Mars Curiosity Rover Now Fires its Laser Autonomously
NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover can now autonomously "pulse zap" a target with its laser.
There Might Actually Be a Warm Bodies Sequel
Teresa Palmer, who played Julie in the original film, says there's a chance we might get a follow-up to the zombie rom-com.
This Is What It’s Like to Direct Donald Trump in a Movie
A few years ago, Oliver Stone asked the Donald to film a cameo for one of his movies. It went ... OK?
Groot and Rocket Raccoon are the stars of this year’s official space station lab patch
Perhaps the best perk of working on a NASA mission is getting the official stitched mission patch. Nearly every project at the space agency produces its own unique emblem that is adorned by...
I have just built a bike shed that I like to think of as a bike wardrobe!This was a project I undertook with my design + create business pricklysauce.com with clients who were looking for a funky bike store that visually didn't look too big and would fit in well in their garden.This was a great project and I would like to share it with you in this InstructableI realise that you may not want to follow the exact design though there are a few unique ideas within the design that you can easily use or adapt for your own shed project.Particularly look out for the feet, the way the large door opens up and if you want to make a bike shed the slider system.As the project is fairly large and to reduce the amount of information I give in this Instructable to a manageable amount, I will assume ...
Deconstructing the legendary dungeons of 'Ocarina of Time'
Does 'Ocarina of Time' really deserve all the praise it gets?
The Silicon Valley Cast Doesn’t Do Panels—They Do Improv
Most Comic-Con panels are just cast and crew answering questions. But for the team behind HBO's Silicon Valley-skewering show, it's a comedy routine.
J.K. Rowling casts her spell again
Hi there. Here’s another installation from our series of ‘What TNW is reading‘. We’re really committed to reading more, and sharing what we like is a way to keep us on track. Last week we talked about barbarians and the Roman Empire with a very history-centric post featuring Sam – Rome didn’t fall in a day, it didn’t fall …
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Comic-Con International is a convention dedicated to comic books, movies, TV shows and video games, the largest of its kind in North America. The event will take place in San Diego, July 21-24, 2016.
My love letter to cosplay
Adam Savage makes things and builds experiments, and he uses costumes to add humor, color and clarity to the stories he tells. Tracing his lifelong love of costumes — from a childhood space helmet made of an ice cream tub to a No-Face costume he wore to Comic-Con — Savage explores the world of cosplay and the meaning it creates for its community. "We're connecting with something important inside of us," he says. "The costumes are how we reveal ourselves to each other."
By nearly any measure, Facebook has had a remarkable year. More than 1.65 billion people use the service every month, making it the world’s largest social network by a considerable margin. Its advertising business has grown significantly faster than analyst expectations, powered by sophisticated targeting capabilities that rivals struggle to match. And in April, CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out an ambitious 10-year vision that places the company at the frontier of computer science, making aggressive moves in bringing artificial intelligence and virtual reality to the mainstream.
The Things That Are Most Dangerous for Cats to Eat, and Why
Cats have weird habits, and sometimes eat the things you least expected, so it’s hard to say exactly what to keep locked up and away from them. In researching this article, I read about cats eating just about everything, including rubber bands and pennies. Definitely try to keep these loose objects away from your cat if you can, and try to keep only safe species of houseplants and garden plants in areas where your cat might roam.
Apple: Pokémon Go breaks iOS record for most downloads in its first week
Apple confirmed the number to Polygon , albeit without providing specifics (Polygon is waiting for an exact number from The Pokemon company). Whatever the tally ends up being, that’s surely set to rise as the app continues its rollout in other countries.
Don't Play Pokemon Go During State Department Press Briefings About ISIS
“You’re playing the Pokemon thing right there, aren’t you,” the half-incredulous, half-bemused Kirby said with an accusatory finger pointed at the reporter in question.
Police Want to 3D Print a Dead Man's Fingers to Unlock His Phone
Asking Apple to help break an iPhone is so three months ago. Police have a new, and higher-tech idea: 3D print the fingers of a dead man and use those fingerprints to unlock the phone instead.
