15 Dead-On 'Game of Thrones' Impressions [VIDEO]
YouTube user Steve Love performs impressions from the hit HBO show 'Game of Thrones.'
John Oliver Issues Brutal Takedown of Dr. Oz and Diet Supplements
John Oliver pulled out all the stops for his takedown of Dr. Oz and the shady world of diet supplements.
This Road Safety Ad Is So Horrifying, It's Banned on TV Before 9 p.m.
Don't speed, OK? Follow that advice so you don't need to watch this disturbing PSA from Northern Ireland's Department of the Environment.
Microsoft giving away 15GB of OneDrive storage, 1TB for Office 365 users
More free storage? Lower prices? It's all good news from Microsoft today: The company just announced that it will begin offering 15GB of free storage to OneDrive users, up from 7GB. For those of you keeping track, this latest move brings OneDrive in line with its biggest rival, Google Drive, which also also offers 15GB of free space (other competitors such as iCloud and Dropbox don't offer nearly as much complimentary storage). Meanwhile, Microsoft said that within the next month, Office 365 users will get 1TB of free space, up from 20GB. This, too, is a welcome change: That generous 1TB cap was previously reserved for Office 365's business users only.
Finally, Microsoft dropped the price of its monthly plans to $1.99 for 100GB (down from $7.49) and $3.99 for 200GB (down from $11.49). In fact, the prices are so low that the company chose to eliminate its 50GB monthly plan; the fee would have been so nominal (25 cents or so) that it may as well have been free. The good news is that whether you use OneDrive or Office 365, existing users will automatically see their storage limits go up.
Microsoft Digs At Cloud Competitors With New OneDrive Discounts
Of course the director of marketing for OneDrive at Microsoft would tout it for Office users. That's his job. But this isn’t the 1990s when option were limited. Users have plenty of other cloud storage options. Microsoft knows that customers don’t want to be locked in to a vendor’s product line and publishes application programming interfaces (APIs) so that developers can integrate their apps with OneDrive. “Customers can choose to save to Dropbox if they want,” said Omar Shahine, principal group program manager. OneDrive’s software development kit details ways for developers to integrate their apps with OneDrive so that a user can open or access files, or save documents to OneDrive. “We do have APIs and we think it’s important,” Shahine said. “If they are going to trust us with their information, they want to be able to access it it where it matters to them.”
Device Demonstrates New Wrist-Based Biometric | MIT Technology Review
Technology honed at Dartmouth uses four pairs of electrodes around the wrist. Electrical resistance between the electrodes turns out to be a biometric: it is unique to individuals, depending on their body composition, flesh thickness, and bone size. After the device measures the correct levels of resistance, it can wirelessly transmit an ID code confirming your identity.
Google Glass on sale in the UK for £1,000
Google Glass consists of a pair of glasses with a small prism-based translucent screen-mounted above the right eye. It can take pictures or video from a front-facing camera, controlled by a voice command or a swipe on the right-hand armature, and is designed to display at-a-glance information on its screen which is visible only to the user. It runs a variant of Google’s Android mobile software, and relies on a smartphone for its data connectivity. Google says it offers about a day's battery life, or 45 minutes' continuous video recording.
How to watch the Netherlands vs. Chile 2014 World Cup match online
Today’s match between the Netherlands and Chile, which kicks off at 12 p.m. ET, is between two teams that have already advanced past the Group stage. However, both teams still have something to play for. Don’t have access to a TV but need to get your World Cup fix? Keep reading then, because we’ll show you how you can watch the action without missing a single moment of it.
Glastonbury to provide free wifi from cows - Telegraph
Festival goers will also benefit from contactless payment on site, with more
than 100 card readers in 25 main bars, as well as cash on tap facilities for
EE customers - allowing them to pay for items up to £20 with a mobile phone.
