A Million Kids in the UK Will Get This Tiny Computer
BBC Learning will give every student in Year 7 (11- and 12-year-olds) a credit card-sized Micro:bit computer.
Target bets on the smart home with new futuristic 'Open House' lab
Target opened the doors on an experimental space, called Open House, in San Francisco Thursday that is completely dedicated to showcasing and selling smart home devices.
'Walking Dead' Season 6 trailer shows a bloody, dangerous Rick Grimes - CNET
Watch a blood-covered Rick rally the remaining survivors in this grim and gritty "Walking Dead" season 6 trailer, which debuted today at San Diego Comic-Con International.
CyberLink updates YouCam app for better performance, business tools and facial enhancements
With all the emphasis on mobile chat, it’s easy to forget the huge number of people who still engage in video conferencing the old fashioned way: right from their desks.…
How Taylor Swift got GoFundMe to raise its donation limit
Taylor Swift has a habit of appearing in the news for the right reasons. After helping convince Apple to pay artists and labels for free streams on its new music service, kind and PR-friendly…
Watch a scene from upcoming 'Sherlock' Victorian special - CNET
Holmes smoking a curved pipe, Watson with a fancy mustache, Mrs. Hudson in an impressive dress, all chatting in the lingo of the era! Check out this new clip from the upcoming "Sherlock" special.
Let's talk about this Beyoncé-inspired skyscraper being built in Australia
How many times have you watched Beyoncé and thought, "I should create a building in her honor"? Architecture firm Elenberg Fraser is reportedly being given real money (presumably in the form of...
Is this McDonald's 'Minions' toy saying 'what the f*ck' or what?
Parents say a mumbling "Minions" toy that comes with McDonald's Happy Meals these days is actually cursing at their kids. Listen for yourself.
'Game of Thrones' director: What I told Obama about Jon Snow
One of the most highly anticipated panels of Comic-Con is happening right now.
Ellen Pao out as Reddit CEO
Ellen Pao out as Reddit CEO
Ellen Pao has resigned from Reddit. Co-founder Steve Huffman is taking over.
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Spain’s Geeksphone Exits Smartphones
Muere la revolución. Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone has confirmed it’s stepping out of the mobile making game almost six years after founding a startup business to build handsets for an enthusiast community of geeks looking for something a little different to mainstream smartphones.
Senators asks FCC to investigate cable and broadband prices
In addition to steeply rising prices, consumers are often unaware of the various fees that are tacked onto their monthly bills because of the lack of transparency in pricing. To cite just one example, Time Warner Cable began charging a cable modem rental fee in 2012 of $3.95 a month. TWC then raised the price to $5.99 a month in 2013. Today it charges $8 a month, a 203 percent increase in three years' time, in addition to monthly broadband charges.
Absurd Creature of the Week: The World’s Tiniest Bird Weighs Less Than a Dime
The bee hummingbird’s larger counterpart in Cuba is the emerald hummingbird, which grows to more than twice its size (though it’s still quite small for a “large” hummingbird). Dalsgaard reckons the emerald got to the island first and set up shop, assuming the typical hummingbird niche of a nectar-feeding pollinator. “Later, the ancestor of the bee hummingbird arrived on Cuba and took up the role as the smaller of the two hummingbirds,” says Dalsgaard. “To avoid feeding competition with the Cuban emerald, it had to evolve to be an even smaller hummingbird, competing more with insects for nectar.”
Wiring Monkey Brains Together Has a Point, Say Scientists
The rat study was even weirder. For this one, the neuroscientists directly wired four rats’ brains together—using the implants to both collect and transmit information about neural activity—so one rat that responded to touch, for example, could pass on their knowledge of that stimulus to another rat. Then the researchers set the rats to a bunch of different abstract tasks—guessing whether it might rain from temperature and air pressure data, for example, or telling the difference between different kinds of touch-stimuli. The brain collectives always did at least as well on those tests as an individual rat would have, and sometimes even better. And in a successful effort to squidge people out, the researchers called these rat-borg collectives “organic computers” or, even worse, “brainets.”