The Republican National Convention, explained in helpful charts
We've taken the liberty of explaining some of the convention's less conventional moments with a few helpful charts.
Fear the Walking Dead Heads South of the Border in a Giant Season Two Trailer
Full disclosure: As io9's recapper of The Walking Dead , I don’t watch its sister series Fear, so I don’t continually compare the two. So I don’t know much about what’s happening in this trailer, although I can say that missing loved ones, limited supplies, and roving, lawless, armed gangs is pretty much par for the course. But where Fear stands apart, to me, is its locations. Tijuana, baby!
WikiLeaks Just Published Tons of Credit Card and Social Security Numbers
WikiLeaks firmly believes in radical transparency, the idea that the world would be better if there were no secrets. That level of transparency can be used for good, like the time the site published a video called “ Collateral Murder ” showing innocent journalists shot to oblivion by US troops in 2010. But not always.
Verizon is reportedly close to buying Yahoo for $5 billion
Remember when Verizon bought out AOL (Engadget's parent brand) last year? Then get ready for deja vu: the communications giant is reportedly in closing talks to purchase Yahoo later this year. Sources familiar with the deal have told Bloomberg and ReCode that Verizon is offering almost $5 billion to take over Yahoo's core business and real estate holdings. The deal still isn't finalized, but sources say it's close. That's good news for Tim Armstrong, who's been hoping to use the buyout to expand the AOL userbase from 700 million to almost two billion.
iOS 10 hints at water-resistant iPhone | ZDNet
If you're prone to getting your iPhone wet, iOS 10 has a handy new feature that could help save your device from premature death.
Nvidia launches new flagship graphics card, the $1200 Titan X
The latest graphics card release from Nvidia is, in fact, the most powerful card it’s ever produced. With 12 billion transistors, the latest Pascal architecture, 12GB of GDDR5X memory and 3,584 cores at 1.53Ghz delivering an apparent 11 teraflops of performance, it’s a steadfast attempt at being the best there is.
An Enormous Green Blob Just Bubbled Out of a Storm Drain in Utah
Residents of Bluffdale, Utah received quite a shock yesterday when an enormous blob of pale green foam sprung forth, seemingly out of nowhere, from a roadside irrigation gate.
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Science Museum removes sign honoring Philando Castile
While I am not in law enforcement myself, my take on it would be this: Let’s just say for argument’s sake that the gun, or at least a part of it, was visible to the officer when he approached the window. Say for example, it was between the person’s legs, they were sitting on it, it was in their waistband, or something along those lines. Then the person reaches for their driver’s license, registration, insurance card, or moves their hands in any way that puts them in the vicinity of, or in close proximity to the gun or where the gun could be grabbed and / or used. Know what’s gonna happen? I would venture to say that In the overwhelming majority of cases, just what happened in this case. It has absolutely nothing to do with the race of the person. NOTHING. It has absolutely everything to do with the officer perceiving a threat to his / her life and safety and taking action to defend himself / herself against that perceived threat. Personally, I’ll wait for the BCA to tell me what happened rather than assume I know all the facts which I, along with everyone else out there, do not at this point in time.
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Pokémon Go isn’t making as much money for Nintendo as you think
Pokémon Go has Nintendo looking vibrant again, but the company doesn’t want you to get big ideas about what Pikachu is doing to its bank account.
Pokemon Go sets Apple App Store record for launch downloads, but US growth slowing
The extraordinarily popular Pokémon Go has broken the previous record for downloads in the first week after launch, as "peak Pokémon" hit one week after U.S launch.
Brilliant iPhone Case Makes It Way Easier to Catch Pokémon
If you’re struggling to build your Pokémon posse because your Pokeballs are curving all over the place, Jon Cleaver has created a simple but brilliant iPhone case that serves as a guide for your finger to keep launches dead-straight, and vastly improve your monster capturing skills in Pokémon Go .
