Today’s SpaceX rocket launch: start time, live stream, and what to expect
SpaceX is set to launch a pair of satellites this morning, just two-and-a-half weeks after its last successful rocket launch and landing in May. It’s SpaceX’s sixth launch this year, and this...
'Breath of the Wild' is the boldest 'Zelda' game in years
'The Legend of Zelda' has finally been reinvented, but still feels intimately familiar.
iOS 10 chooses renovation over innovation
"What focus means is saying ‘no’ to something that, with every bone in your body, you think is a phenomenal idea and you wake up thinking about it, but you say ‘no’ to it because you’re focusing on...
YouTube Director app helps business owners on a budget create DIY video ads
YouTube today announced a new suite of tools to help business owners get started with creating video ads on a budget. The YouTube Director suite comes in t
Guy performs deadpan rendition of Drake's 'One Dance' ft. N64 games
Just blow on the games if they aren't giving you the beat you need.
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E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is an annual convention where the hottest video games of the year are shown. E3 2016 is being held June 14-16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Press conferences for Bethesda, Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft will be held beginning Sunday, June 12. IGN Live will be broadcasting from the show with the E3 2016 press conferences, including interviews and demos with game developers.
"It’s easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it is leadership to be in the wrong place at the right time.’”
How to help refugees rebuild their world
Today's refugee crisis is the biggest since World War II, and it's growing. When this talk was given, 50 million people had been forcefully displaced from their homes by conflict and war; now, a year later, the number is 60 million. There were 3 million Syrian refugees in 2014; now there are 4 million. Inside this overwhelming crisis are the individual human stories — of care, growth and family, in the face of lost education, lost home, lost future. Melissa Fleming of the UN's refugee agency tells the refugees' stories — and asks us to help them rebuild their world.
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Can your biome make you fat?
Another issue with applying this research is defining what a desirable population of gut bacteria would look like. As a first guess, we might be tempted to replicate the ancestral microbiome by copying the gut bacteria of modern hunter-gatherers. There are certainly some major differences. Hunter-gatherers have a much more diverse set of species than ours, with estimates ranging from 50 percent more to twice as many. But there are also some problems with the idea of copying their microbiome. Gut microbes vary across different populations of hunter-gatherers and change seasonally as food sources shift, suggesting that there was probably no single ancestral state. More important, the gut bacteria of these populations are adapted to their own lifestyles and may not play well with ours. Bacteria that specialize in digesting fiber would have trouble finding anything to eat in the guts of a typical suburbanite.
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Scientists Have Detected Gravitational Waves Again
For the second time this year, physicists at the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Waves Observatory (LIGO) are giddy with excitement. They’ve just confirmed the second detection of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime proposed by Albert Einstein a century ago. It seems we’ve officially entered the age of gravitational wave astronomy.
NASA's Mars Recruitment Posters Will Convince You to Go Die in Space
True, there will be obstacles: For one, the Martian corps that these recruitment posters from Kennedy Space Center are attempting to enlist us in does not exist. Also, as of yet, no human has ever stepped foot on the surface of the red planet, much less worked some kind of shadowy night-watch position, that (rather terrifyingly) appears to require the constant use of a space harpoon.
SpaceX Just Crashed a Rocket Right Into Its Drone Ship
SpaceX had chalked up a streak of successful drone ship landings—including a few tough ones from geostationary orbits—so this crash may seem like a step backwards, but that’s not quite the case. Every landing SpaceX has attempted has been slightly different as the company experiments with different orbits and methods. Crashes are nothing new for the company—they’re almost an expected part of the process as the engineers figure out how to adjust those orbits for the highest possible success.
The secret to effective nonviolent resistance
We're not going to end violence by telling people that it's morally wrong, says Jamila Raqib, executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution. Instead, we must find alternative ways to conduct conflict that are equally powerful and effective. Raqib promotes nonviolent resistance to people living under tyranny — and there's a lot more to it than street protests. She shares encouraging examples of creative strategies that have led to change around the world and a message of hope for a future without armed conflict. "The greatest hope for humanity lies not in condemning violence but in making violence obsolete," Raqib says.
Woman gives fierce response to sexist note claiming she's not a veteran
I’m sorry that you can’t see my eight years of service in the United Sates Navy. I’m sorry that your narrow misogynistic world view can’t conceive of the fact that there are female Veterans. I’m sorry that I have to explain myself to people like you. Mostly, I’m sorry that we didn’t get a chance to have this conversation face to face, and that you didn’t have the integrity and intestinal fortitude to identify yourself, qualities the military emphasizes.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Pays Homage To Orlando In The Most Scientific Way
In a series of posts to Twitter, Tyson explained some scientific details behind rainbows -- calling them "a personal, yet communal gift from the laws of optics" -- and why the pot of gold is always out of reach.