Apple, Google, Samsung vie to bring health apps to wearables
Apple can afford to throw billions of dollars at solving a problem and if Apple were to come up with non-invasive glucose monitoring, I’m fairly certain Tim Cook’s place at Apple would be set for good. I doubt Steve Jobs was working on such a project so it would fall under Tim Cook’s reign. For all those diabetics out there I sure do hope some company comes up with an accurate and reliable non-invasive way to check glucose levels. With Apple, Google and Samsung working on solving the problem, one of them will surely succeed because they practically have all the cash in the world at their disposal. I think these health wearables will really take off and a great part of the population will be wearing them on a daily basis.
New York's Newest Beach Lets You Lay On The Sand While Floating On The Hudson
Though Manhattan’s an island, it hasn’t had real beaches for a few hundred years --sand once stretched from the lower tip up to what is now 42nd Street, but it’s long gone. A new project wants to bring a tiny piece of the sand back, artificially, by transforming an old shipping barge into a mobile beach that could float in the Hudson River.
Scott Meyers — Why C++ Sails When the Vasa Sank
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Why C++ Sails When the Vasa Sank
C++: Heavily Armed
Classes (concrete and abstract) Namespaces Virtual member functions
Constructors and Destructors RTTI Nested classes
Default parameters Locales Nonvirtual functions
Operator overloading constexprs Static member functions
new and delete Bitwise operations Pure virtual functions
Lambda expressions Iostreams Function overloading
Inheritance (public, private, protected,
Static data (in classes,
functions, namespaces, files)
Templates (including total and
Nonvirtual member functions Inline functions Atomic data types
Exceptions/Exception Specifications References (Arguably 3 kinds) New Handlers
Private and protected members Friends Memory Models (3)
User-defined literals Raw and smart Pointers Promises and Futures
Type deduction (3 sets of rules) The STL Enums (2 kinds)
Scott Meyers, Software Development Consultant
© 2013 Scott Meyers, all rights reserved.
C++: Ornately Decorated
What is f in this code?
f(x); // “invoke f on x”
Maybe a function (or function pointer or function reference).
Whisper Lands Broadcast Partnership With Fusion (Exclusive)
Fusion will now work with Whisper to develop stories and investigate trends based on posts made on the app. The startup network from Univision and ABC News will also integrate Whisper's into its broadcasts and news coverage to provide additional context to its reporting.
Is time spent a better metric than pageviews? Upworthy says it is, and open-sources its code for attention minutes
Both digital publishers and advertisers are trying to come up with a more accurate way of measuring the value of a reader than just raw pageviews or uniques. Upworthy says its “attention minutes” metric is better, and it has opened up the code for anyone to use
A Crafty Machine That Can Decipher Images on Pinterest and Instagram | Business | WIRED
Curalate is trying to solve that problem with a image recognition platform its founders say can see images in much the same way the human brain does. But the company isn’t building a search engine. It’s building a platform to help marketers at companies like the GAP and Urban Outfitters learn more about how their customers use images of their products on social networks like Instagram and Pinterest.
ITBiz Chat - WebRTC (Web Real-Time Comm) - Tues 6-24 at 1PM ET
For our fourth #ITBiz chat, we’re going to explore Web Real-Time Communication. We’ll be online for an hour using the @IDGTechTalk handle on Twitter, so follow us there!
The Ring Of Fire: Of Pirates, Popcorn Time And Dynamic Pricing | TechCrunch
The idea is neither a first nor is it novel. It’s just the right time. Dynamic pricing isn’t that complex, either. Take a page out of the e-commerce playbook and adjust for dozens of variables, from content recency, to country of viewership, to competitor pricing, to social chatter, to the number of torrents seeded or leeched, to the quality of the original video file, among many others. You can also track search terms and adjust prices in anticipation, or even involve the search giants to seed pay users and give them a cut. Both sides would win. You’d need kick-ass data scientists, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you get a world-class team of volunteers lined up to work on it.
