Still Using Windows XP? Stop It, Dummy
Microsoft on Tuesday finally stopped providing antimalware signatures for Windows XP.
Lego-compatible prosthetic arm lets kids build their own hand - CNET
Iko is a prosthetic arm that can be fitted with Lego bricks so that wearers can take the design of their own hand into their own hands.
Watch this totally illegal drone fire a handgun
This isn't the first video we've seen of a firearm attached to a consumer-grade drone, but it is the most convincing. The 14-second clip, uploaded to YouTube last Friday, claims to show a "homemade...
Oh Hey, Here’s Some Footage From the New X-Files
The clip is brief, but it will make you want to believe.
Your new dream job is getting paid to hike mountains and test clothes
Walker Ferguson spends half his time bouncing around the world and meeting the best outdoor athletes on the planet.
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…
Reasons to get excited for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - CNET
If you missed the star-studded panel for "The Force Awakens" at Comic-Con 2015, "Star Wars" expert Bonnie Burton is your guide to why we should all be freaking out like happy Jawas about the upcoming movie. Utinni!
An Iron Man Suit for Factory Workers | MIT Technology Review
Some other companies are showing an interest in technology that can assist workers and help prevent injury. In collaboration with ergonomics researchers at the Technical University of Munich, the German carmaker BMW has given workers a custom-made, 3-D-printed orthotic device that fits over the thumb and helps them perform repetitive tasks. Another German carmaker, Audi, is testing a wearable device from a company called Noonee , which provides back support for workers who need to perform repetitive crouching motions.
Rapidly moving brush fire burns 20 vehicles, shuts down freeway near Los Angeles
A wildfire moved quickly through the Cajon Pass northeast of Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, hitting the I-15 highway. There it burned at least twenty vehicles (18 cars and two semi trucks), prompting mandatory evacuations .
Bear breaks into bakery, eats all the pies that aren't rhubarb
A Colorado bear is proving that it's not just a glutton for any and all food — he has standards.
Is the Loch Ness Monster really nothing more than a catfish?
If it’s true, it’s one of Mother Nature’s biggest and best pranks to date. According to a Loch Ness “expert,” who has dedicated over two decades of his life to hunting down the legendary Nessie, it’s time for everyone to pack their bags, close our storybooks and go home — the Loch Ness monster is nothing more than a catfish . A really big catfish, to be sure, but a catfish all the same. The sound you’re now hearing is that of a million adventuring hearts being broken all at once.
Inside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers
But one unlikely scholar, a retired British software developer named John Davies, has been working to change that. For the past 10 years he’s been investigating the Soviet maps, especially the ones of British and American cities. He’s had some help, from a military map librarian, a retired surgeon, and a young geographer, all of whom discovered the maps independently. They’ve been trying to piece together how they were made and how, exactly, they were intended to be used. The maps are still a taboo topic in Russia today, so it’s impossible to know for sure, but what they’re finding suggests that the Soviet military maps were far more than an invasion plan. Rather, they were a framework for organizing much of what the Soviets knew about the world, almost like a mashup of Google Maps and Wikipedia, built from paper.
The Next Web on Twitter
There's more the UK tech than London: Discover the startup ecosystem in Bristol and Bath http://tnw.me/kj0deWH pic.twitter.com/LgtT2spUFo
5 ways to kill your dreams
All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it. TED Fellow and Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.
Dear Veronica: Your passport to love
Happy Wednesday, everyone! This week, we're kicking things off with a video question from Lucas. He has a romantic rendezvous that he needs to get to, stat, and he has some questions about the passport and travel process! Also today, we talk about using external drives for keeping your music sessions safe, and we poll you about whether or not kids should be allowed to swear. Answer below, and make sure you keep those questions rolling into #DearVeronica on social media, or via email. See you next time! Read More: http://www.engadget.com 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.
A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery
Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.
The brain in love
Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love — and people who had just been dumped.
