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‘Skylanders SuperChargers’ Adds Vehicles to Popular Toys-to-Life Game

"Skylanders" figurines are getting a license to drive.

Uber CEO: "I'm not perfect and neither is this company."

The serial entrepreneur showed a nicer side at Uber's five-year anniversary event in San Francisco. But was it genuine?

Google Street View takes you under the streets and deep into the sea

Google added Street View imagery from more than 40 locations around the world, many of which are underwater.

Debate over 'female Viagra' raises cries of sexism

There are no drugs to treat female sexual dysfunction. That could change soon.

Boeing just patented a system for recharging drones in mid-air

Aircraft and defense systems manufacturer Boeing was granted a patent this week for a system to recharge drones in mid-air. Our friends at PatentYogi explain how it works in the video…

Scientists are one step closer to growing replacement limbs

If the goal in medicine is to be able to repair people as if they were made out of Legos, then we just took a big stride towards that future. A team at M

Fallout 4 is real, and it's coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC

One of the worst-kept secrets in gaming is a secret no more: Bethesda has just officially announced Fallout 4. The company launched a countdown timer yesterday teasing something Fallout-related,...

This Startup Gives Poor People A Year's Income, No Strings Attached

They've given away $15 million and counting, and the results have been extraordinary.

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10 LEDs you can get for $10 or less (pictures) - CNET

The price of high-efficiency lights is as low as it's ever been. If you're looking to take advantage, these budget-friendly bulbs belong at the top of your list.

First Look at Marvel's Post-Secret Wars Heroes - IGN

Secret Wars brought about the end of the Marvel Universe in May, which resulted in a new place being created called Battleworld -- a world made up of different Marvel realities ruled by Doctor Doom. A majority of Marvel’s books ended and were replaced with Secret Wars series, leaving fans to wonder if Marvel was going to reboot or relaunch their entire line after Secret Wars. While the press release does not use either of those words, it does give a name to this new era of Marvel and confirm that we will be getting a new wave of comics all starting at issue #1.

Building IT value with Midwestern values

When he arrived at Kroger, he found gaps in the service culture in IT. This became apparent as he confronted a weekend service outage early into his tenure. He reached a direct report on the phone to talk through the problem, and the report told him, “I don’t do that—people who work for me deal with those issues.” To Hjelm, that answer was fascinating—and disturbing. “As of this minute, that just changed,” he responded. If we’re in trouble, we’re both responsible, Hjelm told him, so let’s get on the call.

SoundCloud signs licensing deal to pay independent labels for music streams

SoundCloud’s Ljung said that On SoundCloud, as well as his company’s plans to launch a paid subscription service in the coming months – Merlin’s deal covers that too – will prove to independent labels that it can make them more money.

Leaked documents show U.S. widened Internet spying: N.Y. Times

WASHINGTON Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that the U.S. government has widened the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance of Americans' international Internet traffic in the hunt for hackers, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

Epic Games wants architects to make Unreal Engine more lifelike

Epic's latest engine now comes with a marketplace so that developers don't have to build common objects like rocks, trees and chairs from scratch. Other new tricks include subsurface scattering for more realistic surfaces, ray-traced soft shadows and streaming video textures. The company said it wants to encourage a "deep collaboration" between game development and architectural rendering "that will result in something entirely new." Of course, it's also a way for Epic to draw attention to its now-free gaming engine and away from competitors like Unity . If you think you've got what it takes to create GTA VI: Chateau LaTour , hit the Unreal Engine site for more info.

Virgin Galactic crash details emerge - BBC News

He tells me they are happy they have the right rocket for the job. That the new spaceship is safe, otherwise he wouldn't go in it (he's taking one of the first flights). That the investors are supportive; in other words, the money won't run dry. And that it will make a profit once it's all going.

The most valuable car collection ever to be auctioned is coming this year, and it's incredible

What you're looking at here is what the RM Sotheby's auction house is calling the "Pinnacle Portfolio," a collection of roughly 30 post-World War II cars that Reuters reports could get over $65 million when they're individually auctioned at this August's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. To be clear, these cars are single-sourced — one person currently owns them. Shelby Myers of RM Sotheby's sums up the absurdity and anonymity of the collection pretty well: "While many of the world’s most impressive collections were established in the public eye of the car-collecting world, The Pinnacle Portfolio was assembled with a clandestine, surgical precision unlike any other that has come to market. Its almost obsessive focus on perfection, rarity, and the superlative, irrespective of price, makes it the most significant and valuable private collection of motor cars ever presented at auction."