Sequoia tosses $12M into the maker of the LIFX connected light bulb
For those not familiar with the differences between the two, LIFX will give you brighter light (1000 lumens for LIFX vs. 630 for Philips hue) plus deeper blues and greens. The Philips lights require a small hub connected to your router, but this has both plusses and minuses, depending on your perspective. LIFX color accuracy is poor at very low brightness levels, but unlike Philips hue, can smoothly dim down to 0% without a sudden drop off at the end. As Stacey mentioned, there’s also the price difference, though Philips has a whole huge product line from hue bulbs to light strips, all the way up to fancy $4,000 3D printed lamps that look like they’re from the future. For those of you that can’t decide, there’s a 3rd party app that lets you control Philips, LIFX, and Belkin WeMo all at once.
The Witcher 3 Files Leak Revealing Massive 64km Sq Map - IGN
The map of the island of Ard Skellig is said to be 64 kilometres squared, and is just one of the areas you'll be exploring in the game. While we've yet to get confirmation whether or not the landmass has been modified since this map was created, if it's remained similar in terms of mass then the finished product could be massive. With Novigrad and No Man's Land also confirmed as areas you'll traverse, it's probably a good idea to pack your hiking boots.
Etsy Acquires French Market in Biggest Deal Yet - MoneyBeat - WSJ
Online marketplace Etsy is making its biggest acquisition yet, buying Paris-based A Little Market, a French website for handmade goods, foods, and wine.
San Francisco Tells Parking Startup to Stop Operations, Warns Two Others - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ
Several parking startups that want to make it easier to find a parking spot in busy cities are facing a legal gauntlet in San Francisco, where the city attorney sent one company a cease-and-desist letter and is warning two others.
Study further confirms link between autism and pesticide exposure
For Rossignol, "the only type of study that would have been better" would have been a study "where women were followed before, during, after pregnancy — as well as their babies — to determine if, over time, those higher exposure to pesticides had a higher risk of autism." Richard Frye, an autism researcher at the University of Arkansas who was not involved in the study, agrees with Rossignol, and pointed out in an email that "there could be bias in the sample of patients because the participants volunteered for the study." This means that these participants are the kinds of people that that "seek medical care for their children" — which isn't necessarily representative of all parents. But overall, both scientists praised the study's design.
NodeBB Forum Software is powered by Node.js and built on a Redis database. It utilizes web sockets for instant interactions and real-time notifications. NodeBB is compatible down to IE8 and has many modern features out of the box such as social network integration and streaming discussions.
How Marissa Mayer Fell Asleep and Kept Ad Executives Waiting For Hours
Only one explanation….the dinner was just not that inportant to her and the ad people were in her mind beneath her. Clearly this is a wake up call for big shareholders and the Board. Shes already had some internal personnel blunders and now ita spread to outside company relationships. Reality check. Big time. Pride xomes before the fall. Better get humble, Marissa and start seeing leading as serving in ordee to really win and turn this around fast. Its symptomatic of SOMEthing…and dont forget…its a PUBLIC company, before its anything else and successful CEOs are human, himane and keep self imposed short leashes. Success went to her head. Better get humble fast.
Yo plans expanding notifications to businesses, like pizza delivery and laundry services - Digits - WSJ
Arbel envisioned a few such scenarios: People could receive Yo notifications for pizza and other shopping deliveries, or be alerted that their laundry is ready for pickup, for example. The company hasn’t yet started talking to vendors, he said.
Yo Still Exists and Now Has More Than 1 Million Users
Yo , an app that just lets users send the word "yo" to each other, announced that it has topped 1 million users. Most of those users — about 950,000 — were added in just the four-day period after Yo first gained mainstream attention last week.
iOS 7.1.1 Compatible Jailbreak Apps and Tweaks
Downloaded Pangu JB and got Cydia Store. Wanted to install TetherMe, but Cydia won’t let me, says “Unable to Purchase”, and, “This product is not supported on your IOS version.” (iOS 7.1 is installed on my Iphone 5). TetherMe. This is the only Cydia App I want to download. Is there some way to download it, since the article says it is working with the new Pangu JB?
Your personal mini Instructable Robot cuddly
I have been making teddy bears for a while. I decided to try a instructable robot now. He is a bit too thin, I have to admitt. Next try I would make the belly wider. But for the first try I think he is quite cute :o)
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Lonely geniuses find new home on Match.com
Binazir does not believe Mensa members are better at relationships than anyone else. But the partnership with Match.com provides another way for people to find common interests, which is always positive, he said. "I think it's a step in the right direction."
