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New Music Video!! 日本語訳は下にあります。 のホームページから無料ダウンロードも出来ます! You can now download "Rise Above" online! のオンラインストアで新しいアルバムが買えます...

Remember Mr. Sketch Scented Markers? They're Back, With a Sketchy Ad

Have you seen the new commercial for Mr. Sketch scented markers? It’s a total gas.

80s Computer Hacking: A Supercut

We at Found Item Clothing love technology but sometimes it's good to consider how far we've come. We proudly present the silliest, best and iconic hacking sc...

Microsoft explains quantum computing so even you can understand - CNET

Quantum computing may someday blow away today's smartest machines. It's weird and heavy on the physics, but Microsoft thinks you can handle it.

Amazon Fire Phone: Your Questions, Answered

Mashable is hosting a MashTalk Hangout on Air to answer your questions about the Amazon Fire phone.

10 Strange Food Combinations You Have to Try

They may sound disgusting, but these food combinations are oddly delectable.

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The Pirate Bay Launches A Mobile Website For Torrenting From Your Smartphone | TechCrunch

Torrent Freak also reported that The Mobile Bay is one of many new projects in the pipeline. Though it is one of the largest visible updates to The Pirate Bay in years, the team is now working on a few other things including dedicated websites for the TV, movie and music sections of The Pirate Bay, and something called “RSSbay,” which will offer personalized RSS feeds to enable people to launch torrents remotely.

In the future, screens may correct your eyesight problems, not glasses

It’s not just glasses wearers who will benefit from this new approach, but also those who can’t wear them due to more serious problems. However, there are still a few problems which need to be solved before the project can move forward. Of course, the screen needs to be tuned to the viewer’s eyes, and more importantly, their focal length. Sit too close or too far away, and it may not work effectively. We can see Amazon Fire Phone-style eye-tracking tech being used to solve this, but apparently, we tend to move around naturally to bring images into focus too.

Tech Giants Begin Recruiting for the Next Big Platform Wars | Enterprise | WIRED

The Internet of Things is still young, but it’s real. There are already dozens of internet-connected devices available, ranging from home-automation tools to wearable fitness trackers. And it’s about to start growing at an even faster pace.

Congress has passed a bill making phone unlocking legal in the US

Consumers in the US will soon be able to legally unlock their phones for use on other wireless networks. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this afternoon legalizing cell phone unlocking, following  the lead of the US Senate earlier this summer. President Obama came out in support of the policy over a year ago, spurring this activity in Congress, and now all that's left is for him to sign this bill into law — which the president has said that he'll do.

Why 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Is Worth Getting Excited Over

HBO announced the new cast members at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday afternoon, revealing a strong fifth season focus on the Martell family, a group of fearsome warriors from Dorne (all related to the recently departed Red Viper ).

Absent fans get robot to do cheering

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Dads Smarten Up, Apple Gets Sticky: The 5 Best Ads Of The Week

But when the Bay Area Council came to Jeff Goodby and asked him to create a campaign that would help encourage new parents to talk and sing more to their babies, a PSA was the last thing he wanted to do. The group's research showed talking and singing to children under three can help boost their vocabulary significantly later in life and consequently their chances of academic and professional success. So, Instead of a hard-hitting or charming video, Goodby and his team at Goodby Silverstein & Partners came up with something that would engage parents at the moments the message would mean the most--not when they were watching a video online, but when they were actually interacting with their kids. They created a baby clothing line that had simple, delightfully designed reminders for parents printed right on the T-shirts, onesies, blankets, and totes.

Amazon Fire Phone teardown: You might be sending this one back for repairs

There’s a security sticker on the inside of the Fire Phone, so if you’ve taken apart your device and send it back to Amazon, they’ll know your warranty is void. Other signals that Amazon intends to be the only repair option include densely populated peripheral cables: one such cable includes two infrared LEDs (for Amazon’s Dynamic Perspective ), the Micro-USB port, the bottom speaker and a microphone. So if one of those components breaks, you’ll have to replace the whole cable.

