America's Next Top Chef Is a Supercomputer From IBM | WIRED
Plug in your ingredients, and the computer will churn out recipes you'd never imagined.
Watch Jon Stewart go gray in this 'Daily Show' timelapse
In this timelapse from editor Billy Chasen, watch Jon Stewart as he (and thankfully his show's production values) change over the years.
Free-wheeling and wheel-free: Lexus hoverboard is straight out of ‘Back to the Future'
A Lexus hoverboard will be part of the brand's new publicity campaign. It uses magnetic levitation to float above a surface.
What's the deal with translating Seinfeld
Like so many of Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriends on Seinfeld, Dolores was TV-beautiful, with glossy, reddish-blond hair, big blue eyes, full lips, and impeccable bone structure. Most of Jerry’s...
Forget Tinder; use this new app to break up with your significant other
Binder, which is available for iOS and Android, allows users to end a relationship with just one swipe to the right.
Technopanic god complex: Mr. Robot is a show for our thoroughly hacked world
"Now I'm being followed. The higher-ups don't like someone with my powers," says Elliot (Rami Malek), a gifted but troubled programmer, narrating the opening minutes of Mr. Robot. "In three short...
The advertising industry starts busting stereotypes about women
Shove over, Don Draper. Women are getting their day in the sun.
Google's Sidewalk Labs is taking over the plan to blanket NYC with free Wi-Fi
Earlier this month, Google announced the creation of Sidewalk Labs , an independent, Google-owned company that would focus on improving city living through technology innovations. At the time, Google didn't give any details about what projects it would be working on first, but now it seems that Sidewalk Labs is going to dive into the challenge of bringing widespread Wi-Fi to big cities — starting with New York City.
The Blackphone is the latest project from Phil Zimmermann. Over the last three decades, Zimmermann has been building encryption technology has ensured the security of countless messages. If you've ever had any secrets held about you on a computer—and everybody has secrets, even things as simple as tax records and credit card numbers—there's a good chance that Zimmermann's technology has helped keep them secret.
Nintendo's adorable shooter 'Splatoon' sells 1 million copies
For the most part , Nintendo kept quiet during E3 2015 -- at least in comparison to PlayStation and Xbox. But today the company's celebrating a huge milestone for Splatoon , the magical third-person shooter that was recently launched on the Wii U. Nintendo announced the game has sold over 1 million copies since being released , making it one of the most successful Wii U titles to date. In a press statement, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said, "This milestone puts us in a nice position as we prepare to launch 11 more exclusive Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games before the end of the year, plus amiibo, digital offerings and games from our third-party partners." So, if you don't have a Wii U or a 3DS, now might be the time to reconsider .
The Internet of Everything: How IOT and machine learning will revolutionize your business (webinar)
“The biggest value that we see with the Internet of Things is the data that’s coming off devices,” says Patterson. “The handshake between human intelligence and machine intelligence with [the right technology platform] is really going to revolutionize the way people interact with IOT and the way people optimize their IOT environments.”
WWE Tough Enough: "Boot Camp or Bust" Review - IGN
There are a bunch of moving parts to this new Tough Enough. Perhaps too many. Though as someone who has the tendency to treat this like a trudge, perhaps that's all for the best. Chris Jericho and Renee Young host the live portion of the show from a studio at Full Sail University. They quickly introduced the panel of Hulk Hogan, Paige, and Daniel Bryan before cutting over to prerecorded footage from the past few days featuring our 13 hopefuls. Your usual ragtag assortment of reality series-ready obnoxious glory seekers. With "Tanner" standing out on the men's side as the smaller arrogant MMA fighter who loves his sweet luxurious hair almost as he loves tediously bragging about beating everyone in the competitions.
Dropbox Is Struggling and Competitors Are Catching Up
Woodside, who jumped to Dropbox while Google was selling Motorola to Lenovo, made his name running Google’s foreign sales divisions. In the past year one of his biggest achievements has been to accelerate a hiring process that Houston says had been “ponderous.” He filled empty senior positions (head of marketing, head of HR), opened five offices abroad to serve the 70 percent of Dropbox customers who aren’t in the U.S., and doubled the company’s head count to 1,200, mostly by beefing up the sales team. “My view is: Speed is what is going to win,” Woodside says, and having a bunch of empty chairs in the conference room means you’re losing. “That creates some tension now and then” with Houston, he adds.