Dish Network in Merger Talks With T-Mobile US

Dish Network Corp. is in talks to merge with T-Mobile US Inc., people familiar with the matter said, a deal that would accelerate a wave of consolidation across the U.S. media and communications industries.

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Facebook Lite Is A Stripped Down Android App For The Developing World

The main way Facebook makes the app use less data is by never pre-loading full-resolution images. Photos and link preview thumbnails in the News Feed appear a bit grainy at first. They’ll load in full-res if tapped, but Facebook only wants to do those big data pulls if people volunteer for them. If you try to post a photo to Facebook Lite, the app compresses the image and then sends it in the background, so its small and you don’t have to spend the wait time staring at the screen.

Watch a Ferrari Get Blasted With UV Paint in 100-MPH Winds | WIRED

To project the paint, Oefner developed a DIY hack created from small garden pumps hooked up to garden hoses lined with small holes. The pumps forced the paint through the tiny apertures, sending small, bright streams of color over the car. Some hoses were rigged to a scaffolding to really coat the entire vehicle. The filming happened with two different cameras over a period of three days. Oefner used a Phantom to get the slow-motion shots and a Arri Alexa for the rest because that camera played nicely with the UV lights.

HTC One ME features the company's sharpest display ever

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At long last, Valve begins taking pre-orders for Steam Machines

Valve’s resdesigned Steam Controller is built for couch gaming, with a number of special features specific to Steam. Instead of joysticks, two large trackpads dominate the front face of the controller, with a standard joystick down a little lower. For buttons, there’s a four-button pad on the front, with Start, Select, and Steam buttons in the center. The rear shoulder buttons have both a digital switch, and analog sensor, so you always have the right tool for the job. Controls are fully customizable for each game, with community support for button layouts.

There’s no money for Apple in music streaming, but that's OK

The redesign and relaunch of Beats Music is one of the most anticipated announcements Apple fans are expecting to hear about next week at WWDC. Apple spent $3 billion on Beats in an effort to take on the likes of Spotify and Pandora, but according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, all that effort won’t make Apple a ton of money.

9 useful PowerShell tools

Microsoft's mighty Windows administration framework gets even better with the help of these tools and materials. Almost all are free; the one for-fee tool is well worth the cost.

You can now get refunds for your Steam game purchases

Valve will honor refund requests made within 14 days of purchase, provided the titles in question have been played for less than two hours. You’ll get back the entire amount in Steam Wallet funds or via your initial payment method, within a week of your request being approved.

Learn everything about Apple's rumored 12-inch iPad in 2 minutes

As speculation for the new iOS tablet grows, so does the pool of possibilities concerning what the tablet will end up like. Dubbed by many as the iPad Pro leaked info and alleged photos hint at a 12-inch display, stylus, and NFC as just some of the iPad’s newest additions.

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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is real and gets you in Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta

Outlier Dictionary Is A Savior For Overwhelmed Chinese Language Students

Learning Chinese as an adult is like playing a game of chicken with your brain. When I was 26, I spent nine months in a Mandarin program and every time I sat down with a new stack of flashcards, I wondered how many characters would get shoved out of my memory to make room for new ones.

Meet Charlie: a virtual PA that uses AI to brief you on meetings

The great butlers of fiction have been well mined by tech companies in search of a name: P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves was co-opted for that once popular search engine ; Alfred is doing double duty as Batman’s trusty man servant and a beloved Mac productivity app .

No Analytics for You: News Sites Grapple With Who Can See Data - American Journalism Review

That policy appears to be unusual for a news organization, judging by a sampling of 10 other publications contacted for this story. None of the others had an explicit policy forbidding editors from sharing analytics with reporters.

Airbnb is using machine learning to help hosts make as much money as possible

If you go on vacation, regardless of whether you're staying at a hotel or renting out someone's house using a service like Airbnb, you're probably aware of the fact that what you pay is going to be based on demand. Trying to find somewhere to stay in Austin during SXSW is naturally going to cost more than it does the rest of the year. But today we learned just how good Airbnb is at helping hosts get as much money as they can — and it's all based on the back of some pretty massive data stores.

