Jon Stewart drops jokes for emotional Charleston, SC church shooting monologue
Instead of jokes, Jon Stewart used last night's 'Daily Show' monologue to deliver an impassioned message in reaction to the Charleston church shooting.
Absurd Creature of the Week: Forget the Platypus. The Echidna Is the True Champ of Weird | WIRED
These nocturnal creatures lay eggs like reptiles and detect electrical fields like sharks. And of course the males have four-headed penises.
Racing the deadly Isle of Man on an electric motorcycle
The Isle of Man is a strange and alien beast. Perhaps not on the surface, which is strewn with green fields dotted with grazing cows and picture-postcard cottages. But it plays host to a...
Arnold Schwarzenegger pranks fans at Madame Tussauds
To promote his charity, Arnold Schwarzenegger pranked fans in West Hollywood as a wax 'Terminator.'
'Dope' just blew up Sundance
'Dope' is funky fresh, funny, complex and uncompromising, and has the potential for longevity.
NASA's Newest Rocket Will Be The Most Powerful In History
NASA's powerful new rocket isn't expected to launch for another three years, but the space agency has just unveiled a simulation video (above) showing what it will look like when it eventually lifts o
Thousands of tiny red crabs wash up on California's shores
Thousands of tiny, red crabs have been washing up on California beaches in recent weeks, likely driven there by milder than average ocean temperatures.
What the world would be like without the Internet, as told by Stephen Fry
Various celebrities and entrepreneurs have come together to create a parody video showing what the world would be like without the Internet.
Man born without limbs drives a car for the first time
“I tell people to not give up. We sometimes wait for a miracle to happen in life — but the miracle never comes. I wish many things were different in my life. But knowing I can be a miracle for someone else makes my life worth living,” he said in the documentary. “We all have worries. I am not a superhero. But I embrace life and focus on what is most important.”
A Modular 'Ethical Phone' You Can Repair Instead of Replace | WIRED
Fairphone 2 will be a modular phone like Google’s Project Ara , but with an emphasis on extending its lifetime, not increasing its personalization. Parts won’t be that easy to swap, and users will deal with clips and screws instead of magnets; but they will still be able to replace everything inside and out of the rubberized protective case, from the display to processor, camera or even the headphone jack. Owners will have the chance to keep their smartphone running for years, replacing broken or outdated components rather than replacing the entire device. Replacements will be available through Fairphone’s website, and old ones can be returned for recycling. Last year, Fairphone announced a partnership with iFixit to help customers repair their phones; modularity brings this opportunity to a whole new level.
China welcomes foreign ownership of e-commerce companies
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China has said that the country is now allowing full foreign ownership of e-commerce businesses, Reuters reports .
Apple making big profits on strong Watch band sales
Apple Watch appears to have gotten off to a very successful start since making its debut in April — and it’s not just the device itself that’s making Apple a lot of money. The company is also thought to be fetching big profits from band sales, with almost 20 percent of Watch buyers opting for a second strap.
If Facebook wants our trust, it needs to explain when and why it censors things
All of this is well and good, but if you click through to the U.S. section of the report, there is no category called “content restrictions.” Is that because Facebook didn’t remove or restrict access to any content in the United States? Not at all. In fact, it does so regularly, the EFF says. It just doesn’t have any of the details of those restrictions in what is supposed to be a tell-all transparency report.
Emma Stone Explains Why She Passed on the Ghostbusters Reboot - IGN
Emma Stone has explained why she ultimately passed on the chance to join Paul Feig’s upcoming female-led Ghostbusters film.
All a hacker needs is your mobile number to get into your email
I came across a Symantec video that explains a new way that attackers are trying to get into your email account. The idea is simple: if you want to reset someone’s password, all you really need is their mobile number.
Microsoft plows $40M into a new science and technology institute in Seattle
“Our commitment to GIX is grounded in our belief that technology can empower people to achieve more and help solve the world’s biggest challenges,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. However, despite giving altruistic reasons for backing the initiative, it’s imperative that the company keeps its finger on the pulse and is privy to early-stage projects that could blossom into a solid business.
