Rebel Leader in Leaked Audio: We Just Shot Down a Plane
Ukrainian officials say that new leaked audio includes a phone call between a pro-Russian rebel leader and a Russian intelligence agent discussing the shoot-down of the Malaysia...
Walter White Took a Beautiful Space Adventure [VIDEO]
TVtag users sent a Walter White bobblehead to a place more majestic than the New Mexico desert.
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Google Founders Talk About Ending the 40-Hour Work Week
"You just reduce work time," Page said. "Most people, if I ask them, 'Would you like an extra week of vacation?' They raise their hands, 100% of the people. 'Two weeks vacation, or a four-day work week?' Everyone will raise their hand. Most people like working, but they'd also like to have more time with their family or to pursue their own interests. So that would be one way to deal with the problem, is if you had a coordinated way to just reduce the workweek. And then, if you add slightly less employment, you can adjust and people will still have jobs."
Straight Outta Compton Casting Call Is Racist as Hell
SAG OR NON UNION CASTING NOTICE FOR FEMALES-ALL ETHNICITIES- from the late 80's. Shoots on "Straight Outta Compton". Shoot date TBD. We are pulling photos for the director of featured extras. VERY IMPORTANT – You MUST live in the Los Angeles area (Orange County is fine too) to work on this show. DO NOT SUBMIT if you live out of the area. Nobody is going to be flying into LA to do extra work on this show - and don't tell me you are willing to fly in.
Edward Snowden says NSA workers often pass your nude photos around the office
Snowden said these individuals often "stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work" — like a nude photo of someone in "a sexually compromising situation." If the subject proves attractive enough, these workers are all too eager to let others in on the fun. "So what do they do? They turn around in their chair and they show their coworker." That sets off a chain where the most raw and private types of content — assumed to be part of a private conversation — become water cooler topics at NSA HQ. "Sooner or later, this person’s whole life has been seen by all these people. It’s never reported. Nobody ever knows about it because the auditing of these systems is incredibly weak." To be fair, this is the sort of accusation that's nearly impossible for the NSA to thoroughly dispute or discredit. And Snowden hedged slightly, saying "it could be more or less frequent" depending on the maturity level of employees.
Video: Intercepted Audio of Ukraine Separatists
Ukraine released what it said was audio from phone calls between rebels and Russian officers after the downing of Malaysia Airlines 17. In one call, a rebel says, “We have just shot down a plane.”
GoTenna Lets You Text Your Friends Even When There's No Signal
The device relies on low-energy Bluetooth signals and a companion app to relay messages between people who have a goTenna paired to their smartphones. It will allow users, who would be otherwise unable to communicate via phone, to send and receive messages from friends from up to 50 miles away.
Stalker in the Attic: The Cyberbully Who Spies on 12-Year-Old Girls in Their Home
As they logged the latest threats from Instagram and Twitter on the Facebook page, the real-world threats deepened. First, the message about the man in the attic. Then on April 8, while Julia and Melody were studying in Melody's room, they got a message claiming to be from Danielle, who said she could see them doing homework and hear their music. Leaving their phones inside, they walked to the front yard with Marti and Christine, just in time to see a white truck go by. Returning inside, Julia picked up her phone. "There was a text saying, 'I just drove by, I'm going to go eat, I'll talk to you guys later,'" she recalls. Christine adds, "‘And that was me in the white truck.'"
The GoTenna Will Let You Communicate Without Any Connectivity | TechCrunch
By this point, most of us are fully addicted to our smartphones. And when we find ourselves without Wifi or data service, our most direct connection to everything becomes almost useless. That’s where GoTenna comes in.
Text your friends even when you don't have service
Ever needed to send a message to a friend from the boonies ? A company called goTenna has just launched a device that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and turns it into a low-frequency radio with a range of several miles (up to 50 miles). Using an iOS or Android app, that'll let you text or share GPS locations (no voice calls) over an unlimited, free ad hoc network with other goTenna users. The team behind it says that everything is encoded, and the app will automatically retry until your message goes through -- in case you're hiking in difficult terrain, for instance. The company's planning on selling a limited number for $150 per pair on its site to raise $50,000 in funding -- after that, it'll run $300.
