A Quidditch Documentary Is Flying Into Theaters Soon [VIDEO]
Here's the first trailer for 'Mudbloods,' a documentary about the UCLA Quidditch team.
3 Smart Headphones That Rival Beats
Yo Dr. Dre, we're gonna let you finish -- but these headphones might be better than beats.
Remote-Controlled Contraceptives Are Finally Here
Birth control can now be implanted into your body via chips. But what are the risks?
Chris Pratt Explains How He Hilariously Flashed Amy Poehler [VIDEO]
Chris Pratt stopped by 'Late Night With Seth Meyers' and explained how he flashed Amy Poehler on the set of 'Parks and Rec.'
Creating Funny Videos: A How-To for Brands
Laughter is often said to be the best medicine, and when it comes to digital marketing, it certainly presents unique opportunities for consumer engagement.
Twitter / PCMag: Facebook is down. ...
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.
Meet The Inventor Of Enchanted Objects, Now Analyzing Your Photos To Help Brands Grow
David Rose is the inventor of enchanted objects. Perhaps better described as a magician than a technologist--a more savory Willy Wonka, if you will--he’s developed a range of talking objects: pill bottles that tell you when you’ve skipped your medication, umbrellas that say whether it will rain today, and orbs that glow when something exciting is happening with your stock portfolio. Now he’s got another trick up his sleeve. Rose has begun casting spells on your photographs, deciphering patterns in them you never knew were there. (Did you know you only eat Häagen-Dazs ice cream after midnight? Did you know you only drink Mountain Dew when you’re wearing your North Face windbreaker?)
Illustrator CC2014 review: Adobe continues to add refinements that benefit illustrators
Illustrator CC 2014 cannot be considered a major new release, but rather, the continued refinement of a venerable tool. It’s refreshing to see Adobe go back to the basics, upgrading simple shape tools that have been stagnant for over a decade. Usability enhancements to drawing and perspective tools round out this latest revision, and as whole, it feels as though there’s been a shift in focus from headline features to everyday functionality. It’s a welcome change, and the app is better for it.
Microsoft Says It Is Suing Samsung Over Smartphone-Patent Contract
Microsoft Corp. sued Samsung Electronics Co., claiming its Korean rival violated a patent-licensing contract. The dispute involves technology included in Android, Google Inc.'s operating system for mobile phones and tablets. Samsung is the...
XBMC Renames and Rebrands to Kodi Entertainment Center
The XBMC-er, Kodi Team explained that part of the name change was because "Xbox Media Center" is long outdated compared to what the software can do today. They noted that it barely runs on the Xbox at all anymore, and they wanted to shed "media center" for "entertainment center" since some of the best features aren't just for local media—you can play games, stream from the web, connect to your mobile devices, and more. They also mentioned that the name had some legal issues—because "Xbox" was in the name, they had no real legal control over "XBMC," which led to a number of copycats and confusing products not affiliated with their work but using their name.
Fashion first? Designer Michael Bastian sets his sights on wearable technology
But those watches — whether they’re branded Gant by Michael Bastian, or Burberry, or Shinola — usually aren’t special. They often sport quartz movements, usually made in China. They’re generic timepieces, largely the same as a $20 Timex, but with a flashy brand name. And until we hear more about the features of this Michael Bastian-designed HP watch, I have to suspect this one will be more of the same, focused on its exterior look instead of its interior workings.
Want to increase your readership? Forget about Twitter and stop posting so many stories, says the Telegraph
The editor-in-chief of the Telegraph Media Group says the newspaper has seen a large increase in traffic as a result of two strategies: focusing on Facebook more than Twitter, and devoting its resources to fewer stories
Flappy Bird is back, and now you can play with friends
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Windows XP Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8.1 Falls
Despite support for Windows XP finally ending three months ago , the ancient OS has only now fallen below the 25 percent market share mark. To add to the bad news for Microsoft, after only nine full months of availability, its latest operating system version, Windows 8.1, has lost share for the first time.
Facebook Is Currently down for Many Users Around the World
Facebook currently seems to be inaccessible for many people according to a barrage of tweets and posts to other social media sites.
Sandstorm's decentralized hosting platform could finally make indie web apps viable
I think there’s more than enough motivation here for indie developers to port their open-source apps to Sandstorm, and enough ease of use for normal people to finally get the benefits of running their own servers without needing to actually do that. Sandstorm could act as the platform for a whole new generation of privacy-friendly, federated web services that could provide viable alternatives to the services of Google, Facebook and Twitter, and I very much hope the team realizes that dream.