How to make money on Instagram
With 300 monthly active users and over 70 million posts per day , it’s difficult to argue against the recent dominance of Instagram among other social networks. The soaring popularity of Instagram and other media sharing applications such as Snapchat and Vine is proof that visual content is in high demand and is here to stay.
Google celebrates Pride weekend with a virtual Androidify character parade
The company has added a whole new Pride wardrobe to its collection of outfits for customizable Androidify avatars. You can dress up your own own character to have it participate in a virtual parade during the weekend of June 27-28.
Hair Extensions Startup Mayvenn Raises $10 Million Series A From A16Z
Both Imira and Horowitz have a point. There are plenty of women from all ethnicities in both Hollywood and suburbia now willing to pay into the thousands at their local salon to thicken and lengthen their tresses. I spoke to a couple of hairdressers who work with hair extensions in both the Bay Area and Utah who could affirm there were plenty of women from every ethnicity willing to fake longer locks.
I have too many unread articles saved for later... and that's okay
What I learned was that I was the best possible curator for myself. Over the past few years, I’ve saved a wide variety of brilliant articles, tutorials, stories, songs and videos to keep me engrossed for days. And when you have time on your hands and nowhere to go, there’s nothing quite like a deep treasure trove of great content to explore.
UberVINTAGE in France will let dads book rides in classic cars for Father’s Day
As part of Uber’s ongoing experiments with various partnerships, the ridesharing company is running a promotion this weekend that will let fathers pick a ride in a vintage car.
The Father-Son Team Chasing America's Most Ominous Storms | WIRED
His pursuits have gotten him into more than a few sticky situations over the years. He never plans on getting so close to the action, but when he strays too close, it invariably helps him better understand storms. One such encounter happened in 2010, when a hailstorm doubled back on him in Wyoming. “It came over the hill and changed direction and became extremely fierce. That one became the storm chasing us instead of us chasing the storm,” Dobrowner says. “ABC News was with us and they couldn’t get into the van fast enough. The hail destroyed one of their cameras.”
VR stock photos are coming to Oculus Rift
Once you load up the scenes, you'll be able to pan and scan them in any direction. Getty didn't specify exactly which tech it's using to create the 360 degree images, but said it's been doing it since 2012. Judging by the photo above, it looks like it's projecting spherical scenes made up from multiple photos onto a single flat image. When the image is loaded into special VR software on a headset like the Rift, the user can view the scene from any angle and even zoom in.
JXE Streams: Talking 'No Man's Sky' with Hello Games
Tune in right here to this post or to Engadget.com/gaming starting at 12PM ET/9AM PT. Want a chance to talk with the team at Hello Games about their new sci-fi epic? Then watch at Twitch.tv/Joystiq ! How do you build a game with a procedurally generated universe full of thousands upon thousands of unique worlds? Let's find out together.
Product Hunt’s Starting Line
A couple of VCs I spoke with at the happy hour (but did not want to be named for this piece) had their own ideas for Product Hunt’s future. One thought the startup should be coming up with ways to monetize. “They’ve done a good job with marketing and getting the word out, but they could be making money in a few ways,” he said. “Ryan is focused a lot on growth right now, but some think he should do a consumer sales model.”
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Google, Microsoft join government's disaster response program
People hit by storms and other disasters need more than food, clothes or shelter in the days following the unfortunate event. They also need access to working internet or cellular networks to find family and friends who (heaven forbid) might be missing or to get in touch with people who might be worried sick about them. Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hopes to supply the need for tech-savvy volunteers who can help out in those situations. That's why it has launched the Tech Corps program and enlisted the help of several big-name companies in the industry, including Cisco Systems, Google, Intel and Microsoft.
The Taj Mahal Just Got Free Wi-Fi
The Taj Mahal: India’s most famous monument, where visitors can take in a striking example of Mughal architecture, gaze at the edifice’s gleaming white marble, and…surf the Internet via free Wi-Fi.
Games at E3 2015 - E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo Wiki Guide - IGN
The Games at E3 2015 list contains all of the suspected and confirmed games appearing at E3 2015 in some form (not necessarily in "playable" form). Playable games are marked with a † symbol. This list is constantly growing as new information is obtained.