Eternify’s 30-second loops trick Spotify into paying your favorite band
As this week's back-and-forth between Taylor Swift and Apple has shown, the debate over whether or not artists can get a fair deal from music streaming is far from over . However, if your favorite band doesn't have the cultural clout of Miss Bad Blood herself, then you might want to consider alternate ways to help them get paid. Enter Eternify , a website that lets you play anything from Spotify's catalog in 30-second loops, slowly racking up pay per stream revenue for your artist of choice.
The Inside Story of Starbucks's Race Together Campaign, No Foam
Schultz shared his insights with the board, and the directors ended the meeting in agreement that Starbucks should pursue a broader initiative. Hobson says that they didn’t spend time discussing how it would look for a white billionaire to front a national dialogue on race, focusing instead on how to scale up what worked so effectively in the partner forums. They did foresee some challenges. "We went into this with our eyes open. I said to Howard, very clearly, that this will not be like [baristas] writing 'Come Together' [on cups] when there was a government shutdown in Washington—this will be more challenging, and has much more nuance," Hobson explains. "I kept saying to him, ‘It’s one thing to be in a forum with partners self-selected to show up, and who not only trust you, but revere you. So what happens when conversations are not so controlled, and no one is facilitating? Could it lead to unintended consequences that we haven’t even thought of?’" Starbucks’s leadership, recalls retail EVP Chris Carr, raised a few questions as well. "We had conversations about whether [the rollout] shouldn’t occur during peak periods, because that’s not when customers would want to engage in dialogue," Carr says.
Game of Thrones: Season 5 Review - IGN
My major issue with Season 5 has nothing to do with how true it stayed to the books. I happen to think some of the show's best work has come from confidently straying from Martin's original text. My concern was with the overall balance and pacing. Which, yes, was also my main concern, when you cut right down to it, with Sansa's brutal arc. It didn't object to her rape happening per se, but I do hold many concerns about the aftermath. There were several stories that dominated the first half of the season and Littlefinger emboldening Sansa was one of them. Convincing her to enter into a dangerous situation so that she might take control of her own destiny. So we were led to believe that we'd be getting a stronger, more cunning Sansa.
Silicon Valley's Gender Balance Woes Start Before People Are Even Hired
One of the most striking findings is the divide along gender lines for preference in industry. According to the report, more than 36% of men would prefer an internship in technology, while less than 13% of women would. At a time when Silicon Valley has come under increased scrutiny for the lack of diversity in its employees, this finding should be alarming. It could show that there is something endemic to the tech sector that is unappealing to women, perhaps even just its perception of being a boy's club. It could also be that fewer women feel they are qualified for an internship in tech.
Microsoft Officially Launches Office For Android Phone
According to Microsoft, preview testers ran the Office for Android phone apps on over 1,900 different phone models in 83 countries, which allowed the company to incorporate their feedback into the versions out today. Testers’ feedback not only helped the company troubleshoot bugs, but Microsoft also made adjustments to the user interface and added features, it says. For instance, the Office for Android phone apps now connect to third-party storage services including Google Drive and Box, and Microsoft implemented usability adjustments to make it easier to navigate commands within the apps.
Breathtaking Self-Portraits Under Finland's Northern Lights | WIRED
She traveled nearly 150 miles in total, sometimes in temperatures as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit. In case her snowmobile broke down, the photographer brought skis as a back up. Törmänen wore special boots to keep her feet warm and zipped camera batteries inside her jacket so the cold didn’t zap their power. On two different evenings, she spent the night in a small wilderness hut, completely alone and miles away from anyone. While most people would be miserable, Törmänen says it wasn’t that bad. Growing up in northern Finland, she felt confident navigating the elements. “I’m very comfortable with winter,” she says. “It’s definitely my favorite subject [to photograph].”
XCOM 2: Everything You Need to Know – IGN First - IGN
IGN First is proud to reveal XCOM 2 , the sequel to Firaxis Studios' excellent 2012 reboot of the beloved alien-invasion strategy series. We'll be covering the game in-depth, all month long, including mod possibilities, character class profiles, the gameplay video reveal that shows you the game in action for the first time, and much more!
