Miles Morales will become Marvel Universe's primary Spider-Man in new comics
The popular character Miles Morales will officially take over the day-to-day duties of Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe.
'Final Fantasy VII' is getting a genuine remake on PS4
Final Fantasy VII is being remade. It's coming to PS4 (at least first) and it's all beautiful and goosebumpy. That all-too PC version? Well, that's proba
The hot new sound: a timeline of pop's biggest producers
Pop is a quick study. If there's one hit with a catchy snare sound, by the end of the year there will be three more with the same feel, either by the same producer or some up-and-comer picking up a...
Review: True Detective's overpopulated second season
The first season of True Detective belonged to Cary Fukunaga. Yes, creator and (sole) writer Nic Pizolatto dreamed up its brooding semi-mystical Louisiana noir, which so many viewers, myself...
'League of Legends' gaming star plays basketball, immediately gets injured IRL
A "League of Legends" esports star goes outside to play some IRL sports. It doesn't end well.
'Unravel' is the adorable new game from a small Swedish studio
Unravel is a physics-based puzzle game starring Yarny, a creature made of yarn who can use his own body to explore the world around him and overcome obst
Turn your dad into a walking hotspot with TieFi - CNET
Just in time for Father's Day, here's a good reason to get closer to dad -- literally.
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...
Apple OS X El Capitan Developer Preview
The latest version of Apple's OS X is less of a paradigm shift than Yosemite was, but El Capitan still offers impressive performance and functional enhancements.
Land Rover develops a smartphone remote control for its SUVs
What's better than a self-driving car? A car you can drive like a massive remote-controlled toy, of course. This week, Land Rover unveiled a new, prototype system that can control its Range Rover...
Get pumped for NASA's Pluto flyby with free app and gorgeous video - CNET
After a brief course correction, New Horizons is on track to get up close with Pluto on July 14. Here are two awesome ways to catch Pluto fever.
Apple Music trial terms are a very bad call, says Taylor Swift
“Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months [of the trial period],” writes Swift. “I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company … Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.”
HP aims for quick switch to Windows 10 on PCs, tablets
One of HP’s first products with Windows 10 will be the 8-inch Pro Tablet 608 G1, which will ship in July with Windows 8.1 and then come with Windows 10 pre-installed starting in August. Customers buying the tablet in July will be able to upgrade free to Windows 10 for one year in line with Microsoft policy.
11 tech innovations changing medicine
Enormous technological changes in medicine and healthcare are heading our way. These trends have a variety of stakeholders: patients, medical professionals, researchers, medical students, and consumers. They are important because of the impact they will likely have on all of us at one time or another.
Comma story - Terisa Folaron
It isn't easy holding complex sentences together (just ask a conjunction or a subordinate), but the clever little comma can help lighten the load. But how to tell when help is really needed? Terisa Folaron offers some tricks of the comma trade.
Why is biodiversity so important? - Kim Preshoff
Our planet’s diverse, thriving ecosystems may seem like permanent fixtures, but they’re actually vulnerable to collapse. Jungles can become deserts, and reefs can become lifeless rocks. What makes one ecosystem strong and another weak in the face of change? Kim Preshoff details why the answer, to a large extent, is biodiversity.
How America's justice system failed our children
Charlie had been slowly stroking his mother’s hair, desperately hoping that she would open her eyes. The blood from her head had saturated the towel and was spreading onto Charlie’s pants. Charlie thought his mother might be dying or was maybe even already dead. He had to call an ambulance. He stood up, flooded with anxiety, and cautiously made his way to the bedroom. Charlie saw George on the bed asleep and felt a surge of hatred for this man. He had never liked him, never understood why his mother had let him live with them. George didn’t like Charlie, either; he was rarely friendly to the boy. Even when he wasn’t drunk, George seemed angry all the time. His mother had told Charlie that George could be sweet, but Charlie never saw any of that. Charlie knew that George’s first wife and child had been killed in a car accident and that was why Charlie’s mom said he drank so much. In the eighteen months that George lived with them, it seemed to Charlie that there had been nothing but violence, loud arguments, pushing and shoving, threats, and turmoil. His mother had stopped smiling the way she used to; she’d become nervous and jumpy, and now, he thought, she’s on the kitchen floor, dead.
