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Meet the shrimp that's inspiring next-generation 3D printed armor | ZDNet

The mantis shrimp may be beautiful, but its cell structure is of the most interest to researchers.

Hey guys, it's apparently not okay to say 'hey guys' anymore

The global term to describe a group of people is thrown around town like it's going out of fashion. But one man has had enough.

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Why I bring theater to the military

Before he fought in the galactic battles of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adam Driver was a United States Marine with 1/1 Weapons Company. He tells the story of how and why he became a Marine, the complex transition from soldier to civilian — and Arts in the Armed Forces, his nonprofit that brings theater to the military. Because, as he says: "Self-expression is just as valuable a tool as a rifle on your shoulder." Followed by a spirited performance of Marco Ramirez's "I am not Batman" by Jesse J. Perez and Matt Johnson. (Adult language)

Forget the pecking order at work

Organizations are often run according to "the superchicken model," where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn't what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It's a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: "Companies don't have ideas. Only people do."

Facebook is disabling messaging in its mobile web app to push people to Messenger

Facebook is removing the messaging capability from its mobile web application, according to a notice being served to users: “Your conversations are moving to Messenger,” it reads. Welcome news to the millions like me who switched to the web app in order to avoid Messenger in the first place!

Working at Facebook Sounds Like Joining a Cult

... hit Facebook like a bomb. Google Plus was the great enemy’s sally into our own hemisphere, and it gripped Zuck like nothing else. He declared “Lockdown,” the first and only one during my time there. As was duly explained to the more recent employees, Lockdown was a state of war that dated to Facebook’s earliest days, when no one could leave the building while the company confronted some threat, either competitive or technical.​

16 of the greatest Muhammad Ali quotes

The champ provided the sports world and far beyond with a catalog of quotes as legendary as the man himself. Ali passed away Friday at age 74.

Mary Meeker's Internet Trends report: 5 takeaways | ZDNet

The report spans a range of major trends, including the impact of macroeconomic forces on internet growth, to the rise of messaging services and the evolution of transportation.

Google is working on a kill switch to prevent an AI uprising

The latter is considered more important, so the researchers would give the robot a bigger reward for doing so. But human intervention to prevent damage is needed because it rains pretty frequently here. That alters the task for the robot, making it want to stay out of the rain, and then adopting the human interruption as part of the task rather than being a one-off thing.

The Best Home Security Cameras of 2016

We've tested lots of home surveillance cameras over the last few years, so we know what's important to look for. For instance, you want a camera that's simple to set up and use. Additionally, one of the very first qualities we notice is an attractive—though discreet—design. It's important that the camera looks like something you actually want in your home, but depending on your needs, you may not want it to stand out too much.

10 ways the world could end

How might the human race end? Stephen Petranek lays out 10 terrible options and the science behind them. Will we be wiped out by an asteroid? Eco-collapse? How about a particle collider gone wild?

Norway reportedly agrees on banning new sales of gas-powered cars by 2025

Norway’s four main political parties have been discussing a possible ban on new gasoline-powered car sales (diesel or petrol) for quite some time, but they were not able to come to an understanding until now, according to a new report from  Dagens Næringsliv (Paywall), an important newspaper in Norway.

11 Olympic athletes will sport Visa's new payment ring in Rio

But I was lucky: Subsequent attempts were hit or miss, and I was told this was a common problem thanks to the diminutive design of the wearable. The ring works best when the full 'O' of it is facing toward the terminal; if it's held at a 90-degree position above the keypad, as it would be when you hold your palm flat, the reader doesn't pick it up. I found that holding my hand at a 45-degree angle sometimes worked. Visa plans to encourage the athletes to try a different hand position, so don't be surprised if you see a few of your favorite competitors trying out a "fist tap" the next time they need to pay for a Coke in Rio.

Walmart partners with Uber and Lyft to test grocery delivery service

Walmart is partnering with Uber and Lyft to test a grocery delivery service, in a bid to directly compete with similar offerings from Amazon. The pilot program will begin within the next two weeks in Denver and one other market, Michael Bender, Walmart's head of e-commerce, said in a  blog post this week. A Walmart spokesman tells  The Wall Street Journal that the service will launch in Denver and Phoenix. Company CEO Doug McMillon will discuss the program at Walmart's annual shareholder meeting on Friday.

