazil marked the beginning of its futbol festivities on Thursday with a grand opening ceremony that confused most viewers, but did manage to give us a plethora of ideas for our next Halloween costumes.
Tesla Just Gave All Its Patents Away to Competitors | Autopia | WIRED
At the moment, the Model S is the only electric car that acts as a true replacement for a more traditional gasoline-powered automobile, with its 200+ mile range and network of rapid charging stations that stretches from coast-to-coast across 96 stations in the US, with dozens more coming in North America, Europe and Asia. Not enough people are interested in electric cars with 70-100 miles of range, as Nissan and others are discovering. But, if other car companies adopt some of Tesla’s technology to develop long-range electric cars, that’s nothing but good for the company.
Harrison Ford Injures Ankle in 'Star Wars' Set Millennium Falcon Mishap
"Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates," Disney’s statement read.
George H.W. Bush Goes Skydiving for His 90th Birthday
41 celebrated his 90th birthday by leaping from a plane at a height of about 10,000 feet over Kennebunkport, Maine, on Thursday, where he spent most of his childhood. Bush suffers from Parkinson's disease, which has kept him bound to a wheelchair for most of the past year.
Brick-and-Mortar Businesses That Act Like Tech Companies
This has long been the case, but it is a scenario that has been changing in recent years. Founders of new brick-and-mortar businesses are taking fresh approaches to their startup phase — and they're clearly borrowing from the playbook of their tech-based cousins. That's what the following companies are up to. And if the metrics they supply show something significant about their model, it's that each of these startup-style brick-and-mortar businesses are growing. It could be the mark of a business evolution.
Our loss of wisdom
Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
World Cup Stadia, Then And Now
The next match, Mexico v Cameroon, takes place Friday at Estadio das Dunas in Natal. This intentionally uneven stadium replaced Machadao Stadium in 2011 as part of Brazil's preparation for the World Cup. But in some ways, it was a step backwards: while the old stadium could seat 42,000, Dunas can only hold 39,000.
Google Funds a Design School That Works Like a Tech Incubator | Design | WIRED
Rosenthal is quick to clarify that 30 Weeks isn’t a replacement for traditional school. Rather, it’s a rethinking of education and what it means to build a skill set that will be immediately applicable in the real world. After all, good design is about making sure you’re equipping the user (in this case, students) with what they need to succeed. “Thinking about the user first will lead to some exciting things. We don’t know what those are going to be; this is an experiment,” she says. “We’re not trying to claim we know what’s going to come out of this, but what we can say is that we need to start not just building for today, but building for the future.”
Are You The One Executive Out Of Ten Who Isn't Clueless?
If you ask executives whether they study the available data before making an important decision or just shoot from the hip, it’s likely that just about every one will say they take the data-driven approach. A study reveals the fascinating truth: decision-makers do indeed look at the data, but only one out of ten does what the data suggests if it contradicts his or her gut feeling!
How to Opt Out of Facebook's Interest-Based Ads
“Let’s say that you’re thinking about buying a new TV, and you start researching TVs on the web and in mobile apps. We may show you ads for deals on a TV to help you get the best price or other brands to consider. And because we think you’re interested in electronics, we may show you ads for other electronics in the future, like speakers or a game console to go with your new TV.”
This Cup Tracks Exactly What You’re Drinking With Molecular Analysis | Design | WIRED
Figuring how best to employ this intelligence–how to harness it to help people live richer, simpler, healthier lives–remains the very real challenge. Until then, so many of these connected products won’t be anything more than demos. But, as far as demos go, this is an impressive one. I’m not convinced that a cup that knows what’s inside of it is a silver bullet for healthy living, by any means. But watching Lee pour half a can of orange Slice into a prototype container and seeing his phone, after a brief, bubbly animation, light up with the name and flavor of that very soda–that, I have to admit, felt like a peek into some sort of future.
This Is the Country That's Spent the Most Searching for MH370
Though Malaysian officials said on Monday that the country has spent $8.6 million to locate MH370, and will split costs with Australia in the next phase of the search, estimates of expenditures by other countries indicate that Malaysia has thus far spent relatively little.
Microsoft Brings Outlook Web App to Some Android Devices
For now, the app is limited to devices running Android KitKat 4.4 or higher that have "small" or "normal"-sized screens. Supported devices include the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5, the Nexus 5, Moto X, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1 and Sony Xperia ZL, but the company says it will be adding more devices regularly. In the meantime, users can request new devices and features over at Microsoft's Outlook Web App for Devices suggestion page .