But the mapmaker would have run into a problem: The vagaries of wind, sea and imperfect records inevitably threw off the measurements, so that upon completing his vicarious journey, the mapmaker wouldn’t land exactly on his starting spot. So he would have had to nudge his ports around to spread out the error. If he did the same thing again using a different set of sailing records, he would end up with ports in slightly different locations, and he would need to tweak the results again. No two of his charts would be exactly the same, and none would be quite right. The mystery is how he managed to reconcile all this contradictory, incomplete information into one brilliantly precise chart of the Mediterranean that allowed mariners to visualize, for the first time, the sea on which they’d spent their lives sailing.
Tiny houses for the homeless thrive in Eugene: Would this work in Portland, other cities? (photos and video)
There is no electricity or plumbing, but the front doors can be locked for privacy and the modular, simple structures keep the rain, wind and chill away. A tenant can personalize the 80-square-feet space. Many have sleeping lofts over the kitchen/desk area. A few have painted the plywood walls.
Surreal Photographs Mix Wes Anderson And Salvador Dali
For "Challenge 1: Owl Burrow—Reaching into Hole," I built a cross-section of the ground in my studio, cutting through an owl burrow hole, and shot the boy reaching into it on set. (I shot the girl the same day, but separately, as I was not yet sure exactly where I wanted her in the final image.) But I also shot a lot of exposed earth at construction sites and other details outdoors, which I used to make the cross section in post-production. (I edited in Photoshop). Because I wanted these images to be rich in detail and printable on a large scale, I really focused in on what viewers could discover if they spent a little time with the piece. For example, in the owl hole, over to the side, there’s this little (real) mouse skeleton I ordered off eBay, shot, and composited in. I’d like to think it’s how all the little details add up that make the final images feel very real, even when they clearly couldn’t be.
Calibrated Background Noise Generators | Online & Free
Noise machines are great for blocking out background noises whether you're trying to work, study, relax, or even sleep. Compared to conventional noise blocking machines, myNoise noise generators can be shaped to the frequency characteristics of the environmental noise one needs to block, and therefore achieve a better camouflage, or - in other words - a greater masking efficiency at quieter levels.
Playing "Pink Noise" on guitar
Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone's "guitar god" list, rocks out to a full live set at TED2008, including her breakout single, "Playing with Pink Noise." Jaw-dropping virtuosity meets a guitar technique that truly stands out.
Windows 10's final build number is delightfully clever
Microsoft has picked 10240 as the final build of Windows 10. At first glance it might not seem particularly interesting or relevant to Windows 10, but dig a little deeper and it’s math magic. Back in days before we even used to use floppy disks, the kilo prefix used to mean 1024 for the computer industry, so 1024 kilobytes would be 1 megabyte. These days the industry refers to 1000 kilobytes as 1 megabyte, but that’s not stopping Microsoft from reminiscing. 10240 kilobytes translates to 10 megabytes (using kilo as 1024), and you can have even more fun if you drop the trailing zero and focus on just the 1024 part of the build number. If you find any more examples where Microsoft is hinting at the number 10 in its final build number then feel free to drop them into the comments below and we’ll add them to the list.
The 10 Most-Pirated Movies
Although Minions is one of the few movies to place number one at the box office and find a spot on this most-pirated movies list, it's worth pointing out that the films that copyright infringers love aren't necessarily the same ones that sell tickets. Does that mean that if the movies weren't pirated, they'd probably make even more money? Maybe, maybe not. There's no doubt, however, that the piracy is against the law.
Love -- you're doing it wrong
In this delightful talk, philosopher Yann Dall’Aglio explores the universal search for tenderness and connection in a world that's ever more focused on the individual. As it turns out, it's easier than you think. A wise and witty reflection on the state of love in the modern age. (Filmed at TEDxParis.)
What we didn't know about penis anatomy
We’re not done with anatomy. We know a tremendous amount about genomics, proteomics and cell biology, but as Diane Kelly makes clear at TEDMED, there are basic facts about the human body we’re still learning. Case in point: How does the mammalian erection work?
