Scientists Invent Shape-Shifting Robot Material
The solution to how you build more flexible and life-like robotics may be found in foam, wax, heat and ingenuity.
The Hundred Foot Journey - Official Trailer
A story centered on an Indian family who moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant. Get more new mov...
Sneak Peek: Book trailer for "The Terrorist's Son" (TED Books)
Watch the book trailer for "The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice," from TED Books. PRE-ORDER NOW TO READ ON SEPT 9. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/produc...
How to Use a Bathroom (You're Doing It Wrong)
There's a lot you can do in a bathroom to make it less crappy (yeah, we went there). Check out our favorite toilet hacks.
Relive 4 Glorious World Cup Weeks in 4 Emotional Minutes
If you need us we'll be standing outside the World Cup's bedroom window with a boom-box while blasting Peter Gabriel and proclaiming our eternal love.
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' gets pugged - CNET
A new video from The Pet Collective might make you think twice before you bring home a stray puppy. Especially if it's a pug.
Did Twitter Or Facebook Win The Social World Cup? Hint: The Underdog Did Pretty Well [CHARTS]
The tally of tweets is straightforward. A tweet is like a Facebook post, in that it's an original piece of writing or a photo, uploaded to a social network by a user. A comment on Facebook can also be very much like a post or a tweet in that it can be substantive (e.g., I post a photo of soccer star Lionel Messi and write "Best soccer player, ever," and one of my Facebook friends comments, "Neymar is better.")
Timberman Is The New Flappy Bird | TechCrunch
Timberman’s gameplay nails the recipe for addictiveness in a smartphone game. It’s easy to get into — all you’re doing is cutting down a tree by tapping on one side or the other, trying to avoid the descending branches as you progress.
British blogger Brown Moses launches new site to train others in crowdsourced reporting
British blogger Brown Moses, also known as Eliot Higgins, has become a leading source of fact-checked information about military activity in Syria and elsewhere, despite having no journalistic training. And now he wants to bring those skills to others through a site called Bellingcat.
Apple Asserts Its Commitment To Privacy In Response To Report By China’s CCTV | TechCrunch
In addition to the assertions mentioned above, Apple also points out that Location Services are opt-in on an app-by-app basis, that they have a universal on/off switch even after you’ve granted position, and the Frequent Locations cache is password protected, and blocked from access for any third-party app providers. Apple also wraps up by saying that it has “never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services,” and that it “never will.” CCTV had suggested the location information gathered by its devices might expose “state secrets” to competing national powers.
Why Apple’s Swift Language Will Instantly Remake Computer Programming | Enterprise | WIRED
He started in the summer of 2010, working at night and on weekends, and by the end of the following year, he’d mapped out the basics of the new language. That’s when he revealed his secret to the top executives at his company, and they were impressed enough to put a few other seasoned engineers on the project. Then, after another eighteen months, it became a “major focus” for the company, with a huge team of developers working alongside Lattner, and that meant the new language would soon change the world of computing. Lattner, you see, works for Apple.
Supercapacitors are slowly emerging as novel tech for electric vehicles
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Yes, supercapacitors might be the key to electronic vehicles that’s true. They are used now in different capacities as backup power for different electronic equipment and in some industrial uses as backup to distribution equipment. I think a company pursuing this should also consider the products and work done by American Superconductor in Massachussetts (NYSE: AMSC). Superconducting wire paired up with a electric motors wound with the same wire and a bank of Supercapacitors could potentially be a killer app of these combined technologies. Doesn’t matter what the power source is (Fuel Cell vs. plug-in), but the whole drive train could be electric and be high performance as well.
With a Little Luck, Nebraska Kid Takes Selfie With Paul McCartney and Warren Buffet
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Google Glass pioneer moves to Amazon
It's important to note that Google Glass took over three years of development inside Google's secret labs before it was introduced to developers, and Parviz himself has been working on smart optics systems for decades. The product of his work for Amazon, therefore, is unlikely to be apparent anytime soon. Parviz is the sort of deeply technical researcher that develops technology to be used many years into the future, which is probably why Google replaced him as the head of Google Glass with the more marketing-savvy Ivy Ross in May. She's better suited to refining the headset into a consumer product, whereas Parviz can now rededicate himself to doing hard science with a new team at Amazon.