The New Habit Challenge: Use An Email Autoresponder Every Day

Is this the "greatest productivity tool you never thought of" as we claimed? For the next week, I plan to put our advice to the test, and I hope you'll join me. For inspiration, here's the email autoresponder that I'll be using:

Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event” | TechCrunch

I confirmed with Microsoft that the decision has no impact on Build, the company’s other developer event. That’s hardly surprising. It would have been odd to see Microsoft lower its load of developer outreach at a time when it is scrambling to grow developer mindshare in certain product categories, and preserve where it already retains buy-in.

AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing

The other thread in this narrative is that many big companies — including startups that were nurtured on AWS and then grew — are finding the hybrid cloud model attractive. This involves keeping some workloads on public clouds like AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform and others in-house on a company’s own servers. And for workloads that will remain in public cloud, companies would be fiscal dopes if they did not spec out AWS competitors; if only to wring pricing advantages from AWS. Starting a few years ago, this is exactly how big Microsoft Office shops wielded Google Apps to wrangle concessions on their Microsoft enterprise licenses. What’s old is new again.

Comic-Con: 6 Things About Key and Peele That Even Their Big Fans Don’t Know | Underwire | WIRED

In today's business world, disruption is a constant force that never lets up. At the annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, we celebrate the creative power of bold new ideas and the people that make them happen. See the event >

Cosplay: el mundo de los superhéroes de carne y hueso - CNET en Español

El mundo de la fantasía y la ciencia ficción ha inspirado una nueva forma de expresión artística que nos permite ver versiones de carne y hueso de personajes surgidos de las historietas.

Lyft Strikes A Deal To Launch Service In New York City, But Pauses Operations In Buffalo And Rochester | TechCrunch

On-demand ride startup Lyft has come to a bit of a resolution in the city and state of New York that will allow it to begin offering service in the city after two weeks of discussions with regulators there. But in striking a deal that will make it available in all five boroughs of the Big Apple, Lyft has agreed to pause its operations in two other cities in New York State.


First off, Happy SysAdmin Day . We think we have a pretty good SysAdmin surprise in store for you today as we are announcing the CoreOS stable release channel. Starting today, you can begin running CoreOS in production. This version is the most tested, secure and reliable version available for users wanting to run CoreOS. This is a huge milestone for us. Since our first alpha release in August 2013:

Verizon to slow down speeds for some unlimited data subscribers

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Forget Cubicles: This Office Replaces Desks With A Giant Rock To Climb

A design from architects at RAAAF and artist Barbara Visser takes a new approach: Instead of the usual desks and chairs and cubicles, this office looks like a giant rock, full of nooks and spaces to climb and work. “This vision presents a radical break with regular office furniture and current working models . . . which all are still based on sitting,” the designers, based in the the Netherlands, write. “This is a first step towards a future in which standing at work is the new norm.”

Apple’s increased spending ahead of iPhone 6 launch hints at grand ambitions

The rumors that Apple will launch two significantly larger iPhones alongside its first-ever wearable, the iWatch, this fall are all but confirmed at this point. As far as the iPhone 6 is concerned, leaked images of the two models, their components, and possible cases for the phones are all over the Internet. The most recent reports state that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will arrive in the second or third week of September, while the second 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may launch later in the fall, or on the same day. Meanwhile, most agree that the iWatch will arrive later in the fall, around October or possibly November.

Justin Timberlake Shows Us How Dumb We Sound When We Use Hashtags

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, comedy skit best friends and the human couple equivalent of a pair of colorful striped socks, teamed up yet again to shed light on a disease that's been plaguing phone-connected humans for years now: the ridiculous overuse of hashtags .

Genius Dad Figures Out Way To Fill 37 Water Balloons In 20 Seconds

The Kickstarter campaign hasn't hit potato salad levels of notoriety yet, but it’s already nearly tripled its $10,000 goal. And why wouldn’t it? As the saying goes: Fund a man’s potato salad Kickstarter and you’ll eat potato salad for a day; fund his game-changing water balloon Kickstarter and you’ll be having water balloon fights for life.

The paradox of choice

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

Google to collect data to create a full picture of what a healthy human being is

C. Zehfus says: the irony is the non-thermal radiofrequency radiation is degrading health, yet this is the prime tool used to look at people's health. See Dr. Martin Pall's recent assessment of the science, showing the volted-gated calcium activation of very low RF and microwaves causes numerous ill effects, as well as explains the beneficial CONTROLLED uses of RF/MW in medicine. Harm is well documented by independent science, but denied by people in powerful places. Wonder why. Sure can't think of why people were told to step away from their microwave oven quickly and keep a distance in the past, but NO precautions are being advised for the same type and amount (even more) radiation. See Baby Safe Project to consider the impact of this blind spot.