I played No Man's Sky and now I'm a believer; I'm also an alien murderer
As Murray tells me, mining (ie "shooting and collecting") crystals and minor terraforming are fair game. Kill a living creature, however, and your wanted level goes up. The first responders are the tiny floating drones that emanate a light and shoot lasers. Killing one also only took a single shot, immediately raising my wanted level. Two more drones fly in, followed by an AT-AT-like walker. I scan to try and find my spaceship, but I've wandered too far away. I'm going to die here. The screen very quickly goes to black, with a quote from Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos laid over it (I can’t remember what it was exactly; Hello Games’ Alex Wiltshire tells me the game will rotate through a series of classic science fiction quotes — and one from Jaden Smith). The penalty of death is that all my progress on the planet — anything I scanned or collected — is lost.
E3 2015: Adr1ft's Orbital Survival Experience
Engadget's Timothy Seppala dons his space suit and tries to survive a few minutes of Three One Zero's VR game, Adr1ft. Get More Engadget: •Subscribe to Engadget on YouTube: http://engt.co/subscribe •Like on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/engadget •Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/engadget •Read: http://www.engadget.com Technology isn't all about bits and processors. It's the car with no driver, human organs printed in a lab and leisurely flights into space. It's the future and Engadget is here to tell you all about it. Since 2004, we've covered cutting edge devices and the technology that powers them. As we enter our second decade, we're looking beyond the gadgets themselves to explore how they impact our lives. Engadget is the definitive guide to this connected life.
How we unearthed the Spinosaurus
A 50-foot-long carnivore who hunted its prey in rivers 97 million years ago, the Spinosaurus is a "dragon from deep time." Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim and his crew found new fossils, hidden in cliffs of the Moroccan Sahara desert, that are helping us learn more about the first swimming dinosaur — who might also be the largest carnivorous dinosaur of all.
2 teens invented a genius way to stop the spread of bacteria on bathroom door handles
Because door handles aren't normally bathed in UV light, Wong and Li figured out a way for every bit of their bacteria-fighting handle to get some UV rays: They lit it from inside. The handle itself is a cylinder of clear glass, with a strong light-emitting diode (LED) on one end that shines UV light through the length of the handle. Lit up with UV light, the titanium dioxide can go to work killing bacteria.
An '80s-era Amiga controls the heating for an entire school district
Think the Windows XP workstation you use at the office is ancient? It doesn't hold a candle next to what the Grand Rapids Public School district is using to control its climate systems. All 19 schools covered by the authority depend on a nearly 30-year-old Commodore Amiga 2000 to automate their air conditioning and heating. It communicates to the other schools using a pokey 1,200 baud modem and a wireless radio so behind the times that it occasionally interferes with maintenance workers' walkie talkies. Oh, and a high school student wrote the necessary code -- if something goes wrong, the district has to contact the now middle-aged programmer and hope that he can fix it. It's a testament to the dependability of the Amiga in question, but you probably wouldn't want to trust the well-being of thousands of students to a computer that's probably older than some of the teachers.
FCC fines AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about throttled unlimited data plans
The FCC is fining AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about its unlimited data plan, which was previously throttled to extremely slow speeds after a certain amount of data usage. The commission is charging AT&T with falsely labeling its plans as "unlimited" and not properly informing customers that their speeds would be slowed after it implemented throttling in 2011. "Unlimited means unlimited," Travis LeBlanc, chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau, says in a statement. "As today’s action demonstrates, the commission is committed to holding accountable those broadband providers who fail to be fully transparent about data limits."
Google Unveils a Stick That Turns Any Display Into a PC | WIRED
The Chromebit is really just an extension of this idea. Equipped with much the same hardware as a Chromebook laptop, Sengupta says, it’s more powerful than a Chromecast, which just means it’s better at running more applications. Google believes the devices—equipped with an HDMI port—will provide a way of quickly upgrading existing PCs and perhaps even accelerate the rise of computerized displays inside stores and restaurants. Rajen Sheth, another Google VP who has helped lead the company’s push onto business hardware, says that the price of PC hardware and displays has dropped so low, it may now be cheaper to built digital signage than a traditional paper sign. If you print out a 42-inch paper sign at a place like Kinkos, it’ll cost about two hundred dollars, he says, and that same price will eventually get you a 42-inch LCD and a Chromebit.
The 'Internet of Things' will be the world's most massive device market and save companies billions of dollars
The 'Internet of Things' will be the world's most massive device market and save companies billions of dollars
1980s Amiga has been running the AC and heat in 19 schools for 30 years | News | Geek.com
The Amiga uses an unusual 1200-bit modem and a wireless radio signal to communicate with the 19 buildings. Each building reports temperature and the status of its heating and cooling systems. The computer can then toggle boilers, spin up fans, activate AC compressors, and so on. The frequency used by the archaic communication system overlaps with maintenance works’ radios, which can sometimes cause interference with the system. When that happens, everyone has to turn off their walkie talkies for 15 or 20 minutes.