Slack Adds Emoji Reactions 👍💥✨
I have long pined for something more than a mere “like.” When someone shares that there has been a loss in the family, an illness has befallen them, or simply wants feedback on a life decision, sometimes “like” just doesn’t get the job done. At least not with specificity or personality.
Ready To Leave Your Job?
There comes a point in every career when you decide you are ready to leave your current position. Handling your exit gracefully can be tricky. Watch this video to make sure you end things on a positive note by knowing such things as the correct protocol for giving your notice, handling your last days at work, and what you should emphasize during an exit interview. Watch this for tips, and good luck out there!
How A Little Tech Glitch Took Down The NYSE For 3.5 Hours
"At 11:32am, because NYSE and NYSE MKT were actively trading but customers were still reporting unusual system behavior, the decision was made to suspend trading on NYSE and NYSE MKT," the NYSE said in a statement. "NYSE ARCA, Arca Options and NYSE AMEX Options were not impacted by this event and continued to trade normally."
Invented around 1861 by Nikola Tesla, the Tesla coil has been fascinating folks for over 150 years. Whether you're looking to build one for practical reasons or just because it's neat-o, check out the best Tesla coil projects on Instructables for inspiration before you start your own build.
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430,000 names are hurtling towards Pluto right now
Do you remember what you were doing on the internet back in 2005? No, of course you don't--modern smartphones didn't exist yet, YouTube was just starting out and Facebook was still just an "online college yearbook." You might have stumbled upon a NASA webpage looking for folks to be a part of the "first mission to the last planet." Participants had their name burned onto a CD and launched into space with the New Horizons spacecraft . Can't remember if your moniker is among the stars? There's an easy way to find out.
HTC's Vive VR headset is getting a world tour
If you're eager to try on HTC's Vive VR headset , which blew us away back at Mobile World Congress, you may soon have your chance. HTC just announced a world tour for the Vive, starting this week at San Diego Comic-Con, stretching all the way into the Paris Games Week in November. You can check out a full list of cities and dates below, but take note that they're subject to change. The Vive, developed together with Valve, is a VR headset similar to the Oculus Rift, but it also includes some positional laser sensors which can track your movement around a room. It was so immersive it made Engadget's Nicole Lee a believer in VR . Our only issue with this news? We're noticing a distinct lack of East Coast dates. New York City wants to see the Vive already, HTC!
The Apple Watch is not a horse
The Apple Watch is no horse and carriage. It’s a new product category that has only just gone on sale, which still delights most of its users every day, and which will get better with each software update. If you want to focus on its perceived limits, you can easily fill a few 500-word posts. But that just means you lack imagination.
U.S. personnel agency chief resigns over massive data breach
WASHINGTON The chief of the U.S. federal hiring office resigned on Friday after massive computer hacks at the agency that put the personal data of more than 22 million Americans at risk, including people seeking sensitive security clearances.
Microsoft killing its Photosynth 3D panorama apps
For better or worse, tech companies have to do a bit of product housekeeping every now and then. Today's Microsoft's turn to do exactly that. Most notably, the Redmond company announced it will be retiring its mobile apps for Photosynth , the platform it created to let people capture and view the world in 3D . While the applications, which had been available on Windows Phone 8 and iOS, are expected to continue to work for existing downloads, they won't be officially supported moving forward.
The Apple Watch needs a greatly expanded Apple Music experience
This is a definite improvement, but with the arrival of the first major upgrade to the Watch’s brains — watchOS 2 — the device will be able to connect directly with a Wi-Fi network. No more dependence on a paired iPhone’s Wi-Fi connection. This should be the catalyst for a major expansion of Apple Music functionality on the Watch. Hopefully.
The new nude: A lingerie line for women of color
Nubian Skin , a lingerie company, has set out to fix this problem, by creating a line specifically for women of color. The line, which released in September online and in Europe, arrived in the U.S. at Nordstrom on Wednesday.
