Get your daily war news in a 'Star Wars' credits crawl
A short time ago, in the same galaxy we're in today, a developer called Julien Deswaef created a YouTube bot that creates 'Star Wars' credit crawls…
IBM wants to cool data centers with their own waste heat
You know those little "do not eat" packs that come in shoe boxes? Well, IBM wants to use those things to improve the function of its data centers' A/C.
PS4 vs Xbox One: which is better?
Sony PlayStation 4 sells 22 million, but Microsoft has backward compatibility
Jet.com takes on Amazon for cheaper Internet shopping
The startup shows shoppers a comparison of its prices compared to Amazon's.
Panasonic gives factory workers superhuman strength using an exoskeleton | News | Geek.com
Robots have quickly replaced humans in factories around the world because they are more efficient, cost less in the long term, and they never argue, get sick, or decide to leave. But Panasonic [...]
Most Android phones can be hacked with a simple MMS message or multimedia file
Drake found multiple vulnerabilities in a core Android component called Stagefright that’s used to process, play and record multimedia files. Some of the flaws allow for remote code execution and can be triggered when receiving an MMS message, downloading a specially crafted video file through the browser or opening a Web page with embedded multimedia content.
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra: Leaks show a super-slim screen bezel, and a super selfie cam
The Xperia C5 Ultra is the latest smartphone rumored for launch from Sony in the near future, and it may have two of the most desirable features around at the moment — an almost bezel-less screen, and a super special selfie camera. Here’s everything we think we know about the phone so far.
How to sign documents directly on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac
How many people do you know have a fax machine in their house? Not too many. As smartphones, computers, and tablets continue to advance, signing documents virtually is commonplace. Apple users can sign documents using their Mac, iPhone, and iPad all without spending a dime on expensive software or applications.
WWE SummerSlam Expanded to Four Hours - IGN
The four-hour telecast, see to air live on WWE Network. will now begin at 7pm ET on Sunday, August 23rd. Emanating live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, SummerSlam will feature The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar in a rematch of their historic WrestleMania 30 bout where Lesnar ended Undertaker’s undefeated streak.
So today was our home game... A few days ago, a friend and I started construction of our armor. Photo Left (friend) Gauntlets Vambraces Chest and Back Plate Lower Leggings with knee caps Helmet with mane Shield Cape Sword Photo Right: Me Gauntlets (with knuckle covers) Vambraces Pauldrons with fringe Faulds with fringe Chest and Back Plate Lower and Upper Leggings with functional knee covers Shield (made from an Aluminum disk sled and fabric covered) Helmet with mane and fringe Two tone cape Sword Sword Sheath In both cases, thing are tied together through grommet holes :) A lot of people stopped us to take pictures - it was a lot of fun :) Walking up stairs, in my case (full leggings), was a little difficult - I'll have to articulate those pieces a bit better for the next game. For now, things will be hung on the wall :p
We're hosting a Q&A with the US Labor Secretary about the 'gig economy'
It will be moderated by our own Terrence O'Brien and you'll get answers directly from the Secretary on our Facebook page. Start thinking about what you'd like to ask him and join us here on this page (where we'll embed the post once we get started) on Monday. If you can't make it, drop your question in the thread below . And last but not least, you'll also want to read Nicole Lee's piece on the future of the gig economy .
Hear How The Same Song Can Sound Totally Different In Various Places
Müllner sings the same song but it sounds drastically different depending on where he’s belting it out. Touché Videoproduktion tried a similar experiment a few months ago with their video "The Wikidrummer."
Analyst claims Apple was planning to launch a 4-inch version of iPhone 6 but has scrapped the idea
Based on the success of iPhones with larger displays, I doubt Apple will offer a 4-inch version of the latest model. Apple may have to make a 4-inch version of iPhone 6 next year if it still wants to offer a 4-inch model as it would probably discontinue iPhone 5c this year and iPhone 5s next year.
Power up with the Power Charging Roundup [Deals Hub]
When your battery starts to display red, you know it’s time to get to an outlet. Make sure you always have the equipment you need to get your device back to 100% charged as quickly as possibly by grabbing one of these great battery charging deals from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub .
Big Media Catch Daily-Fantasy-Sports Bug
Sports subsidiaries of Walt Disney Co., Time Warner Inc. and 21st Century Fox Inc. are jockeying to acquire stakes in nascent digital fantasy-sports businesses. Media companies want a piece of the latest revenue stream: daily fantasy-sports games played online for cash. What started as a quiet obsession among sports fans has in the past year morphed into a big bet by television-sports networks on investments in online fantasy-sports...