The Company Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else's Salary

I talked to the CEO of another company that's open with salaries, and he said the reaction reminds him of Americans hearing they have topless beaches in Europe. Before you go to one, you think it's just going to be the craziest thing in the world. Then you get there and it's like, OK, nobody's flipping out because people are topless here. It's just how things are.

India’s Answer to Google Glass: The Smartshoe - India Real Time - WSJ

India Real Time offers analysis and insights into the broad range of developments in business, markets, the economy, politics, culture, sports, and entertainment that take place every single day in the world’s largest democracy. Regular posts from Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires reporters around the country provide a unique take on the main stories in the news, shed light on what else mattered and why, and give global readers a snapshot of what Indians have been talking about all week. You can contact the editors at indiarealtime(at)wsj(dot)com .

The transformative power of classical music

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

Finally, A Way To Find Movies Worth Watching On Netflix | TechCrunch

Netflix is like the candy dish at your grandmother’s house. Most of the movies are crap, but you know, buried somewhere in there, is something worth your time. A Better Queue is a site dedicated to finding the Werther’s Originals in Netflix based on Rotten Tomatoes ratings.

Duolingo Launches Its Certification Program To Take On TOEFL | TechCrunch

Another major problem with today’s tests is that they are prone to fraud. Too often, test takers have somebody else who looks a bit like them take the test for them or they actually bribe the proctors. That’s clearly something the Duolingo team took very seriously when it developed its application. When you take the test, the camera and microphone on your phone or laptop record everything you do. After you have completed the test, that video is then watched by a Duolingo proctor who checks that everything is kosher. The video is also attached to your digital certificate, so if somebody else ends up taking the test for you, it’ll be pretty easy to spot by a university administrator or potential employer.

Imoji For iPhone Lets You Turn Any Image Into A Custom Emoji | TechCrunch

In a future release, the app will also introduce more social features which will expand upon the basic profiles users create today, while also allowing users to follow favorite content creators on the app, who will in turn earn points when their emoji are sent. Longer-term, the company foresees a business model where some of the emoji in its database could be sponsored, allowing brands to insert themselves into users’ private conversations in a more welcome (that is, opt-in) fashion.

Grandpa's Photos

The composition of this shot is so good. No idea where this is. Grandpa was a buyer for a small Jewelry chain in Australia. Apparently part of his job was to check the production lines of watch and Jewel companies. Maybe this is on the roof of one of those factories? Does anyone one know a factory with an amusement park out the back?

The Majority Of Today’s App Businesses Are Not Sustainable | TechCrunch

Though the app stores continue to fill up with ever more mobile applications, the reality is that most of these are not sustainable businesses. According to a new report out this morning, half (50%) of iOS developers and even more (64%) Android developers are operating below the “app poverty line” of $500 per app per month.

Gamer discovers deceased father's ghost car, gets to race him again

YouTube comments typically fill one with shame and disappointment in the human race, but here's one that just might make you cry. Below a video from PBS about video games as spiritual experiences, a user going by the online handle 00WARTHERAPY00 has written a touching story about the time they spent gaming with their dad. 'THERAPY00 says that when he or she was four years old, they'd play Xbox with his or her father and had tons of fun up until a few years later when their dad passed away. It was ten years before the commenter could bring him/herself to boot Microsoft's first game console and when they did, there was a surprise waiting for them. Rally racer Rallisport Challenge features a function that records the best lap-time for a given circuit with an apparition-like version of the car used. Meaning that, quite literally, there was a ghost of 00WARTHERAPY00's father waiting to compete against him or her.

The Modernization Of Computer Science Education | TechCrunch

The courses available to most CS students teach important software development practices, but because they’re designed around the typical classroom model of education, there are many aspects of the profession that they can’t convey to students. Unlike in the classroom, real-world software development projects are larger (in timeline and size) than the ones students encounter in class. One must also gain an understanding of some pretty substantial pre-existing code bases in order to be productive. What’s more, in the real-world, project management and interpersonal relationships can have as much impact on software design as technical issues, and systems are ultimately evaluated by user satisfaction rather than technical merit.