Why people need poetry
"We're all going to die — and poems can help us live with that." In a charming and funny talk, literary critic Stephen Burt takes us on a lyrical journey with some of his favorite poets, all the way down to a line break and back up to the human urge to imagine.
Why humans run the world
The real difference between us and other animals is on the collective level. Humans control the world because we are the only animal that can cooperate flexibly in large numbers. Ants and bees can also work together in large numbers, but they do so in a very rigid way. If a beehive is facing a new threat or a new opportunity, the bees cannot reinvent their social system overnight in order to cope better. They cannot, for example, execute the queen and establish a republic. Wolves and chimpanzees cooperate far more flexibly than ants, but they can do so only with small numbers of intimately known individuals. Among wolves and chimps, cooperation is based on personal acquaintance. If I am a chimp and I want to cooperate with you, I must know you personally: What kind of chimp are you? Are you a nice chimp? Are you an evil chimp? How can I cooperate with you if I don’t know you?
Fallout 4 Wiki Guide - IGN
In Fallout 4 you take on the role of either the husband or wife shown to be living before the bombs fell. You will be able to customize their appearance at the beginning of the game while standing in front of the bathroom mirror. The options in this game are far deeper than that of any Fallout or Elder Scrolls title. Players can use a free moving tool to completely adjust facial features along with many other options. Character creation ends when you leave the bathroom, and your choice of character will be locked in at this point.
Lian-Li announces awesome computer cases that are also desks | Chips | Geek.com
The DK-01X will be a smaller desk, with a width of 0.9 meters. If that’s not enough, the DK-02X is 1.25 meters wide. That extra width gives it an interesting feature. While both desks are able to accommodate large ATX and HPTX motherboards, the 02X has space for a second mini-ITX board so you can have a secondary system just for gaming or media storage. Both the announced cases have space for more than a dozen hard drives as well.
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Why Your Friends Shape Your Happiness, Creativity, And Career
The reason academics are so obsessed with who their colleagues are is not just prestige: it is productivity. The person that we hire and sits in the office next door influences our creativity and our thinking. This extends to private sector research. For specific fields, the presence of a university is crucial. For example, in life science research, being physically very close to a university is important. Being able to talk to the academics involved in basic science, attending their seminars, sharing ideas is crucial. Thus it is not an accident that biomedical researchers tend to cluster around universities. Imagine trying to be a biotech company in the middle of a state where there is no strong research university, you would feel completely cut out of the creative process. Even if you can go online and have access to the same publications as everyone else, and see the same patents, you will still miss out on the element of the human conversation and exchange of ideas.
Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review
And as impressive as Quill and other recent advances are, Hammond is not yet convinced that the capabilities of general-purpose AI are poised for great expansion. The current resurgence in the field, he says, is being driven by access to massive amounts of data that can be quickly analyzed and by the immense increase in computing power over what was available a few years ago. The results are striking, but the techniques, including some aspects of the natural-language generation methods that Quill employs, make use of existing technologies empowered by big data, not breakthroughs in AI. Hammond says some recent descriptions of certain AI programs as black boxes that teach themselves capabilities sound more like “magical rhetoric” than realistic explanations of the technology. And it remains uncertain, he adds, whether deep learning and other recent advances will truly “work as well as touted.”
Forget standing desks, LeanChair lets you work at an angle - CNET
The battle against sitting all day on your butt takes an interesting turn with a Kickstarter campaign for a leaning desk that lets you chill in a kick-back position.
Scientists Develop World’s Smallest Light Bulb Using Graphene
Researchers have used the wonder material known as graphene to create the world’s smallest light bulb. Graphene, which was discovered a little over a decade ago, is a layer of pure carbon just one atom thick. Stronger than steel, it is transparent, light and flexible and possesses uncommon electric and thermal properties. If graphene’s properties are properly harnessed, scientists say it could transform everything from TVs to...
This Company Proves You Can Hire More Women In Tech. Right Now.
“We do not just look at education and the typical boxes when meeting a candidate. We look at the whole picture. Their life journey, their curiosity and of course their technical proficiency,” said Joanna Parke, the managing director of the company’s North America division.
Study: Many of Us Can Spot a Cheater Within 5 Minutes
I agree that it is true that a larger community may have been responsible for helping to rear offspring (this can also be true today). But in fact, the evolutionary theory behind jealousy is based on the premise that when we evolved it was impossible to determine who the father was. In modern society, paternity uncertainly is not a huge problem, because we can figure it out with DNA testing. During our evolutionary history, it was a big problem. So how can our caveman ancestor be assured that he is the father and is not being duped into wasting his resources perpetuating someone else genes? He can make sure that his mate does not have sex with anyone else and that potential sexual rivals are eliminated (this latter point explains why much male on male violence involves threats to men's status or relationships with women). If his mate isn't sleeping with any other men, he can be sure any offspring she has belong to him. Men who weren't so careful in guarding their mates may have wound up spending their efforts and resources raising someone else's offspring, rather than contributing their own DNA to the pool.
