Microsoft Windows 10
Windows 10's Anniversary Update delivers a host of new technology that makes interacting with your PC more natural than ever. The interface, security, Edge Web browser, and more have improved to the point that Windows 10 is worthy of our Editors' Choice award.
Here are all the best trailers from Comic-Con
Our list of all the best new trailers and from the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). As expected, there are a lot of superheroes. Also, Sherlock Series 4.
MIT made a movie screen that brings 3D to all seats – without the glasses
Seeing 3D movies in theaters isn't my preferred choice for a bunch of reasons, but the glasses definitely rank among its most annoying features. The cheap..
Oculus update preps Rift for room-scale VR, motion controls
The HTC Vive's days as the most immersive VR headset are numbered.
There’s a Good Explanation for This Bouncy Patch of Grass in Siberia
During an unusually hot summer this year, researchers in Siberia stumbled upon fifteen of these oddly bouncy patches of grass.
MIT Researchers Resurrect Glasses-Free 3D Movie Viewing
Their prototype, called Cinema 3D, can be calibrated for each seat in a movie theater.
The Physics of Trying to Crash Into the Sun
Why is it so difficult to crash into the Sun? This numerical calculation in python shows just how difficult it can be. Homework questions included.
Indestructible titan charging cables for your iPhone/Android
You want tough? We’ve got all the tough a set of charging cables can possibly contain. Here are two great deals for both iPhone and Android.
Archie Characters Go Dark & Horny in The Fantastic Riverdale
The CW screened the show's pilot at Comic-Con, and it's a horny, semi-hallucinogenic mystery-drama with a potentially high death toll and lots of skin.
Our 10 Favorite Comic-Con Trailers, From Wonder Woman to Sherlock
Last weekend in San Diego saw the premiere of many trailers for the most anticipated films and TV shows in the coming year. Here are the best of the best.
PhD student uses a robot to make VR feel more real
If you push this robot in VR it pushes back, gently.
'Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV' gets its first English trailer
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV's first English trailer is out.
'Star Trek: Discovery' is name of new Trek series, featuring a new ship, the USS Discovery
The title of the 2017 CBS TV series is revealed at Comic-Con, along with a new spacecraft for the Trek crew.
Why I’m teaching prisoners to code
We asked the men to create a business around a personal passion, and we taught them how to build a business plan. In one of the early graduating classes, James Houston developed a nonprofit business plan that would positively impact at-risk youth in his old neighborhood. James created Teen Tech Hub, an afterschool program, teaching app development and basic coding instruction for kids 10 to 14 years old. After serving 18 years in prison, James returned to Richmond, California, to pursue his dream. He was hired by the City of Richmond and he plans to launch Teen Tech Hub in the fall of 2016.
"Before an intimidating conversation, I always remind myself that I will be the same person before and after the conversation, no matter the outcome."
Be Safe: Update Your iPhone, iPad and Other Apple Devices Now
If you use any Apple Inc. devices—an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch or Apple TV—take some time today to make sure their operating systems are up-to-date.
Facebook Admits It Blocked Links to Wikileaks DNC Emails
Facebook admitted it briefly blocked links to Wikileaks files containing internal Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails. The block seems to be the result of another algorithm accident that may have incorrectly determined the links to be malicious or spam.
12 More Viral Images That Are Totally Fake
Do you ever feel like half the images you see online are fake? So do we. Below we’ve pulled together twelve photos and GIFs that have been floating around the internet recently. And they’re all fake.
Donald Trump hosting Reddit AMA during DNC on Wednesday
If you've ever seen Donald Trump on Twitter, you probably have questions for him. Questions like, "how do you plan to force Apple to make iPhones in the US ," or "do you really think Edward Snowden deserves the death penalty ?" Later this week, you'll be able to ask him yourself: the Republican presidential nominee is slated to host a Reddit AMA at 7PM ET on Wednesday.
50 very unlikely things we want from the Democratic National Convention
The Democratic National Convention will gavel in on Monday afternoon, where Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine will likely be nominated at the Democratic party's nominees for President and Vice President of the United States, respectively.