The NSA's New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police - The Intercept

“In the words of one Indian journalist writing for the New York Times, ‘As Saudi Arabian arms and money bolster the opposition, the 80,000 Christians who’ve been ‘cleansed’ from their homes… by the Free Syrian Army have gradually given up the prospect of ever returning home… The seeming indifference of the international community… is breeding a bitter anti-Americanism among many secular Syrians who see the United States aligning itself with Saudi Arabia, the fount of Wahhabism, against the Arab world’s most resolutely secular state.’ He is not alone in raising the alarm. Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned that by ‘sending arms instead of working on putting out the fire,’ Saudi Arabia and Qatar ‘will leave a greater crisis in the region.’ Even some neocons, who for years have championed the downfall of Syria’s regime, now sound uneasy about the prospect of Saudi Arabian money dictating the outcome of what increasingly is turning into a regional conflict.”

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Google Enlists Novartis To Ship Glucose-Sensing And Autofocus Smart Contact Lenses In As Little As 5 Years | TechCrunch

While most major tech companies are entering into the health market in some way, this partnership by Google represents a completely different approach to the potential opportunity. Novartis’ CEO told the FT that the market could be worth anywhere between $10 billion and $50 billion in the next ten years, and Google’s assistance in building not only blood glucose sensing eyewear (which addresses the ballooning potential client base of diabetics in the U.S.), but also the corrective eyewear market could help it capture a sizable piece of that pie.

Why People Aren't Buying iPads Anymore

Last week, a colleague of mine went to the Verizon store to get a new phone. An hour later, he walked out with a new smartphone and a free Android tablet.

Facebook’s $2 Billion Acquisition Of Oculus Closes, Now Official | TechCrunch

Facebook now owns Oculus . The $2 billion acquisition deal  of the virtual reality pioneer announced in March has been approved by regulators and today become official. The FCC’s anti-trust team greenlighted the deal in April. Now it has passed the California Department Of Corporations fairness hearing and will go into effect. The exact price of the acquisition came out to $2,001,985,000.

Dell Now Accepts Bitcoin For All Online U.S. Purchases | TechCrunch

Bitcoin trade volume has been essentially flat in recent months, which could be a troubling indicator that the currency isn’t seeing widening adoption. However, companies like Dell coming aboard could spur more use of the currency by those who already hold it, and promotions like the computing firm have in mind could, perhaps, bring in new users.

Exploring No Man’s Sky, A Computer Game Forged by Algorithms | MIT Technology Review

This presents numerous technological challenges, not least of which is how to test a universe of such scale during its development – the team is currently using virtual testers—automated bots that wander around taking screenshots which are then sent back to the team for viewing. Additionally, while No Man’s Sky might have an infinite-sized universe, there aren’t an infinite number of players. To avoid the problem of a kind of virtual loneliness, where a player might never encounter another person on his or her travels, the game starts every new player in the same galaxy (albeit on his or her own planet) with a shared initial goal of traveling to its center. Later in the game, players can meet up, fight, trade, mine, and explore. “Ultimately we don’t know whether people will work, congregate, or disperse,” Murray says. “I know players don’t like to be told that we don’t know what will happen, but that’s what is exciting to us: the game is a vast experiment.”

Exploring No Man’s Sky, A Computer Game Forged by Algorithms | MIT Technology Review

This presents numerous technological challenges, not least of which is how to test a universe of such scale during its development – the team is currently using virtual testers—automated bots that wander around taking screenshots which are then sent back to the team for viewing. Additionally, while No Man’s Sky might have an infinite-sized universe, there aren’t an infinite number of players. To avoid the problem of a kind of virtual loneliness, where a player might never encounter another person on his or her travels, the game starts every new player in the same galaxy (albeit on his or her own planet) with a shared initial goal of traveling to its center. Later in the game, players can meet up, fight, trade, mine, and explore. “Ultimately we don’t know whether people will work, congregate, or disperse,” Murray says. “I know players don’t like to be told that we don’t know what will happen, but that’s what is exciting to us: the game is a vast experiment.”