Facebook Launches Facebook Lite for Super-Slow Connections | WIRED

The differences in the Facebook Lite app are, as Shankar says, “mostly under the hood.” There will be a few small design changes–for one, the official Facebook app takes up roughly 30MB of storages and requires users to message each other through a separate app, Facebook Messenger. “But all the core experiences and how you come to use them in your main app will work and look and feel the same,” Shankar says. At less than one megabyte, Facebook Lite is quick to install and to use.

Google's Android keyboard can now sync your custom dictionary across devices

Google’s Android keyboard is receiving a few nifty new updates today. Chief among them, the app can now sync your custom dictionaries across devices.

Facebook rolls out stripped-down version of its app to more countries

Although it doesn't look nearly as polished as Facebook's flagship app, the main advantage of the less-than-1-MB Android app is that it's fast and doesn't require sophisticated hardware or an LTE connection to load. LTE and often even 3G connections are a relative rarity in many markets that Facebook is targeting, such as those in Africa.

12 Evernote hacks and apps for power users

If you like IFTTT , you'll appreciate Zapier , a Web app that automates workflows. Zapier integrates with Evernote and countless other cloud-based services (via APIs) to create desired actions between two services. I'm impressed by the sheer variety of cloud services you can connect, including Toggl, a little-known tool that I use for time tracking. There are about 200 Evernote "Zaps" (workflows) you can choose from, such as the ability to create a new WordPress blog post draft from notes in a designated Evernote notebook. Or you can create your own Evernote Zaps. Zapier is a freemium service. The free plan lets you run 5 Zaps; for more, you need one of the paid plans, which start at $20 per month.

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The Building Real World Cloud Apps with Azure e-book is based on a presentation developed by Scott Guthrie. It explains 13 patterns and practices that can help you be successful developing web apps...


Instapaper, the app that lets you save and share online articles, has just launched a new annotation functionality called Notes. The feature allows users to select a piece of text from an article or other work, and make comments on that text. By default, Notes is set to private so no one can see your annotations. If they so choose, users can share their notes through the Twitter’s… Read More

No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish

Why do people, invited for a dinner party at 7.30, think its cool to arrive at 8.30? It’s rude. It’s inconsiderate. And it’s selfish, as I witnessed in a coffee shop near my home one weekend. Three “ladies who lunch” (a species not confined to, but heavily represented on, the lower North Shore of Sydney) were chatting loudly at the table next to me. One inquired what time the ‘drinks do’ was that night. The reply for all the world to hear was ‘Oh 7.30, but we won’t get there till 9 because by then it will have warmed up and all the interesting people will have arrived’. Nice. Imagine if everyone took that view. Cocktail parties would start at 3 am eventually.

18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once

"Tending to more books than anyone could read in a lifetime – from international bestsellers to a remarkable showing of local authors, BookKids to MysteryPeople—plus almost daily events and a quirky collection of toys, BookPeople’s wonderful staff are on their toes expanding horizons and making literary dreams come true," the Austin Chronicle raves .

The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

10 real-life love stories that'll grab you by the heart, from Storycorps

Six phrases for a successful relationship: Vivian and Leroy A. Morgan . Finally, a little written wisdom from our book, All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps . Here is what Leroy A. Morgan had to say about his late wife, Vivian: “My wife and I were in Philadelphia, and we saw a sign that said ‘SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE.’ I will never forget it: It had six points to always say to your wife or husband. The first one was: YOU LOOK GREAT. The second one was: CAN I HELP? The third one was: LET’S EAT OUT. The fourth one was: I WAS WRONG. The fifth one was: I AM SORRY. But the last and most important one was: I LOVE YOU. That was it. There were six statements, and it said if you follow that, you’ll have a successful marriage. So we followed it, and we did have a successful marriage. It lasted fifty three years, two months, and five days. It’s been rough, but every morning when I wake up she’s included in my prayers and I talk to her every night when I go to bed. She was something. One thing: If they ever let me in those pearly gates, I’m going to walk all over God’s heaven until I find that girl.


Macbeth - Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard - In UK Cinemas October 2nd From the Academy Award® winning producers of The King’s Speech and acclaimed director Justin Kurzel, comes a visceral and visually breath-taking retelling of the classic tale about an ambitious Scottish lord who seizes the throne with the help of his wife. Starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender and Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard, MACBETH is an epic cinematic experience.

How painting can transform communities

Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there — from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What's made their projects succeed? In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach — and the importance of a neighborhood barbecue.

Does money make you mean?