All 2017 Ford vehicles are getting CarPlay and Android Auto
Ford also assures those interested in buying the upcoming F-150, Focus, Edge and all-new 2017 Super Duty when they come out later this year that they'll have access to Google's and Apple's in-car tech. "Ford is not taking the traditional approach of introducing Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto on a few piecemeal models or as an expensive option on luxury vehicles only," said Jeffrey Hannah from automotive technology research firm SBD. "The guesswork for consumers is over -- if you buy any 2017 Ford vehicle with SYNC 3, you drive off the lot with both of these innovative technologies ready to go."
The 'Station' desk cradles your body and gut-punches your wallet
The Station can transform between four basic functional positions. It can serve as both a conventional seated desk and a standing desk. If you swing out the monitor and tabletop, it becomes a collaborative workstation. And if you get serious about your workflow, the Station's "focus" position will put you flat on your back with the monitor and tabletop (not to mention your keyboard and mouse) suspended above you. When I was seated like this during a recent demo, it was quite comfortable, though I didn't feel more productive so much as just really silly and self-conscious. The fact that I was splayed out on this thing like a portly harbor seal in the middle of a crowded We Works probably didn't help either.
Apple Taps Bob Mansfield to Oversee Car Project
Apple Inc. has tapped a highly regarded senior executive who helped bring to market many of Apple’s signature products to oversee its fledgling automobile project, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Weird Ways Americans Try to Make the Wilderness Comfy
His series What’s Left to Explore? captures the way humans civilize nature in the name of appreciating it. Food trailers obstruct rock formations, wooden walkways meander through fields, and roads slice through rugged mountains. Tourists go to these locations because they’re pristine, but they’re dotted with manmade conveniences. “To actually have people experience nature without dying from eating bad mushrooms, you have to build roads and install warning signs and put up a hot dog stand,” Haunschild says.
Marissa Mayer Made A Lot Of Money Losing The Fight To Save Yahoo
“If you’re a Yahoo employee, it’s probably a very disappointing day,” Dan Rosensweig, Yahoo’s former chief financial officer and the current chief of the education startup Chegg, said Monday morning on CNBC. “It went from being an independent company and independent brand to a remote office in Sunnyvale, California.”
Twitter will livestream weekly games from MLB and the NHL
Twitter signs a live-streaming deal to bring Pac-12 university sports to its service
Twitter reportedly in talks with the NBA, MLS and Turner for more sports streaming
“Twitter has long been a great partner and platform for both baseball and hockey fans as they follow their favorite teams and players every day,” said Kenny Gersh, MLBAM’s executive vice president of business, in the partnership release. “We know fans will embrace what this wide-ranging partnership brings – expanded and reliable access to live baseball and hockey and the introduction of Twitter’s first daily live highlight show delivered intuitively to a platform where they’re actively engaged with the games.”
Amazon to test drone delivery in partnership with UK government
The company will run tests to explore the viability of drones carrying deliveries weighing five pounds or less – which make up 90% of Amazon’s sales
Wikileaks Put Women in Turkey in Danger, for No Reason
Yes -- this "leak" actually contains spreadsheets of private, sensitive information of what appears to be every female voter in 79 out of 81 provinces in Turkey, including their home addresses and other private information, sometimes including their cellphone numbers. If these women are members of Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (known as the AKP), the dumped files also contain their Turkish citizenship ID, which increases the risk to them as the ID is used in practicing a range of basic rights and accessing services. I've gone through the files myself. The Istanbul file alone contains more than a million women's private information, and there are 79 files, with most including information of many hundreds of thousands of women.
As Punishment For Stealing Bitcoin, Man Must Teach Police About Bitcoin
The first ever money-laundering case involving Bitcoin was dismissed today when a Miami judge ruled that Bitcoin is not money. In her order , Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler wrote,
Nintendo shares plummet after investors realize it doesn't actually make Pokémon Go
Nintendo shares have skyrocketed since Pokémon Go 's release and instant transformation into global cultural phenomenon, but they fell dramatically today after investors realized that Nintendo doesn't actually make the game. Nintendo put out a statement after the close of trading on Friday pointing out that the bottom-line impact will be "limited" as it only owns 32 percent of The Pokémon Company, and that revenue from the game and its Pokémon Go Plus smartwatch peripheral have been accounted for in the company's current forecasts.