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How the iPhone 6 And iOS8 Will Revolutionize Sports And Fitness
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Marketing Emails, and Why Data Science Is Like a Good Jockstrap
The data shows that the best time to send for any age group is only optimal for 6-7% of email addresses. So when we talk about the “best time to send” we should keep in mind that most people on any marketer’s list are going to deviate at least a little in terms of their email preferences from whatever time is picked.
Google Analytics Gets Its Own Dedicated iPhone App | TechCrunch
Google has launched an official Google Analytics app for iPhone , providing the same data you’re used to from your web dashboard on your mobile device, including visits, sources, page views and user behavior insights. The app also offers Real Time reports, which provides monitoring of site activity as it unfolds.
A $35,000 Tesla Model III Is Coming In 2017
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has exclusively revealed to Auto Express plans for a new electric BMW 3 Series rival, including its name – Tesla Model III. There were rumours that a new smaller Tesla was to be called Model E, but in one of his most candid interviews yet, Musk revealed why he had to have a rethink on the name. “We had the model S for sedan and X for crossover SUV, then a friend asked what we were going to call the third car,” Musk told us. “So I said we had the model S and X, we might as well have the E.
Soylent survivor: one month living on lab-made liquid nourishment
Social challenge cropped up almost daily. Lunch meetings and briefings weren’t really an option, unless I wanted to awkwardly nurse a thermos full of Soylent in a restaurant while others ate (I didn’t). Weekly office-wide trips for dollar fish tacos on Monday nights were off limits. And I had to pass on having drinks with a friend, eventually meeting up to sip on a calorie-free, nutrient-free Diet Coke while he enjoyed some of the most delicious-looking beer I’d ever seen. (There’s an argument to be made that I should’ve cut diet sodas out of the Soylent experiment, too, but I had to draw the line somewhere — I wasn’t ready to survive on water, tea, and coffee alone.)
'Extant' Episode 2 Recap: 'They're Here'
The truth about Molly's pregnancy — and those circles that appeared on her stomach while passed out — remains unconfirmed. But we have a pretty good idea that it's not going to be good for her. Or possibly Earth. Director Sparks and Yasumoto seemed pretty convinced that Molly's pregnancy, which Sparks learned about from Molly herself, was terrible news, saying things like "they’re already here" and talking about how we're "way out of our depths." "We" being humans. "They" being human rights violating aliens. Creepy.
Rammasun Becomes a Super Typhoon on Approach to China
The JTWC's official forecast calls for the storm to make landfall on the northern part of Hainan Island, China, home to about 9 million people, on Friday with 100 mile per hour sustained winds. The storm is then expected to weaken as it curves to the west-southwest, coming in for a third landfall northeast of Hanoi, Vietnam on Saturday.
New York’s New Bitcoin Rules Are Going to Kill Its Startups | Enterprise | WIRED
The guy responsible for the rules, Benjamin Lawsky, has a fine line to walk. Bitcoin, after all, came of age as a lubricant for illegal activity on the Silk Road. But today, a new generation of bitcoin startups are coming of age with millions of dollars in backing from legitimate venture capital companies. Is New York about to drive these startups out of town by clubbing them with onerous regulations before they can walk? Quite possibly. The New York regulations introduce a new level of reporting rules that cover a wider swath of businesses and require more work than the current federal guidelines.
How Side Projects Improve Our Performance at Everything
From a psychological perspective, it would be better if people engaged in activities in which they sought challenges and tried to match them with their skills. Evidently this also applies to work: Optimal experiences correlate positively with mental health. However, in our society leisure is used as an “escape” from work. “Escapism” in this respect means that people do not seek meaningful leisure activities for their own growth and development, but instead resort to passive activities to escape from everyday strains and problems. Such behavior is frequently associated with a passive lifestyle and boredom, which in turn might feed into apathy and depression.
Android Wear Developers Can Soon Create Custom Smartwatch Faces
Google will soon be releasing an official API that will enable developers to create third-party watch face designs for Android Wear devices.
