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Hands-Free Driving Coming to New Cars Starting in 2015

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It's a Boy! Student Rescued From Vagina Sculpture in Germany

On Friday, an American exchange student got himself trapped inside a vagina-like sculpture at the Tübingen University Institute of Microbiology in Tübingen, Germany. Imgur user Erick Guzman, who claims to be the student's friend, said his buddy "just wanted to take a funny picture."

Pearl Jam Takes On Disney's 'Let It Go'

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.

25 Years After Batman, No Superhero Movie Can Compare | Underwire | WIRED

It’s that philosophical tug-of-war that makes the movie so compelling 25 years later. Burton got his way when it came to casting Batman, but Nicholson as Joker was the studio’s decision, as was Basinger as Vicki Vale (Keaton reportedly wanted Brad Dourif, and Sean Young had the female lead until an accident just before shooting began). Likewise, Burton got his way with Danny Elfman’s melodramatic score, but the studio opted instead to promote WB Records signee Prince’s soundtrack for synergy’s sake. There’s more; the original climax of the movie—the Joker kills Vicki Vale, sending Batman over the edge—was dumped by the studio during filming, leading to a shoot where no one actually knew how the story would end until they’d already filmed it. And so on, and so on. By all regular standards, Batman is a mess.

2014 FIFA World Cup Predictions - IGN

The reigning World Champions took another beating, with dark horses Chile going ahead through Vargas in 22". Sergio Ramos has a habit of levelling score lines, though, equalising for Spain before half-time. But weaknesses in Spain's defensive back line were once again exposed, with Mena finding the back of the net in the 88" minute. Sickening for Spain.

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.

Twitter Testing Ways to Add Commentary to Retweets

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.

Microsoft giving away 15GB of cloud 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.

7 Tips for Starting a Content Marketing Strategy

Although each content marketing strategy is going to be a bit different depending on the organization, the ideas in this article will be applicable to any scenario. For those of you just starting out with a content marketing strategy, I hope that you can keep these in mind and that they help accelerate your success.

China's Tianhe-2 Remains The World's Fastest Supercomputer

The United States still has the most supercomputers in the top 500 at 233, but that’s 32 fewer than it had on November’s list. China has 76 supercomputers on the list, up from 63 on November’s list.

Yahoo Opens Aviate, Its Android Launcher, To All

Aviate can also list your most popular contacts under Favorites to make every action less than two clicks away. Additionally, the service will display twice-daily news summary so you can catch up with the day’s headlines on the go.


The stepdaughter of a 95-year-old WWII Chicago-area veteran has filed a lawsuit in federal court against six police officers accused of killing her father with bean bag rounds after he refused to go to the hospital, according to Courthouse News Service .

New Knight News Challenge winners receive funding to help strengthen the Internet

A diverse community of people working on strengthening the Internet is an important part of ensuring its future as a public resource. While black and Latino students currently earn nearly 20 percent of computer science degrees, they make up only 9 percent of the technology industry and less than 1 percent of technology company founders. CODE2040 seeks to strengthen the Internet by opening more pathways for people of color to top jobs in technology and bolstering professional support networks to sustain their success. The core component of this initiative will be a new iteration of the CODE2040 Fellows Program. The program matches black and Latino software developers with internships at tech companies to which they would not usually have access and supports them with a robust leadership development curriculum. Lessons from the Fellows Program will also be applied to develop a curriculum for thousands of computer science students of color nationwide.

Report: Story of girl getting tossed from KFC hoax

Report: Story of girl getting tossed from KFC hoax The report of a Jackson KFC accused of asking a 3-year-old girl to leave because of facial scars was a hoax, according to the Laurel Leader-Call. Check out this story on

Nanomaterial Cloaks Objects So You Can't Feel Them

Two years ago, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany successfully created pentamodes , or mechanical metamaterials. Now, researchers have found a fascinating property in the metamaterial: the ability to hide or “cloak” the existence of foreign objects hidden within it. It’s a discovery that could lead to making everything from more comfortable camping gear to shoes that make you feel like you’re walking on air.

