The best Daily Show jokes about Greece's financial troubles
Let Jon Stewart explain the past six years of the Greek financial crisis.
Shia LaBeouf and his rat tail show off his freestyle rap skills
Shia LaBeouf is spotted freestyle rapping in his latest of meme-worthy videos.
100 years of strong Russian beauty in less than 2 minutes
Cut Video explores beauty trends in Russia over the last 100 years.
Review: DJI Phantom 3 Professional | WIRED
The Phantom drones from DJI are beloved for their ease of use. The new version, which adds 4K video capabilities, is even simpler to fly.
Bree Newsome, who scaled a pole to take down Confederate flag, speaks out
Bree Newsome, who took down the Confederate flag, talks about her history of acticism and her now-famous "act of civil disobedience" in South Carolina.
This Is The Cutest Way To Thank Another Driver On The Road
There's enough road rage in the world; it's time to spread some smiles.
Chris Pratt channels Jason Statham in 'SNL' sketch you've never seen
In this deleted sketch from a September episode, Chris Pratt does his best impersonation of the tough-as-nails English actor.
YouTube Map Explorer is an unusual way to explore videos from around the world
The unofficial project lets you browse the vast ocean of content on YouTube by choosing where in the world you want to see uploads from. Click on any point on the world map and the app will surface a video uploaded by a user from that place.
Dre Day: Apple Music will be first to stream 'The Chronic'
The Chronic has been absent on streaming services partially thanks to Dre's agreement with Suge Knight-era Death Row Records, which did not include streaming rights. Years later, Dre faced off against a revived version of the label (as WIDEawake Death Row Records) in a legal battle over digital rights to the album. In 2011, Dre won the rights to 100% of the album's online sales.
Google's search practices come under scrutiny from leading academic Wu | ZDNet
By prominently displaying Google content in response to search queries, Google is able to leverage its dominance in search to gain customers for this content. This yields serious concerns if the internal content is inferior to organic search results. To investigate, we implement a randomized controlled trial in which we vary the search results that users are shown comparing Google's current policy of favorable treatment of Google content to results in which external content is displayed. We find that users are 45% more likely to engage with universal search results (i.e. prominently displayed map results on Google) when the results are organically determined. This suggests that by leveraging dominance in search to promote its internal content, Google is reducing social welfare leaving consumers with lower quality results and worse matches.
Uber Executives Detained by Police in Paris
PARIS—French police on Monday detained Uber Technologies Inc.’s top two executives in Paris, French prosecutors said, making good on the government’s promise to crack down on the car-hailing service after violent protests by taxi drivers last week.
Penny Dreadful: "And Hell Itself My Only Foe" Review - IGN
Speaking of Lily's intended men, John Clare's rotten luck with the opposite sex continued as Lavinia Putney turned out to be a rather treacherous rat, luring him into a cage to be one of the stars of her father's new live freak museum. A nice little twist and a splendid undercutting of our assumption that she had to be good-hearted because she was blind. She could have been playing John all along or she could have switched gears once she felt his hand a few weeks back. Whichever it was, perhaps this will put John off love completely. He'd already had his world viewed shattered by Lily and now Lavinia's turned on him as well. His line about putting a mirror inside a hypothetical Pandora's Box waxworks display was particularly telling of his state of mind.
Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company
Our CEO for France and General Manager for Western Europe were invited to a police hearing this afternoon; following this interview, they were taken into custody. We are always available to answer all the questions on our service, and available to the authorities to solve any problem that could come up. Talks are in progress. In the meantime, we keep working in order to make sure that both our customers and drivers are safe following last week’s turmoils.
Samsung's next-gen tech could spawn smaller, supercharged batteries
The silicon shrinks back to its normal self once the battery discharges, but you need to provide more space in the battery to allow for the silicon’s increase in volume with each charge. Plus, that repeated expansion and contraction causes silicon to break down over time. Once that happens, the material loses conductivity and the battery is done—and in a much shorter time frame than current lithium ion tech.