Save $9, Here Are The TechCrunch Staff’s Email Addresses | TechCrunch
I hate email. But there’s one thing I hate even more: people selling my email address. Currently trending at the top of Product Hunt , Pressfarm is an email database for tech journalists — and it’s not free.
Another World May Not Play So Great, But It Still Looks Incredible | Game|Life | WIRED
When Out of This World came along—the only name I knew Another World by for years, apparently a branding maneuver in the U.S. to avoid confusion with the unrelated U.S. television soap opera—it was a revelation: a fluidly animated sci-fi adventure about a scientist inadvertently sucked into an alien otherworld that crawled off the screen and into my dreams. It was full of juddering cliffs and dangling vines, populated by creatures that loped and pounced realistically, filled with strange coruscating energy fields and body-morphing teleportation platforms and caverns through which water gushed and poured into deep holes and threatened to drown you just as you’d expect an underground deluge of actual water to.
How The World Cup Played Out On Facebook Versus Twitter
Comparing Facebook data with Twitter Twitter data is both enjoyable and pointless, much like social media itself. The two social networks have wildly divergent user totals (1.3 billion versus 255 million), and those users interact with each other in substantially different ways (posts, likes and comments versus tweets, retweets and favorites) and over different time intervals (hours and days versus seconds and minutes).
"Final evolution" of original Raspberry Pi gains micro-SD and lower power consumption
The Raspberry Pi Model B+ is different enough to warrant new cases, and has valuable new features, but the processor and RAM are the same as the Model B. The price remains the same too, at $35.
Ritot is a projection watch that displays the time and phone notifications on your hand
The functionality is straightforward: Tap the Ritot or shake your hand and see the current time displayed on your hand for 10 seconds. Sync it with your smartphone and you can see a variety of notifications on the back of your hand – a caller’s name, text messages, reminders, social media alerts, weather alerts and emails, among others. The Ritot can also be set to vibrate when notifications are received or when an alarm goes off.
Apple iPhone 6 may only launch in the 4.7-inch size this year
When the next iPhone launches, don’t expect two new choices. That’s the thought from the often accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who noted over the weekend that Apple is now likely to only debut a new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 handset this fall. The company was expected to launch a larger 5.5-inch iPhone as well, but Kuo says those plans are delayed due to production challenges for the bigger handset.
Company says it's created the world's blackest black with carbon nanotubes
Black may not be, it turns out, the darkest shade — at least not black as we know it. British tech company Surrey Nanosystems says it's developed the world's blackest material: made of carbon nanotubes, it can absorb 99.96 percent of light that hits it. Its developers say that to the human eye, the material — called Vantablack — completely erases any features on a surface, becoming simply a void. "It's like black, like a hole, like there's nothing there. It just looks so strange," chief technical officer Ben Jensen tells The Independent . That's because the dense coating of carbon nanotubes, rolled sheets of carbon atoms like the one seen above, are used to create a lattice that absorbs virtually all light as it's refracted around the tubes.
Airbnb gears up to launch a complete brand redesign this week
“A couple of years ago – like three years ago,” said Zadeh, “we sat around and asked ‘what’s next?’ We had this moment, and we thought about car-sharing. We have this platform that can power the sharing economy, is that what we should do next?” But, Zadeh told us that “[Airbnb] realized that wasn’t the right focus area for us. We thought it would be better to think about problems like airport pickup. [We offer tools like] the mobile app where you have the cached itinerary if you don’t have data … that’s just the very tip of the iceberg.”
Soylent Is Like A Productivity Cheat Code — And More Observations From Two Weeks On The Meal Replacement Drink
The longer I availed myself of Soylent, the less I used it each day. The first few days were 100% food replacement, then I began regularly eating a standard lunch in the middle of the day. Now, some two weeks later, Soylent is my guilt-free, time-saving dinner to top off the workday after two regular meals. I don't totally have an explanation for why this is the case, but it is.
Stay In The Know On Your Network: Newsle Joins The LinkedIn Family
We know LinkedIn is a place you visit to stay up-to-speed on your network, showcase and strengthen your professional identity and read content to glean professional insights that help you make more informed business decisions.
