Sony launches crowdfunding platform for its own new products
Sony has launched a new crowdfunding platform designed to find and finance projects developed by Sony employees. The platform, called First Flight, is part of an effort by the Japanese company to...
Stephen Colbert just interviewed Eminem on a public access cable show in Monroe, Michigan
I'm going to be honest with you: I don't know what to say here. I almost didn't believe this video was real, except that it's hosted on an official YouTube account (albeit unlisted and somehow f...
What's the deal with translating Seinfeld
Like so many of Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriends on Seinfeld, Dolores was TV-beautiful, with glossy, reddish-blond hair, big blue eyes, full lips, and impeccable bone structure. Most of Jerry’s...
Mmmm...The science of craving bacon - CNET
Find out what makes this sizzling pork product so popular with foodies and hungry meat eaters everywhere. AsapScience breaks down the facts of why we desire these crispy meat strips.
Meet the man building a stock exchange that doesn’t screw people over
Welcome to our new series — How did you get that job? — where we’ll run interviews with interesting people about their work and how they came to be doing it.
When Brad Katsuyama came to the US in...
Missing comma gets grammar nerd out of parking ticket
According to a law in the village of West Jefferson, vehicles cannot be parked longer than 24 hours, including a "motor vehicle camper."
Whole Foods CEOs apologize for overcharging — and blame it on employees
"Inspectors tell me this is the worst case of mislabeling they have seen in their careers" VIDEO
This could be the Nintendo PlayStation we never got to play
Today, Imgur user DanDiebold uploaded photos of that appear to give us a look at what could have resulted from the ill-fated collaboration. It’s like a frankenstein of a SNES and a PlayStation.
Cars designed to be slept in - BBC News
Vehicle design students at the Royal College of Art have been re-imagining the kind of cars that will be possible in an era of driverless transport.
Firefox — Notes (39.0)
Check out "What’s New" and "Known Issues" for this version of Firefox below.
As always, you’re encouraged to tell us what you think , or file a bug in Bugzilla . If interested, please see the complete list of changes in this release.
We'd also like to extend a special thank you to all of the new Mozillians who contributed to this release of Firefox!
Reddit Is Tearing Itself Apart
Today, we learned that Victoria was unexpectedly let go from her position with Reddt. We all had the rug ripped out from under us and feel betrayed. Before doing that, the admins really should have at least talked to us (and all the other subs that host AMAs, like /r/Books, /r/Science, /r/Music, etc.) (Edit: not to suggest that we expect to know about Reddit’s inner workings. Just that there should have been a transition in place or something worked out to ensure that Victoria’s duties would be adequately handled, which they are not) We had a number of AMAs scheduled for today that Victoria was supposed to help with, and they are all left absolutely high and dry (hence taking IAMA private to figure out the situation) She was still willing to help them today (before the sub was shut down, of course) even without being paid or required to do so. Just a sign of how much she is committed to what she does. The admins didn’t realize how much we rely on Victoria. Part of it is proof, of course: we know it’s legitimate when she’s sitting right there next to the person and can make them provide proof.
Microsoft's fast, furious week: Inside new Windows 10 and Office 2016 previews galore
That may sound boring, but it’s an important wrinkle to iron out with July 29 barreling down the pipeline. By all indications, Microsoft is working fast and furious to whip Windows 10 into shape for its grand debut, and Aul says we should expect to see new builds released with greater frequency in the coming weeks—though build 10162 is a candidate for a “Slow Ring” release next week, downloadable ISO and all.
Home cleaning wars: Helpling acquires Hassle to create Europe’s latest ‘super startup’
“This is European collaboration at its best,” she said. “Usually, we wait around to be picked up by the Americans. Now, we’re positioning ourselves as a force to be reckoned with. This is the kind of entity, the European ‘super startup,’ we’ve been talking about creating. Now we’re making this happen, and we should be really proud of this.”
OnePlus' Google Cardboard viewer is now available for $0 + shipping
One of the biggest reasons of going with cardboard for Google Cardboard was to get these viewers into the hands of as many people as possible. But while many vendors are selling their Cardboard viewers for around $20 (and up), OnePlus has decided to sell its new viewer—which will help you watch the VR launch of the company’s next handset—for just $0 plus shipping. And it’s available now.