Getting sweaty with the future of Sony's virtual reality
To play Street Luge , I lay down on the very same beanbag that Conan had nestled into earlier and strapped on Morpheus. Steering controls were handled only by the left and right movements of my head and nothing more. I couldn't stop or slow my luge as it plummeted down a road through winding cliffs and tunnels and straight into oncoming traffic. And all of it was fine, really, thanks to improvements made to Morpheus' tracking. The speed was brisk enough so that I could admire the fleeting scenery, but not quite fast enough to make me want to break contact with the virtual world. That is, until I hit a steep downhill drop that caused my stomach to lurch and that indescribable butterfly nausea to creep into my chest. It was exactly as exhilarating as plunging down an actual hill in a car or on a roller coaster, except this was VR; this wasn't real. But as Mikhailov pointed out, it was definitely done on purpose.
New iPhone 6 Photos Leaked By Taiwanese Pop Star
Jimmy Lin is back again. The high profile Taiwanese pop star and racing car driver has leaked the sharpest images yet of the iPhone 6. Lin previously posed with the iPhone 5C on his Weibo account in August, photos that proved to be legitimate when Apple Apple officially launched the handset one month later.
How to Use Instagram To Boost Business
The relevant, popular hashtags are the ones that may be relevant for the keywords in your photo description or popular among the community. A quick way to see which tags might be best for your photo is to do a search with the tags you have in mind. This can help you gauge the popularity of a hashtag and where your photo will fit in the competition.
More Than 10,000 Suicides Tied To Economic Crisis, Study Says
Researchers from the University of Oxford compared suicide data from before 2007 with the years of the crisis and found more than 10,000 “economic suicides” associated with the recession across the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Non-Profit Turns Discarded Soda Bottles Into Thatch Roofing
Perhaps the iconic image of developing-world poverty is a small collection of huts with thatched roofs. Unfortunately for those living in such places, these roofs are terrible. They leak and, when water-logged, often collapse. The grasses used to fabricate them are becoming scarcer. Insects and other undesirable critters live in them. People moving out of poverty quickly ditch thatch , upgrading to materials such as corrugated tin.
E3: 'Plants vs. Zombies 2' Dark Ages Expansion Will Launch This Month
As you’d expect with this new setting, there are also new zombies laying siege to your house. The Knight Zombie is a more extreme version of the bucket zombie. It can take a lot of hits, so players will need to launch serious attacks or play a strong defense to take this type out. The other new villain is the Jester Zombie. When this guy is attacked, he turns into a tornado and hurls your plants’ ammo back at them. If you’re not careful, this can take out a whole row of your garden soldiers.
iOS 8 builds in the technologies Apple needs for an iWatch
This makes a lot of sense. The continuity, widgets, quick reply, voice reply, quick picture, Health, and other areas makes it very plausible we’ll see the iWatch this Fall. It’s kind of shocking though somehow we can nearly get a full iPhone 6 model like 6 months ahead of any release and now nearly a complete design and model and we still have no idea what an iWatch would look like. Definitely shows Apple is keeping it locked up tight if they have anything. Also I don’t know if Apple is ready for wireless charging yet. There may be a lightning port but it’ll be hidden within the watch similar to how Nike hides their ports in the Fuelband and Sportwatch GPS seamlessly really. The biggest thing for Apple I think is getting a more full iOS on the iWatch, rather than some minimal feature low end version of iOS. Kind of how Android watches so far have done with the small exception of the Moto 360 being the first more high end smartwatch from an Android brand.
No More Air Miles: United Changes Rewards Program
Programs used to have rewards that could make loyalty to a single airline worthwhile for travelers — for example, the award miles earned from a cheap flight from the U.S. to Asia could be worth as much or more as the flight itself. That level of reward is rare now.
Here’s a Living Clone of Van Gogh’s Ear | Design | WIRED
Sugababe took three years and a team of MIT and Harvard scientists to create. To jumpstart everything Strebe needed genetic material. For a time she sought out a way to use van Gogh’s actual DNA, and even received some donated letters that belonged to the artist from the Fondation Custodia in France. Whoever licked the envelope turned out not to be the artist, so she ultimately contacted the famous painter’s brother’s great-great-grandson, Theo van Gogh. With the help of a plastic surgeon, van Gogh donated a small piece of skin from the back of his ear to the project.