Twitter is building a news platform that lets you follow events instead of people
Lighting will serve as that remote control. On mobile at least, the new product will live in Twitter's home row, and show collections about current events and breaking news. Each collection will be updated in real time and load instantly. They'll also take over the device's entire screen, all the better for showing off photos, video, Vines, and Periscopes. Crucially, the new functionality will work whether the user is an active user or not. The collections themselves can be embedded online and in other apps. The endgame is for Twitter to attract more users by being that much more visible, which is important if the company wants to grow its userbase.
4 reasons why talented women don't thrive in tech
We’ve all heard about the gender gap in tech. Women simply aren’t thriving in one of the most promising fields in the United States — and not for lack of talent. And here’s the truth: It’s not solely a problem for women. It’s a problem for men, too. In just five years, there will be a million unfilled computer science–related jobs in the United States, which according to our calculations could amount to a $500 billion opportunity cost. Tech companies are producing jobs three times faster than the U.S. is producing computer scientists. There are incredible opportunities here. We need women to help fill these jobs, and we need them now.
Why do societies collapse?
Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how — if we see it in time — we can prevent it.
Emoji passcodes are the PIN replacements we both want and need
Forcing people to use emoji instead of numbers would also stop them choosing PINs based on memorable events — birthdays and weddings for example — that might be easily guessed. Tony Buzan, a noted memory expert quoted by the company, adds that the idea "plays to humans’ extraordinary ability to remember pictures, which is anchored in our evolutionary history."
'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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Goldman Sachs says interns can work only 17-hour days
Earlier this year, Bank of America told its staffers that they’ll be required to take a minimum of four weekends off per month. Goldman Sachs has also encouraged its staffers not to work on weekends, and began offering analysts full-time contracts instead of two-year contracts to relieve some of the pressure.
The Secret Math of Airbnb’s $24 Billion Valuation
Home-rental site Airbnb Inc. has given potential investors in a $1 billion funding effort an ambitious revenue forecast to justify a richer valuation than hotel giant Marriott International Inc. Airbnb representatives in recent months told prospective investors the startup expects $850 million in revenue this year, according to people who viewed the projections. That would be more than triple the recorded revenue of $250 million in...
The Vortex Bladeless Wind Turbine
The thin, cone-shaped turbine is made of carbon fiber and fiberglass with the motor at the bottom. This design ensures that the wind's vortex spins synchronously along the entire cone, which causes it to oscillate back and forth and generate mechanical energy from the motor.. The designers also mounted a ring of mangnets at the base to give the rotation a boost, regardless of wind speed.
How Felicia Day Is Hyphenating Her Way To World Domination
If there's something the actress, comedian, and online star can't do, we want to know about it. (Seriously, text us.)
Crinolinemania: The sexy fashion trend that killed 3,000 women
Such was its popularity — described by satirical magazine Punch as "Crinolinemania" — that some steel factories catered exclusively to the crinoline market, churning out around 3,000 every day. Crinoline-only shops offered them for sale to an eager public. Yet it was, as is obvious, a very difficult object to wear.
9 TED Talks that prove you already live in the future
Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.
Say Hello to the World's Rarest Patek Philippe Watch
When it comes to rare watches, a production run in the single digits is definitely a good start. Throw some rubies into the mix and you'll end up with a watch like the Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 5711, which is going up for sale later this month in Hong Kong. With a ruby-set bezel and dial, this extremely rare platinum version of Patek Philippe's Nautilus—only five have been produced—is expected to fetch upwards of $250-$350K, and maybe more, at the Antiquorum auction beginning on June 27. Adding to its allure is a 29-jewel caliber 324 SC automatic movement that can be viewed through a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback. The watch is also unworn and, until recently, had actually been factory sealed. It may cost more than a Ferrari or a house, but for the discerning gentleman who likes shiny things on his wrist, shiny things that only four other people on earth have, it's probably more than worth the price of admission.
Based on three years of research, the book Reinventing Organizations describes the emergence of a new management paradigm. In different places in the world, businesses and non profits, schools and hospitals have found radically more soulful, purposeful and powerful ways to structure and run their organizations.