With Apple-Beats Deal Complete, Ian Rogers To Run iTunes Radio - Digits - WSJ
Now that Apple has officially swallowed Beats, Ian Rogers, the head of Beats’ subscription-music service, will also oversee the iPhone-maker’s iTunes Radio efforts, according to people familiar with the matter.
Facebook faces class action privacy suit in Austria, with most of the world invited to join in
Facebook nemesis Max Schrems is fed up with what he sees as the ineffectiveness of the Irish data protection regulator, so he’s launched a mega-suit in his home country of Austria. Sore points include PRISM, Graph Search and general non-compliance with EU privacy law.
Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken | Threat Level | WIRED
Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on antivirus scans and the occasional reformatting to keep our thumbdrives from becoming the carrier for the next digital epidemic. But the security problems with USB devices run deeper than you think: Their risk isn’t just in what they carry, it’s built into the core of how they work.
20 best iPhone and iPad apps and games this week
Blood Bowl (£2.99) I went through the Blood Bowl craze as a teenager, just after Dungeons & Dragons and just before Championship Manager, as I recall. Playing this all-new mobile game brought back plenty of memories. If you’re new to it, Blood Bowl is a turn-based virtual sport: essentially American football with more elves, dwarves and monsters. Oh, and on-field deaths. The game does a good job of capturing its appeal. iPad
Chinese employees at Microsoft's Nokia arm protest mass layoffs
BEIJING (Reuters) - "Hundreds" of Chinese employees at Microsoft Corp's Nokia phone business protested on Friday against mass layoffs that the U.S. tech company announced last month, according to an employee present and pictures posted on social media networks.
Spaceflight to launch network for communicating with tiny satellites
It’s expensive and difficult to communicate with satellites, especially if an organization is only launching one or two. Spaceflight will allow paying customers to reach their spacecraft wherever they are above Earth.
Remember that thing about Massachusetts killing non-competes? Never mind
But the amendment to an economic development bill that would have restricted use of the pacts, didn’t make it into final legislation. The proposed amendment would have nixed the use of these agreements for hourly employees and would have capped the agreements to 6 months in most cases.
The registration of Russian bloggers has begun
The first to receive notices demanding that they join a censorship-happy register reportedly include prominent novelists and satirists, who are now expected to abide by the same rules as journalists on their blogs.
Take a look at HP's luxury smartwatch
Bastian says the design cues came from luxury automobiles, namely interior features like the dashboard and trim. Meanwhile, HP will add the watch's smart features, which will include notifications like email, text and calls, along with user controls for music and other apps. HP will also supply the software, meaning the watch may be platform-agnostic and not tied to Android Wear, for instance. It'll reportedly arrive this fall, but there are no other details like the type of display, memory or pricing -- but we imagine it will be in the "if you have to ask" category.
One immediate consequence of the deal is that Beats customers are now being rerouted to Apple’s online store to buy Beats headphones, speakers and accessories. This seems to be part of streamlining the two companies’ operations, which will also lead to some layoffs in the coming months. Apple has reportedly given almost every Beats employee a job offer, but some of these positions are for a limited period of time, with Billboard reporting that a large number of Beats employees were being told that their positions could potentially be eliminated in the next few months.
Flappy Bird returns -- yet only on Amazon Fire TV - CNET
It's likely that Nguyen wanted to enable a two-player feature that relied on a game controller -- Amazon designed their very own controller for its micro-console and set-top box hybrid. Also, it's far easier to bypass the complexities of enabling a cloud-based multiplayer component with a split-screen design, and Amazon's device happens to be the only mobile game platform for which local multiplayer seems especially well suited right now.
HP is making a smartwatch, and it’s fashioned by a renowned designer
The continued interest in wearable technology, means fashion and stylish design is becoming more important to hardware manufacturers. The latest company to merge the two industries is Hewlett Packard, which will team up with former Menswear Designer of the Year winner Michael Bastian to produce a new smartwatch.
Android L: The future of Android is (almost) here
Google has been looking enviously at BlackBerry 10’s standout feature, its ability to separate work and play on the same device. In Android L, a similar system will be introduced called the Android for Work program, which has been created with assistance from Samsung and its Knox program. Android for Work will keep personal and work data isolated from each other, with no app modifications needed from developers. Google will also produce a separate app for Android devices using Ice Cream Sandwich or later. Ten manufacturers were announced on stage as supporting Android for Work, including HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, and Huawei.