Startup Sues A Domain Name Owner To Grab A 16-Year-Old URL
The story began in April, 2014 when the co-founder of OfficeLinks , Harsh Mehta, approached Kneen about his domain. OfficeLinks is a growing co-working space business and Mehta recently purchased WorkBetter.us for use in the service. Kneen asked for an offer and Mehta proposed paying $500. Kneen was willing to sell the WorkBetter.com domain for more money but was concerned that Mehta would simply resell the domain to a bigger client. Mehta made it clear he was interested only in the name and Kneen reconsidered briefly, even proposing some restrictions including a required payment if Mehta resold the domain. Ultimately, however, Kneen refused to sell.
Tips For Finding Success As A Female Engineer
It was apparent from the first time I took a computer programming class in high school that it was one of the few subjects that really excited me. Initially, it was just an option I was trying out, but I soon knew that engineering was what I wanted to major in and pursue for my lifelong career. The thing I love most about engineering is that there are limitless opportunities to do meaningful work and constantly learn.
Is GG1 the new version of Google Glass?
Google Glass looks set to be making a comeback mere months after leaving the
market following testing of a mysterious piece of Google hardware
Mashable on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Kindle Paperwhite review (2015): our favorite e-reader gets even better
It's been years since Amazon's first Paperwhite Kindle hit the scene, and it's a bit surprising how little has changed since then. In fact, if I pulled out this latest one and showed it to you with the screen off, you'd be hard-pressed to spot any differences. That curvy, soft-to-the-touch plastic body? The placement of the micro-USB port, power button and status light? How recessed the touchscreen is? All of these physical particulars have remained the same. In fact, the only differences of note between the 2015 Paperwhite and the original are the logos embossed on the back (they now say "Amazon" instead of "Kindle") and the color of the Kindle logo right beneath the screen. The 2015 Paperwhite's look is a classic case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and even a design snob like me is willing to give it a pass since it's still lightweight and nestles nicely into the hand.
OnePlus Cardboard virtual reality headset is now open for orders — and you only pay for shipping
The company opened a contest earlier this week, giving away 1,000 OnePlus Cardboard contraptions completely for free. But today, anyone can order a unit — and the good news is they’re still free, but you’ll have to pay for shipping. The cost will depend on where you live, but as an example if you’re in the U.S. it will set you back $5, while those in the U.K. will have to cough up £5. The units will be sent out from July 10.
Sphericam 2 Is A 4K 360-Degree Camera Built For The VR Era
One of the main issues with current 360-degree VR technology is that a successful experience typically requires a user to have both creation and consumption devices. While companies like Oculus and Samsung have begun to bring VR consumption devices to market, there is still a lack of consumer-targeted cameras that are capable of creating 360-degree VR compatible video.
New iPhone 6S images show updated NFC, 16GB base storage, fewer chips + design tweaks
Along with a slight shrinkage in size of the iPhone 6S’s logic board, Apple also appears to be aggressively reducing the number of chips it’s using. One section of the board that previously had in excess of 10 components has been pared down to 3 main chips, simultaneously cutting the number of parts and increasing the power efficiency of the ones that remain. Other necessary and remaining chips, such as the flash memory and CPU, notably benefit from smaller manufacturing processes that enable the iPhone 6S to offer the same or faster functionality with smaller, less power-hungry parts.
Prince removes his music catalog from streaming services
Unless you're a Google Music or Tidal customer , you may have noticed that Prince's catalog is absent from your go-to service. Music from the artist is gone from the likes of Spotify, Rdio and Deezer, leaving Jay Z's streaming venture and Google Music All Access as the only two places you can still listen on demand. According to Prince's artist page on Spotify, the musician's "publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog." TechCrunch reports that Google didn't receive the same request as the other companies, so the tunes may remain available there. However, that could change, soon enough as Prince has already pulled official tracks from YouTube. In case you're wondering, they weren't available on Apple Music , so there's no change there. Prince has ties to Tidal, though, as the service streamed his Rally 4 Peace concert from Baltimore back in May.
Apple patent suggests peer-to-peer payments could come to Apple Pay
If and when the payee accepts the payment on his or her device, that device then sends the original information packet and another encrypted information packet to a “third party” that completes the transaction. That third party might be either the payor or payee’s bank, or a third-party financial institution.