The Most Terrifying Thought Experiment of All Time
If you do not subscribe to the theories that underlie Roko’s Basilisk and thus feel no temptation to bow down to your once and future evil machine overlord, then Roko’s Basilisk poses you no threat. (It is ironic that it’s only a mental health risk to those who have already bought into Yudkowsky’s thinking.) Believing in Roko’s Basilisk may simply be a “referendum on autism,” as a friend put it. But I do believe there’s a more serious issue at work here because Yudkowsky and other so-called transhumanists are attracting so much prestige and money for their projects, primarily from rich techies. I don’t think their projects (which only seem to involve publishing papers and hosting conferences) have much chance of creating either Roko’s Basilisk or Eliezer’s Big Friendly God. But the combination of messianic ambitions, being convinced of your own infallibility, and a lot of cash never works out well, regardless of ideology, and I don’t expect Yudkowsky and his cohorts to be an exception.
How Becoming a Father Changes Your Brain | Science Blogs | WIRED
Well, the scientist in me is pleased to see this development, but actually I have to say the researchers’ discussion about the possible future applications of their research left me feeling a little uncomfortable. Their hope is that future research combining structural and functional data will give them a better idea of the brain changes typically seen in a well-adjusted father who has formed a healthy attachment with his offspring. This information, they explained, could then be used to identify “distinct changes in the parental brain among at-risk fathers in order to construct more specific and early interventions.” This conjured for me a creepy image of fathers having their brains scanned to see if they have suitably bonded to their babies. Certainly any developments along these lines would require a lot more research and have to be handled with extreme care. Imagine the potential hurt if a neural “mis-diagnosis” were made.
The FCC Has Received More Than 1,000,000 Comments On Net Neutrality | TechCrunch
The issue of net neutrality, and especially the FCC’s current notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), has caught on in the public domain in impressive fashion. It will be interesting to see what the final tally will come to. It doesn’t appear that the comments for net neutrality will best, in their abundance, the 1.4 million that the FCC racked up following the Janet Jackson-Super Bowl imbroglio. (For a NPRM, however, this is a record, Sohn notes.)
Futurama's intro rendered in 3D is gorgeous
Stop wondering what Futurama 's intro would look like if it were rendered in 3D and prettied up ten quadrillion percent : it's here. Well, part of it is anyway, care of Russian animator Alexey Zakharov . He took the spaceship intro to Futurama , references to "Mom's Old-Fashioned Robot Oil" and all, and applied a suite of computer animation tools (3ds Max, Nuke, Photoshop, After Effects). What you see above is just a mere snapshot into the gorgeous 32-second video we've embedded below. Get out your sunglasses, y'all: the future's so bright, you're gonna need shades .
Tinder-For-Jobs App Jobr Raises $2 Million In Seed Funding, Hires Coatue’s TJ Nahigian As CEO | TechCrunch
Launched in May , Jobr has already managed to get users engaged and recruiters signed up. There are more than 1,000 recruiters on the app already and users have made more than 3 million swipes since launch. That increase in data also means that the app can be smarter about which jobs applicants see and which applicants are shown to which recruiters.
Jet Engineer Designs a Saucepan That Boils Water Ridiculously Fast | Design | WIRED
Stoves have evolved quite a bit in recent years. We’ve seen the advent of induction stovetops and smart kitchen appliances—but what of the actual cast iron pots we put on top of them? “What really has happened to kitchen pans in the last several years?” asks Oxford turbomechanics professor Dr. Thomas Povey. “Non-stick coating, that’s about it.” Until now: Povey, with British kitchenware manufacturer Lakeland, has designed the Flare pot, a finned energy-efficient pot that uses 30 percent less gas than a traditional model.
To change attitudes, don't argue — agree, extremely
What if the best way to change minds isn’t to tell people why they’re wrong, but to tell them why they’re right? Scientists tried this recently and discovered that agreeing with people can be a surprisingly powerful way to shake up strongly held beliefs.
Valve's International Dota 2 Championships will be on ESPN
Valve today announced a big milestone in the gaming world: The International Dota 2 Championships will be broadcast on ESPN. An exclusive show previewing the final match will be presented on ESPN2 while the tournament will be available live on ESPN3. The content will also be accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
The Children of Silicon Valley by Robert Pogue Harrison
Our silicon age, which sees no glory in maintenance, but only in transformation and disruption, makes it extremely difficult for us to imagine how, in past eras, those who would change the world were viewed with suspicion and dread. If you loved the world; if you considered it your mortal home; if you were aware of how much effort and foresight it had cost your forebears to secure its foundations, build its institutions, and shape its culture; if you saw the world as the place of your secular afterlife, then you had good reasons to impute sinister tendencies to those who would tamper with its configuration or render it alien to you. Referring to all that happened during the “dark times” of the first half of the twentieth century, “with its political catastrophes, its moral disasters, and its astonishing development of the arts and sciences,” Hannah Arendt summarized the human cost of endless disruption:
The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future | Science | WIRED
Whether you find it exhilarating or terrifying (or both), progress in robotics and related fields like AI is raising new ethical quandaries and challenging legal codes that were created for a world in which a sharp line separates man from machine. Last week, roboticists, legal scholars, and other experts met at the University of California, Berkeley law school to talk through some of the social, moral, and legal hazards that are likely to arise as that line starts to blur.