Engineers Just Broke the Capacity Limit For Fiber Optic Transmission
As the world’s collective Internet demand continues to skyrocket, electrical engineers have been keeping pace by upping the signal that passes through our fiber optic cables, allowing us to send and receive more juicy data faster. But optical fiber transmission has certain physical limitations. If you boost the power too much, the beams of laser light that carry data start interfering with one another, until eventually, the signal degrades and information is lost.
This amazing 3D printing pen melts plastic, burns wood, and solders metal
The 3DSimo Mini is Paskevic’s second 3D printing pen, and it’s much smaller than the first model, the 3DSimo, which had a tiny fan built into it and could only work with plastics. In addition to being less than half the size of the original, the 3DSimo Mini has changeable tips and is much more versatile. One tip burns wood, and others solder metal, melt plastic, or shear through foam. It recently launched on Kickstarter with a $70,000 goal.
High-Profile Study Turns Up the Antitrust Heat on Google
Google declined to comment publicly on the paper. But two people familiar with the company’s thinking criticized the paper for assuming that more clicks equates to better search results. For example, users searching for “the best pediatrician in Brooklyn” may be more satisfied by Google’s list of doctors with accompanying phone numbers than with links to other websites that they then have to click on and wait for as each one loads. These people also note that Yelp listings are often prominently displayed on the first page of search results and that Yelp’s business does not appear to have suffered by Google privileging its own material. Yelp’s stock is up nearly threefold since it went public in 2012. Consumers could also turn to competing search engines like Bing, go directly to sites like Yelp or open an app on their smartphone.
Falling Skies: "Find Your Warrior" Review - IGN
The indestructible Tom Mason is, as always, at the center of events in the Season 5 premiere of Falling Skies. The story picks up pretty much exactly where it left off last year with some unknown entity using memories from Tom’s past as a method of communication. For now the true identity of the entity remains a mystery despite fleeting glimpses of the creature. Rather than coming out and simply saying what it wants the creature uses an avatar of Tom’s deceased first wife as a method to communicate the urgency of the situation. Hopefully we eventually get an explanation as to why the entity feels the need to remain anonymous. It would actually be really interesting if its only method of communication was speaking in images.
comScore CTO shares big data lessons
Digital analytics company comScore has been using Hadoop to process its big data since 2009. With six years of experience using the technology in production, comScore CTO Mike Brown shares some of the lessons he's learned.
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Some Evil Genius Built a Tourbillon Ride That Twists In Every Direction
I don’t really like going on upside down rides, due to my mortal fear of vomiting. But you know what? It would be worth all the puke in the world to ride this massive Tourbillon amusement park ride in Switzerland. It’s called Starlight , probably because it looks like it could enable interstellar travel.
Who’s winning the mobile payments war?
But everyone from Disney to Apple to Samsung to Walmart to PayPal to Starbucks to Microsoft to Google sees the potential and is angling for position.
Stretchy conductive ink puts computing power on your clothes
The current prototype for the ink, a wristband that tracks muscle movement, is pretty crude. You'd need much smaller circuitry before your apparel replaces your step counter or smartwatch. However, it only takes one step to print the ink. As such, it'd be relatively easy to produce on the large scales you need for shirts and wristbands. Smart fitness clothing already exists, but this invention would make it both more commercially viable and a heck of a lot more comfortable.
Slice Intelligence: Fitbit is outselling the Apple Watch
Before the 2014 holidays, none of the well-known wearable devices (from Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, and Samsung) were selling more than 50,000 units per week. But Fitbit spiked up to more than 200,000 units per week during the holiday, and never returned to pre-holiday levels.
Last chance: Pay what you want for the iOS Designer Bundle
If there’s one thing the world’s most popular mobile apps have in common, it’s that they look great. Designing the perfect interface takes time and requires skill and practice – and our bundle includes everything you need to shape a beautiful iOS app .
Cats Wearing Kimonos Are Taking Over Japan And Frankly It's About Time
Yes, friends, cats wearing kimonos are having a moment in Japan, much the same way cats as pinups and Quokka selfies sparked crazes in other parts of the world. These things just sort of happen and we are powerless to do anything but enjoy them. Now, if the kimonos in question were man-sized, and the cats were just floating inside of them as though a person had been transmogrified by some sort of death ray, that would only be medium weird/cute. Thankfully, the perpetuators of this fad are putting cats in cat-size kimonos, which you can purchase on Amazon , and frankly it’s about time.
