Making use of Cisco's labs to practice for certifications
Students have been asking for years for Cisco to provide affordable, hands-on labs for practicing the various certifications. Cisco has been responding lately, with CCIE Labs and VIRL providing resources for practicing for certifications.
Oh Hey, Here’s Some Footage From the New X-Files
The clip is brief, but it will make you want to believe.
Back to the Future is returning to cinemas to celebrate its 30th anniversary
Thirty years ago, Back to the Future was released and became an international phenomenon. To celebrate this anniversary, Universal is re-releasing the film along with its two sequels on Blu-ray and...
Microsoft's Cortana assistant for Android leaks early, Hyperlapse video app opens to all
Back in March, we reported that Cortana, Microsoft’s Google Now and Siri competitor, would be coming to Android and iOS. While it’s not officially available, a beta version of the…
EnChroma | Color For The Color Blind
Since the 1970s a variety of lens products have been marketed which take the form of tinted lenses applied monocularly or binocularly with different tints in each eye. The tints are usually a strong red, purple or pink color. Often the tint is put into a contact lenses, making the solution relatively discrete. While such devices can in theory provide additional spectral information, it is understood according to vision science that these devices work on the principle of binocularly rivalry (disruption of depth perception) and do not fundamentally improve color vision. Due to the low risk and possible benefit to some individuals, the FDA has permitted such devices to be sold provided that they are clearly labeled that 1) they are not a cure for color blindness and 2) have minimal therapeutic effectiveness.
Casey Neistat's social iPhone app tries to stop you being fake on social media
Casey Neistat, a filmmaker with over 800,000 YouTube subscribers, has released his first iPhone app that’s a sort of anti-social network. Announced today via his YouTube channel, Beme (pronounced “Beam”) is a video…
Cute Nao robot exhibits self-awareness
A pint-sized robot was able to differentiate itself from its mechanical siblings during an experiment.
Honey, I shrunk the superhero: 'Ant-Man' is a bite-size delight (review) - CNET
Marvel ups the ant-e with easily one of the funniest superhero movies yet. Here's our spoiler-free review.
Mexican singer drops period pad on live TV, keeps singing anyway
Mexican singer Patricia Navidad's menstrual pad falls out from between her legs during a live TV performance.
The 'Mad Max'/'Star Wars' crossover movie you'll wish were real
This cleverly-edited trailer for an imaginary 'Mad Max' and 'Star Wars' crossover movie should totally happen.
F-U-N-D-E-D: Tesla-wannabe Elio Motors raises big from the crowd -- or did it? - CNET
But even if Nancy Pfund could sell shares, she probably won't be buying into Elio Motors or any other auto startups for that matter. The founder and managing partner of DBL Partners says she's tracked several automobile startups in the decade since her venture capital firm made an early investment in Tesla. But she says the large upfront costs and regulatory hurdles doom most Tesla-wannabes, pointing to startups such as Fisker Automotive and BetterPlace, which both flopped when it came to disrupting the auto industry.
Asking Siri to charge your phone dials the police and we don’t know why
Siri has a lot of useful functions , but is thwarting kidnap one of them? Well, no, probably not, but if you ask Siri to "charge my phone 100 percent" then it automatically starts calling the emergency services, giving you a 5-second window to cancel the call. We're not sure exactly why this happens — it could just be a bug, of course — but one consequence is that it could be used in some sort of home invasion scenario, allowing someone to secretly call the police without attracting attention.
CVS Health's photo service, UCLA Health get hacked
Meanwhile, CVSphoto.com, CVS's online photo service, temporarily shut down access to online and related mobile photo services after falling victim to a similar breach.
Mass production for mass destruction: The tank factories of World War II
After WWI tank design improved, their role on the battlefield was reassessed. In the lead-up to World War II and during the war itself, tanks were built by both the Allies and the Axis powers in great numbers. Factories switched from their usual products to making tanks and other armaments. Women joined the war effort and were involved at many levels.
The Following Types of Content Are Now Rightfully Banned on Reddit
Not all indecent content will disappear from Reddit, though. CEO Steve also laid out some guidelines for marking NSFW content as such, invoking one United States Supreme Court definition of obscenity to describe how porn will be treated (“You know it when you see it.”) Additionally, anything tagged NSFW that is deemed “content that violates a common sense of decency … will require a login, must be opted into, will not appear in search results or public listings, and will generate no revenue for Reddit.” So that will hopefully help advertisers chill out about all of the swill that’s long been out in the open on Reddit.
Drone Delivers Medicine to Rural Virginia Clinic
But the orchestrated event also highlighted the hurdles that remain before such deliveries become everyday occurrences in U.S. skies, as envisioned by Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc.