This website tells you the type of person you are based on work emails
Since most of our work emails are too short to be of any use — "yup," "cool," and "kk, got it" don't go very far in flinging open the doors to one's psyche — we checked using the text written by friends people we cover a lot. That, of course, includes Taylor Swift, the ultimate kickass businesswoman . Luckily, her seminal letter to Apple is readily available .
'I'm sitting next to a weirdo on the bus' and other true meanings of emoji
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who use the folded hands emoji to represent prayer, and those who use it to give a high five. Most people come down on the side of prayer hands. But, as rapper Drake, who has the symbol tattooed on his arm, points out: this debate will run and run.
China to End Ban on Videogame Consoles
BEIJING—China will lift a ban on making and selling videogame consoles in the country, paving the way for foreign companies like Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. to expand in one of the world’s largest videogame markets.
Here's how Microsoft is handling the Windows 10 launch, online and off
The first 50 Windows Insider program members to visit each store starting on July 29 will get a free T-shirt to thank them for testing Windows 10. They’ll also get a 20 percent discount on PC hardware and accessories via a coupon Microsoft is distributing inside the Insider Hub, which comes pre-installed on the version of the operating system that has been sent out to testers.
New York’s LaGuardia Airport is so bad that it’s being completely replaced
The $4 billion plan appears to be a more ambitious version of a $3.6 billion plan that was announced earlier this year that would've seen the construction of a new terminal with connectors to the existing ones. Instead, the new LaGuardia's Grand Unified Terminal (my name, not theirs) will hold all the airlines that service the airport with connections to rail and ferry service. (Cuomo has previously spoken of a new train line — inexplicably not part of the New York City Subway system — that he wants to build there.)
Google+ to be streamlined and unlinked from other Google services
The most significant change will be that YouTube comments will no longer tie-in to Google+ , and vice versa. It’s basically rollling the YouTube comments section back to the way it was before Google+ was forced on everyone. Google is also promising those who have their YouTube and Google+ accounts linked will be able to unbind them soon.
Samsung sets Unpacked event for August 13 in NYC - CNET
New York is an unexpected location for this launch; for the past four years, Samsung has made the Note series synonymous with the IFA trade show in Berlin. The event typically takes place at the beginning of September and is followed closely by Apple's fall iPhone launch. Introducing its newest phones earlier gives Samsung a jump on Apple and allows its devices to dominate the news instead of being pushed aside by the latest iPhone.
Cisco welcomes new CEO, announces other leadership changes
Cisco welcomes new CEO, announces other leadership changes
Chuck Robbins on Monday took over as Cisco Systems CEO, ending the 20-year run of John Chambers, who many viewed as an icon of Silicon Valley. Robbins joined Cisco in 1997 as an account manager,
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Box office hits and misses: Ant-Man towers over Pixels
Even with Ant-Man ‘s modest box-office performance, Adam Sandler and director Chris Columbus’ sci-fi comedy Pixels failed to achieve a high score with movie-goers over the weekend. The film’s $24 million domestic premiere and $25.4 million worldwide opening was lower than most box-office pundits anticipated, given the mainstream-friendly cast and filmmaker. Widespread negative reviews are the most likely culprit for the film’s underwhelming performance, but rumors of its demise may be exaggerated at this point, as several films starring Sandler have opened under $20 million but gone on to earn a tidy profit in the long run.
The automation myth: Robots aren't taking your jobs— and that's the problem
But this is not a measurement error. This is the definition of economic productivity. When people can create more goods and services for sale in the market economy, their productivity goes up. When they cannot, it does not. It is obviously true that there are things in life that matter that are not monetized in this way. I, personally, derive enormous pleasure from daily jokes on Twitter. That said, Silicon Valley hardly invented the idea that the best things in life are free. The joy that my infant son's smile brings to my face isn't in the GDP numbers either. Nor is the sadness I feel when reflecting on the fact that my late mother didn't live to meet him.
The Future of Life Institute
Many arguments have been made for and against autonomous weapons, for example that replacing human soldiers by machines is good by reducing casualties for the owner but bad by thereby lowering the threshold for going to battle. The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting. If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. Unlike nuclear weapons, they require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce. It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc. Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group.
Beijing Police Shut Down Massive iPhone Counterfeiting Operation
Police in Beijing have busted a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million), including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation.
Sydney gets world's first e-ink traffic signs
Sydney is now using the world's first outdoor e-ink traffic signs to guide motorists during special events. The city's Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) agency was apparently fed up with the constant chore of changing signs, and developed the tech with a company called Visionect . Like your Kindle , the signs are easy to read in Sydney's bright sunshine, which also powers it via solar panels. There's a light for nighttime usage, and the messages can be updated remotely via a cell connection to an "internet of things" network.