Nike designed a sneaker for people with disabilities
Whether it be in clothing or footwear products, Nike is known for never being afraid to experiment with new technologies. The latest example is the company's new Zoom Soldier 8 , a gorgeous shoe that was designed for people facing disabilities -- such as amputees and those who have suffered a stroke or cerebral palsy. With the sneaker's Flyease tech, which features an unusual zipper mechanism that ties around the heel, Nike's made it easier for the disabled community to tie their shoes. Instead of having to use both hands to accomplish this task, something that may not be possible or easy for some, Flyease simplifies this by letting them rely on one hand to open or close the shoe.
Nike Flyease press images
Measuring what makes life worthwhile
When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.
Letters of Note: Why Explore Space?
May 6, 1970
Dear Sister Mary Jucunda:
Your letter was one of many which are reaching me every day, but it has touched me more deeply than all the others because it came so much from the depths of a searching mind and a compassionate heart. I will try to answer your question as best as I possibly can.
First, however, I would like to express my great admiration for you, and for all your many brave sisters, because you are dedicating your lives to the noblest cause of man: help for his fellowmen who are in need.
You asked in your letter how I could suggest the expenditures of billions of dollars for a voyage to Mars, at a time when many children on this Earth are starving to death. I know that you do not expect an answer such as "Oh, I did not know that there are children dying from hunger, but from now on I will desist from any kind of space research until mankind has solved that problem!" In fact, I have known of famined children long before I knew that a voyage to the planet Mars is technically feasible. However, I believe, like many of my friends, that travelling to the Moon and eventually to Mars and to other planets is a venture which we should undertake now, and I even believe that this project, in the long run, will contribute more to the solution of these grave problems we are facing here on Earth than many other potential projects of help which are debated and discussed year after year, and which are so extremely slow in yielding tangible results.
Go ahead, make up new words!
In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
A breathtaking sword from the last days of the Vikings - CNET
These post holes indicate that the grave site had a roof at some point -- clearly the last resting place of a man both wealthy and important. But inside the coffin, only two small silver coin fragments were found. One was probably from the German Viking Age and the other a penny minted under the reign of Ethelred II. Carbon dating of charcoal inside the post holes dates the grave to around 1030 AD -- five years before the end of Canute's reign in 1035 AD.
Machine Gun Booby Trap
Will Walter White of Breaking Bad finally be vindicated (in technological terms of course)? The MythBusters put his machine gun booby trap to the test.
4 critical mistakes that inventors make
Inventor’s mistake: Failing to anticipate the response of the market. The 19th-century entrepreneur Frederic Tudor had a vision as a young man of shipping blocks of ice from frozen New England lakes to tropical areas, where they could be sold at a staggering markup. Tudor hit upon a technique to keep the ice blocks from melting during the voyage — in initial test shipments from Boston to Martinique, the ice survived the journey in remarkably good shape. But there was a problem that Tudor had never contemplated: the residents of Martinique had no interest in his exotic frozen bounty. They simply had no idea what to do with it. In 1800, the overwhelming majority of people living in equatorial climates would have never experienced anything truly cold. The idea of frozen water would have been as fanciful to them as an iPhone. Tudor assumed that the novelty of ice would be a point in his favor that his blocks would “out-do” all the other luxuries. Instead, the ice received blank stares. He posted handbills around town that included instructions on how to carry and preserve the ice, but found few takers.
Ant-Man Review - IGN
Corey Stoll is a tremendous actor, and brings everything he’s got to Darren Cross/Yellowjacket, but as has been the case in some of the previous Marvel endeavors, the villain is ultimately somewhat lackluster and wants for dimension and development. His motivations, though clear, are ineffective, often require exposition, and occasionally verge on silly. Having said that, Cross actually serves to “sell” us on the idea of a tiny soldier. He sweeps us up with his unabashed enthusiasm for the idea and becomes another tool to coax the audience into embracing the notion of a hero the size of an insect. As for his alter ego, Yellowjacket is the catalyst for some inspired fight sequences. In fact, the action is one of the Ant-Man’s greatest assets. It’s innovative, often side-splittingly funny in one moment and strung with tension the next, and is entirely motivated by story and character.
Let's revive the Golden Rule
Weeks from the Charter for Compassion launch, Karen Armstrong looks at religion's role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world's faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule.