Yahoo Buys Mobile Analytics Firm Flurry For North Of $200M | TechCrunch

Yahoo says that the 450 million monthly active mobile users it recorded in Q2 was over 100% growth over two years (in 2012 the figure was 200 million). Mayer, in her earnings report remarks, also noted that the time spent by its audience on mobile was up by 79% in the last year. She said that the company has “more than 400 Yahoos working exclusively on building iOS and Android apps.”

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How to mirror an Android device on your TV - CNET

Thankfully, Google has just made mirroring on Android via Chromecast an official feature. The announcement was first made at Google I/O in June, and is now a reality. As is often the case with Google and new features, mirroring is naturally in beta and only supported by a shortlist of devices. Currently, the list includes older and newer devices, with an odd omission of HTC's One (M8). Here's the full list:

'Lucy' review: dissecting Scarlett Johansson's perfect brain

Given people’s desire to dump money on all sorts of self-improving pills, superfoods, fitness trackers, and life hacks, it’s no wonder that Hollywood has taken to neuroscience’s most persistent myth — the idea that humans only use one-fifth of their brains. Way back in 1996, John Travolta gained access to the rest of his and learned to levitate things in Phenomenon ; a few years ago Limitless ’ Bradley Cooper took a “smart pill” and used his new brain power to get super-rich playing the stock market. Now, with Lucy , France’s most blockbuster-ready director Luc Besson takes a stab at the 100 percent human.

If You Can Make Solar Power Better, Google Will Give You $1 Million

The challenge for engineers is to design and build a 1-kilowatt-minimum power inverter with a power density of at least 50 watts per cubic inch — not an insane amount of power, but enough to fuel some lights and a box fan. Applicants must register by September and submit their ideas by July 15 of next year. Eighteen finalists will be chosen, and a grand prize winner will be announced sometime in January 2016, the company said.

Should we eat bugs? - Emma Bryce

What's tasty, abundant and high in protein? Bugs! Although less common outside the tropics, entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs, was once extremely widespread throughout cultures. You may feel icky about munching on insects, but they feed about 2 billion people each day (Mmm, fried tarantulas). They also hold promise for food security and the environment. Emma Bryce makes a compelling case for dining on bugs.

I got 99 problems... palsy is just one

"I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time," Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it's hilarious.) "I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali." With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.

You'll Spend All Day On This Gorgeous Drone Map

A new website, TravelByDrone , lets people from around the globe pin their own drone videos to a massive world map. TravelByDrone makes sure each video that makes it to the map is high quality and isn't overly promotional. There are currently 3,500 videos -- from all seven continents -- on the site.

Immersive Infections | TechCrunch

All of the images I painted for you above will be possible within the next 10 years, immersive technology will put the user into the digital shoes of their own avatars, experiencing video games, simulations, learning opportunities and even romance on new levels, so it goes without saying that while we can expect all that grandeur, there will be people who try to ruin it, for money.

Police Visit Amazon Worker After His Drone Takes Space Needle Video

The man told police he was employed by Amazon and was visiting the company's headquarters from out of town, according to the Seattle Police Department's blog. After speaking with police, he agreed not to fly around the white quad-propeller he purchased at a "hobby shop" (that means it's not an Amazon drone, folks.) The city police's own drone program was terminated last year .

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61 Turbo the Tiny, Two-Legged Chihuahua Uses a Wheelchair Made From Toys
62 Kurdish Freedom Comes at a Heavy Price
63 The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute | TechCrunch
64 Elon Musk’s Answer To Stephen Colbert’s Vision Of Ambient Wireless Charging: “We’ll Do It” | TechCrunch
65 Dare to disagree
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67 Mark Cuban Advocates Selling Shares of Tax-Dodging U.S. Companies
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69 Display Technology Makes Reading Glasses Unnecessary | MIT Technology Review
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71 Ranking Hotels by Whether the Wi-Fi Actually Works
72 Y Combinator-Backed Checkr Automates Background Checks For The New, On-Demand Economy | TechCrunch
73 TNW Rewind
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78 Galaxy Note 4 rumors: Samsung will unveil the phablet in early September
79 Google Folds Its Workforce Management Tool, Maps Coordinate, Into Maps Engine Pro | TechCrunch
80 Appealing To Women, Social Fitness App PumpUp Raises $2.4M Led by General Catalyst | TechCrunch
81 Microsoft's Strategy For Nokia Becomes Clearer
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