This Watch Is Smart, But It's Not a Smartwatch

The Withings Activité is a Swiss-made timepiece that monitors steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled and sleep patterns. It doesn't come with the technology found in a typical smartwatch (like notifications and text messages), but it's a smart device with a traditional watch face. And sure, fitness trackers are neither new nor unique these days, but its design is something worth appreciating.

Great White Sharks Making a Comeback Off U.S. Coasts

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.

31 Fictional Characters Who Battled Drugs and Alcohol

This infographic from provides realistic stats on fictional characters from TV and film, who are affected by substance abuse — breaking down the substances, the consequences, how much money they spend and what it would take to detox.

How 7 Successful Entrepreneurs Find Focus

Whether you're managing a company or just your daily life, these successful entrepreneurs have great advice for cutting through the chaos.

Scientists Peer at Mysterious 'Magic Island' on Saturn's Moon Titan

"What I think is really special about Titan is that it has liquid methane and ethane lakes and seas, making it the only other world in the solar system that has stable liquids on its surfaces," lead study author Jason Hofgartner, a planetary scientist at Cornell University, told "It not only has lakes and seas, but also rivers and even rain. It has what we call a hydrological cycle, and we can study it as an analog to Earth's hydrological cycle — and it's the only other place we know of where we can do that."

Food Truck Meals Can Be More Sanitary Than Sit-Down Dining

Chowhounds, take heart. A survey of food trucks in major cities finds that getting your lunch on wheels is as safe as — or safer than — stepping into a sit-down restaurant.

Insane Jet-Powered Hoverboard Lets You Fly Over the Waves | Gadget Lab | WIRED

The newest ZR Hoverboard is basically a souped-up wakeboard that uses a rear-mounted water jet to speed you along at up to 16 MPH. You’re not off flipping from crest to crest on your own though—the hoverboard is tethered to your boat or jet ski with a hose.

World Cup Day 12 Recap: It's All Fun and Games Until You Win the Group

When you think about it, it's a supremely strange setup. Some 32 nations around the world invest themselves heart and soul into one team of 11 men, fully aware that the odds are stacked against them. Most have a far worse than 1 in 32 chance of winning; for 31 entire nations, destiny can offer nothing but heartache and tears.

Technorati Quietly Killed its Blog Index in May

Alexa is one service that you can use to rank websites, but Technorati was always geared towards blogs and seemed to give a more reliable and accurate reading — its layout also helped you to discover new content and sites. While the focus has shifted to social media, blog and website-ranking is still important, at least in our minds.

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.

What makes us happy?

We all want to be happy. But how, exactly, do you go about it? More stuff or less? More choice or less? The answers — from psychologists, journalists, Buddhist monks — may surprise you.

Opera's Chromium-based Web Browser Now Available on Linux

Available to download now , the last new version of Opera for Linux was version 12.16 from around a year ago, which doesn’t include a lot of the newer features seen on other platforms. Opera stopped updating the Linux build when it  abandoned its own rendering engine and browser stack in favor of Chromium. Now, a Chromium-based Opera 24 is available to download for developers.

What you need to know about 3D printing

There are several different methods that can be used to 3D print, depending on variables such as what material you want to use and how much you want to spend. The most common is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). With this method, an object is produced by use of melted thermoplastic material to form layers. Each layer stacks on top of and fuses with the previous layer as the material hardens almost immediately to create a 3D object.

First Day of Wimbledon Serves Up Victories, Upsets

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.

See the Wonders of Harry Potter’s New Diagon Alley Attraction Before It Opens | Underwire | WIRED

WIRED got a special preview of the area this week—exactly four years after the Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened—and spent as much time as we could soaking in all of the little details that Universal has used to replicate the feel of the movies’ magic, from fire-breathing dragons to ice-cold Butterbeer. Not only can you can take a thrill ride through the Gringotts bank, but you can have a hearty English meal at the Leaky Cauldron, even stock up on Puking Pastilles at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. But the expansion is also full of twists and turns and tiny details, and if you look closely you can find all kinds of in-jokes and references to the books and movies.