RIP Google Barge
The barge’s sale was confirmed by the owner of the terminal it has been moved to, but Google hasn’t responded publicly to confirm. We dropped the company an email to ask for more details, and will let you know what we hear in response.
Looks Like HTC Is Building A Windows Phone Version Of Their Best Android Phone | TechCrunch
Windows is a series of software operating systems produced by [Microsoft](http://www.crunchbase.com/company/microsoft). Windows was first introduced in 1985 as an add-on to MS-DOS in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces. Microsoft Windows came to dominate the world's personal computer market, overtaking Mac OS, which had been previously introduced.
Twitter testing easier-to-use hashtags - Digits - WSJ
The new feature, seen by The Wall Street Journal in the Twitter app for iOS, added an expanded label to some hashtag searches such as #tbt (Throwback Thursday), #smh (Shaking My Head) or #oitnb (TV series “Orange Is The New Black”). The labeling gives the hashtags a sense of legitimacy and order as related to a certain event or subject.
Can't Give Your Staff a Raise? Vooza Has the Answer
There’s trouble at Vooza, where there’s not enough money to give the team pay rises. Luckily, the resourceful CEO has a solution…
The life-long learner
Wofford College president Ben Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.
Channel 9: Videos about the people building Microsoft Products and Services
Tuesday was the start of the Imagine Cup World Finals! Finalists flew into Seattle today and were able to check into their dorms, take a group photo and attend the reception at the University of Washington's Red Square. Catch up with John and Golnaz with their daily recaps this…
This motherboard looks sick
If you're not a PC gamer you're about to be one, all because of the ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VII Formula Z97 motherboard. Sure, you might be interested in its maximum DDR3 RAM capacity of 32GB, or its dual PCIe 3.0 expansion slots, or its copper "hybrid cooling" system, but there's really only one thing you need to know: it's the sickest looking motherboard ever created by humans. It's like staring right into the face of Michael Bay's Optimus Prime except without all the crying.
Inside Gaza and Israel: Two Photographers, One War
An American based in New York, Burton, 27, frequently shoots domestic assignments but has also covered the revolution in Egypt, the war in Afghanistan and he’s spent time in South Sudan. “[When the conflict started] I mentioned to my editor that I’d be interested in going,” he tells TIME. “I like to cover stories where there’s a narrative arc; where there’s the possibility of an ending. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on for many decades, and I felt this was an important chapter in their story — hopefully one that would move them closer to peace.”
How Tesla Went From Near Failure To Stunning Profitability In Just A Few Years
But in the past two years, the firm has seen some remarkable milestones: It's now sold tens of thousands of cars, employs nearly 6,000 people around the world, and has plans to double the world's supply of lithium-ion batteries. Meanwhile, shares have climbed over 1,000% since its IPO.
The world needs all kinds of minds
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.
The Really Scary Thing About Those Jaw-Dropping Siberian Craters
According to Plekhanov, the last two summers in the Yamal have been exceptionally warm at about nine degrees Fahrenheit above average. Rising temperatures could have allowed the permafrost to thaw and collapse, releasing the methane previously trapped by the subterranean ice. Methane is the primary component of natural gas. The original crater is about 20 miles from a large natural gas plant and the entire Yamal Peninsula is rich in natural gas that is being extensively tapped to help fuel Russia’s natural gas boom.
Nasa validates 'impossible' space drive (Wired UK)
Nasa is a major player in space science, so when a team from the
agency this week presents evidence that "impossible" microwave
thrusters seem to work, something strange is definitely going on.
Either the results are completely wrong, or Nasa has confirmed a
major breakthrough in space propulsion.
Can the Next Starbucks Actually Sell Good Coffee?
Howard Schultz, Starbucks’ pivotal owner and executive, was a salesman. By his own admission, he was not the real coffee lover among the early employees. In his book about the company, he doesn’t even mention the quality of the coffee in the introduction, focusing on the in-store experience and on the way Starbucks treated its employees. He described his own “vision and values” as “the combination of competitive drive and a profound desire to make sure everyone in the organization could win together.” I’m not intimating that Schultz didn’t care about coffee, but he most certainly did not place the aesthetic experience of coffee drinking at the center of his company.