Pablo Neruda poems 'of extraordinary quality' discovered
"This is an enormously exciting discovery," Feinstein told the Guardian. "In his lifetime, Neruda used to joke that one day they would go as far as to publish his socks. Now they have uncovered a whole new batch of his poems which lay unsuspected in a drawer. As Neruda's biographer, I am really looking forward to reading the poems and expect to find further examples of his lyrical genius."
How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture
But "no matter how tiny it was, it was yours," says journalist Masha Karp, who was born in Moscow and worked as an editor for the BBC World Service from 1991 to 2009. "This kitchen was the place where people could finally get together and talk at home without fearing the neighbors in the communal flat."
CRM and Cloud Computing To Grow Your Business - Salesforce.com
Customer relationship management (CRM) is all about managing the relationships you have with your customers. CRM combines business processes, people, and technology to achieve this single goal: getting and keeping customers. It's an overall strategy to help you learn more about their behavior so you can develop stronger, lasting relationships that will benefit both of you. It’s very hard to run a successful business without a strong focus on CRM, as well as adding elements of social media and making the transition to a social enterprise to connect with customers in new ways.
Google Glass - Google Glass Bold Frame | MR PORTER
Google Glass is the eyewear that brings hands-free technology to the here and now. Seamlessly sync this Bold Frame style with your phone to make calls; pull up websites, recipes and emails with the handy voice-command. Utilise up to 12GB of usable memory synced with cloud storage and take 5mMP photos or 720p videos with the instant access camera, all of which can be played back on a brilliant high resolution display. Packaged with a detachable UV lens clip and integrated mono earbud, this sleek, feather-light titanium pair can also be customised with your prescription lenses - simply turn the unit off when you want to 'unplug'. Frequently asked questions
City Cracks Down On 9-Year-Old For Opening Free Library In His Front Yard
A nine-year-old boy in eastern Kansas who decided to open his own little front-yard library and share books with his neighbors has been shut down for violating a city zoning ordinance.
A Haunting Look Inside Some of America's Abandoned Shopping Malls
Photographer Seph Lawless had been traveling the country photographing a variety of “abandoned and broken” buildings for his book, Autopsy of America , when he came across two buildings from his past: Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio and Randall Park Mall in North Randall, Ohio. Growing up in nearby Cleveland, Lawless spent lots of time in both of the malls during their heyday with friends and family. “The malls were great. They were thriving and vibrant—much like the economy at the time. That was a happy time for most Americans. The malls were filled with shoppers and tenants,” he said.
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.
Leading scientist ejected from classical concert for attempting to crowd surf
A renowned scientist was ejected from the Bristol Old Vic by fellow audience members after attempting to crowd surf during a performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Beyond recognition: the incredible story of a face transplant
For Carmen Tarleton, the day started out normally enough. Tarleton, 45, had errands to run, a piano lesson to get to, a house to tidy. Tomorrow was Valentine’s Day, and for the first time in a long time — the first time since the attack five years earlier — she looked forward to spending it with a new boyfriend. And then everything changed. The phone rang, and Tarleton’s surgeon gave her the news: after more than a year of searching, doctors were optimistic that they’d finally found her a new face.
Redefining What It Means To Talk In The Age Of Smartphones
We allow mindlessness to take precedence over the insight that strangers — that any of us — can offer each other. We're looking down at our phones when we could be looking up at all there is to see — you can't express facial expressions, body language and sarcasm in an email.
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I owe a huge debt to my sister. She worked for practically nothing back when RunPee was just getting off the ground and wasn‘t making any money. She helped me keep up with the movie load so we could stay current each weekend. She also loves horror flicks which is great because without her there wouldn’t be many of those types of movies in our database.
Framer - Innovative Prototyping
Framer Studio is built on Framer.js , an open source framework for rapid prototyping. Framer allows you to define animations and interactions. It runs on mobile devices, too.