NASA names 4 pilots to test new space capsules
NASA names 4 pilots to test new space capsules
NASA on Thursday named four astronauts who will train for test flights of new Boeing and SpaceX capsules, likely becoming the first crews to launch from the Space Coast since the final shuttle mission four
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New Horizons’ Latest Image Reveals Features on Charon, Too
While Pluto stands out in striking red and orange tones, Charon is mostly brown and grey, with a few bright spots sticking out on its bottom surface. The mission’s Geology, Geophysics and Imaging team think that those spots might be impact craters—and if they are, they could provide a peek at what’s hidden beneath Charon’s surface. The best guess right now is that Charon is half rock, half water ice on the inside, but astronomers might get a closer look when New Horizons makes its closest flyby on July 14.
Rap with friends through iMessage with this iOS app
I suspect RapMic will get more features in future updates. Right now, it is literally three beats, a button to record, one to play and one to send on your creations. You can’t save them in the app, add your own tracks or do much else.
How BeautyCon Nailed The Formula For Connecting Brands With The YouTube Generation
"Brands are very aware of the fact that women are frustrated about a lack of beauty products for women who are diverse and ethnic in background," says Mahdara. "For a company like L'Oreal, or Cover Girl, they've had hunches around issues with minority women. They've all been hit with this information on social channels, but it's helpful for them to work with a company like BeautyCon because they can actually see beyond just the criticisms of what they're not doing well in terms of a minority product. We're a testing ground for them all year, and they can actually get a sense of what products they should be creating, what tones, and what colors, and what packaging. It's a good way for a brand like L'Oreal to not just sell products, but also develop products, and that's what I think they're really excited about. We've had brands like Nasty Gal, American Apparel, Nike Women, and NYX Cosmetics, which only creates products for this demographic, and only uses content creators like YouTubers and Instagrammers to sell this product. Within a year of working with us, they were acquired by L'Oreal.
Computer science students are in demand and they know it
The survey shows that CS majors are aware that their degrees are valuable; on average, they expected a starting salary of $68,120, slightly above the actual average starting salary of $66,161. In addition, 73% of them expecting a starting salary over $55K (compared to 70% who actually got that much) and 12% expected a starting salary of over $100k, slightly less than the 13% of them who actually got 6-figure jobs. As Looksharp’s CMO Nathan Parcells told me via email, “It shows that students understand how in demand the CS major is and that it can command a 6 figure salary immediately out of school.”
Top global security exports defend encryption
As government officials continue to plea the case against strong encryption, a group of high-profile international security experts have published a paper arguing that allowing government agents special access to communications would have detrimental effects on personal privacy, enterprise security, and our national economy.
Why one man walked over 600 miles to Comic Con in a 'Star Wars' costume
So nearly three years after his wife's death, with a big "Star Wars" movie coming later this year, Kevin set out for Comic Con 2015 in San Diego in true "Star Wars" style: He left Rancho Obi-Wan, a museum totally dedicated to the "Star Wars" franchise, on June 6, and walked roughly 645 miles, pushing a cart filled with camping gear, bandannas, coloring books and extra clothes, in an all-white stormtrooper outfit, while wearing a sign on his back: "I race in memory of Eileen Shige Doyle."
Samsung and Google censor LGBT apps in South Korea
Samsung is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea , in the hub of an exceedingly connected country: South Korea boasts the fastest internet connection speed in the world and is second globally in smartphone penetration. It's in this environment that both Samsung and Google have banned popular gay social networking apps from their online stores, Buzzfeed News reports. Samsung rejected the gay hookup app Hornet from its South Korean store in 2013, citing local values and laws that disallow LGBT content. Hornet is available in the US and other countries, though it remains banned in Argentina, Iceland, Syria and South Korea, the report says. Samsung confirmed to the site that it blocks LGBT apps on a country-by-country basis, though it's notable that Argentina and Iceland both legalized same-sex marriage in 2010.