Totally Savage Driver Uses Smoke Screen and Throws Spikes at the Police During Car Chase
Ripped straight from the wild scenes of a car chase in a spy movie that’s way too unrealistic, this most baddest of asses used a shield of smoke and threw spikes at the police car that was chasing him.
SpaceX Just Crashed a Rocket Right Into Its Drone Ship
SpaceX had chalked up a streak of successful drone ship landings—including a few tough ones from geostationary orbits—so this crash may seem like a step backwards, but that’s not quite the case. Every landing SpaceX has attempted has been slightly different. SpaceX is experimenting with different orbits and methods. Crashes are nothing new for the company—they’re almost an expected part of the process as the engineers figure out how to adjust those orbits for the highest possible success.
Here's What Happened To All 53 of Marissa Mayer's Yahoo Acquisitions
But there was a riskier, more aggressive side to Mayer’s strategy that’s ripe for examination now that Yahoo’s sale is all but certain. Part of Mayer’s rescue plan was an emphasis on growing its “MaVeNS” businesses —an odd acronym for mobile, video, native advertising, and social. Mayer’s acquisition binge was key to this expansion: it was seen as an easy way to add talent and technology the company desperately needed. Mayer has been vocal about the strategy, and it’s clear that the company believes in its success. “If broken out on their own as a company, [the MaVeNS businesses] would undoubtedly be one of the fastest growing startups in the world,” she said during a 2015 earnings call.
iOS 10: Every New Feature Coming to Your iPhone
Today at WWDC, Apple announced a number of new and changed features for its WatchOS software. The new watchOS 3 gets several performance boosts and feature enhancements. Your favorite apps now launching much faster. Apps that used to take several seconds to load now show up in less than a second. You get the dock by pressing the side button, which used to bring up that constellation of apps. And the app previews are live, so you can see and launch, say, Calendar, all from the same place. Interactions within many apps have been simplified to a single gesture or a tap. To reply to a text, for example, you don’t have to pick “Reply,” you just tap on a thing or swipe down. The theme here is basically: everything used to take way too freakin’ long, now it doesn’t.
Deep Learning Isn’t a Dangerous Magic Genie. It’s Just Math
As companies like Google and Facebook and Microsoft continue to push this technology into everyday online services—and the world continues to marvel at AlphaGo, Google’s Go playing super-machine—the pundits often describe deep learning as an imitation of the human brain. But it’s really just simple math executed on an enormous scale.
Top 10 iOS 10 features Apple didn't talk about at WWDC
You read that right, you can finally delete many of the iOS stock apps. Unless you’re part of the 1 percent of people that actually uses the Stocks app, you’ll now be able to declutter your home screen and get rid of the apps that you never use. Part of this change means that Apple’s stock apps are now available through the App Store, so if you happen to delete something by accident, you’ll be able to download it again.
Mark Hamill Continues to Justify Twitter's Existence
If there’s any Twitter account that’s actually worth following, it’s Mark Hamill’s. He embodies positive fan interaction, and perhaps nothing is a better example of that then his response to a female Luke Skywalker cosplayer.
Bumble is partnering with Spotify so you can swipe based on someone’s favorite music
Bumble users will soon have the option of connecting their dating profile to their Spotify account so it can include the top artists they listen to the most. Users can then tap on an artist featured in someone’s profile and it will take them to the artist’s page in the Spotify app.
Every Device Apple's Making Obsolete with Its New Operating Systems
It’s not a terribly surprising list, but considering that not much has changed in the Mac space since 2009, it might be a bit of a surprise that Apple doesn’t plan on supporting those older models.
How Yahoo derailed Tumblr
So when Karp asked all Tumblr employees to come in to their modern New York office early on a Monday morning in May and announced the sale to Yahoo, the reactions were mixed. Some younger employees didn’t know what Yahoo was (“They’re your weather app,” one manager told his team.) Some knew the name, but they were hoping to be bought by a trendier tech company or keep growing on their own. Some worried about the future. And some, including Karp, respected Mayer’s background, thought they could help Yahoo and help themselves -- and, of course, help themselves to Yahoo’s money.
The 'Pokémon Go' wearable costs $35
For an accessory to a smartphone game that's a pretty steep price, matching the cost of a new 3DS title. For die hard players, however, the Pokémon Go Plus wearable might be worth it: it's the only way to play the game without pulling out your smartphone. Using it sounds pretty easy -- if the wearable is blinking blue, there's a Pokémon near you. Players can press the button to try to catch it. A rainbow light pattern means success, while a blinking red light denotes failure. Simple. Effective. Casual. Still kind of expensive.