Learning Snapchat from the Best in the Business

There are no likes, comments or hashtags. Virality is a foreign concept. So are links and URLs. The app known for ephemeral messaging and a massive Millennial audience has evolved beyond the web and beyond social media to become the first mobile media network - with a huge emphasis on media. In this sense, Snapchat has as much in common with Time Warner and DirecTV as it does with Facebook and YouTube. Which is to say it’s in a class of its own.

Lucas Mearian on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

Switzerland to hold first ever vote on basic income - BBC News

Switzerland is voting on whether to introduce a guaranteed basic income for every citizen, becoming the first country to hold such a vote.

How LinkedIn’s password sloppiness hurts us all

I say "nearly complete" because there are some e-mail addresses in the dump that do not have hashes associated with them (the hash was replaced with the string "xxx"), and there are also some hashes that are not associated with an e-mail address (e-mail address is NULL.) While I presume the hashes not associated with any e-mail address are deleted accounts, I cannot even venture a guess as to why some of the password hashes are missing. That's the way it goes when you're working with second-hand data from an unknown source—you just can't get a pristine database dump these days.

Muhammad Ali's Best Productivity Tricks

Muhammad Ali is often called the greatest heavyweight boxer in history, but he was also a proponent for religious freedoms, racial justice, and was a conscientious objector during the war. Beyond all that, he was an avid talker, and would often speak out about his general rules for life. While they're not the type of productivity tips you can take and directly apply to your life, his ideas are still useful in defining what it means to get things done.

Amazon's Fire HD 10 gets aluminum body, 64GB option

For the same price as the existing black color option, you can now order can now order the Fire HD 10 with a new, "silver aluminum all-metal enclosure," Amazon has announced. Additionally, if you want more internal storage, the Fire HD 10 now comes in a 64GB version for $290.

19 Google Removes Chrome Extension That Targeted Jews

The plugin scanned the text of websites for matches on its frequently-updated list of Jewish names. When it found a match, it encased the name in three sets of parenthesis, an identification format that originated on a right-wing blog called The Right Stuff, according to Mic. Users could add new names to the app's database by posting them on the app's support tab.


18F is a team within the General Services Administration that builds applications for the federal government, rapidly and iteratively. So as we scaled up the number of teams deploying applications, we couldn’t let cloud operations talent become the kind of bottleneck that slows down development for many federal teams. Instead of working on infrastructure support for every individual product, our cloud ops staff focused on how they could give all our development teams a better way to work.

Apple Macbook (2016) vs. Asus Zenbook 3: Which book is more “ultra”?

The gold edging on the Zenbook also matches the keyboard font and backlight, creating a beautiful color contrast with which the Macbook just can’t compete (though something is certainly to be said for the clean, traditional “Apple” look). Both keyboards are full size and backlit, though the Macbook introduces new “butterfly” style keys, which place the pressure sensors on the edges of the key (in comparison to traditional, “scissor” keys), allowing for easier and more effective keyboard navigation. Despite the upgraded sensors, though, the keyboard can become more of a burden than a tool over time; our reviewer found that his hands started feeling sore after just about an hour of use.

Twitter partners with the NBA and Samsung for 360-degree video deal

Twitter is getting on the 360-degree video bandwagon thanks to a partnership between the company, the NBA, and Samsung. Starting with Game 1 of the NBA Finals later today, Twitter cards will link out to videos shot with 360-degree cameras, allowing users to click and drag around the scene. The videos, which were  filmed on a Samsung Gear 360 camera , will be sent out using the NBA's official Twitter account. It's unclear what the films will be comprised of exactly, but Twitter is promising "exclusive content" over the course of the series.

Apple should buy Uber

Calling Uber a Silicon Valley unicorn is passé. Uber is a $62.5 billion monster that's threatening to take down a nervous tech market.

Inside ‘Stock Up,’ T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 11 promotion to give away company shares

T-Mobile is holding its Uncarrier 11 marketing campaign kickoff event on Monday, and more information has come to light about its unique offer enabling customers to earn shares of the company’s stock.