Where gun stores outnumber museums and libraries
Gun stores outnumber museums and libraries by nearly seven-to-one in Deschutes County, Ore., giving it the most lopsided ratio in favor of gun stores among counties with at least 10 of each. Eight of the top 25 gun-favoring counties are in the Lone Star state — don't mess with Texas!
Future of Technology
Those Americans who are optimistic about the future of scientific advancement in a general sense tend to be more open—up to a point—toward the benefits of some of these more controversial developments. These long-term optimists (that is, those who agree with the statement that “technological changes will lead to a future in which people’s lives are mostly better”) are roughly twice as likely as long-term pessimists to say that it will be a change for the better if personal drones become widespread (28% vs. 14%) and if many people wear devices or implants that feed them digital information about their surroundings (46% vs. 23%). They are also receptive toward robot caregivers (33% think these would be a change for the better, while 21% of pessimists feel this way) and toward designer babies (31% vs. 19%). But notably, even within this “optimist” group, a substantial majority feel that most of these developments would be a bad thing overall.
Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops to Deceive Judges | Threat Level | WIRED
“In the past,” Castro writes, “and at the request of the U.S. Marshalls (sic), the investigative means utilized to locate the suspect have not been revealed so that we may continue to utilize this technology without the knowledge of the criminal element. In reports or depositions we simply refer to the assistance as ‘received information from a confidential source regarding the location of the suspect.’ To date this has not been challenged, since it is not an integral part of the actual crime that occurred.”
What it Feels Like to Be Washed Up at 35
When Netscape went public in 1995, achieving a valuation of $3 billion in a single day, it dawned on Stamos that his engineering skills might be worth substantially more than $18,000: “I was like, if they can do that, I can do it.” In the late ’90s, he signed up as the first employee at Phase Forward, which saved pharmaceutical companies millions by allowing them to tabulate the results of their clinical trials online. (Previously, the researchers would write down the results on seven-part carbon copy.) Stamos built an engineering team that grew to 100 people before the company went public. Then, in 2002, Stamos left to co-found another start-up, Verdasys, which protects an organization’s data against theft or leaks by insiders. General Electric, DuPont, and the Department of Justice all became customers. But while building a succession of start-ups has netted him a comfortable lifestyle, he has never quite pulled in what the kids call “fuck you money.”
Egypt's Covert Crackdown on Local Journalists
Even as the Cairo judge sentenced Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed of Al-Jazeera to between seven and ten years in prison, a court in the Upper Egyptian city of Minya announced that Mohamed Hegazy, a correspondent for the US-based Coptic channel Al-Tareq, had been sentenced to five years in prison on similar charges - he is accused of inciting sectarian strife by falsely reporting that Copts face religious discrimination in Egypt.
Google Is Getting Into Domains. Should GoDaddy Worry?
Google definitely has the revenue to undercut competitors by a significant degree, much as GoDaddy did in the mid 2000s. The search giant already offers a variety of developer-facing web services, similar (though less popular, perhaps) to Amazon Web Services. If the company is willing to make the right investments into more commoditized hosting services for "regular" users, it certainly has what it takes to take on incumbents such as GoDaddy.
How Your Machines Get Smarter
Now, we have machines that think and execute smart actions. They incorporate big data and algorithms provide the capability to learn what we need before we know ourselves. From cars that drive themselves to locks that take pictures of who is entering and exiting a home, we rely on smart technology to improve our lives.
Yahoo's Aviate Comes Out of Beta With Powerful New Features
is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.
Syria Surrenders Last of Its Chemical Weapons, But Watchdog Work Remains
A top investigator said Monday that Syria had surrendered the final chemical arms it admitted to holding, but any secret arsenal may allow gas attacks to continue.
Marissa Mayer Reportedly Made Ad Execs Wait For 2 Hours Because She Overslept
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Yahoo CEO was scheduled to meet a group of ad executives for a private dinner during the Cannes Lions festival in France last Tuesday, but showed up "nearly two hours late" because she had fallen asleep. One executive in attendance from IPG is said to have left before Mayer arrived.