Amazon Is About to Start Paying Some Authors Every Time Someone Turns a Page
Is it time for American actors to take a hard look in the mirror? Earlier this year Michael Douglas mused darkly to a magazine interviewer, “I think we have a little crisis going on amongst our young actors at this point,” and Spike Lee, commenting on the “invasion” of black British actors, had some pithy observations on the subject, too: “You want talented people,” he said, and British actors’ “training is very proper, whereas some of these other brothers and sisters, you know, they come in here, and they don’t got that training.” Douglas and Lee, just like the rest of us who go to the movies, are a tad puzzled about why so many good American roles have been going to English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Australian, and Canadian actors. The phenomenon may have reached its unignorable peak in last year’s docudrama Selma : the parts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Governor George Wallace, and President Lyndon B. Johnson were all played by Brits.
10 TED Talks for binge-watching
The ten women in this chorus have all been sentenced to life in prison. They share a moving song about their experiences — one that reveals their hopes, regrets and fears. "I'm not an angel," sings one, "but I'm not the devil." Filmed at an independent TEDx event inside Muncy State Prison, it's a rare and poignant look inside the world of people imprisoned with no hope of parole. (Note: The prison's Office of Victim Advocacy has ensured that victims were treated fairly and respectfully around this TEDx event.)
How To Use Twitter To Find A Job
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the barrage of Twitter noise -- and to favor LinkedIn instead as a professional social media tool. But if you don’t look closely at Twitter, you could be missing out on some crucial job and networking opportunities.
The most important new features coming to your iPhone that Apple didn't tell you about
The most important new features coming to your iPhone that Apple didn't tell you about
What Happens if You Fall Into a Black Hole? | Quanta Magazine
I was thinking about what would happen if a person went into a black hole, and I came up with something different. Once the event horizon is crossed, time stops for that traveler, meaning no spaghettification, because the atoms could not change their relative distances from each other in any human time scale. It seems as though the traveler would cross the event horizon and in an instant, the black hole would have evaporated into an empty and cold universe devoid of stars. If time stops for the traveler, then the black hole would be in its final phases of radiating Hawking radiation before time resumed for that traveler. A trip down a black hole might be a one way ticket to the rear any at the end of the universe. It’s similar to a spaceship pilot who flies at 30 decimal places of 9’s from light speed who hits the off switch after 1 second his time and discovers the universe is cold, dead and relatively empty and that he had traveled trillions of light years in one second relative to his clock. Am I missing something?
Programming bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it)
Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was "programmed" to find liver tumors? His insight exploits something we're just beginning to understand about bacteria: their power of quorum sensing, or doing something together once they reach critical mass. Danino, a TED Fellow, explains how quorum sensing works — and how clever bacteria working together could someday change cancer treatment.
If the real Hyperloop ends up being this luxurious inside, it's going to be an amazing way to travel
An Austin-based design consultancy firm called Argodesign set out to address these issues and published a concept design for what the inside of these pods might look like. And while the firm is not associated with Musk or any of the commercial companies planning to build the Hyperloop test tracks, it's designs do provide a glimpse of what traveling via Hyperloop could potentially be like.
Publishing’s Kickstarter Moment
Finally, writers need to budget editing and PR into their book projects. Indie publishing will never achieve its goal of world-domination in its current state. While there is no accounting for taste, your vampire cowboy magnum opus will remain unread if it is generally unreadable. First, hire an developmental editor. I have a great one if you need an introduction. Developmental editors help you define your book, improve your plot, and build something readable out of your scratchings. Then, once you think you are done, please hire a copy editor. These editors actually read every word of your book and make sure it isn’t a mess. These two editors are absolutely essential and you should budget about $1,000 each for the average novel. Then spend $500 on PR. If you don’t do these things, you’re going to fail. It’s a sad, hard truth.
Elder Scrolls Online vs Skyrim Comparison - The Elder Scrolls Online Wiki Guide - IGN
Let's get this out of the way early, ESO is not Skyrim, and by extension it is not like any other single player Elder Scrolls game. It has many similarities, and of course it takes place in the same universe, but you should not come into this expecting the same play styles you found in those games. The freedom you would find in those games isn't here in ESO, you won't be running around killing NPCs on a whim. Exploration has also been toned back quite a bit. You can't freely roam the world either, and you won't suddenly find a Daedric weapon laying around, as that would break the balance of the game.
A Social Network for Talkers
Prearranged conversations can be informal. A group of friends can chat every morning after each episode of a TV show or during every Mets game. This may sound like a small thing, but it isn’t. If a public event sets me talking but there is no one to talk to, half my fun is gone. Talknet can take up the slack—if it’s easy and fast to set up a spoken conversation and if speakers can drift in and out as they like. It’s simple and natural—yet impossible to do with today’s tepid commercial software.