The average mobile YouTube session is now 40 minutes
On mobile devices, the average length of a viewing session on YouTube is now more than 40 minutes, Google reported Thursday. That’s double what it was last year, CFO Ruth Porat said during the company’s quarterly earnings call.
EBay’s Future Darkens as PayPal Splits Off
EBay Inc. last year fought to keep hold of PayPal in a contentious battle before reversing course. As it plans to spin off the fast-growing payments unit on Friday, the e-commerce company may wish it had held its ground. The company’s second-quarter results, its last as a united entity, tell a story of two online giants headed in seemingly opposite directions. While PayPal can point to double-digit revenue growth and a slate of...
T-Mobile to pay $17.5 million to settle U.S. 911 outage investigation
WASHINGTON T-Mobile US Inc will pay $17.5 million to settle a U.S. investigation of two 911 service outages last year, marking the largest such fine by the Federal Communications Commission.
Etsy shares skyrocket on Google mention
Etsy shares skyrocket on Google mention
Shares of Etsy skyrocketed nearly 26% higher in Friday afternoon trading after the online crafts seller got a bullish mention from an executive of search engine giant Google.
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Shareholders approve controversial Samsung C&T merger - BBC News
One of South Korea's most controversial mergers has been given approval by shareholders of the construction company Samsung C&T.
Employees Wise Up
This week, a Bay Area founder was taken aback when an engineer being recruited by his startup asked for both its cap table and information regarding the liquidation preferences of its venture backers. The candidate presumably “worked somewhere where he discovered that these things matter,” says the founder, who asked not to be named in this story.
We’re getting amped about Marshall’s new smartphone
I even like the dual headphone jacks on the top of the phone. With a couple pairs of Marshall headphones plugged in it just looks cool. It’s also a nice callback to the first wave of personal music players, when the Sony Walkman provided two headphone jacks so you could listen to music with your pal. People really did that back in the ’80s. (People also wore stonewashed jeans tucked into the tops of white high-tops and proudly and unironically sported mullet haircuts, though.)
Like, Share And, Now, Shop On Facebook
According to BuzzFeed News, which first reported this on Wednesday, the shops are basically mini e-commerce sites where businesses and brands can promote and sell their merchandise directly to people. Though the program is still in early development with a limited number of retailers, some Pages already display a "Buy" button, which lets users complete purchases without ever leaving the Facebook platform.
Sharp faces $282 million operating loss for April-June quarter: Nikkei
The electronics company is expected to report an operating loss of about 35 billion yen ($282 million) for the quarter, down from a profit of 4.6 billion yen a year earlier, the newspaper said. ( s.nikkei.com/1f8Sxu3 )
The BYOD debate is not over
"I saw the [demise of BYOD] three years ago, but my recent experience has been shaken to the core and I think BYOD is going to have a rebirth," said the consultant, David Schofield, a partner in Network Sourcing Advisors, a firm that performs network audits and contract negotiations for companies seeking the best deals from carriers.
WSJ: Hulu's working on a premium tier with no ads
The paper also reports that there's some resistance to the ad-free tier coming from Hulu's corporate parents. It's suggested that these media companies feel resentful to Netflix for making people expect to binge TV shows without having to pause for a message from a sponsor. That's a fact that puts plenty of executive noses out of joint, since they feel that ads remain a key component of the TV landscape (because: money). As a sop, it's believed that Hulu will use its audience data to target relevant products to people since, you know , you only resent paying for the privilege of watching an advert if it's for something you're not likely to buy.
Japan scraps plans for $2 billion Olympic stadium and starts from scratch
"We take note of the decision by Prime Minister Abe to review the design plan and to look for a feasible solution that will offer a state of the art stadium with top level conditions for athletes and spectators," Coates said in an IOC statement. "We understand that the review of the stadium will not affect its delivery for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we will work with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee to ensure that what is needed for the games is delivered in the revised plan."
Homejoy, on-demand home cleaning startup, shuts down in face of lawsuits
Although we succeeded in many ways, we also faced obstacles. There are still many unresolved challenges in the home services space. We gave it our all, but regretfully, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations. Homejoy will officially close its doors on July 31st.
Best Buy has spammed me more than all of Nigeria’s princes combined
I bought a refrigerator at Best Buy in late March 2015; the purchase was big enough to give me a gift card that I later cashed in for two used video games (both of which were broken). To the best of my knowledge, I never opted in to receiving Best Buy marketing messages, and I've shopped at Best Buy on occasion for years, so I don't know what triggered the sudden onrush of spam. They had my e-mail address for years by virtue of my Best Buy Rewards account but had hardly ever spammed it before.
iPod touch 6th generation can be jailbroken
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J.K. Rowling confirms that Hogwarts tuition is free
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The Next Web on Twitter
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With over $5 million, 'Shenmue 3' is biggest gaming Kickstarter ever
It also probably didn't hurt that Shenmue 3 's Kickstarter campaign was announced/kicked off during Sony's E3 press conference in mid-June, when tens of thousands of people were tuned in online. Kickstarter's site briefly flagged under the crush, and the game met its $2 million goal within a few hours of launch.