New Report Reveals 'Excessive' Militarization of U.S. Police

The incident could be seen a tragic example of a SWAT raid gone awfully wrong. But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) thinks that raids like the one that ended Stanley-Jones' young life are representative of a worrisome trend: the unchecked militarization of police departments across the United States.

How to Take Care of Your Laptop Battery the Right Way

You probably know a few tricks for extending your laptop's battery life—whether it's dimming the screen or switching off Wi-Fi—but there are plenty of other ways you can and should look after its long-term health too. Here's how to get the most juice out of your laptop by following just a few simple rules.

People in Pedestrian-Friendly Cities Make More Money | Autopia | WIRED

Average gross domestic product per capita—a fancy way of saying approximated average income—in metro areas ranked as “highly walkable” is 38 percent higher than in “low walkable” areas. In dollars and cents, that means the average GDP per capita in places that promote walking is $60,400 compared to $43,900 in those that do not. It’s not quite clear why that is, the new study says, but “evidence suggests that encouraging walkable urbanism is a potential strategy for regional economic development.”

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to come with more durable Touch ID sensor

Apple introduced the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in iPhone 5s last year, but did not include it in the iPad Air or the Retina iPad mini. Low yield-rates of the component was said to be the main reason for the limited supply of the iPhone 5s when it launched last year, and the reason for not including it in the iPads.

Lenka for iOS Gives Your Photos Moody Monochrome Magic

The app is a here-and-now affair, so you can’t reach back into the camera roll and use Lenka as a filter the way you can with other photo apps, though you can certainly apply filters to Lenka’s images in other apps after the fact, if you wish.

Google Nest Labs' Acquisition Of Dropcam Scares The Heck Out Of Me

But there’s a problem with all of this—at least in my opinion. Assuming the deal is approved and Google ultimately ends up owning Dropcam, Google will technically have access to a wealth of data about what goes on in our home.  Think about this for a moment. If you own a PC and use Google for search (or use Chrome as your browser, GMAIL, etc.), and also own an Android-based device , a Nest product, and a Dropcam, the data collected by all of these pieces of technology can reveal virtually everything about you. Google would know what sites you visit and what you’ve searched for, where you are at any given time (assuming you’re carrying your smartphone), your contacts, Wi-Fi passwords, the temperature you like to keep in your house, and the list goes on and on. Heck, technically speaking, Google could theoretically even listen in on activities in your home, not to mention check out video feeds at will. If you’ve also got a few Dropcam Tabs installed, they even be able to tell when certain door and widows are opened, or where you’ve stashed something. That’s scary if you ask me. Really scary.

36 Apple's Gains May Bode Well For Fortunes On The Upcoming Forbes Taiwan Rich List

One place to look for clues is the performance of large Taiwan technology companies that play an important role in the island’s stock market and economy and in shaping the list. And when it comes to the health of Taiwan’s technology industry, few companies have more influence these days as Apple Apple .

Researchers unveil experimental 36-core chip

This week, at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture, Peh’s group unveiled a 36-core chip that features just such a “network-on-chip.” In addition to implementing many of the group’s earlier ideas, it also solves one of the problems that has bedeviled previous attempts to design networks-on-chip: maintaining cache coherence, or ensuring that cores’ locally stored copies of globally accessible data remain up to date.

Google Play Quarterly App Revenue More Than Doubled Over Past Year, Thanks To Games, Freemium Apps | TechCrunch

App Annie also estimates there are now “well over 1 million apps” on Google Play, after Google publicly announced the 1 million app milestone last summer. (App Annie did not have a more exact estimate on hand, when we asked.) However, it did note that the number of apps grew by approximately one-third between July 2013 and April 2014, if you wanted to ballpark it a bit.

iOS 8, OS X Yosemite Preview: AirDrop finally works across iOS and Mac

AirDrop in OS X Yosemite now uses the same technology as AirDrop on iOS. Discovery is handled via Bluetooth LE for minimal battery consumption, and the actual transfer is done via Wi-Fi. So now if you switch to the AirDrop tab in OS X’s Finder, you’ll see nearby iPhones and iPads (if they’re unlocked) along with Macs.

