Brazilian Christians Create 'Clean' Version of Facebook
Facegloria is intended for those who want to make "social networking a reflection of their Christian life."
'Series of Unfortunate Events' trailer: 12 spooky Easter eggs
Netflix is bringing Lemony Snicket's beloved series to life -- and a new trailer is chock-full of references.
American and Japanese battle robots are going to fight…for real
America's Megabot Mark II is going to fight Japan's Kuratas battle bot in a duel. The robot apocalypse is here and should be on pay-per-view.
First trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode shows a new take on iconic universe
Telltale Games is getting closer to releasing its all-new take on the Minecraft universe. The developer has released its first trailer for the game, as well as some of the very first details...
Samsung, Oppo Sued Over Phone Bloatware in China
Officials want Samsung and Oppo to inform customers about pre-loaded apps and provide a way to delete them.
It's on: Team Japan accepts US challenge to a giant robot duel
The US might have just beaten Japan at soccer in the Women's World Cup, but the Japanese are already moving onto another great sport: giant robot fighting. Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy...
Kit Harington's hair at Wimbledon gives hope to 'Game of Thrones' fans
Kit Harrington's recent appearance at Wimbledon has sparked fresh rumours about the fate of Game of Thrones character Jon Snow.
Challenge accepted: America's giant robot will battle Japan's giant robot
Japanese robotics company Suidobashi Heavy Industries has accepted MegaBots' challenge to a giant real, live giant robot battle on a undetermined date.
Coca-Cola can without a label seeks to fight prejudice on Ramadan
Coke is dropping its iconic logo from some cans to urge people not to label one another.
Raccoon can ride a bicycle better than many humans
Melanie the raccoon is a very well-behaved little critter who has mastered the art of cycling.
Supermom designs awesome hearing aids for kids
A UK mother designed a line of hearing aid decorations to help children with hearing loss feel proud of their cochlear implants.
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...
Greek crisis is matter of life and death as grandfathers cry for money
Greece's fate is being decided in Europe's boardrooms, but the effect on the streets is heartbreaking.
Microsoft to finalize Windows 10 this week
An example of Microsoft’s rapid progress with Windows 10 can be seen in recent builds that the company has provided to testers. Microsoft released three separate versions of Windows 10 last week (build 10158, 10159, and 10162) and each contained minor improvements. While there’s still a debate around the readiness of Windows 10 , Microsoft has been squashing hundreds of bugs in the OS in just a week. Driver problems and other software bugs still remain on some systems, but the RTM milestone won’t mean these stay a problem for long. Once Microsoft has finalized Windows 10 this week the company will continue to work on bug fixes ready for the July 29th release date. Windows 10 testers will get a copy of the final version first, and the company will be rolling out the OS to the public in waves starting on July 29th.
Get PhoneClean and More on Sale Before These Deals End [Deals Hub]
There are so many great offers in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub that it’s easy to miss one. We try to alert you to all of the best deals around, and this is your chance to catch those savings that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks. Take a look at the best deals of the week from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. You’ll be glad you did, and your wallet will thank you, too.
The Brink: "Baghdad My A**" Review - IGN
Well that was the shortest hostage holding of a U.S. diplomat we've ever seen on TV. After just one week of questioning (and some slight water boarding), Raja released Alex Talbot so that he could deliver a message to Walter Larson and hopefully avoid what's beginning to feel like the potential beginning of World War III. Or did he? The Brink's third episode threw an interesting plot twist at viewers when it was revealed that Raja is in fact brother to insurgent leader General Zaman, and he might not actually hate the horse-riding general as much as he let on to Alex.
Amazon must face trademark lawsuit over search results
Amazon.com Inc must face a trademark lawsuit brought by a watchmaker which says the online retailer's search results can cause confusion for potential customers, a federal appeals court ruled.
GoPro's new camera is smaller, more rugged, cube-shaped
Yep. The Hero4 Session will retail for $400, just like the Silver. I get that R&D is pricey, but selling a dumbed-down camera at the same price as the full-featured model doesn’t make any sense for consumers. GoPro is trying to position the Session as the friendlier, easier-to-use, entry-level camera, so why charge the same money as the second-best camera (just behind the $500 Hero4 Black)? If it was $300, you could make a case for it. But there’s just no good reason to buy the Session over the Hero4 Silver, which is still the camera I recommend for most people.