What is Yahoo? Riddle Plagued CEOs for Two Decades
Yahoo Inc.’s proposed sale to Verizon Communications Inc. puts an exclamation point on a tumultuous two-decade run that began with success as the web’s organizer and ended with a string of failed leaders and strategic blunders.
New Zealand Is Killing Off Its Predators
That means rats, possums, stoats, ferrets, and feral cats, all introduced from foreign countries and responsible for the deaths of millions of native birds each year, will have to go, Radio New Zealand reports . The government is shelling out $28 million to jumpstart a new joint venture company, Predator Free New Zealand Ltd, that will identify and sponsor “high value predator control projects” that can be applied across tens of thousands of acres, with the ultimate goal of making the entire nation predator-free by 2050.
Thousands Forced to Evacuate as California’s Sand Fire Continues to Spread
In just three days, the Sand Fire has spread to 51 square miles, doubling in size since Saturday night. The fire is being fueled by heavy chaparral and brush, and is spreading rapidly owing to strong, shifting winds and high temperatures. Forecasters are once again projecting 100 degree-plus temperatures for Monday.
The Bird That Kicks the Ever-Loving Crap Out of Its Prey
Birds of prey: soaring, swooping, landing all cool on a branch like it’s nothing. Eh, not really for me , says the secretary bird. This avian prefers to kick its victims to death, even snakes. It’s this week’s episode of Absurd Creatures ! Come for the kickboxing, stay for the ’90s hip-hop reference.
Sound Art Shows You What Musical Notes Actually Look Like
Louviere vibrated the water with the amp by adjusting the generator’s frequency. As he did so, he used his tuner to seek out the frequency of each of the 12 notes—A, B, C through G, plus the five halftones. While Louviere dialed the knobs, Brown stood on a ladder above the contraption illuminating the water with a ring light, her camera in hand. When the tuner registered a note—reading 220 hertz, the frequency that produces an A, for instance—Louviere stopped adjusting. As each note’s unique vibration induced its characteristic pattern into the water, Brown captured it with her camera. The pair worked together to obtain a “portrait” of each of the 12 notes.
Hillary Clinton Just Released a Truly Joyless Mobile Game
Hillary 2016 , which launched late yesterday, puts the player in the appropriately grim surroundings of their own “campaign HQ,” a second-floor office with eight chairs, one sofa, and no staff. By completing daily challenges a highly motivated member of the American electorate can earn “stars,” which really could have had a cooler name, like “HillCoins” or maybe just “points.” (To be clear, “points” are also earned in-game, though it’s not immediately clear how, or what they’re used for.)
Windows 10 Anniversary Update: the 10 best new features
In just a few short days, Microsoft will be celebrating Windows 10’s first birthday. It has been a busy year that has seen a number of Windows 10 updates with new features and improvements, but the biggest one is arriving on August 2nd. Microsoft’s free Anniversary Update to Windows 10 includes some highly requested features, but overall it’s full of minor additions that really make the OS feel a lot more polished. I’ve been testing Windows 10’s Anniversary Update for months now, and I’ve witnessed it progress to a point where it’s ready for the masses. Here are the 10 best new features coming to Windows.
No Man's Sky Won't Require PlayStation Plus To Play Online - IGN
Joe Skrebels is IGN's UK News Editor, and the first thing he'll want to do in No Man's Sky is make a dinosaur species extinct. The first thing he will actually do is crash his ship into a moon. Follow him on Twitter .
Solar-powered Solar Impulse plane completes its trip around the world
Solar Impulse 2 — the experimental solar plane which first set out on its circumnavigation attempt in 2015 — has just landed in Abu Dhabi, its final landing spot and the city where its around-the-world bid began.
Nike's latest soccer cleat is its most data-driven shoe yet
For example, if you've ever played soccer you know how effective it is to kick the ball with the inside of your foot. It provides both power and accuracy. Sure, you don't need a shoe to remind you of that, but it doesn't hurt to have that mapped on your feet for aesthetic purposes. The interesting part about this design is that it was originally used on every prototype of the Magista 2 for data-collection, but Nike ultimately decided to turn it into an actual product. "It was pretty amazing when we first started seeing all the data come in and we painted it up," says VanHook. "It's the simplest idea, but it's really complex how the data came through."