Tech Five: Yahoo CEO to address investors
Tech Five: Yahoo CEO to address investors
TechFive: Yahoo CEO to address investors
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You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Very Literal Tube Radio Riffs On A Classic London Underground Map
During his residency at the Design Museum London, artist Yuri Suzuki developed a radio that demystifies how electronics work. By organizing the components like a London Underground map, he took a familiar item and applied it to an esoteric concept.
GoFundMe Founders to Reap a Fortune in Buyout
The two founders of crowdfunding site GoFundMe are relinquishing control and reaping a fortune by selling a majority stake in their startup to venture investors.
Apple granted patent for Beats-style gaming headset
A patent is no sure sign of Apple’s plans, but it certainly points to the possibility that Apple is pushing Beats technology into the gaming space.
It is truly a revolution- In 2015 there will be 2 billion smartphones worldwide, those users will spend on average 3 hours per day on them (more than TV!), and the number of ways to reach them is expanding exponentially. This all sounds great, but capitalizing on this is not always obvious, and if you don’t, you risk missing big growth opportunities, or losing them to a competitor that acts faster.
SEC investigates financial hackers attacking biotech firms
FireEye manager Laura Galante clarified that it wasn't their phishing method that made the hackers a serious threat, though. "What was insidiously brilliant," she said, "was that they could inject themselves into email threads and keep gleaning information. They really knew their audience." FIN4 has reportedly been around since 2013 and has targeted over 100 companies thus far, 60 of which belong to the medical, biotech and healthcare fields. These markets tend to fluctuate rapidly, so anyone who knows the latest acquisition, new product announcements and the like could earn some serious dough -- if they play their cards right.
Hulu will have every episode of 'Seinfeld' on June 24th
After paying big bucks to lock up the show about nothing , Hulu has announced when we can expect to see Seinfeld : June 24th. Since it's a heavily syndicated show (and previously available in smaller portions on services like Crackle) you probably weren't lacking in ways to see Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, George and the rest but now you can skip your way through its 180-episode run at your leisure. Also, Hulu is figuring that if you're willing to subscribe and stop by to check out that show, you might hang around for some of the other TV hits and original content it's stuffing the service with. Yes, it's all still ad-interrupted, but on a positive note, Hulu recently added Chromecast autoplay support ( like Netflix ) to make your binge watching even easier.
Amazon now offers HDR streaming to Prime subscribers in the US
Amazon has revealed that streaming will be available in high dynamic range (HDR) on its Instant Video platform for Prime subscribers in the US from today.
Confederate flag removed from Alabama Capitol grounds
Asked his reasons for taking it down and if it included what happened in Charleston last week, the governor said, "Yes, partially this is about that. This is the right thing to do. We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with. This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down."
This Algorithm Wants to Find Who's Naked on the Internet | WIRED
There’s also the larger issue of its limited scope, even when it works flawlessly. There’s an entire universe of potentially offending image-based content out there that has nothing to do with skin, explains Joshua Buxbaum, co-founder of WebPurify , a content moderation service. “Violence,” Buxbaum gives as an example, “is complicated. We even get as detailed as violence in a sport that’s not a violent sport is violence, but if it’s boxing, which is a violent sport, we allow it.” That’s just for starters; a truly comprehensive image moderation suite, says Buxbaum, potentially needs to correct for everything from hate crimes to drug paraphernalia to rude gestures, depending on a client’s needs, and to address the gray areas within each of those categories. Algorithmia’s solution is only looking for naked people, and even then, still has the trying task of weighing whether they’re obscene or not. Buxbaum offers that the simplest algorithm could filter something for curse words, but it would have a difficult time identifying hate speech or bullying—meaning a nudity-spotting algorithm could find flesh, but have trouble distinguishing if it’s revenge porn or artwork.
Apple Music Signs Beggars Group, Merlin: Sources
Apple Music, the hardware giant's soon-to-launch streaming service, has landed an eleventh-hour coup, striking deals with the independents’ digital rights organization Merlin and with Martin Mills’ indie powerhouse Beggars Group, sources tell Billboard . Label group PIAS has also announced it has signed on.
Adobe issues emergency Flash Player fix - BBC News
Adobe has released an emergency software patch for Flash after it found a serious vulnerability being exploited by hackers.
What is Solve?
Learn about MIT’s initiative that asks extraordinary people to work together to find solutions to the extraordinarily hard problems facing our global community: http://solve.mit.edu/
Someone on 4Chan is building an emoji programming language
The language dubbed 🍀 or FourMan , if, like me, you doggedly insist on trying to save written language, is only in its early stages. The creators have put together a token list, sample code, a lexer built in C++ and an emoji reader.