Amazon Debuts Dedicated Mobile Apps For Its Dropbox Competitor, Cloud Drive
Amazon has quietly expanded its Cloud Drive service – a competitor to Dropbox, Google Drive and other online file hosting services – to mobile platforms, with the release of dedicated apps on iTunes, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. The apps offer a simplified folder list and a way to view and share files, as well as play the music and videos you have stored on Cloud Drive.
Eleanor Roosevelt should be on the $10 bill, informal survey finds
67% of the respondents said that a woman shouldn’t have to share the real estate with the founding father. And only 8% said that they’d actually be happy with Hamilton and a woman sharing the currency.
Instagram finally supports high-resolution photos
When Instagram launched in the fall of 2010, mobile photography was in a much different place. Photos needed to be smaller so they could load more quickly, as most phones used a slower 3G connection to the internet. A photo's details would be lost, but smartphone screens were smaller and less pixel-dense, so it was harder to tell what you were missing.
For Homeless LGBTQ Teens, a Phone Can Be a Lifesaver | WIRED
When Christopher Wood was a teenager growing up in Virginia, he came out to his parents as gay. They rejected him and kicked him out of the house. As Wood describes it, a cell phone saved him from becoming permanently homeless. It wasn’t a smartphone; it was a flip phone, but it allowed him to contact a friend who found him a temporary safe place to sleep. The way Wood sees it, mobile technology saved his life. Now he’s working to provide the same lifeline to teens today whose circumstances mirror his own years ago: young, alone, and at risk.
Silicon Valley Wants to Disrupt Your Trash | WIRED
Rubicon’s residential app is similar to Uber, but includes a few more details that make the process slightly less instantaneous. Users schedule a pickup on their phones like they would with Uber and pay for pickups through the app, as well. But the request itself still has to go out to Rubicon’s network of haulers. The system prioritizes companies that have routes in the area and may already have a truck out on the road. In those cases, a pickup may be possible within a few hours. In areas where Rubicon’s network is not as dense, however, the user may have to wait until the next day. According to Morris, pricing will vary based on the volume being picked up and the availability of drivers, among other things.
Microsoft has $500K in prize money for HoloLens science projects
Microsoft wowed me a few weeks ago with its internal HoloLens programs , but like we've seen with Kinect, the coolest uses aren't always the ones Redmond devised. To help make more applications a reality, the tech giant has opened up what it's calling the Academic Research Request for Proposals. Five awards -- each including $100,000 and two HoloLens development kits -- will go to accredited universities and be announced this October 6th. The official reasoning here is that Microsoft wants to "better understand the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society." So, to see what people outside of the Redmond campus think augmented reality is capable of. Got it. Other objectives include spurring research for mixed reality and generally getting more people to make holograms. A few examples the company lays out are data visualizations ( similar to Epic Games ) and creating 3D models for medical training.
Michael K. Williams to Join Casts of Assassin's Creed, Ghostbusters - IGN
Director Justin Kurzel's Assassin's Creed film begins filming this fall. Williams will reportedly join Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the video game adaptation as a character with a "major stake in the franchise" and who is expected to also co-star in any potential sequel.
Terminator-vision and the complex questions behind “augmented reality”
For folks in my generation—those born in the late 70s or early 80s—the definition of "virtual reality" is informed by decades of popular entertainment and includes at least a few strong Lawnmower Man images. Virtual reality, as it’s been sold to us by the combined forces of Hollywood and consumer electronics companies, is the experience one gets when one straps on a head-mounted display and slips into a computer-created world. And even though most of the world’s images of VR come from the hilariously terrible first wave of VR popularity in the 1990s, mainstream companies like Oculus are close to actually making VR happen in a way that isn’t inconvenient, overly expensive, or dumb.