Sanders supporters roll out 51-foot joint outside Democratic convention
Supporters of former US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hold a giant inflatable joint calling for the legalization of marijuana during a rally at City Hall in Philadelphia on July 25, 2016, as Democrats gather to formally annoint Hillary Clinton as their candidate for the November presidential election at the Democratic National Convention.
The Best and Worst Stuff in the New Ikea Catalog
In the last few years, Ikea has shrugged off its false perception of a purveyor of cheap furniture and started selling some truly stunning stuff . For 2017, the Swedish flatpack furniture maker mixes classic and modern designs. But for every good-looking piece, there’s a terrible one that some poor college student is going to get tricked into buying.
Here's everything leaving Netflix in August that you need to watch
First on the chopping block are the 1993 sports
comedy "The Sandlot" and "The Nutty Professor," Eddie
Murphy's 1996 comic sci-fi film. Toward the end of the month, the
2006 Denzel Washington thriller "Inside Man" and Will Smith's
film "Pursuit of Happyness" from the same year will be among the
films taken out of Netflix's rotation.
Norway is building the world's first 'floating' underwater tunnels
The “submerged floating bridges” would consist of large tubes suspended by pontoon-like support structures 100 feet below water. Each will be wide enough for two lanes of traffic, and the floating structures should ease the congestion on numerous ferries currently required to get commuters from Point A to Point B. Each support pontoon would then be secured to a truss or bolted to the bedrock below to keep things stable.
Crushing 17 LCD Screens With a Steamroller Looks Satisfying as Hell
Work can be frustrating. Sometimes you just want to line up every computer screen in the office and run them all over with a 12-ton steamroller. Hey, YouTube channel Road Roller has already done the hard work for you and watching it is just as satisfying.
Apple's MacBook Air chief is now leading its 'Titan' car team
Apple is reportedly tapping former executive Bob Mansfield to lead its not-so-secret car project, which many believe is called ‘Titan.’
Nintendo loses billions in value after 'Pokemon Go' truth bomb
Pokemon Go is an unprecedented success, but Nintendo recently admitted it won't directly profit from the augmented reality game, leading to a loss of $6.7 billion in Nintendo's market value on Monday. Nintendo's market value rose by $7.5 billion on July 11th, just after Pokemon Go went public and became an instant, massive hit across the globe. Since its launch, Pokemon Go has added nearly $12 billion to Nintendo's market value, meaning today's dip, while sizable, isn't a total disaster for the company.
Woman finds brilliant way to fight racist workplace dress code
Rivas reported her boss to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but while they investigate, she intends to comply with her boss's demands, and it just so happens she has the perfect wardrobe thanks to her love of cosplay.
After $4.8B Verizon deal, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says she’s not leaving (yet)
This sale is not only an important step in our plan to unlock shareholder value for Yahoo, it is also a great opportunity for Yahoo to build further distribution and accelerate our work in mobile, video, native advertising, and social. As one of the largest wireless and cable companies in the world, Verizon opens the door to extensive distribution opportunities. With more than 100 million wireless customers, a shared view of the importance of mobile and video ad tech, a deep content focus through AOL, Verizon brings clear synergies to the table. And with their aggressive aims to grow global audience to 2B users and $20B in revenue within the mobile-media business by 2020, Yahoo’s products and brand will be central to achieving these goals. Joining forces with AOL and Verizon will help us achieve tremendous scale on mobile. Imagine the distribution challenges we will solve, the scale we will achieve, the products we will build, and the advertisers we will reach now with Mavens – it’s incredibly compelling.
PokeMatch is the 'Pokémon Go' dating app you've been dreading
The app is pretty straightforward and prefaces date hunting with the important questions: Are you looking for men, women, both, other or just a friend? Want to meet someone from team Valor, Mystic or those other guys? Then you swipe left or right as is standard for dating apps, and when you match with your poké-destined, lets you designate a PokéStop to meet at.
10 Facebook Bots Actually Worth Chatting With
We’re big fans of Digg as a holding place for great articles and videos, and the Digg bot for Facebook Messenger brings some of that functionality to a chat window. Type “trending” to see stories that are doing exactly that, or enter a certain category to find matching articles. You also get pinged with a digest once a day, if you want one, through the Digg bot.
