Sony's updated PS4 will be thinner, lighter, boast 1TB storage
Sony has revealed that the long-awaited 1TB model of the PlayStation 4 is finally coming, and it will likely be lighter and less power-hungry too.
Slack Co-Founder Slams WSJ Over Tone-Deaf Charleston Editorial
"It matters how we talk about it after & it matters that we at least try to make some progress. So, WSJ editorial board: f--k you!"
Fashion royalty pay tribute to The Minions from 'Despicable Me'
They would definitely be the cutest cover stars British <em>Vogue</em> ever had.
Where 2016 presidential candidates stand on the Confederate flag
The 2016 presidential candidates weigh in on the Confederate flag debate that has swept the nation since the Charleston shooting.
A sketch from Michael Keaton's 'SNL' episode you never saw, until now
The 'Birdman' actor plays a totally whipped, oversharing owner of a sporting goods store in this cut-for-time sketch.
Fastest Mobile Networks 2015
Looking at our nationwide drive maps, we're also seeing 3G and LTE coverage expansions for every carrier except Verizon, which already had nearly perfect coverage in 2014. Both AT&T and T-Mobile have filled in their LTE gaps along I-95 in the Northeast and I-55 in Mississippi, for instance. T-Mobile's improvements were especially dramatic; the carrier used to only have LTE in little 30-mile bubbles around cities, but now it stretches far down the interstates. Sprint is still spotty, but considerably less than it used to be, with much broader coverage in the suburbs of Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix, and Houston, for example.
Why would Twitter issue a press release saying it only wants a full-time CEO?
Some might be wondering why on earth Twitter would feel it necessary to make this kind of statement. After all, isn’t it obvious that being CEO of a $24-billion company with 4,000 employees and 300 million users would probably be a full-time commitment? The only possible reason for such a release is to send a message that Jack Dorsey—the co-founder who is currently Twitter’s interim CEO—isn’t a realistic candidate for the job unless he chooses to quit his full-time job as CEO of Square.
Halt and Catch Fire: "Play With Friends" Review - IGN
This episode of Halt and Catch Fire might be the most pure fun this series has ever been. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it cuts back on the melodrama; in fact, it’s the opposite. To compensate for the fun of Cameron, Bosworth, and Joe’s storylines, it seems to up the questionable drama in the Clark household. Still, “Play With Friends” is a good episode that really puts the wheels in motion toward bringing everything together.
With News Lab, Google wants to teach journalists how to use its online tools
Marketed as a hub for digital journalists, it will give journalists access to a host of data from Google’s many apps and platforms to help them develop “the future of media.” News Lab will offer data from Google apps and platforms like Maps, Fusion Tables, Earth, YouTube, and Search, as well as a set of tutorials that explains how to make the most of these products.
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3D-Printed Wheels Give Bubbles Her Mobility Back
￼After a few months had past and a many failed attempts at building a wheelchair more conventional ways we purchased our very first 3D printer. Many many more failed attempts later I have came up with a design that is perfect for my Bubbles. It is light weight and stable without placing too much weight on her extra long dachshund back. She gets around in her cart better than any other small dog I have seen missing there front legs. Up and down hills and running through thick grass taller than her nothing slows her down. Following our success with Bubbles and learning just how many dogs are out there in need of cart, my wife and I want to share what we have learned in hopes that a dog wont be thrown to the curb due to this simple disability.
Business Can Pay to Train Its Own Work Force
This blurring of the distinction between education and job-skill training isn’t simply a fight over academic priorities. It’s a fight about who pays the cost of doing business: the companies that profit, or some combination of workers and taxpayers. The more we’re willing to countenance a redefinition of job training as education, the more we ask society to shoulder what were once business expenses.
We Finally Got A Taco Emoji. Why Do We Hate It?