The Verge on Twitter
Microsoft's big Bing Maps update pulls a page from the Google Maps playbook http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/6/8901409/microsoft-bing-maps-preview-update?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/cY7GCYbaqg
How to use threat intel to boost mobile security
Security pros are recommending that companies integrate threat intelligence -- the real-time sharing of intelligence information about cyber security threats and malicious applications – with mobile device management platforms in order to improve mobile security.
IGN on Twitter
#PennyDreadful Season 2 finale review, as Vanessa came face to face with...herself http://go.ign.com/xicmtYX pic.twitter.com/sc7REymF5l
Reddit CEO: Vast Majority of Users Don't Actually Care About Drama
The last few days have seen Reddit, the internet’s Fort Knox of cat GIFs, tearing itself apart over the dismissal of Reddit’s unofficial liason between staff and the community. The disagreement caused some subreddits to go offline, turning the site’s front page into a barren wasteland — but according to CEO Ellen Pao, the ‘vast majority’ of users are uninterested.
Streaks for Android helps you stick with your new habits
I have no problem getting on a diet, jotting down my thoughts in a journal and generally picking up any healthy new habits — sticking with them, however, proves to be a major challenge. That’s where Streaks comes in.
Chlorine Trifluoride: The Chemical That Sets Fire to Asbestos on Contact
After reading this you’re probably curious about what possible purpose this chemical could serve that doesn’t involve trying to recreate a scene from a Michael Bay movie. Well, due to the fact that chlorine trifluoride is such a great oxidizer, there have been several attempts to use it as a low-cost, lightweight rocket fuel, starting with the Nazis who tried to use it to propel torpedoes. Of course, it’s so difficult to store safely that it’s generally considered not to be worth the risk for this usage. After all, while you’d need to use less fuel thanks to its extreme oxidizing capabilities, if you had a rocket accident, you’d potentially be spewing tons of this stuff all over the place with no real effective way to deal with the situation. For instance, after studying and experimenting with this chemical for rocket use, rocket scientist Dr. John D. Clark famously said about the best way to deal with potential chlorine trifluoride rocket accidents- “I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes.”
CNET 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.
Reddit is at war with itself: Is it a community or a business?
The incident appears to have triggered a lot of anger and resentment about the direction Reddit has taken over the past year, and in particular the movement towards making it more of a self-sustaining business rather than just an online community. Much of that criticism has been focused on CEO Ellen Pao, but some has even spilled over onto one of the site’s co-founders, Alexis Ohanian, who returned to the company as chairman last year, after the departure of former CEO Yishan Wong.
The Army Built a Robot To Help Soldiers Shoot Guns Better
Scifi references aside, the exoskeleton seems to make good sense. Using a combination of carbon fiber, mounted motors, cables, and algorithms, the so-called MAXFAS works a bit like a puppeteer and helps stabilize a shooter’s arm. Especially when new to pointing guns at targets, many soldiers experience a slight tremor that wrecks their accuracy. The exoskeleton smooths that out like a Steadicam for firearms.
The best part of every TechCrunch Radio show (and trust me, there are tons of good parts) is the TC Radio Pitch-Off. For the last half-hour of each show, John Biggs and I bring on five of the coolest new startups we can find to pitch their product live on the radio.
They each have exactly sixty seconds to share their story, at which point they’ll answer a few questions from a panel… Read More
LEGO Adds More Women in Science to Its Lineup
To be sure, significant room for improvement remains in overall representation of girls and women across LEGO's offerings. For example, I and many others would very much like to see more female characters in leading roles outside of Friends and Elves — STEM careers or otherwise. Because the reality is, despite recent improvements, LEGO is still overwhelmingly marketed to boys: When it comes to the main LEGO lines, male remains the default. There are far more male characters than female in any given set, and it is almost impossible to purchase a set containing only one minifigure where that minifig is female. (Friends, Elves, and other themes such as the Disney Princess line do offer sets highlighting female figures, but these reside outside of the main minifigure world.)