The most staggering part about Amazon's upcoming drone delivery service
One of the biggest benefits would be the sheer amount of savings in shipping costs. According to a note published by Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, delivery automation, using drones and robots, present the "biggest cost reduction" opportunity for Amazon, with an estimated 80% cost savings coming to last-mile shipping, or the shipment between the final storage hub and the customer's home.
Scientists Have Created Monkeys With Parkinson’s Disease
Six months after researchers in China bioengineered monkeys to have autism, a Japanese team of scientists has used the same technology to create monkeys with Parkinson’s. It’s a scientific first, and it could lead to effective treatments—but do the ends justify the means?
Thought Warcraft Tanked? Nope—It Changed Blockbusters Forever
It’s increasingly common for big-budget movies to make a significant portion of its box-office total outside the United States. But most films that rake in hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide still tend to make between 50 to 70 percent of that total internationally. Warcraft is on pace to become (deep breath) the highest-grossing American-produced film with the lowest percentage of its box office total coming from the U.S. in the past decade. “This will go down as a record breaker in terms of disparity between the North American box office and China,” says Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations Co. “It’s never happened before. Not like this.” Despite tepid reviews and dismal box office results most places, Warcraft ‘s runaway success in China in all likelihood means a sequel, even multiple sequels. That’s a bellwether for blockbuster film production and international distribution.
Daily Deals: Xbox Live, PS Plus, New Amiibo, Deadpool - IGN
Amazon is selling years of Xbox Live for just $40 . They usually charge around $54, and I've never seen them go lower than this. You do see Xbox Live subscription cards on eBay for as low as $35, but the convenience of Amazon's email delivery makes this a nice offer, especially if you're getting close to your subscription's expiration date.
New Weight-Loss Device Sucks Food Directly Out of Your Stomach
Though it bears some resemblance to a Tim and Eric sketch , the AspireAssist is a very real medical device, approved by the FDA for installation in people 22 or older “with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy.” It allows patients to drain predigested food from their stomachs into a nearby toilet.
Here's the Reason Why You Can't Photocopy Money
If you have ever attempted a life as a counterfeiter, or done a stupid school project where you tried to print your own money, you already know this: you can’t make a copy of any type of bill, no matter the denomination. For older bills, it was because of the Eurion constellation, which is an order of dots that appears on pretty much every major currency. Today, there’s a new counterfeit deterrence system which includes the Eurion constellation but also has other mysterious forces at work.
Apple Says Farewell to Flash in Safari 10
When the next-gen browser ships this fall with macOS Sierra , Flash will be deactivated by default. Sites that have HTML5 and Flash will go with HTML5. But for sites without HTML5 that require Flash, Apple will display a pop-up that gives users the option to install it.
Netflix adds long-demanded Picture in Picture support on iPad
Streaming video service Netflix has updated its iOS app with one of the most requested features for the platform, Picture in Picture mode on the iPad.
On compatible iOS 9 tablets, the options lets people start playback inside the app but continue watching in a thumbnail view elsewhere after pressing the Home button. Pop-up commands can expand or close the window, and pause or resume playback.
Picture in Picture requires at least an iPad Air or iPad mini 2.
While Netflix has often been relatively quick to support new Apple technologies like 3D Touch, it has held off on Picture in Picture despite iPad multitasking launching with iOS 9 in September 2015. In fact the app still lacks Split View, though it does allow Slide Over.
The Netflix iOS app runs on any device with iOS 8 or later. In the U.S., subscriptions cost between $7.99 and $11.99 per month.
AT&T brings Wi-Fi calling to Android
AT&T is bringing Wi-Fi calling to Android devices, starting first with LG's G4. The company introduced the feature for iOS devices last October , and starting today you can make calls and send and receive texts over Wi-Fi so long as you own LG's 2015 flagship and install the requisite software update. AT&T says it plans to add more Android devices soon. The feature works by detecting when you're in an area with limited cell coverage and connected to a Wi-Fi network. From there, you can use your phone for calls and texts just as you would normally.
FBI has 411 million photos in its facial recognition system, and a federal watchdog isn't happy | ZDNet
"The FBI has entered into agreements to search and access external databases -- including millions of U.S. citizens' drivers' license and passport photos -- but until FBI officials can assure themselves that the data they receive from external partners are reasonably accurate and reliable, it is unclear whether such agreements are beneficial to the FBI and do not unnecessarily include photos of innocent people as investigative leads," said the report.
Uber settles driver lawsuit over background checks
Uber has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought
by drivers over background checks conducted by the ride-hailing
company, according to a court filing on Wednesday.
Facebook’s suicide prevention tools will now be available to all users
In an announcement , Facebook said its suicide prevention resources will be available in all languages supported by the platform. The company’s global head of safety Antigone Davis and researcher Jennifer Guadagno wrote that the tools were “developed in collaboration with mental health organizations and with input from people who have personal experience with self-injury and suicide.”