Fling Pulls Early Eyeballs With A Random Message-Bombing Feature | TechCrunch
“Back in late January, I took a flight to Hong Kong and while I was staring at the flightpath map on my seat screen I had one of those insane moments where my fingers couldn’t type my idea fast enough on Notes,” he says. “What if we shook up the messaging structure? What if you could ‘fling’ a private message out to the world, and literally see it fly and land all over a world map – much like the one I was looking at on my British Airways seat screen. By the time we landed I had already prototyped the designs for Fling.”
How to Get Ahead as a Woman in Tech: Interrupt Men
About a month ago at work I overheard one woman complaining to another woman about a coworker's habit of interrupting everyone in meetings. "That's just how it is around here. The women listen, but the men interrupt in meetings all the time," one of them summed it up.
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6 new facts about Facebook
Something that this study failed to mention is how many people actually look at their News Feed regularly. I suspect that the number is very low. I know a great many people (mostly teens and 20s) that read and reply to private messages on their mobile, but don’t even realize that they’re using Facebook; to them, it’s no different than texting. Those people rarely, if ever, visit their News Feed, but are still considered active users.
NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked
Most impressively, the NASA team specifically built two Cannae Drives, including one that was designed to fail, and instead it worked. As the scientists write in their paper abstract: "thrust was observed on both test articles, even though one of the test articles was designed with the expectation that it would not produce thrust." That suggests the drive is "producing a force that is not attributable to any classical electromagnetic phenomenon," the scientists write. It may instead be interacting with the quantum vacuum — the lowest energetic state possible — but the scientists don't have much evidence to support this idea yet.
Now that it's legal, here's how to unlock your phone on all four U.S. carriers
Before you do this, check on network compatibility between carriers; just because both carriers are GSM, doesn’t mean they’re 100% compatible. In my case I was with ATT, with an iPhone 4S, and wanted to unlock it and move to T-Mobile. But ATTs network operates somewhere around 680 to 800 MHz in the US spectrum and T-Mobile operates somewhere around 1100 MHz (I don’t recall the exact figures). That meant that my unlocked ATT phone would only get EDGE data speeds on T-Mobile, and I couldn’t even get 3G on it, let alone take advantage of their blazing LTE service. It all worked out well though, I went to T-Mob anyway, got a new device, sold the 4S on eBay which covered about 70% of the cost of the new device, and now pay less than half each month of what I was paying ATT. And with 4 times more data, that is much faster.
Startup Schools: America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities
For the second time, Stanford University out-muscled its East Coast rivals to top the FORBES 2014 most entrepreneurial universities list. Silicon Valley’s reach has extended across California, as the state’s schools took over half of this year’s top ten spots.
Study: Drones Still Have a Lot to Learn From Hummingbirds
Stanford University researchers compared the lift and torque of hummingbird wings to the performance of a tiny drone from Prox Dynamics called the Black Hornet.
NASA's Opportunity Rover Sets A Record For Off-World Driving
NASA’s Opportunity rover has been on Mars for over 10 years now, but it’s still going strong. And now it’s just set a new (off) world record: it’s traveled further than any other man-made rover to date.
The Philips Hue Tap Proves An Elegant Accessory For Connected Smart Lights | TechCrunch
The Philips Hue system provides lighting that you can control with your smartphone, and automate with location gating and time-based alarms. But for all its fancy magic, I still find myself using physical lightswitches to turn my Hue system on and off, in larger part because often it takes more steps to unlock my iPhone, find the Hue app, open it and select the “All off” or desired scene button. Philips seems to have acknowledged that with the new Hue Tap kinetic light switch, which is an elegant solution to the one noteworthy failing of Hue before now.
The People Fighting for LGBT Freedom in Uganda
The office of LBTI women's rights organization Freedom and Roam Uganda is in a residential neighborhood in Kampala. While they keep a low profile, neighborhood children will sometimes come to the gate and ask if they can be "recruited" or want to know what a lesbian looks like.
So for the last four months or so, I have taken part in the body positivity movement on Instagram, including posting photos of myself in my bikini and underwear/bra. Keep in mind that none of my photos have ever been sexually explicit or suggestive and that I have always been fully covered. As far as nudity goes, I show no more skin than a thin woman in a bikini. Below is a photo I uploaded last night, with the caption “I love my belly. ♥”