Housing.com - Map Based Real Estate and Property Search Portal| Housing
Housing.com is one of the world’s fastest-growing online real estate platforms. At Housing, we aim to give home-seekers and home-owners respite from endless on-site visits, negotiations, paperwork, fake listings, and more. To make your house search easy, we have created a simple yet innovative interface. You can explore flats in your neighbourhood, view all amenities closeby and take a virtual tour of every property. With 100% verified listings and genuine pictures of properties, getting your new place is just a few clicks away!
Descendants of Holocaust Survivors Have Altered Stress Hormones
Most recently, a new study looked at the descendants of the Holocaust survivors. Like their parents, many have low levels of cortisol, particularly if their mothers had PTSD. Yet unlike their parents, they have higher than normal levels of the cortisol-busting enzyme. Yehuda and her colleagues theorize that this adaptation happened in utero. The enzyme is usually present in high levels in the placenta to protect the fetus from the mother's circulating cortisol. If pregnant survivors had low levels of the enzyme in the placenta, a greater amount of cortisol could make its way to the fetus, which would then develop high levels of the enzyme to protect itself.
Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse
With his signature resolve, former US President Jimmy Carter dives into three unexpected reasons why the mistreatment of women and girls continues in so many manifestations in so many parts of the world, both developed and developing. The final reason he gives? “In general, men don’t give a damn.”
I Got Weed In Five Minutes Without Leaving My Couch
A new service from marijuana delivery startup Eaze lets patients consult with a doctor for a medical marijuana recommendation using a simple app. One FORBES reporter tried it and had pot delivered to his door in minutes. Subscribe to FORBES: http://www.youtube.com/forbes Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/user/forbes/vi... Follow FORBES VIDEO on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/forbesvideo Like FORBES VIDEO on Facebook: http://fb.com/forbesvideo Follow FORBES VIDEO on Instagram: http://instagram.com/forbesvideo For more FORBES content: http://forbes.com
Reddit Bosses Are Doing Everything Wrong
Social news site Reddit is in the middle of a massive meltdown, and more than 160,000 people have now signed a petition demanding the removal of the site's CEO. 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
Hackers: the Internet's immune system
The beauty of hackers, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari, is that they force us to evolve and improve. Yes, some hackers are bad guys, but many are working to fight government corruption and advocate for our rights. By exposing vulnerabilities, they push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to create a better world.
Playing "Pink Noise" on guitar
Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone's "guitar god" list, rocks out to a full live set at TED2008, including her breakout single, "Playing with Pink Noise." Jaw-dropping virtuosity meets a guitar technique that truly stands out.
The 10 Most-Pirated Movies
When you're done, please be sure to let us know what you think about the movies on our most-bootlegged films list. If you've seen these pictures (legally or otherwise) and think they're worth watching by any means possible, share your opinions in the comment section below. We'd love to hear them! If you have strong thoughts about piracy, on either side of the equation, let us know about that, too.
5 TED Talks to cheer you up on a bad day
Beware: Rives has a contagious obsession with 4 a.m. At TED2007, the poet shared what was then a minor fixation with a time that kept popping up everywhere. After the talk, emails starting pouring in with an avalanche of hilarious references—from the cover of "Crochet Today!" magazine to the opening scene of "The Metamorphosis." A lyrical peek into his Museum of Four in the Morning, which overflows with treasures.
Amazon to launch 'Prime Day' sale next week
Amazon to launch 'Prime Day' sale next week
In honor of the retailing giant's 20th birthday, Amazon is hosting a sale next week that it says will rival Black Friday.
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1IEpb2F
What your doctor won’t disclose
Wouldn’t you want to know if your doctor was a paid spokesman for a drug company? Or held personal beliefs incompatible with the treatment you want? Right now, in the US at least, your doctor simply doesn’t have to tell you about that. And when physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was … unsettling.
Connected, but alone?
As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.
Compassion and the true meaning of empathy
Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.
Questioning the universe
In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe — How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? — and discusses how we might go about answering them.