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Is Skynet real? 'Terminator: Genisys' stars agree: We're screwed
Mashable entertainment editor Josh Dickey was on the steel-gray carpet for the Terminator: Genisys premiere on Sunday evening in Hollywood, and asked the cast and crew about whether we should be worried about the machines rising up against us.
What Additives Look Like Before They End Up in Your Food | WIRED
In his upcoming book Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products (out September 29, available for preorder ), photographer Dwight Eschliman captured some of the most common ingredients included in supermarkets’ many, many processed foods. From far away, the ingredients listed on nutritional labels look like a pretty homogenous set of mildly-colored powders and liquids, but these up-close photos emphasize their variety, revealing the small tweaks in viscosity and texture that make the difference between a great emulsifier and a shiny coating. In the book, science writer Steve Ettlinger dissects those details, exploring each ingredient’s journey from raw material to highly refined ingredient to your plate. Check them out in the gallery above.
Uber’s Biggest Rival In China Claims It Handles 3 Million Rides Per Day
These ride per day figures are, of course, company issued facts, so it remains to be seen just how accurate they are. Didi Kuaidi claims to own 80 percent of China’s taxi app market, while Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in his letter to investors — UberChina is raising $1 billion — that his firm has 50 percent marketshare but dominates China’s nascent peer-to-peer taxi space.
Paired With AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet | WIRED
Now, as Google Earth celebrates its 10th anniversary, Askay is taking over the entire project—as lead engineer—following the departure of founder Brian McClendon . He takes over at a time when the service is poised to evolve into a far more powerful research tool, an enormous echo of his work at the James Reserve. When it debuted in 2005, Google Earth was a wonderfully intriguing novelty. From your personal computer, you could zoom in on the roof of your house or get a bird’s eye view of the park where you made out with your first girlfriend. But it proved to be more than just a party trick. And with the rapid rise of two other digital technologies—neural networks and virtual reality—the possibilities will only expand.
The original smartwatches: Casio's history of wild wrist designs
The Apple Watch has been out for over two months now, and other modern smartwatches well before that. It’s no longer the stuff of sci-fi to consider using your watch to play music, control your TV, or track your fitness. But these are all things that you’ve been able to do for a surprisingly long time — well, if you maybe lived in Japan in the ‘90s and didn’t mind carrying around a bunch of Casio watches, that is.
PayPal Updates User Agreement Following Backlash Over Robocalls And FCC Complaints
“I commend PayPal for taking steps to honor consumer choices to be free from unwanted calls and texts. The changes to PayPal’s user agreement recognize that its customers are not required to consent to unwanted robocalls or robotexts. It clarifies, rightly, that its customers must provide prior express written consent before the company can call or text them with marketing, and that these customers have a right to revoke their consent to receive robocalls or robotexts at any time. These changes, along with PayPal’s commitments to improve its disclosures and make it easier for consumers to express their calling preferences, are significant and welcome improvements.”
NBC Cuts Business Ties To Donald Trump [Updated]
Mr. Trump says, "We must have strong borders and not let illegal immigrants enter the United States. As has been stated continuously in the press, people are pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by illegal immigrants. This must be stopped and it must be stopped now. Long ago I told NBC that I would not being doing The Apprentice because I am running for President in order to Make our Country Great Again."
9 creative ways to destroy sensitive data
Feeling aggressive about getting rid of sensitive records? We've got the answer! Here are a few ways to ensure data security, including some that include a drill and a hammer; goggles optional.
Pay with a flick of the wrist with new bPay wristband, key fob and sticker - CNET
Because contactless cards and devices like bPay don't require a PIN or signature, a thief only needs to steal the card or gadget and they can spend your money. To combat that, there's an upper limit on the amount that can be spent in one go: at the moment in the UK you can only use contactless cards and devices if you're spending £20 or less, but that goes up to £30 (roughly $50 or AU$60) in September.