Verizon gets slapped by New York City mayor
We disagree with many parts of the report. The review was based on erroneous factual conclusions and incorrect interpretations of the Agreement, particular its conclusions on Verizon's passing all of the households in the City with fiber-optic facilities. We indeed have met the requirement to install fiber optics through all five boroughs. Our $3.5 billion investment and the 15,000 miles of fiber we have built have given New Yorkers added choices and a robust set of advanced, reliable and resilient services. The challenge we have is gaining access to properties which of course would expand availability. We look forward to working with the City to seek solutions to this issue.
Automatic braking systems are braking at the wrong time, say investigators
With all the hype surrounding fully autonomous cars, we sometimes forget that we've yet to master the comparatively basic driving assist technology already in use on the road today. One example is automatic braking systems, with US regulators this month announcing a preliminary investigation into the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, after complaints that the vehicle's automatic brakes have been triggering for no reason.
Kamcord - iOS App Engineer
Kamcord has raised over $25M in funding and is growing like crazy! We’re building a social network centered around gameplay videos for the world’s 1 billion mobile gamers. Using the world’s first mobile gameplay recording and sharing technology, we reach hundreds of millions of mobile devices a month.
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You'll be joining a 2-person iOS app team and will be owning things from start to finish. The app is the center of the Kamcord experience: where users can record sessions of their favorite games, watch the best gameplay videos, chat with friends, and discover new games. You'll take our iOS app to millions of users with lots of autonomy.
Hackers had access to US security clearance data for a year
The OPM hasn’t said how much data it believes was stolen, but the longer intruders have to explore a network, the more data they can access. With the year they had, there are fears the theft could be substantial.
The bots that bucked the humanoid trend at DARPA's challenge
The challenge brought some of the world's best robots out to play. But most of the machines struggled through mundane tasks and stumbled their way to the finish line. "All these robots are unsuitable for disaster response. They're meant for a challenge that has been inspired by a disaster," says Behnke. "It's a technical challenge with some requirements that are much lower than real disaster response robots would need to be [prepared for]."
Irrespective of their shapes, these robots aren't ready to be deployed for search and rescue missions just yet. But, despite their sluggishness and face-forward falls, they're not going to be cooped in a lab for too long either. "We're only an iteration or two away from RoboSimian being a commercial item," said Brett Kennedy, principal investigator at NASA's JPL. "We've already licensed the technology and we hope to find it in the field very soon."
The next Apple Watch reportedly has a video chat camera
It's not clear if this future wearable would have other new tricks in store. However, the supposed leak suggests that Watch version two won't satisfy everyone. Apple is reportedly content with the battery life, which turned out better than expected -- future models should last the whole day, but you might not get a Pebble-like multi-day charge. Also, the tipsters claim that Apple is exploring new upscale models between the steel Watch and the solid gold Watch Edition, with no immediate mention of lowering the price of entry. While we won't be surprised if there's more to this future smartwatch than the rumor lets on, it may still leave plenty of room for improvement.
Here's Microsoft's $140 PC on a stick
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Apple parts ways with the original iPad Mini - CNET
Apple introduced the iPad Mini in October 2012, at a time before supersized smartphones had started to catch on, and its 7.9-inch screen easily set it apart from the original 9.7-inch iPad. At one point, according to researcher IHS Technology, it was the most popular of Apple's tablets, accounting for as much as 60 percent of iPad shipments, but by the first quarter of this year, the original Mini had dropped below 17 percent.
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HP Ventures backs data-integration startup Tamr in $25.2M round
Tamr’s software accepts data from a wide variety of sources, including the Hadoop open-source file system. It uses machine learning to automatically figure out the relationships that exist among many data sources. And to be as accurate as possible, Tamr also relies on people working at companies to provide their expertise on the data.
'Minecraft' meets 'Grand Theft Auto V' in space
Imagine: Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, reclines behind a desk built out of spare rocket ship parts. A gleaming saber rests to his right. Sean Murray, founder of the independent game development studio Hello Games, sits across from him, chatting about Hello's new title, No Man's Sky . There's a break in the conversation and an awkward silence threatens to stretch between the two, but then: "What do you think is the percentage chance that we're living in a simulation?" Musk asks. Murray hardly has time to answer -- he's running late for an appointment with Steven Spielberg and his communications director is getting antsy. At this rate, they won't have time to meet up with Kanye .