When I first pulled up these family emoji on my iPhone, I was so happy. What a moment for civil rights this was! And then directly after that I thought, what if a family has three kids? Or what if a family has just one parent? (I'd also add, or what if the family is of a diverse racial makeup, but iOS locks family skin color to universal Simpsons yellow, potentially to sidestep that very issue.) Herein lies the problem: Offering more emoji options will never respect every minority or subculture, yet in a sense, offering more options just makes the missing options that much more insulting.
Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative Funds Three New Projects | The Linux Foundation
– The Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), a project managed by The Linux Foundation that enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and esteemed developers to collaboratively identify and fund critical open source projects in need of assistance, today announced financial support of nearly $500,000 for three new projects to better support critical security elements of today’s global information infrastructure. Established in 2014 in response to the Heartbleed vulnerability, more than 20 companies founded CII to fortify the security of key open source projects.
Best Buy begins taking Pebble Time preorders in retail push against Apple Watch
The Best Buys I've seen lately are half empty shells of a store trying to remain relevant in today's world of on-line buying and megastores (which I hate). They are pushing Samsung more than Apple, probably because they are getting more kickbacks from Samsung and none from Apple (who doesn't need to). Their display racks for everything are messy and difficult to find accessories for specific phone models. The telltale sign is the constant line at the Geek Squad counter, with people regularly returning products or trying to get them fixed. Yes, Apple has the Genius Bar but I see that as being more of an instructional area than the repair counter at Best Buy. I'm surprised Apple is even allowing them to be distributors. Maybe Apple could simply buy out what remains of Best Buy and create satellite Apple Stores where there aren't any nearby. My closest Apple Store is 68 miles away while the nearest Best Buy is only 20. Of course, this store is not located in the same type of area other Apple Stores are located in but it is near a Costco, which does have a nice Apple product display.
The Internet Must Be Bigger Than Facebook
If you ask me now to give you a prototypical example of the Internet, I’ll point to the web. I can explain this but not defend it. (Prototype Theory entails that arguments over what is the “right” prototype are futile except insofar as you’re trying to characterize some culture’s idea.) The web became my prototype of the Internet pretty much as soon as I first saw a first browser in the early 1990s. At last I wasn’t using an interface based on all the grandeur and typographic sophistication of a terminal window. Before my eyes was a page that looked like it came from a word processor. And it had links that you could click. It was clear: This was how the Internet was going to spread beyond the scientific and technical communities.
Dollar Shave Club Is Valued at $615 Million
Dollar Shave Club has raised a total of $149 million in equity. Previous investors include Forerunner Ventures, Venrock, and Pritzker Group Venture Capital. It has also secured a $60 million line of credit from Comerica and Triple Point Capital that it hasn’t drawn on, Dubin said.
Microsoft Can't Decide If It's Giving Away Windows 10 For Free
In an announcement on Friday , Microsoft dropped the unusually generous news that it is giving away free copies of Windows 10 to anyone who participates in the beta Insider Program for Redmond’s latest OS. Sound a little too good to be true? You bet.
Why Minds Are Not Like Computers
Such statements reveal more than just questionable ethics — they indicate crucial errors in AI researchers’ understanding of both computers and minds. Suppose that the mind is in fact a computer program. Would it then be possible to conclude that what’s inside the mind is irrelevant, as is supposed by some interpretations of the Turing Test? If we have some computer program whose behavior can be completely described as if it were a black box, such a description does not mean that the box is empty, so to speak. The program must still contain some internal structures and properties. They may not be necessary for understanding the program’s external behavior, but they still exist. So even if we possessed a correct account of human mental processes in purely input-output terms (which we do not), such an external description by definition could not describe first-person experience. The Turing Test is not a definition of thinking, but an admission of ignorance — an admission that it is impossible to ever empirically verify the consciousness of any being but yourself.
Hackers breach Polish airline LOT's systems, ground 1,400 passengers
Polish airline LOT was forced to cancel several flights at Warsaw’s Chopin airport on Sunday after hackers took down its ground systems, reports Reuters .