Apple Selling National-Pride Watch Bands for Rio Olympic Games
According to GQ , Cupertino will sell some pretty sweet-looking national pride Apple Watch bands when the games start this August. The only catch: you'll have to go to Brazil to get one.
TBS is giving 'Overwatch' its own $300,000 tournament
The Grand Finals are set to be broadcast via TBS and Twitch on September 30th, with the winning team taking home $100,000 as the grand prize.
A new iOS 10 feature warns against open WiFi networks
After connecting to an open network, iOS 10 will display a "Security Recommendation" notification beneath the network's name in the WiFi menu settings. When a user opens up the Security Recommendation, they're greeted with a notification that "open networks provide no security and expose all network traffic." There's also a recommendation to configure your router to use AES encryption for the network.
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The KickassTorrents Case Could Be Huge
“There’s no doubt that this has the tell-tale signs of a test criminal case,” says Rothken. “If the defense prevails, then the Department of Justice can point to this scenario to tell Congress there may be a need to update the criminal copyright laws.” And if KAT loses, there’s now legal precedent to bring criminal charges against torrent operators. (The most famous precursor to the KAT case, the Pirate Bay, was tried in Sweden, and was a joint criminal and civil procedure).
Redbox Testing New Streaming Service
Redbox is giving streaming another go. According to Variety , the movie kiosk company is testing a new streaming service called Redbox Digital offering movies to buy or rent. Rumors about the service first started circulating in March, and now it looks like some customers are getting the opportunity to try it out.
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These Are The Programs ISIS Uses To Remain Anonymous Online
There’s a big push among ISIS members to enhance technical knowledge, specifically of software that could be used to counteract surveillance. According to a new report released Friday, discussion among jihadist forums proliferates the circulation of manuals and tutorials on how to use VPNs, proxy services, and other tools, and keeps up to date on the latest in software.
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Celeb Photo Hacker Sentenced To Six Months In Federal Prison
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie S. Christensen urged the judge to sentence Helton to a minimum of one year in prison, explaining in her filings that “[Helton] targeted strangers, acquaintances, and celebrities alike. He trolled through their private e-mail accounts, accessing the most private of communications. He systematically pilfered nude and intimate images of his victims and stored them in his own computer for personal use.”
Pokemon Go breaks Apple download records
Earlier this week, an analyst at Needham & Co estimated that Pokemon Go could bring in $3 billion in revenue for Apple over the next one to two years. Though the game is free, Apple and Google get a cut of any in-app purchases. Needham also said there were more iOS than Android Pokemon Go downloads, according to mobile researchers.
The Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2016
Connectivity Beyond an auxiliary input (so you can connect your smartphone or tablet with a wire, if you wish), you'd be lucky to find much else in the way of connectivity on most Bluetooth speaker systems. Even a 3.5mm aux input isn't a certainty if you're getting a particularly small or inexpensive speaker. However, larger speakers can often serve multiple purposes, and even use multiple wireless standards. Apple's AirPlay used to be completely separate from Bluetooth and other Android-friendly wireless systems, but now there's plenty of overlap, and you can find some speakers pulling double-duty as both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi systems. The Libratone Zipp Mini, for instance, doubles as an AirPlay and Spotify Connect speaker. The Amazon Echo, meanwhile, is primarily a voice-controlled speaker that can work autonomously once it's connected to your Wi-Fi network; you can just tell it to play music, if you don't want to stream audio over Bluetooth. These multi-platform speakers sacrifice portability for their flexibility, however.
This is what sponsored Pokéstops look like in 'Pokémon GO'
"Ingress," the previous game by the makers of "Pokémon GO," also
had sponsored locations in the game, such as Jamba Juice. As you
can see in the descriptive text in that image, they actually
worked Jamba Juice into the sci-fi hacker lore of the game, which
is pretty impressive. It doesn't seem like "Pokémon GO" does
anything like that, unfortunately.