The Simplest Password Generator Ever
A dead simple random password generator. Brought to you by Regis Freyd .
Federal Railroad Administration partners with Google to include railroad crossings in Maps, asks other map makers to do the same
Federal Railroad Administration partners with Google to include railroad crossings in Maps, asks other map makers to do the same
The Race To The Bottom Is Now Hitting Professional 3D Printers
I don’t want to begrudge anyone a 3D-printing experience and I’m sure a maker on a budget would find the Riverside quite tempting. However, there is one thing that fans of low-cost technology don’t see: that the user experience, support, design, and usability are far better in most established makers than in new companies hell-bent on driving the prices down to take small profits in commodity sales and not on aftermarket equipment and support. Once again, the Riverside might be amazing but I’ve used enough downmarket FDM aka extrusion printers to know that once you pass a certain price point the quality falls precipitously.
Supreme Court rules states can use controversial drug in executions
In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol, which makes use of the controversial drug midazolam, is protected by the constitution. In the short term, this decision means executions in the four states that use the drug will proceed as normal. It also deals a blow to the growing movement against the death penalty.
Facebook Is Probably Tracking All Those Rainbow Profile Pictures
The Atlantic recently asked if all those rainbow profile photos were “another experiment.” A Facebook spokesperson responded to that question directly: “it’s not an experiment or test—everyone sees the same thing.” Facebook has conducted studies on profile pic memes like this in the past, but this is the first time that Facebook has built a tool for the expressed purpose of showing political support with a profile picture. That said, the Facebook spokesperson didn’t deny that the social network was tracking which users support gay marriage and adding that to the database of personal information the company has on its billion users.
[Kernel] Do not leak clause heads. Previously, a variable defined in a case/receive head clauses would leak to the outer scope. This behaviour is deprecated and will be removed in the next release.
Sprint expands in-home sales and support to New York and L.A.
Since not everybody loves going to a phone store, Sprint recently launched Direct 2 You to help you buy or update a handset from pretty much anywhere you want. It must have been on to something, as it just expanded it to four new cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver. In addition, the service is now available to anybody, rather than just existing Sprint clients as before. Essentially, it lets you buy a new device, upgrade from an old one or get customer service from any location you want -- like your home or a ball field -- for free.
Facebook adds Snapchat-esque photo editing to its iOS app
It was reported that Facebook tried — and failed — to buy Snapchat for $3 billion in 2013, but since then, the world's biggest social network seems to have decided instead to simply adopt some of the app's best features. First it released Facebook Slingshot , a messaging app that let you annotate Snapchat-like images with colorful drawings and text, before sending them to friends. Now it's brought similar features to its iOS app , allowing users to add text, filters, and stickers to photos they upload to their Facebook profiles.
PayPal Just Killed Its Terrible Robocalling Policy
When PayPal updated its user agreement earlier this month, people were pissed off. The agreement left people with two options: Agree to receive robocalls from PayPal, or stop using the service. Now the company is back-pedalling on the whole “deal with our obnoxious, aggressive automatic calling or GTFO” policy.
Ballers: "Raise Up" Review - IGN
That's not to say that trouble isn't coming further down the line for Spencer and that he and Reggie won't butt heads in a more serious manner, but there just wasn't much meat here. Even during the moment when Spencer got an overdraft call from his bank he immediately discovered that he had a second bank account he wasn't even aware of with three grand in it. Which, so far, is Ballers' version of hard times.
Uber picked up some of Bing's mapping tech and employees
It turns out that Uber's desire for mapping tech didn't really stop with Nokia's Here maps . The ride-sharing platform just picked up a portion of Microsoft's Bing maps technologies and about 100 of Redmond's employees as TechCrunch tells it . The way that TC describes the deal, the employees that Uber is absorbing were responsible for putting image data into the search engine (aerial, 3D and street footage, apparently) and the folks'll likely be doing the same task at their new employer. What's that mean for you? Well, that the map display in Uber's app is probably going to get a bit more detailed now, hopefully making it easier for your driver to figure out exactly where you are. Nah, they'll still likely drive around in circles while you watch in frustration.