Microsoft struggles to define 'free' for Windows 10
When OS boss Terry Myerson first announced that Windows 10's upgrade would be free, the company did not explicitly call out the Windows Enterprise ban, relegating it to a footnote on a website page. Later, of course, the company's public message swung from side to side on the pirates-get-the-upgrade and the latest about Insiders. It took Microsoft months to name prices for Windows 10 after the one-year free offer expires, with the company sticking to an old-school schedule for that disclosure even as it discarded the past in many other ways. And the firm has yet to define how long users not running Windows Enterprise will receive free updates and support.
Sony's 1TB PS4 is official
Sony and Microsoft had a ton of games to show off at E3 this year, so we didn't see much in the way of hardware announcements. Microsoft's 1TB Xbox One was unveiled before the event and today, we're finally seeing the same move from Sony. On its European blog , the company revealed that its new "Ultimate Player Edition" PS4 with double storage will debut across Europe on July 15th. There's no word on a wider release just yet, but given the model has already appeared in an FCC filing , a US launch seems inevitable.
Pebble Time now available to pre-order from Best Buy for $200
Pebble has a long-time friendship with Best Buy, and now the smartwatch maker is launching the first widespread availability of its new Pebble Time through the retailer. Available for $200, the standard 22mm non-steel version of the watch is now available for consumers to put their claim on red, black, and white models.
The invention that could revolutionize batteries—and maybe American manufacturing too
Battery factories themselves are typically cavernous buildings the size of aircraft hangars. They contain assembly-line machines dozens of yards in length, often stacked one atop the other. The cost for an entry-level plant is more than $100 million. In Midland, Michigan, XALT runs one of the most efficient and modern lithium-ion plants in the US. But, built with $300 million in federal and state grants and credits, it is also sprawling—just under a quarter of its 400,000-square-foot (37,000 sq m) facility is devoted to the equipment, a space the size of six soccer fields. Tesla is embarked on the mother of battery plant buildouts, a $5 billion lithium-ion factory in Nevada.
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Facebook gaining ground on YouTube in video ads, report says
London-based Ampere predicts a new advertising "arms race" between the two rivals, neck and neck in terms of audience sizes with around 1.4 billion to 1.3 billion monthly active users, respectively for Facebook and YouTube. That means consumers are likely to be forced to see more ads, but also enjoy a richer range of video programming as a result, it said.
Taylor Swift Wins!
UPDATE: No bad blood here! On Sunday evening, Apple responded to Taylor Swift's rallying cry to fairly compensate artists. "We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists," Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue tweeted .
A Smart Sensor So Farmers Don't Waste Water in a Drought | WIRED
CropX sells a package of sensors and software designed to help farmers determine precisely how much water to use in different parts of their fields, increasing yields and saving water and other resources by ensuring that no part of the field receives too much or too little water. The idea—called precision agriculture —is nothing new. But CropX is aiming to make it cheaper and easier for farmers to adopt these techniques.
US and UK spy agencies are exploiting flaws in security software
The NSA, at least, has taken things one step further. A 2010 presentation reveals that the agency was monitoring threat reports sent to antivirus and firewall software makers in the hopes of finding exploits, whether they're brand new forms of malware or vulnerabilities in the defensive apps themselves. It's easier than you might think, too. It's not always possible to update virus definitions very quickly, and many antivirus developers can take weeks or months to patch exploits in their own code.
Australia Passes 'Pirate' Site Blocking Law | TorrentFreak
A few minutes ago Australia passed controversial new legislation which allows for overseas 'pirate' sites to be blocked at the ISP level. Despite opposition from the Greens, ISPs and consumer groups, the Senate passed the bill into law with a vote of 37 in favor and 13 against. Expect The Pirate Bay to be an early target.
Got a bad 3TB hard drive in your iMac? Apple will replace it
According to the Replacement Program website, Apple has contacted iMac owners who registered their iMac with a valid email address. If you did not register, you can check if your iMac is eligible by entering the serial number on the Replacement Program website.