Ford wants customers to rent their cars to other people
In the UK, Ford has teamed up with easyCar Club, a sister company of budget airline easyJet , to provide on-demand cars for younger drivers. In the US, Getaround will do the heavy lifting. Like Airbnb, renters can search for a nearby car, book online and then collect the keys from the owner (either in person or from a safe), earning them some extra money in the process. After all, owning a car in a city can be expensive, which is why sharing services have boomed in recent years. Ford says customers who have credit agreements with the company (not people who own their car outright) can enroll for the six-month pilot from today, with signups closing on August 1st. However, it remains to be seen whether customers will feel comfortable handing over their keys to a complete stranger.
Tap Your Phone, and a Designated Driver Takes You (and Your Car) Home
I had the chance to test ride Luxe’s service after a birthday party last week, and it felt like a step toward a future when cars will drive themselves. There was a person driving my car, of course, named Kodie-Lynn. Drive Home is an add-on to Luxe’s parking service, and I had told the Luxe app earlier in the evening that I was going to need help getting home. (Luxe asks for at least an hour notice for designated-driving requests.) When I was ready to go, I tapped the app again, and Kodie-Lynn pulled up in my car about 10 minutes later.
Go Now, These 11 Historic Places May Soon Be Gone Forever
The list is a way for the National Trust to call attention to buildings and places that are close to being demolished, paved over, and just generally destroyed for all generations to come. These are issues that are generally pretty local—people in Lancaster generally don’t give a crap about a grand old building in San Francisco—but as the Trust shows, some of these issues are actually relevant on a national scale, as you’ll see.
Here comes bare metal and NFV for the enterprise
The offerings address a desire by service providers, like AT&T , to sell bare metal white box switches into the customer premises for cost, flexibility, performance and SDN programmability advantages, and to offer service as VNFs on that hardware. Pica8 says this market – bare metal as CPE – is six months old and that this week’s PoE offerings are merely the latest in an existing CPE portfolio to onboard enterprises to the cloud.
Pinterest's Quest to Make a Buy Button You'd Actually Click | WIRED
As with shopping, Pinterest has lagged behind other big social networks in other ways. It jumped into advertising later. And it was just last month that it finally released an API so developers could create third-party apps, an option platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have offered for years. Pinterest is clearly operating on its own time, and in its own deliberate way. There’s no way the company would let the huge opportunity it’s created for itself as an online retail hub pass by. Buyable Pins represent the most concrete path yet to revenue for a company that for years existed without any obvious plan to make money. But that’s not a reason to hurry. More than anything, Pinterest and its many backers are, quite literally, invested in getting this right.
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Credit Karma Has Raised $175M On A Valuation Of $3.5B, As It Looks To An IPO In The Next 1-2 Years
The company currently has more than 40 million consumer customers. Originally built as a site for users to keep up and manage their credit scores, it now covers a range of other services, with financial tools and a portal for applying for different kinds of products, from credit cards to insurance and of course loans. Behind the scenes it uses the larger trove of data that it collects to tailor and hone its services for users — but also to provide analytics for the companies that use Credit Karma as a platform to sell services.
Warner Bros. to cease licensing 'Dukes of Hazzard' toy cars with Confederate flags
Warner Bros. has licensed images on the Dukes brothers' iconic General Lee car on a wide range of products, from t-shirts to iPhone screens to toy cars, for years.
Teaching kids to code, using Minecraft's building blocks - CNET
That's the goal of Server Design 1, a new online course rolled out Tuesday by Youth Digital, a tech education company that teaches kids to code, develop apps, and design 3D modeling. The company's new program allows kids to create their own worlds, with their own rules, all while playing the popular video game Minecraft with their friends.
THE SILICON VALLEY 100: The most amazing and inspiring people in tech right now
To compile the list, we looked at who won big in the past year: star executives, industry-changing acquisitions, top VCs, promising companies shifting industries, and more. This list isn't about long-standing reputations; it's about who's done notable things since spring 2014.