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Sociologist Alan Wolfe rants against Rand Paul & a philosophy that would legalize drugs, allow gay marriage, open the borders, and avoid non-defensive wars.
How to raise a black son in America
As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father's furious and fearful response.
What’s next in 3D printing
Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.
How to make hard choices
Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.
LG Display shows off press-on 'wallpaper' TV under 1mm thick - CNET
At a press event in its home country of Korea on Tuesday, LG Display showed off a "wallpaper" proof-of-concept television. The 55-inch OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display weighs 1.9 kilograms and is less than a millimeter thick. Thanks to a magnetic mat that sits behind it on the wall, the TV can be stuck to a wall. To remove the display from the wall, you peel the screen off the mat.
12 TED Talks to restore your faith in humanity
Sometimes it’s easy to think the worst of human beings. But these inspiring talks can help you remember: altruism, kindness and helping hands are all around.
So we leaned in ... now what?
Sheryl Sandberg admits she was terrified to step onto the TED stage in 2010 — because she was going to talk, for the first time, about the lonely experience of being a woman in the top tiers of business. Millions of views (and a best-selling book) later, the Facebook COO talks with the woman who pushed her to give that first talk, Pat Mitchell. Sandberg opens up about the reaction to her idea, and explores the ways that women still struggle with success.
How your "working memory" makes sense of the world
"Life comes at us very quickly, and what we need to do is take that amorphous flow of experience and somehow extract meaning from it." In this funny, enlightening talk, educational psychologist Peter Doolittle details the importance — and limitations — of your "working memory," that part of the brain that allows us to make sense of what's happening right now.
The Most Efficient Way to Save a Life
Some people in the past few weeks suggested to me that effective altruism suffers from a “cyborg problem.” That is, if you talk about human suffering like it’s a calculus equation, the empathic brain will shut down. But GiveWell has found the opposite to be true. “A large contingent of donors tell us they give more than they would have, had GiveWell not existed," Hassenfeld said. “We’re asking questions that encourage people to give, because we give them confidence that they can make a difference.” Even as I’ve sought to find the holes in the philosophy I’ve chosen to adopt, I’ve become more convinced by effective altruism’s potential for widespread popularity. The mathematical challenge of finding the greatest good can expand the heart. Empathy opens the mind to suffering, and math keeps it open.
7 talks on the struggle of mental health
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.
Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!
When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
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The hedge fund billionaire at war with Argentina is taking on the Samsung family dynasty
"The board's decision to sell the treasury shares is to achieve diversification and synergy through the merger, protect the company and shareholders from hedge funds who seek short-term profits and secure funds to improve the company's financials,” Samsung C&T said in a statement.
How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators
I’m learning Korean, and I found that just watching Korean drama (with subtitles) and listening to Korean music really helps. I don’t know the letter names to each of the letters of the Korean alphabet, but I do know how to write each letter, and what they sound like. I almost gave up learning the alphabet (hangeul) because it was difficult for me. Then, one day, I printed out the lyrics (from one source who provided all three: Korean, the romanization, and the English translation). I played the song (Crooked, by G-Dragon) on a loop as I copied down the Korean lyrics and trying to sing along to it the best I could. By the time I was done copying down the entire song, I realized that I knew how all of the letters sounded and were written.
My hopes, dreams, fears for my future black son
On one afternoon, we went to the field where we so often played football — tackle, of course — as we were set on replicating the brawn and bravado that we watched each Sunday on our televisions. This time, however, the field was closed. The fence bolted by a lock that could not be snapped. One friend, whose long, blond hair dangled gently over his eyes, tossed the football to me, and immediately began to climb the fence. I watched him: the ease with which he lifted one foot over another, the indifference of his disposition to the fact that this was an area we were quite clearly not supposed to enter. I remember hearing the soft, distant echo of a police siren. Perhaps a few blocks away. Perhaps headed in a different direction. I couldn’t be sure, but I knew better than to ignore it. He reached the other side, and looked back, beckoning the rest of us to join him. I held the football in my hand, looking at him through the chain link fence between us. It was at this moment I realized how different he and I were, before I had the words to explain them to either him or myself.