Tumblr GIFs of Japanese Life
For those nostalgic for the sights and smells of Japan, or even those who just plain love GIFs, is the site 1041uuu.tumblr.com .
Where to eat when you're sick of Chipotle
You're an adult. Build the sandwich of your dreams. Load it up with almost any ingredient under the sun: There are four types of mayonnaise and three different styles of onions before you even get to the main filling options. Among all the health-conscious possibilities, like a lettucewich (lettuce as a wrapper instead of bread), there are also fun surprises like bacon, candied walnuts and Cheez Whiz. The right choice is always Cheez Whiz.
42 mobile landing page optimization tips
2. Understand your customer’s goals – Make sure you understand how your goals differ with mobile and desktop users. Do you want them to have the exact same experience? We use web differently than mobile, the experience is different and sometimes we use two or three devices at the same time for completely different reasons. Figure out what your visitors are doing on your mobile site, understand what they’re trying to achieve and create a user journey that helps them get there faster and quicker.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has died aged 22
Bobbi Kristina’s death comes a little more than three years after the death of her mother, Whitney Houston, who was also discovered unconscious in her bathtub. An investigation determined the singer passed away from drowning, and a toxicology report found she had cocaine and other medication in her system.
Ways to turn your phone into a movie-making machine video - CNET
Welcome to Top Five.
I'm your host Iyaz Akhtar.
You might not know this but, I'm a huge video nerd.
I used to make videos, all the time, with my dad's camcorder.
I've shot and edited footage at trade shows as a one man video team.
Now days, you can make one of these your camera of choice if you wanted Today we're gonna count down the top five accessories you need to make your phone into a movie making machine.
Let's get to it.
At number five, more lenses, camera lenses are very important to create different moods in a movie.
If you've got a phone, you've got one lens, well two if you count the front facing camera.
These days you can find universal lens kits that clamp onto your phone to take macro shots, wide angle shots and fish eye shots.
Shot iPhone users are at an advantage because there are a lot of lens adapters out there including this Kickstarter, let's you pop in your iPhone 6 as if it was a cartridge.
Number 4 a Tripod adapter.
A Tripod adapter is incredibly useful if you plan on making video with your phone.
For the most part phones are rectangular slabs and don't attach well to other things.
Facebook users in Europe can now assign someone to manage their account when they die
Facebook users in the US have been able to nominate someone to manage their account pages after they pass away – allowing it to be turned into a sort of memorial, if desired – but the company has only just now started rolling the option out for UK users.
Pandora’s Sponsored Listening launches out of beta: Remove ads by giving brands your full attention
First opened in beta last September, Sponsored Listening is a reward-based ad product that lets users on the ad-supported “free” service remove ads for an hour by actively engaging with a brand. This could be through watching a short video or clicking to visit a company’s website.
It pays to be CIO: Median pay for 25 Fortune 500 CIOs tops $2.4M
How much do CIOs really make? To find out, we scoured the proxy statements of the 500 largest U.S. companies and found 25 that disclosed CIO pay.
Here's a great free Instagram iOS custom keyboard
That’s it. A simple Instagram keyboard for iOS. If you use Instagram a lot, you’ll like this. If not, why are you reading this story anyway?
For startups in Vietnam, independence has its challenges - CNET
Road Trip 2015: The second half of a two-part series about Vietnam's startup scene takes a deeper look at some rare success stories and how the country is fostering -- and hindering -- its homegrown tech community.
Police think even a holographic Chief Keef concert is too risky
The shutdown raises questions about not just free speech (is it illegal to show a hologram because of who's in it?), but whether or not a digital stage show really merits the same kind of police response as an in-person gig. Even if Keef's goal had been to rile up the crowd, there was only so much he could do as a 2D image. One thing's for certain: whether or not there's a solid legal foundation for the bust, 'dangerous' artists can't count on remote projections to avoid trouble.
Welcome (back) to the After Math
Our graphical calculators are back from repair, so it's time to crunch the numbers once again . It's a good week for it too: Apple Watch predictions, uneasily fast explanations of the entire universe and cable company that's doing better in internet than, well, cable.
Apple exclusively debuts Keith Richards' latest solo single 'Trouble'
Apple today continued its string of exclusive Apple Music content with the debut of Keith Richards’ latest single, “Trouble.” The music video is available now only through Apple Music Connect, the company’s musician-focused social network, and can be viewed on Keith Richards’ profile page.
First look at Alympus, a cool new app switcher tweak
Surenix has posted a Vine video to give us a sneak peak at the jailbreak tweak. It looks like it is a replacement for iOS 8’s app switcher. The video reveals some interesting details about the tweak. It looks like you will be able to access the app switcher by swiping up from the bottom.