Out of curiosity, were those additional apps from Samsung and/or your provider? I suspect that there may be a big difference between being for example an AT&T customer with an AT&T branded device of brand X in the US versus the same in Europe, not to mention a stock OS device. For the record, despite being a sucker for the latest shiny piece of tech I have for some time now given up entirely on Smartphones. I value my privacy too much to bother with the to me minor added value they bring to me. And
Should you donate differently?
Technology allows us to give cash directly to the poorest people on the planet. Should we do it? In this thought-provoking talk, veteran aid worker Joy Sun explores two ways to help the poor.
Rape Scenes Aren't Just Awful. They're Lazy Writing | WIRED
A small but terrifying study conducted on college-age males earlier this year found that around one in three men said they would be willing to rape a woman if there were no consequences—but only if you didn’t call it “rape.” For these men, the resistance or disinterest of women was viewed as insincere or inconsequential, and the use of force or coercion was seen as either acceptable, or a nebulous “gray” area—but not “rape rape.” That’s why definitions of rape and consent are so crucially important: They literally encourage people to commit acts of rape by redefining them into social acceptability. Simply put, any form of media that reinforces any of these ideas actively enables sexual assault.
A Comprehensive List of Everyone Trying to Sever Ties With Donald Trump
Announcement: “Televisora de Costa Rica has maintained a relationship of more than 40 years with … the Miss Universe pageant. For all of those decades the pageant has strived to unite the most diverse countries and cultures, it has carried out important humanitarian campaigns across the world, and it hasn’t marginalized a single contestant based on the color of her skin, her religion or her ideas. Because of this, we reject the xenophobic and offensive statements by the owner of the Miss Universe pageant against our Mexican brothers and sisters, and therefore, against all Latin Americans. The opinions of this man, Donald Trump, are completely contrary to the most basic principles of Costa Rican nationality – principles that also guide the daily work of every one of us at Channel 7. For that reason, Televisora de Costa Rica has decided not to broadcast the Miss Universe pageant. We will only reconsider our decision if Donald Trump retracts his comments immediately and apologizes for his inadmissible statements, or if he separates himself completely from the organization of the pageant.
Looking past limits
Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.
Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling
I’ve admired Walt Disney so much my whole life and part of it is because he entertained people like no other person in history has ever done. The way he makes you feel when you watch his movies, the way he makes you feel when go through that tunnel under the train station at Disneyland and you’re transported.
How to live to be 100+
To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.
10 careers with the most psychopaths per capita
There’s certainly power in certain civil service roles, which psychopaths single-mindedly crave, and the ability to make other people’s lives hell. While your garden variety civil servant likely isn’t a psychopath, as Schechter notes, several notable serial killers have worked in the area. Notorious British murderer Dennis Nilson worked as a civil servant (not to mention briefly serving as a cop for a period), and ascended the ranks to leadership in just a few years. For more than two decades, Thomas Lee Dillon was an employee of the water department in Canton, Ohio. David Berkowitz, aka Son of Sam, worked as letter sorter at the post office. And Dennis Rader, the self-dubbed BTK killer, was a census field operations supervisor in his home state of Kansas in the late 1980s. He later was hired as a dogcatcher. According to Wikipedia, “neighbors recalled him as being sometimes overzealous and extremely strict; one neighbor complained that he euthanized her dog for no reason.”
How Dame Stephanie Shirley upended tech world sexism in the 1960s
But what’s truly wonderful about Dame Stephanie is her spirit. When equal opportunities legislation forced a change of structure to her business, she recalls tartly, “We did let the men in … as long as they were good enough.” As the video below shows, her feisty punchiness remains intact to this day. Introduced at TED Women 2013 by Megan Smith, now chief technical officer of the United States, Dame Steve (so known because when she started signing the male version of her name, she miraculously started to be taken seriously as a businessperson) is a firecracker and an inspiration.
The single most effective way to get rid of a sunburn
Hey, it's like 6 years later, but recently I read a blog that discussed sunburn healing without peeling. I have avoided being sunburn in recent years (after the most awful sunburn during spring break 1980 in SoCalif where I literally had blisters and sick to my stomach and school doctor diagnosed it as "sun poisoning")... but this blog discusses Natural Apple Cider Vinegar (NACV) rather than tea bags. However, I've used both NACV and Tea bags for the minor sunburns that I occasionally still have and it does work. The main difference in this blog is the use of lamb tallow (which the blog discusses where to obtain, although I have also found it online at Amazon) as the additional step to prevent the peeling. I have not done that for sunburns - since I have avoided sunburns for the most part, but I will tell you after last fall's episode with poison ivy outbreak, the tallow I had was the most soothing and healing product I found on my poison ivy blisters. So... be careful with the sun, but if you've overdone it, here's a blink...(oops, blog link - so I guess "blog" plus "link" equals "blink"? except we already use blink to describe whatwe do with our eyes.