Adorable corgi asking for snacks gets hilarious Photoshop battle instead
After Reddit user blue_lights posted a picture of a very excited Japanese corgi staring in awe at some delicious doggy snacks, the internet responded as it should, with a Photoshop battle .
Google Maps is gaining a Wifi-only mode
Google has yet to announce this option. Users are reporting the additional mode is found in the settings of Google Maps and replaces the “Offline areas” option. Once activated, Google Maps will load the majority of the data through Wi-Fi signals, though, as a warning notifies users, a small amount of cellular data might still be consumed.
Brazilian judge: Facebook and Twitter cooperated in probe of alleged militants
( Reuters ) — The judge overseeing the probe that led to the arrest last week of suspected Islamist militants in Brazil said Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. co-operated with investigators by providing information about the suspects’ use of both social networks.
Verizon's $4.8B Yahoo Acquisition Is Official
As expected, the deal does not include what NPR calls Yahoo's "most valuable assets" — its share in the Chinese online retail giant Alibaba or Yahoo Japan. At closing, Yahoo will change its name and become a registered, publicly traded investment company, continuing to hold these assets.
First-person-view drone flying is the closest thing to being a bird
Just moments ago, I was flying like a hawk. It wasn't a dream, or even virtual reality. It was a real, immersive experience fully under my control. Moments later, I'm very much on the ground, poking at some dense, tangled shrubbery with a stick. I had been operating a tiny camera-equipped mini-quadcopter, via video goggles that beam the drone's eye-view right into your peepers. It's known as "first-person view" (FPV) flying, and it's an incredibly fun out-of-body experience. Imagine being shrunk to the size of an ant and sitting in a virtual cockpit and you'll have an idea of where I'm going here.
Twitter tries to explain itself – again! – via a new marketing campaign aimed at attracting users
Do you have to tweet to use Twitter? Is Twitter a social network? Many people still think so because the company has failed to properly position itself – and its broader use cases – to the general public throughout the years. And one could argue that it has also failed to provide essential tools for those who want to passively participate on Twitter, instead of actively tweet.
Sarah Silverman goes off script, majorly calls out Bernie supporters
As the two stood at the podium while the cries grew louder, Silverman took the opportunity to go off script and tell the Sanders clan what she was thinking.
How a Powerful Obesity Gene Helped Samoans Conquer the South Pacific
By studying the genomes of more than 5,000 Samoans, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have uncovered a single gene that boosts a person’s obesity risk by upwards of 40 percent. Remarkably, this gene—which appears in a quarter of all Samoans—may have arisen in the population as they colonized the South Pacific.
Meet the collectors who resell toys to pay off their Comic-Con addiction
Comic-Con is expensive. There's the cost of the ticket — $245 for the whole event, pretax — then there's the cost of transportation, parking, lodging, and food. And once you're finally inside, there's the countless number of con-exclusive props, artwork, and toys staring you down, begging for you to make a purchase. For a serious geek, it can really add up — to more than $1,000 for five days.
Adam Savage Talks to Kevin Smith (and Gets a Surprise!) - Tested.com
At Comic-Con, Adam visited the IMDb boat to talk to Kevin Smith about two of the replica props on display there. If that weren't exciting enough, Adam learned that Luc Besson himself had toured his Zorg Industries ZF-1 from the Fifth Element!
Review: Blu R1 HD
And then there are the ads. Big, bold ads every time you wake up your smartphone. Ads for mascara, ads for wireless earbuds, ads for Wild Frontier dog food (#1 ingredient real salmon!). Ads in your notification bar that can be easily swiped away and ignored. As far as trade-offs go, it’s not as bad as I was expecting. By now I’ve even gotten used to seeing Zendaya shilling Covergirl instead of the photo of my two toddlers that occupies my Nexus 5. If anything, and I almost can’t believe I’m saying this, I wish the ads were at all targeted, and had a little more variety. I look at my phone dozens of times a day, and what gets me most isn’t the repeated ad blitz, but the repetition. Presumably, as more ad partners sign on, they’ll be able to mix and match a little more acutely.
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