Supreme Court Says Motel Owners Must Be Allowed To Challenge Warrantless Searches Of Guest Registries | Techdirt
A hotel owner who refuses to give an officer access to his or her registry can be arrested on the spot. The Court has held that business owners cannot reasonably be put to this kind of choice. Camara, 387 U. S., at 533 (holding that “broad statutory safeguards are no substitute for individualized review, particularly when those safeguards may only be invoked at the risk of a criminal penalty”). Absent an opportunity for precompliance review, the ordinance creates an intolerable risk that searches authorized by it will exceed statutory limits, or be used as a pretext to harass hotel operators and their guests. Even if a hotel has been searched 10 times a day, every day, for three months, without any violation being found, the operator can only refuse to comply with an officer’s demand to turn over the registry at his or her own peril.
Apple backtracks its decision to not pay artists during Apple Music's free trial; to pay on a per-stream basis
Cue said that while Apple will be paying right holders during the free three-months of Apple Music trial, it won’t be at the same rate at which the company will be paying them after the trial period ends. The company will be paying artists on a per-stream basis, though the exact figure is unknown.
An Israeli startup that identifies the people who spend tons of money in games just raised $5.5 million
A recent report from app marketing firm Swrve showed that only 0.15% of mobile gamers account for 50 percent of all in-game revenue. But it’s hard to identify who these whales are. Nizan believes that all companies can benefit by sharing their anonymized data. In fact, he notes that a user who has paid for items in one game is 10 times more likely to pay for items in another game.
Lightning strikes vs the sun: Twitter’s advertising challenge in one chart
Chris Moody, Twitter’s vice president of data strategy, had to deliver a major keynote at Cannes Lions today just a week after the company announced that chief executive Dick Costolo would step down. Presenting Twitter’s pitch to one of the world’s largest gathering of advertising and marketing peeps amid questions about the company’s growth and leadership is, well, maybe less than ideal timing.
Sony Launching 1TB PlayStation 4, 500GB Version Gets Some Tweaks
Bumping storage up to 1TB is a natural move for both console makers, as well as a tacit acknowledgement that users are increasingly buying online and installing games fully on their local hard drives. The storage increase on the new model isn’t the only news, however; Sony is also tweaking the design of the original 500GB console models ever so slightly, with 10 percent weight savings, and 8 percent energy efficiency gains. It’ll also have a matte top surface instead of the current glossy look, according to Sony’s Japanese PlayStation product page .
Everything arriving and leaving on Netflix in July 2015 - CNET
July 2015 is shaping up to be a very interesting month for Netflix. First, let's take a look at what's leaving in July -- 1980s people will be furious to see "Magnum P.I." and "Miami Vice" both departing Netflix in the same month. The entire run of "Leave it to Beaver" is going away as well. Is it all bad news for July?
Younger generations don't fear the robot revolution
With every new bot on the block, we're inching closer to sharing our homes with machines . DARPA's recent Robotics Challenge wasn't about finding the best personal robot companion, but hinted at a future where they will run free (albeit very slowly ) and rush to save lives when disaster strikes. But beyond the much-talked about hunt for first responder bots , DARPA had a lesser known contest that seemed just as pertinent as the main event. The agency set up Robots4Us , a contest for high school students, to reach out to the demographic that's most likely going to share space with robots. Teens from across the country sent in short videos about their hopes and fears for the future of robots. In the end, five young winners made their way to Pomona, California, for the robotics challenge to present their version of the future. Instead of the dystopian narrative that usually accompanies robotics, each student envisioned a collaborative space for robots and humans to coexist. Turns out, the generation that will most likely hang out with a bot at home isn't robophobic at all.
Swarm brings back Foursquare mayorship, adds a flashy crown badge
To become the mayor of a location, just check-in more than anyone else. When others check-in, they’ll see you’re in charge (not really, you get no authority).
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The Official Microsoft ASP.NET Site
Scott Hanselman gives a quick introduction to Docker and shows how easy it is to publish an ASP.NET 5 site in a Docker container using the Docker for Visual Studio 2015 extension.