Competition Is Good--Except When It Isn’t

Managing his competitive impulse has been something of a lifelong lesson for Smallwood, and he admits he’s still learning it. "For me, competition is good. It helps create the best result, ultimately," he says, taking the broad view. "But at the same time, you can’t let that competition get out of hand. That’s when you see people cheating. That’s when you see people get ruined. So it’s good, but it has to be kept carefully within check."

SemiRestore for iOS 9.1 Released; Lets You Restore Your Jailbroken iPhone or iPad without Losing Jailbreak

With the update, SemiRestore, now supports iOS 5 through iOS 9.1. SemiRestore 9 can come in handy when you get into a reboot loop issue because of a problematic or buggy tweak, which can usually force you to restore your device, and would also mean losing the jailbreak. Since it removes the jailbreak tweaks during the semi-restore process, it can help in such cases.

Jade Raymond’s Motive Studios has grown to 65 in Montreal — and it’s hiring for a Star Wars game

Jade Raymond, a well-known game development executive who left Ubisoft to start a new game studio for Electronic Arts, posted that she has built a pretty big studio in Montreal and continues to hire for it.

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Google's new parent company Alphabet just passed its first big test

Google's parent company Alphabet just had its first big executive shake-up, and it underscores one of the important tenets of its new operating structure: Alphabet is a bunch of independent companies with central oversight.

Samsung's Batman edition Galaxy S7 Edge is absurd and awesome at the same time

But the Injustice Edition (which should really just be called the Batman phone, but isn't) has a blacked-out color scheme with gold highlights and a Batman batarang symbol on the back where the carrier logo usually is. It looks absolutely dope, making the admittedly attractive standard black S7 Edge look pedestrian by comparison. Same goes for the murdered-out Gear VR — it's way better-looking than the white-and-black standard model. I could take or leave the special case that comes in the kit, but I get why Samsung would include it.

Valve has sold over 500,000 Steam Controllers

Valve says it's been listening to that feedback, too -- outlining the major improvements it's made to the Steam Controller since its release in November of last year. Most of the update is old news for avid Steam Controller users, but welcome additions all the same: recent updates have enabled users to configure their controllers in desktop mode, added a rumble pass-through feature for games that support force feedback and enabled user-configurable "Action Sets" that can change controller mapping on the fly. Valve also says that more games are launching with Steam Controller support out of the box, citing Doom and Dark Souls III as recent examples.

Muhammad Ali: When a legend is real

I watched him invent rope-a-dope, a coverup move that forced his opponents to tire themselves out by repeatedly trying to box through Ali's formidable forearms as he used them to cover his face. Like so much that Ali did back then, it was like something out of a movie about boxing — but it happened in real life; and I usually saw it all live, on television.

The FBI’s Studying Prisoner Tattoos—And Pissing Off Privacy Hawks

In a lengthy report , the Electronic Frontier Foundation lays out several apparent issues with NIST’s Tattoo Recognition Technology study. It used 15,000 FBI-provided images of tattoos from prisoners to create a data set, which the FBI then distributed to 19 outside parties. Those organizations, which ranged from universities to research institutions to private companies (including, EFF notes, MorphoTrak, which provides biometric tech to law enforcement agencies), applied their algorithms to data set, and reported back their effectiveness at identifying tattoos, identifying the same tattoo over time, and “matching common visual elements between tattoos” to help determine connections among individuals.

Fermat's Library | A really trivial proof of the Lucas-Lehmer test annotated/explained version.

The Lucas–Lehmer test (LLT) is a primality test for Mersenne number...

Watch: Tesla driver caught snoozing at the wheel while car was on autopilot

A Tesla Model S driver was seen grabbing some z’s while the car eeked its way through slow-moving traffic. If this doesn’t make you want an autonomous car, nothing will.

I transformed my Jeep into a moving house to travel around Africa for 2 years — here's what it was like to build

After years of saving and planning, I bought a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (4 door) Rubicon to turn into a house on wheels to drive around Africa for two years.

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Fox apologizes for 'X-Men' ads showing a strangled Jennifer Lawrence 4 months later

"There is no context in the ad, just a woman getting strangled. The fact that no one flagged this is offensive and frankly, stupid," she said.

This is Why You Don't Touch Things in Museums

There’s a reason for why museums have signs saying not to touch the objects on display. Some visitors to the National Watch & Clock Museum of Columbia, Pennsylvania learned that the hard way.