World Grieves Together After Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Shot Down
SYDNEY — The world is grieving after Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was shot down above eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board. The crash has devastated at least 11 nations, with many passengers still yet to be identified.
Israel Sends Ground Troops Into Gaza in Massive Offensive
The number of troops sent to Gaza was not immediately announced, with the IDF simply saying in a blog post that the operation consisted of "a large IDF force of infantry, tanks, artillery, combat engineers, and field intelligence. Before the launch of the operation, Israel had called up 48,000 reserve soldiers, and later Thursday the Cabinet authorized the military to call up 18,000 more, the military said.
Microsoft closing Xbox Entertainment Studios
I am pleased that Nancy, Jordan and members of the XES team remain committed to new, original programming already in production like the upcoming documentary series 'Signal to Noise' whose first installment takes on the rise and fall of gaming icon Atari and of course, the upcoming game franchise series 'Halo: Nightfall,' and the 'Halo' Television series which will continue as planned with 343 Industries. Xbox will continue to support and deliver interactive sports content like 'NFL on Xbox,' and we will continue toenhance our entertainment offering on console by innovating the TV experience through the monthly console updates. Additionally, our app partnerships with world-class content providers bringing entertainment, sports and TV content to Xbox customers around the world are not impacted by this organizational change in any way and remain an important component of our Xbox strategy.
Why Tesla Motors can't sell cars in most of the United States
On the flipside, Tesla could go the franchise route and give in. But should it have to? Shouldn't Tesla be able to sell its cars directly to consumers? This side of the argument is also about money, no doubt, but there's a control aspect as well. If Tesla gives in to the franchise model, it also gives in to all the restrictions that come with it. And 50 years of political lobbying have added quite a few restrictions, largely in favor of the franchisee. Tesla doesn't want anything to do with it. Musk put it succinctly in a March 2014 company blog post:
Amazon's first Fire Phone ad is all about Amazon Prime
After announcing it a month ago, Amazon is finally about to release its first smartphone, the Fire Phone . It's now beginning to air its first commercial for the phone too, and it's one of strange choices, to say the least. The ad focuses specifically on the phone's access to Amazon Prime and its library of movies, TV shows, books, games, and apps. As with most Amazon devices, integration with Prime is a key selling point here — and as this ad makes a point of, the phone actually comes with a single year free.
'Hell to Pay': U.S. Officials React to Malaysian Airliner Tragedy
If the world hadn’t been paying close attention to the conflict on the eastern border of Ukraine, the downing of the Malaysian airliner there on Thursday made it everybody’s business.
Facebook Tests Buy Button To Let You Purchase Stuff Without Leaving Facebook | TechCrunch
Facebook effectively eliminates both these steps with the Buy button. You don’t have to leave the comforting blue chrome of Facebook and your friends. And even if you’ve never bought something from a merchant before, you don’t have to re-enter your payment details if you’ve already stored them on Facebook. You just click Buy, and click again to confirm, and the item is on its way to your door. It’s like the candy they sell in the grocery line. You’re already at checkout with your credit card out, so it’s easy to make an impule purchase.
MH917 is 9th Commercial Aircraft in 74 Years Shot Down Around Russia
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shot out of the sky Thursday by a surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine, joins a growing list of commercial planes carrying civilian passengers downed by military forces around Russia's western border.
Relcy Is Building A PageRank-Style Mobile App Search Engine With $9M From Khosla And Sequoia | TechCrunch
The answer lies in the same reasons why Google wasn’t the first web search engine. “Building a native search engine for a new platform has its own set of challenges, most of which are because of unsolved problems, either known, or unknown and something you stumble upon as you dive deeper into the area,” he says. “As it happened in the web, it took a few years from the introduction of commercial web to the development of decent search engines” He believes that the mobile and app world is not that different. “It’s pretty young as a platform and technologies/standards are developing rapidly, so understanding the complex architecture and developing systems to support search have been quite challenging,” he says.