The 9 limits of our planet ... and how we've raced past 4 of them
Johan Rockström says humanity has already raced past four of the nine boundaries keeping our planet hospitable to modern life. Writer John Carey digs into the “planetary boundary” theory — and why Rockström says his isn’t, actually, a doomsday message.We’ve been lucky, we humans: For many millennia, we’ve been on a pretty stable — and resilient — planet. As our civilizations developed, we’ve transformed the landscape by cutting down forests and growing crops. We’ve created pollution, and driven plants and animals extinct. Yet our planet has kept spinning along, supporting us, more or less stable and in balance. Going forward, scientists have recently proposed, all we need to do is stay within some limits, nine upper boundaries for bad behavior.
The surprising science of happiness
Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
TED Talks to inspire you to go to bed and get a good night's sleep
In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making.
Strange Stars Pulse to the Golden Mean | Quanta Magazine
Not every golden ratio phenomenon in physics is questionable.
For example consider the Periodic Table. As we all know you can get as arbitrarily close to the golden ratio as you want by dividing consecutive Fibonacci numbers (or their generalized relatives such as Lucas numbers). Taking Fib numbers as ATOMIC numbers generates a very interesting pattern- up to 89 (the last Fib number that is also the atomic number of a known element), ALL of them are first members of orbital half rows. In fact the ODD Fibs map to the first half orbital and the EVEN Fibs map to the second. Up to and including 89 there are NO exceptions (though above 89 things get out of whack, but then again there aren’t likely to be any real elements that far up). The Lucas numbers have a similar patterning trend, without exception up to 18, but to last members of orbital half rows (including the odd/even split). Starting with 29 (Cu) and 47 (Ag) we see a mismatch in POSITION within periods, but BEHAVIORALLY because of anomalous electronic configurations that rob one s electron to give it to the nearly filled d orbital they still work.
Inside Obama's Stealth Startup
Oh, and the stories about Weaver. "First name is Matthew," Weaver says, sitting on a cheap couch in a makeshift office near the White House. But no one calls him Matthew, he explains, since there are too many Matthews in any given room at any given moment. Even among D.C.’s new technorati, people view Weaver as someone separate from the fray. Maybe it’s because he once lived in a camper in the Google parking lot without going home for an entire year. Maybe it’s because he was the one guy who, if he didn’t answer an emergency call, the whole search engine might go down. Or maybe it’s because in a group of brilliant engineers, Weaver, as one of his new colleagues puts it, stands out as "someone who is, like, superhero-fucking-brilliant." Recruited from California last year by these guys Mikey and Todd to work on the broken Healthcare.gov website, Weaver decided this year to stay in D.C. and leave behind the comfort of Google and a big pile of stock options. He recalls it in terms that suggest the transfixing power of a holy pilgrimage. "That"—he says, meaning the Healthcare.gov fix-it work—"changed my life in a profound way.
Game Of Thrones: The Piracy Effect
Forbes takes a look at the economic impact behind the most pirated television series of all time. Subscribe to FORBES: http://www.youtube.com/forbes Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/user/forbes/vi... Follow FORBES VIDEO on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/forbesvideo Like FORBES VIDEO on Facebook: http://fb.com/forbesvideo Follow FORBES VIDEO on Instagram: http://instagram.com/forbesvideo For more FORBES content: http://forbes.com
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.
Why it's time to forget the pecking order at work
Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It's a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: “Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do.”
How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.
How to Stop Checking Your Phone Like an Addict
The first iPhone was released in 2007, so we’re barely eight years into the era of smartphone technology. Do we even know what the risks are yet?
A moving song from women in prison for life
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.)
A new equation for intelligence
Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It’s F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast
Making toast doesn’t sound very complicated — until someone asks you to draw the process, step by step. Tom Wujec loves asking people and teams to draw how they make toast, because the process reveals unexpected truths about how we can solve our biggest, most complicated problems at work. Learn how to run this exercise yourself, and hear Wujec’s surprising insights from watching thousands of people draw toast.