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Google’s Share Price Hits All-Time High
Google Inc. shares surged to a record Friday after the Internet-search giant showed signs of quelling two big investor concerns: Can it make money from mobile phones and can it be managed with more discipline?
Airless Tires Roll Towards Consumer Vehicles
There are already airless tires in production: Michelin sells the Tweel for agricultural vehicles, and Polaris has been offering an ATV with NPTs since late 2013. What’s new is Hankook’s announcement that it has been aggressivley testing its NPT for applications that require more than low-speed ruggedness. Among them is the passenger vehicle. The series of “rigorous tests” that the company is putting its tires through are meant to prove their durability, hardness (efficiency), stability, ability to take high-speed turns (slalom), and ability to maintain their integrity at high speeds (up to 130 kilometers per hour). Hankook says that “the impressive results in all five categories demonstrated that the NPTs could match conventional tires in terms of performance.”
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.
How to solve traffic jams
It’s an unfortunate reality in nearly every major city—road congestion, especially during rush hours. Jonas Eliasson reveals how subtly nudging just a small percentage of drivers to stay off major roads can make traffic jams a thing of the past. (Filmed at TEDxHelvetia.)
How Pluto stacks up with Earth after the New Horizons flyby - CNET
NASA is currently analyzing New Horizons data to determine exactly what type of rocks and other substances we're seeing on Pluto, but we do finally have a good idea of what the dwarf planet actually looks like to the naked eye. It's not like our own blue marble, but it's also not the dark hunk of rock often pictured in older conceptions like the one from my childhood. Rather, it's a surprisingly bright combination of beige, brown and reddish hues standing out next to the dark color of its moon Charon.
The Benefits Of Being A Total Zero
Even worse — even much worse — is when other people think you are a -1. There’s a saying: “It’s none of my business what people think of me.” But sayings are fun to say and hard to live. When people think I’m a -1, I have a tendency to add all of those people up. Sometimes that makes me a -1000.
News-Gazette.com | Your Source for News and Advertising in East Central Illinois
Residential developments in Champaign and Urbana, Dan Dakich vs. Don Gerard, whether a famous actor ever lived in Urbana, whatever happened to the statue of a bear that once stood in Lincoln Square, a big vote of confidence for Champaign school Superintendent Judy Wiegand, what can be done about hazard rail shipments through Champaign (in two words: not much) and a weird little street feature in Urbana near Carle Park.
What ants teach us about the brain, cancer and the Internet
Ecologist Deborah Gordon studies ants wherever she can find them — in the desert, in the tropics, in her kitchen ... In this fascinating talk, she explains her obsession with insects most of us would happily swat away without a second thought. She argues that ant life provides a useful model for learning about many other topics, including disease, technology and the human brain.
Man charges iPhone on train, arrested for stealing electricity - CNET
Technically Incorrect: A British artist plugs his iPhone into a train power outlet. An officer of the law doesn't like that.
Uncensored - Key & Peele - Menstruation Orientation
Shaboots and T-Ray deliver some hard truths about the female body. Watch more Key & Peele: http://on.cc.com/1fo1MXW
10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10
3. Cortana It's nice to be able to talk to your technology. If you've used an Xbox One or talked with Siri and her friend Google Now, you know how convenient it can be to interact with your technology hands-free. "Hey Cortana, play music," or "take a note" are just for starters. You can get more specific with reminders that will show up on any device running Cortana—which will soon include Androids and iPhones along with Windows Phones. You can say, "Remind me to buy milk when I'm near a supermarket," or "remind me to ask my wife about her mother when she calls." And Cortana isn't just about voice commands: Her Notebook keeps track of your interests, popping up info such as your favorite sports team scores, local weather, and even traffic conditions for your commute home. For more, check out How to Use and Customize Cortana .
How consumers can fight back against big wireless - CNET
CrowdSuit is currently gathering claim assignments from AT&T unlimited data customers, and then it will bundle claims together into groupings. It will then file multiple suits in small claims court in Minnesota, where the firm it's partnering with is headquartered. The advantage of this approach is that it doesn't violate the waiver that bans class action lawsuits, because once the cases are assigned to CrowdSuit, the company is suing AT&T one on one. But because it's aggregating claims and doing the legal legwork to file cases for hundreds or even thousands of AT&T subscribers instead of filing a case for one individual at a time, the damages add up quickly, making it more effective than a one-off small claims suit.