The Story Behind That Superman and Muhammad Ali Team Up

Dennis O’Neil came up with the story and began work writing the issue, but had to leave before it was finished. Adams took over, adapting O’Neil’s work and completed the book. The issue featured an alien race named the Scrubb demanding to fight Earth’s greatest champion. Muhammad Ali and Superman each step forward to take up the challenge to save Earth. When Ali argues that Superman isn’t a proper champion of Earth, the Scrubb leader, Rat’Lar, has them fight one another on the planet Bodace (where Superman’s powers are negated).

Apple iPads are getting crushed in a key market by what Tim Cook calls 'test machines'

One part of the issue is that Apple only sells to schools through its salesforce, as opposed to Chrome, which is supplied by a variety of different hardware makers and resellers. Apple's educational salespeople may be finding that they don't have the leverage they once did.

Sorry, Travis Kalanick, but the anti-Uber coalition is more than just 'an idea'

The anti-Uber alliance is not a corporation or identity, it's an idea. They can have coffee together on Sundays, I guess," Kalanick told the Times of India .

Disney is Bringing on Even More Help to Reshoot Star Wars: Rogue One

Disney is bringing on some additional help to work on Star Wars: Rogue One : Simon Crane, who has worked as a Second Unit Director or stunt coordinator for such films as Jason Bourne , Edge of Tomorrow and Quantum of Solace .

15 brilliant or just plain crazy quotes from eccentric billionaire Elon Musk

After his appearance at the Code Conference this week , Business Insider rounded up some of Musk's most memorable quotes that are either crazy or brilliant or, in some cases, both.

With The Fireman Joe Hill Has Built His Own Impressive Horror Legacy

After Harper discovers that she has the illness, she flees from her husband (who could pretty much be a deranged version of GuyInYourMFA ) and is rescued by a mysterious figure clad in firefighting gear. He takes her to Camp Wyndham, where she discovers a whole group of the infected are hiding out from roving cremation crews and vigilantes (which later includes her husband). There, she learns something startling: they’ve learned how to prevent the infection from burning them up. Not only that, Dragonscale seems to allow them to connect on a deep, communal level. The Fireman can even control the flames on his body. Their hideaway has become a refuge where they have formed a safe, small ocean of calm in the midst of a burning New England.

46 6 awesome new Android apps you should check out | Android |

New apps and games stream into the Play Store non-stop, which is both good and bad. There’s plenty of content, but it can be hard to find things that are worth your time. You could through the glut of mediocre free-to-play games and keyboard skins all day and never find the really great stuff. Luckily, we’re here to find the coolest apps and games so you’ll know what’s worth your time and money. So, here are the best new apps and games on Android right now.

Ex-Stanford athlete's 6-month sentence for sexual assault sparks outrage

Judge Aaron Pesky cited Brock Allen Turner's age — 20 — and lack of criminal record when handing down the sentence. Turner was convicted of three counts of sexual assault in March, after he was discovered "thrusting" on top of an unconscious woman outside of a frat party in January 2015. Turner and the woman were discovered by two passing cyclists, who held him until the police arrived.

Watch a Waterjet Cut a Hydraulic Press In Half

We love watching things get crushed by a hydraulic press , but how about a waterjet? There’s a YouTube channel for that as well. In the channel’s latest video, they cut a hydraulic press in half.

Three Uses for Your Phone's Camera That Don't Involve Photos

Of course you’re going to use the camera on your phone to snap some superb selfies and sweeping landscapes, but there are plenty of other uses for it that you should be aware of. Here are three other tricks your camera can pull off, and the apps you’re going to need to make the magic happen.

Uber is being mocked by its biggest competitor in China

“I find it quite cute because I’ve never seen a company put their competitor’s brand on their own homepage,” she said, referencing the fact that when you open the Chinese version of the Uber app, you’re confronted with an advertisement alleging that prices are 30 percent lower than Didi’s.

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57 Nest founder and CEO Tony Fadell is leaving the company
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61 Apple Will Scrap India Retail Store Plans if 30% Sourcing Rule is Enforced
62 6 problems with the foster care system -- and what you can do to help
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