Enlightenment on Your iPhone
Headspace was created in London. Puddicombe, who in 2004 had handed in his monk’s robes, was working at a medical clinic, teaching meditation to patients who were being treated for such problems as high blood pressure and insomnia. The clinic was situated in the City, and the financial crisis was in full swing, so many of his patients were stressed-out bankers. He shrank his monastic teachings to fit a ten-week meditation course. The bankers could be a tough audience, and Puddicombe soon realized that, if he wanted to engage them, he’d have to make some changes. He translated Sanskrit and Tibetan terms into English, and eliminated some of the trippier exercises, like “visualizing bright white lights,” he said. “It gets into a space, for some people, where it feels a bit frightening.” In the monastery, an hour of meditation was considered a brief session, but that didn’t fly with Puddicombe’s clients. “I realized early on that it had to feel manageable,” he said. He set about condensing the exercises into short chunks: twenty or even ten minutes. It worked—perhaps too well. By the end of the course, several traders had quit their jobs, one to start a landscaping business, another to open a yoga studio.
6 Ways Content Marketing Has Changed Public Relations
As you can see, as our communications (and lives) become increasingly digital, the lines between traditional public relations and modern content marketing continue to blur. This is a good thing. It presents us with an opportunity to be creative in how we tell and share our stories with our audiences.
Just A Little Nicer
Compassion is a universal virtue, but is it innate or taught? Have we lost touch with it? Can we be better at it? In this hour, TED speakers explore compassion: its roots, its meaning and its future.
Thomas Piketty: “Germany has never repaid.”
I am currently in touch with DIE ZEIT to ensure my compliance with German copyright law. Updates will follow very soon. The original German interview with Thomas Piketty can be found here .
Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan
Social capital develops from people spending time together. I learned this when I was running my first software company. I hired lots of brilliant people, but felt that there was something wrong. I realized that everybody was so focused on their own work and tasks, that they didn’t know anything about the person sitting next to them. So I decided, “Okay — Friday afternoons at 4 o’clock everybody’s going to get together and three people are going to stand up and tell us who they are and what matters to them.” At the time I thought it was hokey. Even now, this doesn’t feel like elevated management thinking. But it completely changed the game. You need that level of trust to have the freedom to think and to have the really good kind of argument from which the best ideas emerge.”
Event Pokemon - Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Wiki Guide - IGN
To get these Pokemon, you must choose "Mystery Gift" at the main menu of your Pokemon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire game. The next step depends on the method of distribution. Some Pokemon are distributed over the internet, some are at select areas via wireless connection, and some are obtained through special codes.
Meet the women fighting on the front lines of an American war
In 2011, the US Armed Forces still had a ban on women in combat — but in that year, a Special Operations team of women was sent to Afghanistan to serve on the front lines, to build rapport with locals and try to help bring an end to the war. Reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the story of this "band of sisters," an extraordinary group of women warriors who helped break a long-standing barrier to serve.
How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.
Corporate America Should Be Embarrassed About This Chart
The Huffington Post recently looked at the companies on the Nasdaq 100 , and we found numbers that were, frankly, horrifying. At 37 of these companies, the board of directors included only one woman. Eight companies, including Garmin , Wynn Resorts , Monster Beverage and Charter Communications , had no female directors at all.
Beyond the action cam: GoPro CEO says VR and drones are the future
GoPro is (and will be) known for its action cameras for a long time, but starting next year, the company's surfing on new waves: VR, drones and an intuitive way for users to manage and edit all their GoPro content are the three pillars the company plans to erect as it builds its lifestyle cred — and stay ahead of the competition.
This monster of a shark will make you never want to swim again
A gigantic shark, one of the largest great whites ever seen by the research crew that caught the beast on video, recently swam up to several divers off the coast of Guadalupe Island. One guy was gutsy enough to reach out and shove the nearly 20-foot creature away.
THE PAYMENTS INDUSTRY EXPLAINED: The Trends Creating New Winners And Losers In The Card-Processing Ecosystem
Understanding this complex and rapidly evolving space can be challenging. In this explainer BI Intelligence offers a high-level look at the payments industry — how it functions, who the key players are, and the trends shaping the industry. We start by explaining payment-card processing, since the majority of consumer payments and transaction volume flow through this system. From there we take a look at how consumers' move to mobile devices is changing the way we pay, and which players stand to benefit.