14 Easter-egg questions you can ask Siri to get a hilarious response
Business Insider Executive assistants are rapidly vanishing from the workplace , and in their place has come Siri, the voice-activated virtual assistant created by Apple. Siri is incredibly talented — in a matter of seconds she can make a dinner reservation, tell you how many calories are in a bagel, and sort through your music library.
DO THIS NOW: Ask Siri What Zero Divided By Zero Is
This week, social media was abuzz with talk about Apple’s know-it-all digital assistant, and her sassy answer to the impossible query: “ Siri, what is zero divided by zero? ”
13 TED Talks by brilliant kids and teens
All under the age of 16, brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are from New Jersey, a US state that's better known for the rock of Bruce Springsteen than the bluegrass of Earl Scruggs. Nonetheless, the siblings began performing bluegrass covers, as well as their own compositions, at a young age. Here, they play three dazzling songs in three different keys, passing the lead back and forth from fiddle to banjo to guitar.
Customer service app and help desk support ticket software for growing businesses | Desk.com
Make your agents more productive, integrate with back-office systems, deliver lightning-fast service, and more. Our customer support experts can show you how.
The Easy Trick to Drastically Increase the Life of Your Razor Blades
Today I found out how to drastically increase the life of your shaver razor blades, such as Gillette or Schick brand razors. This trick is incredibly simple and just as incredibly effective. It will also save you a nice chunk of change over time and make all your dreams come true.
7 TED Talks on the complexity of memory
The mind is a diligent recorder, taking note of all that happens and storing data on it for retrieval later, right? Well actually, no. Enjoy these 7 illuminating talks on the science—and oddities—of our memory.
Iceland makes blasphemy legal - BBC News
Iceland's parliament has abolished its blasphemy laws, despite opposition from some of the country's churches.
Bring Us Your Genes - Issue 26: Color - Nautilus
The government unveiled a bill to grant Decode the exclusive right to build the database and market it abroad to researchers. The legislation created a firestorm. It contained a provision that assumed Icelanders granted Decode universal consent to use their information, kept anonymous, unless they submitted forms opting out. Critics labeled it an Orwellian power grab. Harvard molecular biologist Richard Lewontin compared Stefansson unfavorably to his Viking ancestors—“at least they made no pretense that their raids were in the public interest”—and suggested a scientific boycott of Iceland. A Dutch Data Protection Commissioner warned Iceland risked conviction by a European Court. After months of vitriol, the legislation passed Parliament. But it was so freighted with privacy protections—including a requirement that Decode fund a watchdog—that Stefansson abandoned the effort to partner with the government to create a national database. “It would have driven us into bankruptcy overnight,” he said.
How to Drink All Day and Not Pass Out
Look, drinking all day is not healthy. But what if you and the missus signed up for a nine-hour Napa County wine tour, and you want to get your money’s worth? Or maybe you’re hitting your bachelor pal’s BBQ, and the action starts at noon. Or, maybe, what the hell, you just want to go all out on a hot summer day. This afternoon bender is probably not a good idea. But here are some tips to make sure you stay awake—and, you know, survive.
A nearby black hole just erupted for the first time in 26 years and scientists are ecstatic
disc has two regions: and inner, hot region, and an outer cool region. You need a lot of gas to provide enough pressure and push to cross this barrier, which takes time to generate. Once the black hole has consumed all of the gas in the inner region, which it does in a few days, it has to wait for more. But scientists don't understand the details of how much gas is necessary or exactly how long it takes to build up.
What Would Really Happen If Toddlers Texted
In a recent Slate article, Nicholas Day illustrated a timeline of what scientists have learned about toddlers' memories over the last few decades. Before the 80s, it was believed that babies and young toddlers lived in the present with no memory of the past. Twenty years ago, however, a study found that 3-year-olds could recount memories of Disney World 18 months after they visited. And recently, research noted a "27-month-old child who'd seen a 'magic shrinking machine' remembered the experience some six years later."