Windows 10 review: It's familiar, it's powerful, but the Edge browser falls short
Several innovations sell Windows 10 by themselves. The new Start menu blends Windows 7 and Windows 8 for maximum comfort. Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, serves up relevant information. A new set of reminders and updates slide in from the side, then vanish. A few quietly powerful apps, like Photos, show you the potential of Microsoft’s new “Universal” mission. Task View, a somewhat obscure feature that creates virtual desktops, could become a sleeper hit beyond the power users for whom it’s intended.
Today’s Kids Have No Idea How The First iPod Worked
Today’s kids have never been exposed to the original iPod and have no idea how to use it. They expect it to have Wi-Fi, a speaker, apps and games. It also seems insane for them that you had to plug your iPod to a computer to transfer MP3 files. And it’s true that it’s much easier to find the Spotify, YouTube or iTunes Store icon now.
A PS4 mouse and keyboard, just in time for 'Black Ops 3'
The Tactical Assault Commander 4 is, as the name suggests, the sequel to the equally rad Tactical Assault Commander 3. Any accessory lives and dies on its quality, and although reviewers praised the basic idea, the consensus was that mapping an analog to a mouse just didn't work particularly well last time around. Hopefully the manufacturer has used the four years since the release of the last model to perfect its idea. It'll launch this October, just before FPS season starts in earnest. British and Japanese retailers are listing it for pre-order at around $120-$130 converted, so we'd expect it to cost something similar when it's released in the US.
New Moto X rumored to have 1080p display, big battery, microSD slot
So the screen resolution may disappoint some, but if true, Motorola is likely sticking with 1080p for an important reason: battery life. The new Moto X is rumored to contain a 3,600mAh battery, which should be more than enough to carry it through an entire day of usage. Motorola has apparently chosen Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor — a great performer in the LG G4 — to power its latest flagship. That should also help keep it running longer, since the 808 isn't quite as juice-hungry as the Snapdragon 810.
The Big Picture: U2's tour art takes a page from particle physics
Who said that science can't be pretty? Certainly not artist Jeff Frost. When U2 asked Frost for tour art that reflected a " neural net of humanity," he went to CERN's Large Hadron Collider to capture timelapse footage and otherwise treat the particle smasher as a creative tool. As you can see above, the result is dazzling -- it looks like the internet made manifest in a painting. And while you'd think that physicists would be annoyed by this kind of interruption, they actually went out of their way to give Frost access to areas that even they couldn't always see. This doesn't quite make up for U2 foisting an album on millions of people, but it does give Bono and crew some extra geek cred.
Ebay Shutters Same-Day Courier Service
Today we are retiring the eBay Now service in the U.S., including the local Brooklyn pilot program. Last year, we retired our eBay Now app and brought the program’s delivery capabilities and many participating merchants’ inventory into our core mobile apps. This significantly reduced our dependency on a separate standalone service. While we saw encouraging results with the eBay Now service, we always intended it as a pilot, and we are now exploring delivery and pick-up/drop-off programs that are relevant to many more of our 25 million sellers, and that cover a wider variety of inventory that consumers tell us they want. We will continue to pilot scheduled delivery in the UK.
Today, Apple dropped a trio of 15 second ads showing off all of the great third-party apps available on the Apple Watch. Specifically, the ads focus on the travel, music and fitness apps available now for the device.
These ads arrive as Apple looks to the fall launch of watchOS 2 and the native applications that the new OS is capable of supporting. These ads are likely the first step in a… Read More
Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved
Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding relationships.
How painting can transform communities
Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there — from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What's made their projects succeed? In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach — and the importance of a neighborhood barbecue.
What Penn Station used to look like will make you weep with longing
Though the original Penn Station served 100 million passengers a year at its peak in 1945, by the late 1950s the advent of affordable air travel and the Interstate Highway System had cut into train use. The Pennsylvania Railroad could not even afford to keep the station clean.
Why aren't we more compassionate?
Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.
Kids Mapping Their Slums in India Are Influencing Urban Planning Policies
She cites the example of public sanitation infrastructure, which is a glaring concern for the 65 million urbanites—that's about eight times the population of New York City—that live in slums across India. To combat sanitation woes, the scale of public toilets needs to dramatically grow. But if the bottoms of young slum dwellers don't fit on the new toilet seats, the improvement to public health is marginal. "A child could easily fall into the toilet," Das Pattnaik told me. On many of the child maps, therefore, dots appear indicating where child-specific public toilets should go.
Rogue Dairy Queen has been ignoring corporate HQ since 1949
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead has been thumbing its nose at corporate HQ pretty much since it opened in 1949, despite some efforts from the home office to have the store mind its Ds and Qs.