It's amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there's good news too. (Filmed at TEDxMarin.)

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Are you seeing the warning signs of being fired? Check out this list of red flags and possible solutions.

Why White Space Is Crucial To UX Design

What you refer to as 'white space' has for a very long time, been referred to as 'negative space' — used as a neutral or contrasting background to draw attention to the main subject, which then is referred to as the 'positive space'. Importantly in print and desktop sites, shades of white/light colours are usually best, but on mobile devices, black is better suited for the user experience, for min. eyestrain and max. legibility in changing lighting conditions — 'negative space' seems a more appropriate term given it's variable nature, albeit with a 'negative' word association despite its clear 'positive' benefits. Which ever term you use, there is no underestimating how important it is for the content authors' communication and readers' focus, but too often this negative space is filled with advertising and cross-promotions, particularly since the advent of the web. Far too few sites prioritize legibility and user experience over click-sales, and there is no sign of it stopping soon.

Before I die I want to...

In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors' answers — surprising, poignant, funny — became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What's your answer?)

Games at E3 2015 - E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo Wiki Guide - IGN

The Games at E3 2015 list contains all of the suspected and confirmed games appearing at E3 2015 in some form (not necessarily in "playable" form).

How Google Finally Got Design

For Google, all of this change arrives at a telling moment: The enormous amounts of data that the company hoovers up about us—whether it’s our dinner reservations or commuting patterns or work relationships—offer the potential to unlock a new era of computing. You already get glimpses of it in the anticipatory gestures you find in Google Now, which can anticipate your commute, providing traffic estimates when you usually leave work, and can send you shopping reminders timed to when you arrive at the grocery store. As Brett Lider points out, "Computing is getting more human-centered. We’re getting closer to what people want as opposed to the constraints of the technology." And yet, if designed poorly, newfangled interactions can be jarring, unsettling, even scary. It’s like design’s own version of the Uncanny Valley: smart enough to be freaky, but not good enough to be friendly.

How to make stress your friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

Anatomy of a hack: How crackers ransack passwords like “qeadzcwrsfxv1331”

Like SHA1, SHA3, and most other algorithms, MD5 was designed to convert plaintext into hashes, also known as "message digests," quickly and with a minimal amount of computation. That works in the favor of crackers. Armed with a single graphics processor, they can cycle through more than eight billion password combinations each second when attacking "fast" hashes. By contrast, algorithms specifically designed to protect passwords require significantly more time and computation. For instance, the SHA512crypt function included by default in Mac OS X and most Unix-based operating systems passes text through 5,000 hashing iterations. This hurdle would limit the same one-GPU cracking system to slightly less than 2,000 guesses per second. Examples of other similarly "slow" hashing algorithms include bcrypt , scrypt, and PBKDF2 .

The killer American diet that's sweeping the planet

Forget the latest disease in the news: Cardiovascular disease kills more people than everything else combined — and it’s mostly preventable. Dr. Dean Ornish explains how changing our eating habits can save lives.

My daughter, my wife, our robot, and the quest for immortality

The founder of Sirius XM satellite radio, Martine Rothblatt now heads up a drug company that makes life-saving medicines for rare diseases (including one drug that saved her own daughter's life). Meanwhile she is working to preserve the consciousness of the woman she loves in a digital file ... and a companion robot. In an onstage conversation with TED's Chris Anderson, Rothblatt shares her powerful story of love, identity, creativity, and limitless possibility.

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This robot saves grad students from the tedious task of counting and sorting fruit flies

Bullied 8-year-old boy grew out his hair for 2 years so he could donate it

After 8-year-old Christian McPhilamy from Melbourne, Florida, saw a commercial for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, he decided to grow out his hair and donate it to a foundation called Children With Hair Loss.

Happiness and its surprises

Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness — the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it's untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies.

How healthy living nearly killed me

For a full year, AJ Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could — from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned.

A broken body isn't a broken person

Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal — until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.

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75 Tumblr Debuts Its Own GIF Search Engine
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77 Obama gets starry-eyed over a Hubble telescope photo
78 Climate Change Could Cause Changes In The Ocean That Haven’t Been Seen In 3 Million Years
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81 Diabetes Management App One Drop Gets $8 Million In Series A Funding To Build Out The Platform
82 There's a new 'King of Instagram' and he makes Dan Bilzerian's lifestyle look PG-13
83 Tasks Startup CEOs Should Always Outsource
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