How 20 Years of Amazon Changed Retail
IE: They totally Kr*p your computer up with cookies much like the Chief Spammers (Google). They spam you to buy more of something you bought years ago but are only going to buy once in a lifetime. They spam you repeatedly to buy something you just casually looked at with no real present or future intention of buying. They have unacceptable shipping delays with their "free" shipping. They repeatedly and deceptively try to trick you into signing up for their "Prime" service which, frankly, only lazy or stupid web shoppers would use without a very compelling reason. And (including but not limited to) THEY DON'T TAKE PAY-PAL? LOL, I hate doing business with them. Sooner or later consumers will wise up then...watch out...
The Soviet Military’s Eerily Detailed Guide to San Diego
URBAN TERRITORY. The street layout in the cities is rectangular or similar, oriented in various directions; in some areas, the street pattern is sporadic (matching the landscape). The urban area is densely built-up (downtown San Diego is built-up completely), the suburbs are built-up sparsely. The main streets in both cities are straight and broad (30 to 60 m), the rest of the streets are much narrower (15 to 20 m). The streets and squares have asphalt-concrete and asphalt pavement. The main squares and crossroads are provided with multilevel junctions; there are also overpasses and tunnels. In the suburbs of San Diego situated on the slopes of hills and in the hollows, there are many narrow (up to 10 m wide) and crooked streets, some of them sloping steeply. In the central area of the cities, 3- to 6-storey brick buildings prevail, in San Diego of modern architecture, while in Tijuana of old Spanish architecture; in San Diego, there are many high-rise building built of glass and concrete. Outside the central business districts, the buildings have mostly 2 to 4 storeys, whereas closer to the suburbs and in the suburbs they have 1 to 3 storeys, often of the cottage type.
What's wrong with what we eat
In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.
Winning formula: USA tops International Math Olympiad for first time in 21 years
If winning a youth math competition seems less important than vanquishing the Soviets back in 1980, consider this: the last time America won the IMO was 1994. Back then, Bill Clinton was president and Ace of Base was top of the pop charts.
A man who just sold his startup for $575 million in cash gets to keep every single penny — here's how he did it
In 2008, Frind told The New York Times that his website's net profits were about $10 million a year and that he worked only about 10 hours a week. Now, he says, he works a bit more than that. "It's funny, once you start adding people to the company, the amount of time you have to work goes up," he told Business Insider. "We have a staff of 75 now. I've been working normal hours the past few months."
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8 Ways to Motivate Your Followers to Amplify Your Content Marketing - Jeffbullas's Blog
Brands want it, fans create it, Google embraces it and Facebook loves it. User Generated Content (UGC) is the “Holy Grail” of social media and content marketing and it’s becoming key to cracking the elusive Facebook fan feed and getting your well-thought-out and “oh so intelligent” posts seen by the rest of the world.
The Machinery of the Universe
Poe’s verdicts, as Marilynne Robinson and many others have pointed out, sometimes eerily predicted developments in twentieth-century astrophysics. For Poe, however, all the imaginings contained in Eureka —the prescient as well as the flighty or far-fetched—had the weight of indisputable truths. Only two of the artists included in Pace’s show so dramatically conflate the work of artistic imagination with the business of scientific inquiry: Sun Ra, the multifariously gifted Alabama-born bandleader who developed an unprecedented form of free jazz after having set himself up as an ambassador from Saturn, and James Turrell, who draws on images from his Quaker upbringing to create immersive, site-specific sensory chambers in which patterns of light warp, shimmer, and bend. Both of these figures seriously considered the possibility that a poem, an artwork, or a song could make assertive, confident claims about the structure of the natural world. And each resembles Poe, you could argue, in more particular ways: Sun Ra inherited his sense of the creative life as a constant, half-ironic performance, Turrell his interest in extreme physical states and higher, more acute levels of consciousness.