Apple could sell 30 to 60 million iWatches over the first year | ZDNet
I'm no fan of Apple, but I can see lots of Apple's faithful followers buying iWatches simply because of their blind devotion to the Apple logo. This would happen in the first two years. However, once that dries up and every iGadget user who wants one has one, what then? It'll likely just fade away like the iPod and folks will hang on to their old one just like what's happening with the iPad.
The fundamental problem will still be the same - price. Apple's iPhone user base was grown from heavy subsidization in a few key markets. Many of them own iPhones only because they can afford to pay $0-$200 for one. Most of them would never have bought an iPhone if it wasn't subsidized down to being cheap. Price conscious iPhone users such as those who get their iPhones for $0 instead of paying $200 for it are not going to be inclined to shell out $300 for a watch. Already we are seeing the iPad sales stalling because folks don't want to pay a similar unsubsidized price for the iPad tablet.
But the situation is worse than that. It's not going to be a device that opens up Apple's ecosystem to new users.
MakerBot 3D printers now available in a dozen Home Depot stores
The Home Depot's core business revolves around helping you craft things, so it stands to reason that you'd eventually find 3D printers there, doesn't it? Sure enough, that's what's happening today. You can now buy MakerBot's Replicator line at both the retailer's online store as well as a dozen brick-and-mortar locations spread across California, the greater Chicago area and New York City. In addition to hosting elaborate kiosks like the one you see here, shops will have staff on hand to both demonstrate 3D printing and give you keepsakes in hopes of clinching a sale down the road. It's tough to know if the Home Depot's gamble will pay off -- at last check, most people don't expect to find printers sitting alongside doorknobs and drill sets. If nothing else, it shows that the technology has a market outside of office supply stores and other places you might associate with run-of-the-mill 2D printing.
BitTorrent hopes to monetize and fund creative work by adding a paywall to its 'Bundle'
Starting in the summer, artists will have the ability to set up "paygates" in their bundles. BitTorrent says this will let fans buy projects directly from the people responsible for creating them. Artists will decide how much users must pay for access, with BitTorrent taking a cut of the fee they settle on. The company says paywalls will give "publishers choice and control when it comes to funding their work." Marco Weber of Rapid Eye Studios sees them as the hybrid between video-on-demand and crowdfunding services. "I looked at how Kickstarter evolved, and the success of Netflix," he said today. "And my idea was to marry these two concepts."
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The U.S. Navy Just Announced The End Of Big Oil And No One Noticed
1. The process pulls carbon dioxide (the greenhouse gas driving Climate Change) out of the ocean. One of the less well-publicized aspects of Climate Change is that the ocean acts like a sponge for CO2 and it’s just about reached its safe limit. The ocean is steadily becoming more acidic from all of the increased carbon dioxide. This in turn poisons delicate ecosystems like coral reefs that keep the ocean healthy.
How To Make 1 to 30,000 Virtual Reality #Cardboard Headsets an Hour
Lets take a little journey into the world of making shapes in cardboard. How you make something has a lot to do with how many you need to make, at what quality, and how fast. The different options you have are, hand-cutting, laser cutting, CNC cutter/creaser, and Die cutting. There are two varieties of Die cutting: flat dies and rotary dies. We picked flat die cutting to make the DODOcase #cardboard VR kits because it produces the best quality cuts but lets look at each option in more detail and weigh the pros and cons of each approach...
OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!
“What can one person do? "I am that cat!" http://on.fb.me/1mbOCsk via @operationsafe #childtrauma”
Connected, but alone?
As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.
How great leaders inspire action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...
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Russia's new tram is a Batmobile on the outside, tech hub on the inside
Don't count on hopping aboard one of these mass transit marvels when they go into production, which should be sometime in 2015. As the Russia One name implies, this machine is partly about national pride; UVZ believes the vehicle will primarily be used in major Russian cities. Exports to Eastern Europe and South America aren't more than possibilities at this stage. Nonetheless, it's a big step forward for a form of public transportation that doesn't get a lot of love -- and it's probably the first tram that would make Bruce Wayne proud.
Flying Cars Predicted In Two Years: What Then?