The Surprisingly Short History Of The Plus Sign

With modern mathematical notation, this becomes x(10 - x) = 21. As Mazur argues, the simplification of symbols may have aided the rapid acceleration of mathematical progress since the 16th century. "Mathematics does snowball as these symbols appear," he says. The design of graphic representations for notions like "unknown thing" allow for quicker comprehension (in any language), paving the way for the grand mathematical thinking of the Renaissance, when mathematicians invented the decimal point, coined the word trigonometry, and solved cubic equations.

Looking beyond iPhone, ARM 64-bit chips get into servers with GPUs

The first ARM servers from Cirrascale and E4 Engineering will ship later this year. The Cirrascale RM1905D and the E4 EK003 have eight-core AppliedMicro X-Gene processors and Tesla K20 GPUs, with support for up to DDR3 memory, 10-gigabit ethernet and PCI-Express 3.0. The systems come with 400 watt power supplies. The Cirrascale 1U server is for cloud and high-performance applications, while the E4 Engineering 3U server is for Web computing, analytics, video rendering and science applications. Configuration details for Eurotech’s ARM server was not available, but it will have liquid cooling, according to Nvidia.

16 Surprising Things You Learn When Starting a Business

The rest of this article is full of spoilers, so if you’d rather learn these things on your own, stop reading and start doing. Otherwise, if you want to prepare yourself for the journey ahead, see what starting a business reveals about you.

Writing in Games: It’s Much More Than Narrative - IGN

When it comes to pointing out ‘good writing’ in games though, we don’t always look to the examples that do these things best. More often than not we associate ‘good writing’ with well-crafted story content and entertaining text or dialogue, and while this obviously isn’t a negative thing in and of itself, it leaves room for the idea that there are games with great, skilful writing that we don’t think of as such because they aren’t literary or don’t tell a gripping story. So is there a problem with the way we evaluate the quality of writing in games?

Fresh evidence suggests particle discovered in 2012 is the Higgs boson

Preliminary studies revealed that the new particle’s properties were consistent with those predicted for the Higgs boson by the Standard Model, but much more work was needed to confirm this. In particular, researchers wanted to clarify whether there was a single Higgs or many different Higgs particles, as predicted by various extensions of the Standard Model, Klute says.

Grow Your Business With Pinterest

If there is one sizzling social media platform right now it would definitely be Pinterest. The site has already skyrocketed to 70 million users and growing. This makes it an appealing resource to drive traffic and increase your brand’s social media presence as well as help with your companies SEO. So if you’re already signed up, then let’s explore how you can earn 100 new followers on Pinterest in a day.

3D printed Cyvasse is Game of Thrones for the board game geek - CNET

"There's not a lot in the books to go off -- GRRM himself never tried to define the rules -- but he did say it was a mix of Chess, Stratego and Blitzkrieg (which is based on a hex grid), and we have a list of quotes that say things like that the pieces are made of 'onyx and ivory', Dragons can be taken by Trebuchets and that Heavy Horses were 'circling around his rear'," Le Page said of his process.

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

Box brings Notes to iOS while IPO waits in the wings | ZDNet

With the extension of Notes to mobile devices, Box is becoming more ubiquitous in the lives of its business users and even those using the cloud storage service for personal use; two increasingly important details as the Los Altos, Calif.-based company moves forward with its initial public offering this summer.

49 The Increasingly Desperate Attempts To Get Us To Send Messages To Each Other

There are myriad ways to contact people. You can email them or text them or Snapchat them or Twitter Twitter DM them or WhatsApp them or Gchat them or BBM them or Kik them or Skype them or Facetime them or Poke them or, if you want to be secure about it and use encryption, you can TextSecure them or Wickr them or SilentText them. We are endlessly reachable if you can but figure out which app we are using. But more messaging apps keep entering the fray desperately hoping to be the rail of choice for the photos, videos, doodles, break-up messages, and “yo”s we don’t want to publicly post to the world.