Uber and Tesla Team Up For Shanghai Test Drives
Uber customers in Shanghai will get a 15-minute test drive in one of the luxury electric cars on June 18. Using Uber's app, customers with a valid driver's license can select a Tesla Model S to navigate around Shanghai with up to two other passengers.
Dispatches From the Amazon: How Manaus Rang in the World Cup
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Scientific Tips for Peeing Like a Proper Gentleman | Gadget Lab | WIRED
Men's ability to urinate while standing, in spite of its advantages, has one messy flaw: splash-back. That's the splatter that bounces out of the bowl onto the seat, floor, pants, shoes … Enter Tadd Truscott and Randy Hurd, fluid dynamicists at Brigham Young University's Splash Lab. For a study of “urinal dynamics,” they built a specialized hose that simulated a guy taking a leak, then used high-speed photography to film it in action. By varying the distance traveled and impact angle, the duo pinpointed a spritz-free way to pee. They presented their findings at a recent physics conference, and word spread from there. “One man called to thank us for saving his marriage,” Truscott says. So for cleaner bathrooms, drier pants, and happier housemates, heed this advice.
This 3D Dress Links To Your Phone To Literally Strip You Of All Privacy
Maybe you've seen the exact right Google pop-up ad on your screen and felt a little naked. They know so much about you! Well, now there's a dress for that feeling.
Clever piece of code exposes hidden changes to Supreme Court opinions
WhoBel, I won’t disagree with your argument except to point out that you are assuming a perfect world where every entity has good intentions and perfect competence. One could in theory impose this requirement on the Supreme Court, but then you would still be depending on SCOTUS to do what is required – in effect, to police itself. In order to be sure SCOTUS followed through, you would still need independent verification. That is one reason the First Amendment exists: a free press is a check on what the government does. Since you are not a US citizen, you may not appreciate the degree to which the framers feared centralized government power and the lengths they went to protect the people from it. (Sadly, way too many US citizens lack the same appreciation.)
Finding a Way to End the Climate Stalemate | MIT Technology Review
The report inadvertently suggests another conclusion: after more than two decades of the U.N. climate-treaty process, long thought to be our best shot at getting governments to act on global warming, it’s time for a new approach. Although there are many reasons emissions have continued to increase, an obvious one is simply that the U.N. approach to climate change—which involves gathering representatives from nearly 200 countries and trying to hash out treaties that articulate global, binding limits on greenhouse gases—isn’t working. The new IPCC report itself notes that governments are increasingly turning to forums outside the U.N. to make progress.
Are you ready for your first home robot?
It's not a bipedal robot. ASIMO is safe for now. It's something Son mentioned at Pepper's debut, but it is a fact that wheel-based robots are far more energy efficient. SoftBank pegs the battery life of its newest sales assistant at around 12 hours. A combination of three specially designed wheels allow it to rotate on the spot, reverse and generally navigate its environment. To help, there are three bumper sensors and a trio of paired laser sensors augmented with sonar. This doesn't just avoid collisions, but also ensures that it can maintain a degree of distance -- you can keep your personal space. And if bipedal is your dream robot form, Aldebaran Robotics does have one in development .
Samsung's razor-thin Galaxy Tab S takes another run at the iPad
The Tab S models run Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s familiar custom interface on top. They support the company’s dual-screen multitasking, though it's limited to just two windows here, as opposed to the four windows on the Tab Pro line. Samsung is launching a new electronic magazine service called Papergarden with the Tab S, which features interactive articles and magazines from top publishers such as Condé Nast. Finally, the Tab S debuts Samsung’s new SideSync 3.0 service, which lets you make and receive phone calls on the Tab S through a Galaxy S5 paired over Wi-Fi direct. Once paired, the S5’s screen is mirrored in a window on the Tab S’ display, and you can access all of the phone’s apps and features without ever touching it. It’s also possible to drag and drop files and media to and from the S5’s window.
World Cup Day 1: What Just Happened?
If you'd just tuned in to the world's most-watched sporting event for the first time Thursday, in time for the opening ceremony and the opening game, hosts Brazil versus plucky underdogs Croatia, you might be forgiven for thinking the World Cup is always this bizarre.
A Field Guide to Streaming Music Services - Personal Tech News - WSJ
A few years ago, Apple’s download store added iTunes Match, a $24.99 per year service that lets you stream music you own (not just store purchases) to all of your authorized iOS devices. Then, Apple introduced iTunes Radio, a free streaming radio service that lets you customize your own stations a la Pandora. It’s supported by ads, unless you have the Match subscription.