Is Crowdfunding Leveling The Playing Field For Female Entrepreneurs?
Bonnie Marcus, author of The Politics Of Promotion , who has been both an entrepreneur and a corporate executive, maintains that online platforms level the playing field by providing a buffer to diffuse unconscious bias. "It is easier for venture capital firms to focus on the risk benefit calculation of the deal rather than the gender dynamics that might occur when a woman is pitching them face to face," she tells Fast Company .
During a live pitch session there is much more emphasis on the delivery of the pitch, Marcus notes. In addition to confidence, Marcus says women need to understand their audience and how to best communicate this pitch to each firm, instead of using a generic approach. Crowdfunding eliminates the presentation. "It allows women to carefully craft their pitch in a dynamic and compelling manner. The online platform provides the opportunity to write strong profiles that represent the leadership qualities investors are seeking," she observes.
These Are the First Images From ESA's Sentinel-2A Satellite
Part of the ESA’s Copernicus environmental monitoring program, the satellite provides images using a variety of multi-spectral instruments in amazing detail. Its sensors have a resolution that provide images where every pixel corresponds to just 10 meters on the surface of the planet. So far, it’s acquired a strip of images of our planet that starts in Sweden, passing through central Europe and the Mediterranean, finally ending in Algeria. At the moment the instruments aboard the satellite are still being calibrated, but the images they’re producing are still impressive.
Apple patent hints at sharing files with the Apple Watch by shaking hands
The patent app was discovered by Patently Apple and outlines how, just by shaking hands, an Apple Watch user would share important files, including contact information, with another smartwatch owner. Actually, the application outlines how the sharing could actually be started by other gestures, too, including a “fist bump,” or even bowing. Thanks to the gesture controls, no other taps would be necessary to instigate the exchange, including tapping on the display.
Out of the shadows, China hackers turn cyber gatekeepers
In May, China's National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team, a non-profit agency, said it had recorded 9,068 instances of data leaks in 2014, three times as many as in 2013, reflecting the "grim challenges" of Chinese cyber security, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
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Actress and boxer Lee Si Young found herself the topic of gossip when a random blind item started to spread on SNS, suggesting there is a sex tape of the actress and her own agency is planning to use it to blackmail her. Hearing about this, her agency immediately squashed the rumor, firmly denying the existence of such a tape and their involvement in any of this.Her agency commented to Star News, "We confirmed the contents of this rumor, and
It’s the eve of Apple Music, which launches tomorrow, and all through the house, not a creature was withholding their content, not even a Taylor Swift. Also, Force Touch is basically a lock for iPhone 6/6 Plus S this fall, according to a new report from Bloomberg that says production on devices with the tech has begun.
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12 TED Talks to restore your faith in humanity
Sometimes it’s easy to think the worst of human beings. But these inspiring talks can help you remember: altruism, kindness and helping hands are all around.
London: the city that ate itself
In the rest of Britain, a common view of London is that it is a parasitic monster or, as Alex Salmond put it, quoting Tony Travers of the London School of Economics: “The dark star of the economy, inexorably sucking in resources, people and energy. Nobody quite knows how to control it.” Both the SNP and Ukip can be seen as anti-London parties, as expressions of a feeling that national decisions are made in the capital, by the capital, for the capital. Those Scots who want independence are less concerned about being part of the same country as Middlesbrough or Ipswich than they are about London. But these views overlook the extent to which the city is feeding on its own. And, dear readers outside London, who may be reasonably wondering what all this has to do with you, consider that the city is one-seventh of the country as a whole and that what happens there may well, in some form, also come to a place near you.
Your brain on improv
Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation — so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds.
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The unintended consequences of being "tough on crime"
“We’re in this exciting moment where we’ve had 40 years of being ‘tough on crime,’ and we’ve finally come to recognize that it really hasn’t worked very well,” says sociologist Alice Goffman bluntly. “Scientists have shown in the past few years that the relationship between incarceration and crime is basically zip. The crime rate goes up and down, incarceration just continues to grow. It’s not a good way of fighting crime.”