How big data analytics help hospitals stop a killer
Wireless biosensors and big data analytics can help hospitals identify patients showing signs of sepsis, the leading cause of death in noncoronary intensive care units in the U.S. They can even keep monitoring patients who have been discharged.
Living Near A Lot Of Trees Makes You Feel 7 Years Younger (And $10,000 Richer)
The more trees on a block, the less likely people are to be obese or have diabetes or heart disease. They're also more likely to report feeling healthier. The researchers compared the effect to income; the more money people make, the more likely they are to say they feel healthy. Being around more trees is the health and well-being equivalent to making $10,000 more at your job.
Google’s $50-Billion Morning
That’s a massive jump for a company that was already worth more than $400 billion and ranked second in the S&P 500 by market value, behind Apple Inc. With Friday’s surge, its market capitalization has grown by another $50 billion or so overnight.
The X-Files: Footage Airs from the New Miniseries - IGN
Check out the new footage from FOX's upcoming X-Files revival that aired tonight during Wayward Pines...
Aerosolve: Machine learning for humans - Airbnb Engineering
The hierarchy also lets us borrow statistical strength from parent neighborhoods as they fully contain the children neighborhoods. These Kd-tree constructed neighborhoods are not user visible but used to compute local features for the machine learning models. In the figure below, we demonstrate the ability of the Kd-tree structure to automatically create local neighborhoods. Notice the care we have taken in informing the algorithm that it should not cross large bodies of water. Even Treasure Island has a neighborhood of it’s own. In order to not have sudden changes along a neighborhood boundary we take care to smooth the neighborhood information in a multi-scale manner. You can read more, and visually see, this kind of smoothing in the Image Impressionism demo of Aerosolve on Github .
This $60,000 speaker system sounds so good we’re having trouble doing our jobs
No other audio system that’s graced our listening room here at DT has captivated and mesmerized our staff quite like Technics Reference system. Seriously, some of us are having trouble getting our jobs done because we can’t peel ourselves away. This is the sort of audio system that you must hear to understand. Listening to tracks that we’ve heard 100s of times — and on excellent systems at that — is now a revelation of once hidden nuance and detail. Not only are we hearing things we’d never heard before, we’re hearing it in a way we’ve never heard it before. A music system that sounds like a live performance is a tough goal to attain, but Technics’ flagship nails it.
How to take notes like a pro
Taking notes isn't like tying a shoelace... there's more than one way to do it. Not only does everyone have a slightly unique way of approaching note taking, but the methods also vary depending on what you're taking notes for. Is there a right way? No -- but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of great techniques that can make your note-taking more efficient. Taking better notes isn't just for students at school or university either; it's a skill that follows you into the workplace.
China's Xiaomi will strengthen IP ahead of U.S. entry: executive
BEIJING Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc is strengthening its patents in preparation for its entry into the U.S. market, head of international operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg Television on Thursday, without offering a time table.
U.S. judge says Internet streaming service should be treated like cable
NEW YORK A U.S. judge ruled on Thursday that online television service FilmOn X LLC should be treated like a traditional cable system in order to transmit the programs of the nation's broadcasters over the Internet.
Google's Co-Founders Each Just Made $4 Billion In One Day
“People should take away that Google is a stronger and healthier company than what the Street had previously understood,” said Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Robert W Baird & Co. “Both Google and Facebook are benefiting from these secular growth trends, which is really moving advertising dollars online from offline. There’s still plenty of growth left for both companies.”
Tesla to offer upgraded 90-kilowatt Model S battery pack for $3,000 extra
On a conference call today, Tesla just announced that it will offer an upgrade to a 90kWh battery on its Model S sedan for $3,000 extra. This represents a 5-kilowatt upgrade against the existing 85kWh model. This turns the car into a "90D" model instead of the existing 85D, offering 300 miles of highway range at 65 miles per hour. That represents a five percent improvement in range against the 85 — and perhaps more importantly, it cracks the 300 mark, which is something of a milestone (and perhaps a psychological barrier for some buyers).
Misfit Debuts The Flash Link, A $20 Activity Tracker That Also Controls Apps And Smart Home Devices
For a company like Misfit , which got its start as the maker of an attractive health and fitness monitoring device that women would actually like to wear, it may no longer be enough to be just another Fitbit competitor. That’s why the company has been more recently expanding its product lineup to include a range of connected devices, including also a sleep monitoring system and connected lightbulbs , for example. And today that expansion continues as Misfit unveils “ Misfit Link ,” a new software application that lets you use a Misfit activity tracker as a smart button that can do things like control your music, your phone’s camera, and soon, Logitech Harmony smart home devices, and more.