Can prison be a place of redemption?
DR: This is a huge area, but you’re absolutely right, there are very high rates of mental illness in prison, both those that are easy to define and those that are much more diffuse. You’re already dealing with a population that is traumatized, and then the experience of prison is an additional trauma. In a good-case scenario, nothing happens, but in many cases those guys come out worse at the end of their time in prison. Unless society turns around and starts to think differently about this population, you’re not going to have progress. Essentially, you’re not going to have safe streets. This isn’t a problem to do with that population of people; it’s a problem to do with society. Somehow we attach this stigma to somebody who’s in jail or who’s been in jail, as if they’re beyond help and it’s all their own fault. Now, accountability is a key thing, but at the same time, society needs to be responsible for its actions, and realize that some people grow up in impossible circumstances and they’re just doing what’s normal for them. Right now we’re in a situation where society is in denial, that this is not their problem.
Atlas Obscura's 20 Most Astonishing Discoveries of 2013
It has been an incredible year in curious places — from lost cities, to a cat island, to the unsettling details of Icelandic magic — and we are looking forward to the year ahead in uncovering more of the world's hidden wonders.
This Online Anonymity Box Puts You a Mile Away From Your IP Address | WIRED
At the upcoming DefCon hacker conference in Las Vegas next month, Caudill plans to unveil ProxyHam, a “hardware proxy” designed to use a radio connection to add a physical layer of obfuscation to an internet user’s location. His open-source device, which he built for $200, connects to Wi-Fi and relays a user’s Internet connection over a 900 megaherz radio connection to their faraway computer, with a range of between one and 2.5 miles depending on interference from the landscape and buildings. That means even if investigators fully trace the user’s internet connection, they’ll find only the ProxyHam box the person planted in a remote library, cafe, or other public place—and not their actual location.
A company is trying to sue an anonymous Yelp troll for ~$8 million
The Link Corporation is a construction company based in Palo Alto. On first glance it seems like a normal local business — providing people with services to build and remodel homes and offices. But it seems the company’s Yelp page has gotten out of hand and Link has decided to take its reviewers — who are anonymous — to court.
Comma story - Terisa Folaron
It isn't easy holding complex sentences together (just ask a conjunction or a subordinate), but the clever little comma can help lighten the load. But how to tell when help is really needed? Terisa Folaron offers some tricks of the comma trade.
How Fast Internet Affects Home Prices
More buyers are choosing where they live based on access to broadband
Tattoo Artist Turns Girl's Leg Braces Into Wicked Awesome Disney Villains
"I'm glad to be in a position where I can help the community in any way,” Guillemette told the news outlet. “When I was first approached about designing Hope's braces, I thought it would be an awesome idea -- especially when I heard what the subject matter would be. Hope wanted Disney villains on her braces, not princesses.”
Google says Hillary Clinton will be the next president - CNET
Nerds will surely rush to explain that Google's search engine reacts to optimized results, and these two happened to be results that appear to be -- but aren't -- definitive answers. One, after all, is from renowned independently-minded performer Glen Beck.
Is the Seattle Drone Crash the First Sign of the Machine Uprising? No.
A woman was knocked out when a drone collided with her head. Has the horrifyingly prophetic vision of the Terminator films finally been visited upon humanity?! No, and I regret writing that. What's New Now is PCMag's daily report where we cover the most talked about technology story of the day. Check back every day as we suggest why the story is important to you and provide expert analysis and opinion on the topic. Watch this episode and more in our 'What's New Now' playlist: http://goo.gl/oCiRJZ Subscribe for daily updates: http://goo.gl/hMyJr1 For tech reviews, news and opinion, check out PCMag.com: http://www.pcmag.com Follow PCMag on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PCMag Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PCMag Join us on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+PCMag
Slumbering black hole in Milky Way roars back to life - CNET
About 8,000 light-years from Earth, a black hole and a star dance around each other in the constellation Cygnus, the swan. Black holes emit energy as matter heats up before being devoured in the depths of super-gravity; since 1989, however, the black hole in that system -- known as V404 Cygni -- has been relatively quiet. That is, until now.
Why we make bad decisions
Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness — sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q&A with some familiar TED faces.