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The Supermassive Black Hole That’s Growing Impossibly Fast
“Here be dragons” was a phrase once used on ancient maps, often accompanied by mythical sketches, to highlight an unexplored or potentially dangerous area. Astronomers might want to borrow this warning to label the centre of galaxies, which contain supermassive black holes .
Indian cops want Bangalore's citizens to help them catch criminals by using Periscope
Local police in Bangalore, India’s ‘Silicon Valley’, will soon encourage citizens to livestream footage of crimes as they happen in order to help apprehend wrongdoers, reports The Economic Times .
Drake drops insane 'Energy' music video exclusively on Apple Music
The rapper just dropped a new clip for "Energy" on Apple Music , though you don't need a subscription to watch it. The song is one of the most boastful tracks on If You're Reading This It's Too Late . But the video? It's an amazingly bizarre hodgepodge of pop culture references, with Drake's face superimposed onto the bodies of Oprah, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama and more.
NASA's launched an app to explore Mars from your desk
Made with images from several NASA missions, the interactive map allows you to explore the planet in 2D or 3D. You can pan around the planet and zoom in to find features and learn more about each of them. There’s also an option to toggle between global, north and south pole views.
Apple's new iPhones: Everything we know about the 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus'
Apple is widely expected to launch two new iPhones this fall, typically referred to as the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" — but what do we know about them? AppleInsider gives you a rundown of what to anticipate from Apple's next-generation handsets.
Amazon Introduces “Amazon Fling,” A Developer Toolkit For Sending Media From Mobile Apps To Fire TV
“Flinging,” which is basically Amazon’s own version of Chromecast’s “casting,” lets a mobile app maker send a video, audio or images from their iOS or Android app to a user’s big screen TV by way of the Amazon Fire TV media player. It does this by simplifying the underlying network discovery and communication technologies that would otherwise be difficult to implement, the company explains.
Apple's public beta of OS X El Capitan arrives today
Just as it did with Mavericks and Yosemite , Apple is going to let the public try a beta version of OS X El Capitan . And that begins today, the Cupertino company has announced. Naturally, Apple wants people to know this is an early build of its latest operating system , so there might be some applications that don't work as expected. You should probably back up your Mac too, in case anything goes wrong with the installation process or during the actual testing phase. If you're feeling up for it, though, the El Capitan public beta is scheduled to roll out in about an hour or so -- at which point, you can download it from Apple's Software Program site .
Just give up on mobile already, Microsoft
Still, when Elop was shown the door, he was executive vice president of the Microsoft Devices Group, a.k.a. Nokia. In short, he was the guy in charge of Microsoft’s Windows Phone hardware. Devices are now under Terry Myerson at the newly minted Windows and Devices Group. It seems to me that Myerson, busy with the Windows 10 launch, is going to spend a lot of time cheerleading the disheartened remnants of the Phone team.
NASA released a time-lapse of 11-years of footage filmed on the surface of Mars
NASA released a time-lapse of 11-years of footage filmed on the surface of Mars
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Bangalore's police wants people to capture crimes on Periscope
Turning a city's smartphones into a surveillance system is an ambitious (if a touch Orwellian) plan, but don't expect this to become the norm too quickly. Periscope may have finally made its way to Android -- which more-or-less dominates India's mobile scene -- but the cost of buying a phone and a data plan can be tough to bear, especially in impoverished and working-class sections of the city. Then again, Bangalore has the reputation of being India's Silicon Valley, so those affluent techies could wind up spearheading this next-gen neighborhood watch program. Still, Bangalore's police seem to get that it'll be a while before streaming crime-catching becomes a thing, so its Periscope plans remain nice and humble for now. Their first order of streaming business? Broadcasting police press conferences to people's phones.
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Your body language shapes who you are
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
How to control someone else's arm with your brain
Greg Gage is on a mission to make brain science accessible to all. In this fun, kind of creepy demo, the neuroscientist and TED Senior Fellow uses a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to take away the free will of an audience member. It’s not a parlor trick; it actually works. You have to see it to believe it.