I'm not a pilot; I'm a middle aged woman who drives a mundane Toyota Camry with dings in the doors. But watching the video of this vehicle takes my breath away. I'd love to try one of these for real. Perhaps a charter market will start up and my family could rent one for its annual summer holiday, just like we tried a hybrid car a couple of years ago to see what that experience was like. I say, bring it on!
The Most Influential Monsters in Movie History - IGN
Myers isn’t a supernatural force (at least not in the original installment), but represents unwavering evil that meticulously hunts down and murders innocent victims. Much like Jaws, we don’t see Michael all that much in context of the film – and when we do, his actions are bloodless and often in the background or hidden by shadow. His apparent disconnection to his victims (again, only in the first movie) is part of what makes his appearance so spectacular and terrifying. Without Myers, it’s doubtful the super-killers that took hold of 1980s horror – let alone the ones of the decades that followed -- would exist.
Candid photos of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and other tech titans back in the early days
Former Apple CEO John Sculley is known in Silicon Valley as The Guy Who Fired Steve Jobs. To Menuez, he was rather more than that. “What I really loved about John was he had an amazing curiosity about life, and he was incredibly supportive of his team. He was a positive-style leader, and he took tremendous risks,” he says. “Even though he disagreed with Steve and they had their Shakespearean conflict, he loved Steve and believed in his vision.” After Sculley forced Jobs out, he grew Apple into an $8 billion company; he was later fired himself because he refused to license the Mac OS. Under Sculley, the Newton PDA was greenlit, paving the way for the later iPhone and iPad. Menuez caught up with Sculley again recently. “He said to me that he wished that there had been somebody more mature on that board who could have kept Steve engaged and involved.” “John Sculley Masters His Shyness to Meet the Press.” Fremont, California, 1990.
Microsoft Challenges Google’s Artificial Brain With ‘Project Adam’ | Enterprise | WIRED
HOGWILD! was originally designed as something that let each processor in a machine work more independently. Different chips could even write to the same memory location, and nothing would stop them from overwriting each other. With most systems, that’s considered a bad idea because it can result in data collisions—where one machine overwrites what another has done—but it can work well in some situations. The chance of data collision is rather low in small computing systems, and as the University of Wisconsin researchers show, it can lead to significant speed-ups in a single machine. Adam then takes this idea one step further, applying the asynchrony of HOGWILD! to an entire network of machines. “We’re even wilder than HOGWILD! in that we’re even more asynchronous,” says Chilimbi, the Microsoft researcher who dreamed up the Adam project.
You Have Until Midnight to Yell at the FCC About Net Neutrality… Sort Of
With nearly 700,000 rants already filed , the public comment period for the FCC proposed net neutrality rules is up at midnight on July 15. That means you only have a few hours left to submit your original thoughts. Reply comments*, however, will be accepted until September 10.
Plans show tallest residential building on earth coming to Manhattan
One World Trade Center is just settling into New York's skyline, but a number of competing supertall structures — including the tallest residential building in the world — will soon pop up in midtown. One of those skyscrapers, Nordstrom Tower, will top out at 1,775 feet (541m), according to plans leaked to New York development blog YIMBY . That's just one foot shorter than One World Trade , if you count the spire. Without the spires, Nordstrom Tower will beat the symbolic office building: according to the plans, its roof (including the parapet) will reach 1,479 feet, 78 feet higher than 1 WTC.
Embrace the remix
Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.
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‘The Most Amazing Sight Ever’: Behind That McCartney-Buffett 'Selfie'
The four friends had the presence of mind to grab some Beatles-related memorabilia before running out of the house: Tvrdy's Fender Stratocaster electric guitar and an Abbey Road vinyl album that Koesters had recently purchased at a thrift store. Murray managed to tell his parents where he was off to as he ran out the door.
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Top designers react to Google’s new ‘Material’ design language
The problem is that Android is so forked what Google says you should do means very little. It's not like Apple where 80-90% of its 300-million users will upgrade immediately in weeks. Google can't even get its largest android OEM's to not go off in their own direction - Samsung is busy making its own OS since it no longer wants Google to run its OS - Amazon has never gone on board, Xioami and other CHinese android makers don't want to go much with Goole either and of course Nokia/MS have also made their own Android. Who does that leave? Not much but that's nothing new for android- no version of android has larger than 30% of all android users. and it looks worse as the major androd makers all want to move away from Google so the leading edge android Os will be on Nexus and HTC devices - who else?