Netflix announces a 7-for-1 stock split
We've come a long way from Qwikster . Netflix's stock price has more than doubled since last December, and with prices of shares nearing $700 today it announced plans ( PDF ) for a 7-for-1 stock split. The price closed today at $681, and the Board of Directors approved a plan to distribute six additional shares for each one held as of the close of business on July 2nd. In terms of how often we see something like that, this comes about a year after Apple announced its own 7-for-1 split . On a melancholy note, the split will come almost five years to the day after Blockbuster's attempt at a reverse stock split to avoid delisting fell through. Ouch.
Chromebox, now bringing face-to-face meetings to bigger spaces
Posted by Vidya Nagarajan, Senior Product Manager, Chrome for Work
When we launched Chromebox for meetings last year, we wanted to help teams meet face to face, room to room, no matter where they’re sitting. Since then, a variety of companies like Xero and the Climate Corporation have chosen Chromebox for meetings to shrink the distance between remote offices.
Today, we’re expanding to bigger spaces. Chromebox for meetings now supports larger meeting rooms, so groups of up to twenty can seamlessly sync with colleagues around the world and still feel like they’re in the same place. Companies of all sizes, including Whirlpool Corporation , Netflix and Foursquare have tested Chromebox for meetings for the large room and said their users have enjoyed the video quality of the HD meetings.
“Expanding Chromebox for meetings to larger rooms continues to improve Whirlpool Corporation's face-to-face collaboration across our global meeting rooms, and with the price point and simple installation, we're able to bring room-to-room video conferencing to many more people,” says Troy McKim, Sr.
Lexus video teases a 'real' magnetic hoverboard
The website explains that it's magnetic, with liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets, made with a Lexus grille and natural bamboo -- but stops there. We've seen a $10,000 magnetic hoverboard before , but it required a special metal track to ride on, and this teaser appears to show the board on regular ground ( Update : We got in touch with Lexus, and confirmed that like the other examples we've seen, there is a metal surface underneath the skate park shown here -- it's real, but you won't be riding this thing just anywhere). That seems rather unlikely, but we'll have to wait to find out more. Lexus says it will bring regular updates in the coming weeks about its "real, rideable hoverboard" but for now all we have is a teaser video to watch and speculate about.
Why adblocking is the new speeding
Adblocking is the modern speeding. Somewhere, we know it’s probably not right. But when we’re doing it, we have lots of good reasons why it’s fine to speed. I’m in a hurry; nobody gets hurt by my exceeding the 70mph limit (the UK’s motorway upper limit) by 10mph or so; I’m a better driver than the speed limit was designed for (everyone rates themselves above average at driving); those other people are doing it too; people who don’t do it don’t get any benefit I can see. Unless you get caught or have an accident – both amazingly rare, compared to the number of people who do it – it’s a victimless crime.
Vrumi lets you rent out unused space in your house for a few hours per day
Again, like Airbnb, it requires a lot of trust in the person renting the space – and the system’s safeguards – to hand over the keys to your house for just a few hours. Of course, there’s no obligation for you not to be present either, as long as you aren’t in the space you’ve promised to your guest.
iPhone 6 resale value higher than previous models, analyst says - CNET
Munster concedes that using resale value as an indicator for new iPhone demand "is not a perfect science," but he said he believes that it points to an encouraging direction for future sales. The analyst said he expects the iPhone to continue to gain share at the high end of the smartphone market. China and the US are also the world's top customers for Apple's iPhone, so the higher resale values for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in those two countries are especially significant.
How to convert your audience to digital
As a result, we’ve seen companies across industries prioritize a digital-first initiative to meet consumers on the channels and devices they use most frequently. By redefining the attributes of their ideal customer profiles, companies can use digital mediums to compel an average customer to adopt the behaviors of that ideal customer profile – that is, a customer that’s more engaged, spends more, costs less to serve and is more likely to refer their friends.
Boston Marathon bomber apologizes to victims of 2013 attack
"I would like to now apologize to the victims, to the survivors," he said, speaking at length for the first time in the months-long trial. "I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, and the damage that I've done." Tsarnaev, a Muslim, added that he asked "Allah to bestow his mercy on those affected in the bombing and their families."
This handy trick moves multiple Chrome tabs at once
There’s a handy trick for grabbing multiple tabs in Chrome that you probably have no idea existed, but is entirely obvious once you’ve used it.
Ford will now let you rent out your new ride to pay off your car loan
Ford has launched Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing , a program that lets customers rent their cars to other drivers for short periods of time and offset monthly vehicle ownership costs.