JXE Streams: 'Life Is Strange' Episode 3
Engadget Senior Reporter Jessica Conditt dives into the third episode in the angsty, time-traveling tale of Life is Strange. Get More Engadget: •Subscribe to Engadget on YouTube: http://engt.co/subscribe •Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/engadget •Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/engadget •Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/engadget •Add us on Snapchat: gadgetsnaps •Read more: http://www.engadget.com Technology isn't all about bits and processors. It's the car with no driver, human organs printed in a lab and leisurely flights into space. It's the future and Engadget is here to tell you all about it. Since 2004, Engadget has covered cutting edge devices and the technology that powers them. We're looking beyond the gadgets themselves to explore how they impact our lives. Engadget is the definitive guide to this connected life. Also on Engadget's YouTube Channel: •“In Case You Missed It” (aka #ICYMI) is a daily clip show designed to dig up the offbeat and interesting stories that get buried by the biggest headlines.
Shuhei Yoshida Talks About Project Morpheus, PS Home, Vita and 4K Gaming
Engadget's Richard Lai hangs out with Sony Computer Entertainment's Shuhei Yoshida in Hong Kong to talk about virtual reality, PS Vita and whether 4K gaming is coming to the PS4. Read More: http://www.engadget.com/2015/07/10/sh... Get More Engadget: •Subscribe to Engadget on YouTube: http://engt.co/subscribe •Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/engadget •Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/engadget •Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/engadget •Add us on Snapchat: gadgetsnaps •Read more: http://www.engadget.com Technology isn't all about bits and processors. It's the car with no driver, human organs printed in a lab and leisurely flights into space. It's the future and Engadget is here to tell you all about it. Since 2004, Engadget has covered cutting edge devices and the technology that powers them. We're looking beyond the gadgets themselves to explore how they impact our lives. Engadget is the definitive guide to this connected life. Also on Engadget's YouTube Channel: •“In Case You Missed It” (aka #ICYMI) is a daily clip show designed to dig up the offbeat and interesting stories that get buried by the biggest headlines.
What You Need to Know About Backdoor Encryption
FBI Director James Comey wants a backdoor into every encrypted communication in America, but most security experts think that is a really bad idea. PCMag's Editor-in-Chief Dan Costa talk to Security Analyst Fahmida Rashid about the logical, ethical, and technical problems with creating back doors in security products. What's New Now is PCMag's daily report where we cover the most talked about technology story of the day. Check back every day as we suggest why the story is important to you and provide expert analysis and opinion on the topic. Watch this episode and more in our 'What's New Now' playlist: http://goo.gl/oCiRJZ Subscribe for daily updates: http://goo.gl/hMyJr1 For tech reviews, news and opinion, check out PCMag.com: http://www.pcmag.com Follow PCMag on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PCMag Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PCMag Join us on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+PCMag
The psychology of evil
Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.
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.
8 TED Talks that just might save your relationship
Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding relationships.
Why dieting doesn't usually work
In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies, as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.
One more reason to get a good night’s sleep
The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.
Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review
And as impressive as Quill and other recent advances are, Hammond is not yet convinced that the capabilities of general-purpose AI are poised for great expansion. The current resurgence in the field, he says, is being driven by access to massive amounts of data that can be quickly analyzed and by the immense increase in computing power over what was available a few years ago. The results are striking, but the techniques, including some aspects of the natural-language generation methods that Quill employs, make use of existing technologies empowered by big data, not breakthroughs in AI. Hammond says some recent descriptions of certain AI programs as black boxes that teach themselves capabilities sound more like “magical rhetoric” than realistic explanations of the technology. And it remains uncertain, he adds, whether deep learning and other recent advances will truly “work as well as touted.”
Are we designed to be sexual omnivores?
An idea permeates our modern view of relationships: that men and women have always paired off in sexually exclusive relationships. But before the dawn of agriculture, humans may actually have been quite promiscuous. Author Christopher Ryan walks us through the controversial evidence that human beings are sexual omnivores by nature, in hopes that a more nuanced understanding may put an end to discrimination, shame and the kind of unrealistic expectations that kill relationships.