Road Trip Pic of the Day, 6/23/14: What is this? - CNET

Given the constraints of the work I'll be doing on Road Trip, I have to minimize the complexity of the Picture of the Day challenge, so if you want to accumulate right answers and compete for the grand prize, you must use the same email address and name each time. If you use a different name or email address, your answers won't be counted together.

51 Sony SmartBand review: a fitness tracker that goes beyond fitness
52 Mobile Malware Is On The Rise, McAfee Report Reveals
53 French Company, Drawn, is Now 3D Printing Entire Furniture Pieces.. And They Are Amazing
54 Mr. Belding to Appear in 'Saved by the Bell' Lifetime Movie
55 Swiftype is hiring!
56 Download these great apps and games for free for a limited time
57 China Argues for ‘Internet Sovereignty.’ Is It a Good Idea? - China Real Time Report - WSJ
58 Relive Lady Mary's Hell With Downton Abbey Season Four on Amazon Prime
59 Works with Nest.
60 3D-Weaving Turns a Single Thread Into Shoe Soles and Stab-Proof Vests
61 Thanks to tablets and better TV tech, there are more gadgets but they're using less energy
62 Google's Kevin Rose upsets Portland neighbors with home demolition - CNET
63 You Can Get Paid For Reducing How Much Energy You Use
64 Ouch! Verizon pulls free LTE for Chromebook Pixel one year early
65 How to Disappear Completely: Part One
66 More Secure Credit Cards With Chips Coming To The U.S.
67 Ebooks And The Long Tail: It's Still All About Blockbusters
68 Privacy and "marketing nirvana" in one package? Meet the Respect Network
69 Party like it’s 1999 — the denial of a press credential to SCOTUSblog
70 Easily Take Studio Quality Smartphone Video with the iStabilizer [Deals Hub]
71 Microsoft launches Interflow, a security and threat information exchange platform
72 Gamers Unite to Bring Back Titles Stranded by GameSpy Shutdown | Game|Life | WIRED
73 Learn more about Reg Saddler (ZAIBATSU) on Empire Avenue
74 Rubik's Cube Solver
75 Edgar Ramirez is Talking With Doctor Strange Team About a Role - IGN
76 Twitter is partnering with an Indonesian telecom in a bid to lure new users - Digits - WSJ
77 Your next Applebee’s or Chili’s waiter may be an Android tablet
78 How Soviet Hipsters Saved Rock 'N' Roll With X-Ray Records
79 Punkbuster wrongly bans Battlefield 3 players, EA working on solution
80 Harmony Ultimate Update Now Supports Nest Thermostat
81 CloudPhysics Grabs $15M In Series C Funding And Announces New Virtual Storage Predictive Analytics | TechCrunch
82 Apple's new retail chief advises newbies to 'stay in your lane' - CNET
83 Etsy Buys French Startup A Little Market In Its Largest Acquisition So Far | TechCrunch
84 What tech is in your bag? Take the CNET survey! - CNET
85 Withings Activité: Real watch, fitness built in (pictures) - CNET
86 The premium-looking Grand S Pro (pictures) - CNET
87 In One Weekend, The Smart Home Got A Little Smarter And A Lot More Competitive
88 These Shelves Are Like A Backpack For Your Books
89 How to clean up a broken CFL bulb - CNET
90 On the road: 2015 Chevy Suburban - CNET
91 How to clean up a broken CFL light bulb - CNET
92 New "Mockingjay" Campaign Salutes The Heroes Of Panem's Districts With Propaganda Posters
93 Postcards from WildStar: character creation checklist
94 SyFy's Head Of Programming On Carving Out An Identity In A World Gone Genre
95 Listen to your favorite songs on the go with iOS app Whyd - CNET
96 The Art of Isolation in The Witness - IGN
97 Net Neutrality Shouldn’t Be Up To The FCC, Republicans Say | TechCrunch
98 This Northern Ireland Driving Safety Ad Wants You To Be Ashamed Of Yourself