The Day After: A Look At Friday's MH17 Front Page Headlines
News organizations around the globe rushed to cover Thursday's tragedy. A number of publications shared their front page headlines with readers via social networks on Thursday night. Nearly all included images of the deadly crash site.
Steady App for iPhone Calms Shaky Video While You Shoot
One of the most vexing aspects of shooting hand-held video is the twitchy, jumpy footage it often produces. Poor image stabilization, or none at all, will ruin a shoot by making the results impossible to watch.
Apple's iPhone 6 Already Has Tough Competition From LG's G3
I was temporarily annoyed after unpacking the phone because I had to look at the start-up guide to figure out how to turn it on. But once I figured it out, I liked the fact that the power button and volume controls are at the back – instead of on the side and/or on top as with most Android phones — and are a lot larger than typical phone controls. Once I did get the phone turned on, I noticed the excellent screen (5.5″ Quad HD (2560 X 1440). To be honest, I can live with just about any smartphone screen resolution but — as long as you’re staring at it — it may as well be crisp and clear with eye-pleasing color and this one does all of that. Even with the brightness turned all the way up, I find the white background on text screens to be a little off-white*, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One, but it’s very readable, even outside on a sunny day, and the colors and contrast are superb.*
Why Amazon's 'Netflix for books' might be doomed before it starts
"The everything store" was never the extent of Amazon's ambition. Jeff Bezos has built a business that is, ultimately, about offering every kind of access to every kind of thing. You can buy shoes and coyote urine, subscribe to periodicals and deodorant, stream music and movies and TV shows. Oddly, books have been the holdout, as Amazon's fights with publishers have largely kept it from experimenting with new forms of packaging and distribution.
Microsoft Also Axing Nokia’s Entry Level Mobiles | TechCrunch
“This means there will be no new features or updates to services on any Mobile Phones platform as a result of these plans,” writes Harlow. “We plan to consider strategic options for Xpress Browser to enable continuation of the service outside of Microsoft. We are committed to supporting our existing customers, and will ensure proper operation during the controlled shutdown of services over the next 18 months. A detailed plan and timeline for each service will be communicated over the coming weeks.”
At Last, (Most) NFL Junkies Will Be Able To Get Sunday Ticket Without A Satellite Dish
Few things make hardcore football fans angrier: If you want access to all the NFL games, you need to be a subscriber to DirecTV and sign up for Sunday Ticket. Unlike the other major sports, the NFL has long granted an exclusive on its out-of-market package to the satellite broadcaster and that meant if you couldn’t — or wouldn’t — switch to DirecTV you were out of luck. In 2014, it appears that’s finally about to change . DirecTV has posted a new splash page offering an internet-based version of the Sunday Ticket package for tablets, smartphones and game consoles, with prices starting at $199. The company calls it “NFL football for all.” Well, almost.
Longtime Apple Board Member Bill Campbell Retiring, BlackRock Co-Founder Susan Wagner To Replace Him | TechCrunch
“Bill’s contributions to Apple are immeasurable and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude. On behalf of the board and the entire company, I want to thank him for being a leader, a mentor and a friend,” said Cook. “When Bill joined Apple’s board, the company was on the brink of collapse. He not only helped Apple survive, but he’s led us to a level of success that was simply unimaginable back in 1997.”
Elop is the latest in a string of high-profile execs moving up the ranks despite being a dud
No signal? GoTenna has a messaging gadget that will work in the middle of nowhere — For all of our dependency on mobile phones, there are still quite a few places in this world you can't get a wireless signal, from mountaintops to national parks to rural highways and even the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Imgur Adds Tagging And Custom Galleries, So You Can Actually Find The Meme You’re Looking For | TechCrunch
The tags, by the way, don’t have to be straightforward categories. Schaaf is hoping that they’ll be funny or clever, without going completely off-topic or losing sight of Imgur’s focus on “niceness.” When you look at an image, all user-submitted tags should be visible, but only the two most popular ones will be used for all the sorting functionality that I just described.