Slice Tells You If Amazon Prime Is Worthwhile Based on Your Shopping Habits
Once you allow it access, the calculator is pretty simple. It adds up all of your purchases in the last year, tells you how much you’ve spent and whether or not a Prime membership will save you money on shipping over time. Keep in mind, if you’ve deleted receipts from the past year, that will affect the outcome. Plus, it only takes shipping into consideration, so your own mileage may vary depending on other Prime services you use .
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6 key tips to taking your business global
There are many ways to take your business global, with various levels of complexity and investment. You’re going to need to decide between opening our own office overseas, leveraging key in-country distributors or striking channel partnerships with key companies that have access to your target customers, based on your goals and budgets.
Hillary Clinton's Democratic National Convention will be all about the texts
Several celebrities have tweeted that they will appear at next week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and gave followers a number to text so followers receive messages whenever their favorite celebrities are about to show up.
Feast your eyes on U.S. Bank Stadium videos, animated GIFs
Upload your photographs and videos to the Google Photos service, and interesting things will happen. A series of consecutively shot photos will get turned into an animated GIF, for instance. Google Photos also will take a batch of complementary photos, all taken at around the same time, and turn them into a stylized video with music. Selected pictures will get the...
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How To Disable Lock Screen Widgets in iOS 10
The biggest addition to iOS 10 are all the changes to the Lock screen and Notifications. The slide to unlock gesture is gone . You click the home button to unlock instead. Plus, there’s a whole new screen to the left – the Today view that contains all the widgets. You can access it simply by swiping left on the lock screen.
Twin Cities businesses embrace the Pokémon Go craze
Julio Ojeda-Zapata covers technology for the Pioneer Press’ business and features desks. He also sometimes writes about pop-culture topics of a nerdy nature. In his spare time, Julio writes for the TidBITS Apple-enthusiast site, where he is a contributing editor. He’s published books about Twitter, the iPad, and mobile productivity. See his blog at ojezap.com. As a Puerto Rico transplant, he prefers his St. Paul weather hot and muggy, but he’s been known to strap on a snowboard. He loves to dig into a thick sci-fi novel, make sushi rolls, brew perfect café, kick back with a red IPA, and dance a mean merengue.
The Best Photo Printers of 2016
Do You Print Black and White Photos? With most printer categories, you should consider whether you really need color. Photo printers turn the question on its head, so you should consider whether you need black and white, which many printers can't handle well. The most common flaw is a tint, or different color tints for different shades of gray. If you print black and white photos, you'll need to check out black and white photo quality quite apart from the printer's color photo quality. This is more often a problem for dedicated, rather than near-dedicated, photo printers, but you need to consider it in either case. (In our reviews, we note such tints and their severity when we encounter them, but we don't use monochrome images to test small-format printers.)
Pokémon Go and the demon-haunted world
A podcast for "Trunews" recently addressed the Pokémon phenomenon after a Pokémon Go enthusiast was seen playing the game near the organization's offices. ("Trunews" describes itself as the "world’s leading news source that reports, analyzes, and comments on global events and trends with a conservative, orthodox Christian worldview.") The Trunews podcast hosts described Pokémon characters as "beasts and spirits," "virtual cyber demons" and "digital demons." Trunews staff even downloaded the app and discovered that "inside the Trunews building is a virtual cyber demon," and they're not happy about it (The Pokémon conversation starts at 52:04 in the show.)
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Hillary Clinton announces VP pick Tim Kaine on Twitter
The former secretary of state and presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States said via Twitter that she's picked Tim Kaine, a US senator from Virginia, as her running mate and nominee for vice president of the United States. The announcement came by way of a tweet at 5:11 p.m. PT.
Verizon will cut off unlimited data users who use too much unlimited data
Verizon’s latest ploy to move people off unlimited data plans will likely affect a very small number of the carrier’s customers. Nevertheless, Verizon feels it needs a way to prevent heavy data users from gobbling up network resources—or at least get them to pay a higher price for it.