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BITCOIN: How It Works, And Why It Could One Day Threaten Legacy Payments Tools Like Credit Cards
In a recent report from BI Intelligence , we explain how Bitcoin works, from the moment when local currency is exchanged for bitcoins, to the moment when it reaches the electronic wallet of a receiving party. We look at the key advantages of Bitcoin compared to the legacy players in the payments industry and examine the challenges that Bitcoin faces as a payment network.
Gut feeling: How intestinal bacteria may influence our moods
Mounting evidence that gut bacteria affect mood and behaviour has researchers investigating just how much power these tiny microbes wield over our mental health.
Answers to Your Office Party Etiquette FAQs
While these gatherings offer an opportunity for employees to get to know their co-workers and managers on a social level, the events also present a chance for workers to really hurt their reputations. Employees who don't handle themselves appropriately could find their standing in the office dropping several notches.
What Every Company Should Know About Agile Software Development | MIT Technology Review
An agile team’s goal is to deliver narrow, fully-functional slices of the project at the end of each iteration (usually one to two weeks in length). Perhaps a website’s basic login functionality—from the user interface all the way down to the database—is built during this iteration; next iteration, a “forgot password” feature might be added, and so on. Each slice is demonstrated to end users and stakeholders at the end of the iteration so they can provide feedback on what’s been built so far and guide priorities for future iterations. As you can imagine, this approach makes adapting to the changing marketplace a whole lot easier and makes your software more relevant for customers.
Harvard, Oxford Face-Off Over Benefits of Cholesterol Drugs
A nasty fight that pits big-name scientists at Harvard University and the University of Oxford against each other on the effectiveness of a multibillion-dollar class of drugs may be headed toward a settlement by month’s end. The trans-Atlantic spat centers on statins, the popular drugs such as AstraZeneca’s Crestor and Pfizer’s Lipitor that lower cholesterol levels, and whether they provide benefits that outweigh side effects for people at low risk of heart disease.
How Music Affects Your Productivity
HI! I love having music to drown out the "other" going on around me and to narrow my focus on what is in front of me. It's lulling without putting me to sleep and it cheers me up. Tried ambient music but it was more annoying. Anyway, The results give strong support to the contention that economic benefits can accure from the use of music in industry...wasn't sure what that sentence meant. Accrue was meant to be there perhaps?
Watch Footage of an Armed Palestinian Drone Flying Over Gaza
The military wing of Hamas just posted a five-minute-long video of an apparently fully armed drone flying over the Gaza Strip. It's impossible to know if the four, real-looking missiles attached to the drone's wings are armed. They sure look like they are .
The five most impressive innovations of the World Cup in Brazil - OpenMind
This is the case for Brazilian researcher Miguel Nicolelis, working at Duke University, who wanted the Walk Again project to display its work, which had already been tested in monkeys, and the strength of “made in Brazil” science. The exoskeleton, which emulates the human nervous system, is a devise weighing some 70 kilos and standing 1.80 meters, which connects the brain to the mechanisms that serve as joints: at the moment that the user thinks “stand up” the electrodes worn on the head transmit the order to the computer system that identifies the transmitted signal and operates the robot. This provides great hope for those with disabilities.
Forget “OK Glass,” MindRDR Is A Google Glass App You Control With Your Thoughts | TechCrunch
The Neurosky biosensor picks up on brainwaves that correlate to your ability to focus. The app then translates these brainwaves into a meter reading that gets superimposed on the camera view in Google Glass. As you “focus” more with your mind, the meter goes up, and the app takes a photograph of what you are seeing in front of you. Focus some more, and the meter goes up again and the photo gets posted to Twitter. Like this:
Are the Hamas Drones Real?
It is unclear how Hamas got its hands on the drone in the video, assuming it was in fact controlled by the militant group. Cenciotti and other experts said Hamas could have smuggled the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Iran or built it themselves with some components smuggled in from Iran, though they agreed it is unlikely Hamas militants built it by themselves.