Duality and the End of Reactive (Channel 9)
Erik Meijer opens Day 2 with a talk on the end of "reactive", duality, and the usual epic musings of the Erik Meijer mind :) Warning: This is unedited for content, so there are a few f-bombs. I guess then that this is rated PG-13.
The Ultimate Dadcore Gift Guide for Father’s Day | Gadget Lab | WIRED
Pendleton Yosemite National Park Blanket
This is the picnic spot. I'm sure it's the picnic spot. I know I said that, but now I'm saying that this is the picnic spot. I know it's a playground, but I'm not going two places. Because this is a great picnic spot. No, you don't have to have trees for a picnic. All you need is lunch and a good blanket. We do have a blanket. It's a great blanket. It's a Yosemite blanket. Yosemite. It's a park, a national park. Y-O-S-E-M-I-T-E. That is a funny word. But it's very pretty! No, I mean the park is very pretty, but yes this blanket is very pretty too. I know you like stripes. What? No, don't push your brother off the blanket. Actually, it's not your blanket; it's my blanket. See? It has my name embroidered on it. Everyone can sit here. Everyone. Would you like a juice box?
It’s an ideal assignment for Nick, whose eclectic interests have led him to delve into all things tech, and to become one of the sharpest observers of cutting edge technology and what it means for the way we live and work. Nick has broken stories about Apple iWatch, Google Glass and the Google X skunkworks lab; his columns on privacy have contributed to Congressional inquiries; and he put the spotlight on the F.A.A. over the rationale for its ban on the use electronic gadgets on planes, which is now being eased. In addition to writing about technology for The Times, Nick has written two books about the tech world. His first book, "I Live in the Future & Here's How it Works," foreshadowed some of the seismic changes that the digital revolution would. His second, “Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship and Betrayal,” brought readers inside the culture of Silicon Valley.
Neighbouring Dwarf Galaxies Refuse To Fit The Standard Model Of The Universe
When you call something the Standard Model , it makes it sound like it’s the accepted norm, the thing that everyone agrees on. But in physics, the Standard Model is just a theory and one that some scientists are still actively revising – or even tossing out the window.
Semantics3 - APIs for Products and Prices
In tracking billions of prices and tens of millions of products from tens of thousands of merchants, we're becoming the default destination for product and pricing information for analytics and competitive intelligence. We subscribe to the philosophy that more data beats fancy algorithms and aim to help businesses tap into the large amounts of structured data available on the web.
Twitter's Media Head Leaves As Shakeup Goes Deeper
Is fresh blood what Twitter needs to get back to the kind of growth Wall Street expects? That seems to be the diagnosis, with the company’s head of media partnerships, Chloe Sladden, following COO Ali Rowghani out the door Thursday.
AT&T: We need to buy DirecTV because U-verse TV is a failure
The lower prices AT&T says it will be able to offer are largely because of improved negotiating power that will lower its per-subscriber cost of programming by at least 20 percent. AT&T said it is suffering from a lack of competition in the programming market, and it pointed out that some of the biggest content suppliers are affiliated with some of the biggest pay-TV providers. Comcast's ownership of NBCUniversal is probably one of the main affiliations AT&T is referring to here.
Bloodborne is the PS4's darkest, bloodiest new game
Seeing Bloodborne behind closed doors, it was evidently clear this once beastly project has its roots in the developer's lauded Souls series. From Software may be approaching the PS4-exclusive action-RPG as an original property, but in that hands-off demo, differences and similarities were both patent. In short, Bloodborne felt both familiar and unfamiliar.
For example, killing enemies produced a familiar sucking noise indicating something gained, but it wasn't shown if this was experience, souls, or whatever. There were glowing lights floating in their corpses, but it wasn't clear if these were items to be picked up. Entrances were engulfed in white light, enemies burst into view through barrels, the camera sat familiarly behind the hero - who's customizable, by the way - and the combat looked methodical and strategic. As director Hidetaka Miyazaki explained, the three major layers From wants in Bloodborne are exploration of the unknown, truly perilous combat, and a unique online concept. You could easily attribute those qualities to any Souls game.
Bloodborne (E3 2014)
Of course, it's not that simple.
How I got stabbed in the chest at E3 2014 (an Oculus Rift tale)
There I was, impaled by an alien. I was carefully walking around a space station, with nothing more than my (admittedly dim) wits and a motion tracker, watching a large, terrifying alien stamp about. My only direction was to survive. "You had one job!" I failed at it.