Facebook has a new hidden game in Messenger (hint: Soccer emoji)
Instead of shooting it into a goal, you’ll want to keep tapping it to keep the ball in the air. After 10 points, it gets tougher with a little bit of distractions. We’ve tried this game for a few minutes and it’s definitely harder than you think.
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It's Tim Cook's Apple Now: What WWDC 2016 Teaches Us About His Vision For The Company
Almost all of this can be done with software from other companies. But Google and Amazon can't yet combine continuity, AI, and multiple first-rate devices seamlessly. Only Apple has shown the ability to do this kind of thing in a way that makes this all relatively effortless for consumers. It will take lots of work to ensure that this effortlessness continues, and Apple will have to improve those "less than stellar" offerings. But if Apple can pull this off, Cook is taking Apple somewhere that’s far more complicated and all-encompassing than the device-centric "Apple experience" that Steve Jobs was able to engineer. Cook’s goal, it seems, is for Apple to create the technology that will serve your needs all day long and everywhere you go—the devices are simply the (excellently designed) doorway to that world. At home, with Siri on your TV and with developers creating apps that control your Home network. At work , with an integration of software, services, and devices that allow you great flexibility. And even in between, perhaps, on your commute—all the rumored R&D investment in car technology seems designed to service that portion of your day, too.
Pinterest acqui-hires team behind smart keyboard app Fleksy
Pinterest announced today that it has acquired the team behind the smart keyboard app Fleksy. The visual search engine company is not picking up the technology. The app itself will remain operational “for the foreseeable future,” but app updates will be “minimal.”
'Ever Oasis' is the new action-RPG from Final Fantasy director Koichi Ishii
But Tethu is not alone. While the combat and dungeon layouts resemble Zelda quite a bit, you’ll be able to control several different characters, called “Wanderers.” The Wanderers have different combat abilities and weapons from that of Tethu, whose attacks primarily use the wind, but they’re also necessary for solving puzzles. To reach a hidden area, for instance, the Wanderer Roto can turn into a small pellet, while Miura can use her spear as a tool to clear away pieces of debris. You’re free to switch between your party members at any time, and when facing larger enemies and bosses, it’s essentially required.
Coding bootcamp Fullstack Academy will fund alumni-founded startups
From Thiel to Trump, the rise of the mega-rich brings a new peril for watchdog journalism
For the likes of VanderSloot, Adelson, Thiel, and Trump, the courts have become an avenue not so much for vindication, but for exacting a price. Make a news organization spend enough time and cash ($600,000 in our case, in addition to the $2 million our insurance company had to pony up), and you're going to have an effect—on that newsroom, and many others. People will ask themselves, in private if not in public: Do we really need to publish this fact that we know is true? Or should we hold back, knowing that being correct doesn’t protect us from being dragged into court?
FDA Slaps Whole Foods With a Warning Over Its Disgusting Kitchen
The results of a FDA inspection into a Whole Foods prep kitchen—which mixes up those ready-to-eat meals and snacks perfect for an impulse buy—have been revealed. Prepare to be nauseated.
Autodesk looks to future with investments in 3D robotic drones and IoT as a service
When you think of Autodesk , you probably think of desktop software and traditional manufacturing, but the company is trying hard to change that perception, and today it announced the first three investments from its $100 million Forge Fund, which includes a 3D robotics drone company, an on-demand machine shop service and a platform for building smart connected Internet of Things devices — sexy enough for you?
Apple Is Building An Uberplatform Out Of All Its Platforms
Microsoft has finally brought the same version of Windows to desktop and phone , and Google has allowed Android apps to invade Chrome OS . By contrast, Apple remains committed to a unique user experience on each of its devices. It has, for example, refused to bring touch screens to the Mac or allow iOS apps to run on the Mac. But while the company has eschewed a "monoplatform," it is now building upon its reach across a broad range of device types to create something greater than a mere OS ecosystem. In large part, WWDC was about the "uberplatform" that sits above the device-specific platforms.
Learn how to be a brilliant public speaker in our next #BizChats
Speaking in public is a legitimate fear that many people have a difficult time overcoming. The problem is that professionals (seasoned or just starting out) are doing themselves a disservice by not exercising the tools they will one day need if they're looking to accelerate their career.
On Facebook gunning to go “all video”
“All video”, then, is Facebook’s aspiration for its primary platform. But that says nothing about the reality of human communications. They’re a whole lot more complicated. Conversation is a multi-format activity and a many-headed beast. And that’s not about to change, whatever Facebook might hope to see.
Microsoft Launches Blockchain Fabric to Help Enterprises Form Consortia - CoinDesk
Microsoft today unveiled a new project designed to make it easier for businesses across a wide range of industries to build consortiums that better take advantage of blockchain technology.