Zidisha is hiring a remote engineer
Zidisha is a Y Combinator nonprofit and first direct peer-to-peer lending service to bridge the international wealth divide, allowing individuals in the US and internationally to lend to and communicate with borrowers in developing countries without local intermediaries. We’ve been featured in numerous press and media for our groundbreaking work in using internet and mobile phone technologies to connect entrepreneurs in some of the world’s most isolated and impoverished places with the international peer-to-peer lending market.
Samsung may have finally nailed the smartwatch
It'll have also have a 250mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.1 technology and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support. The display is a Super AMOLED with a 360 x 360 pixel resolution but the report doesn't share a size for the display yet.
Watching the Pluto flyby with the New Horizons team
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History was made this week; the kind that changes curricula. New Horizons gave us our first real look at Pluto and its moons. As Alan Stern, the mission's principal investigator, described it to me, "We turned a point of light into a planet, and we did it like that" — a declarative statement he accented with an inhumanly loud finger snap.
That's catchy, but boiling down the New Horizons mission to 15 words sort of obscures the magnitude of the accomplishment. New Horizons was the fastest object to leave Earth when it escaped our planet's atmosphere at more than 36,000 miles per hour in 2006. Nine years later, it passed Pluto at a distance of just 7,800 miles, threading the needle through a target window less than 100 miles wide. And, somehow, all the science being done by the seven instruments onboard only consumes 28 watts of power.
Tesla turns Insane up to Ludicrous, increases Model S range - CNET
More generally useful, Musk also announced Tesla has increased the battery pack capacity to a maximum of 90 kilowatt-hours from 85 kilowatt-hours, resulting in a range of 300 miles at 65 mph, a 15-mile increase. Buyers of a new Model S with an 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack will be able to opt for the $3,000 90-kilowatt-hour upgrade. Owners of an existing Model S with an 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack can opt for the upgrade as well, although Musk said he would only recommend it for drivers who are regularly at the limit of their range.
EU Court Reins In Legal Battles Over Mobile-Phone Patents
The European Commission, the EU’s antitrust watchdog, has also sought to rein in patent abuses as Motorola Mobility, Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. trade victories in courts across the world on intellectual property. Industry-standard technology helps ensure products such as mobile-phone antennas and global-positioning system software can operate together when made by different manufacturers.
Finally, Windows 10 looks ready for its big debut - CNET
Next in line to receive their free Windows 10 upgrade will be Windows 7 and 8.1 users who have reserved the product. Pushing the upgrade to those who've reserved it beyond the launch date gives Microsoft more time to polish the software to make sure it's as compatible as possible with Windows 7 and 8.1. With Microsoft testing millions of systems, Myerson said that the company is already seeing "full compatibility today with the vast majority of Windows 8x and Windows 7x systems." But the work is far from over.
How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits
In addition to those recommendations, one surprising suggestion is to sit slightly upright during your nap, because it will help you avoid a deep sleep. And if you find yourself dreaming during your power naps, it may be a sign you're sleep deprived.
The psychology of your future self
"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
How to live passionately—no matter your age
Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.
Talk nerdy to me
Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We're fascinated by what you're doing. So tell us about it — in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.
Bill Nye explains evolution using emoji
Nye took part in General Electric's #EmojiScience. From Dec. 10 - 12, participants snapped an emoji to "@GeneralElectric" with the hashtag #EmojiScience to receive a video response of a science experiment.
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Legislation to enable snooping on email, phone and web data is unlawful and must be rethought - but the court gives the government time to get it fixed.
How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators
I’m learning Korean, and I found that just watching Korean drama (with subtitles) and listening to Korean music really helps. I don’t know the letter names to each of the letters of the Korean alphabet, but I do know how to write each letter, and what they sound like. I almost gave up learning the alphabet (hangeul) because it was difficult for me. Then, one day, I printed out the lyrics (from one source who provided all three: Korean, the romanization, and the English translation). I played the song (Crooked, by G-Dragon) on a loop as I copied down the Korean lyrics and trying to sing along to it the best I could. By the time I was done copying down the entire song, I realized that I knew how all of the letters sounded and were written.
Hello, Pluto: The 9-year journey to a new horizon
Icy Kuiper Belt objects are thought to be some of the oldest bodies in the solar system, so by learning more about them, we could also find out something about the evolution of every planet, including Earth, in this part of the Milky Way. It's also possible that New Horizons will get the chance to make a close pass of another object in the Kuiper Belt after it speeds past Pluto, giving scientists a better chance to see what other icy bodies in that part of space are like.