Why the Beatles are letting down a generation
Two of the most important bands in pop music history – the Beatles and the KLF – aren't available on streaming services; a grave disservice to culture.
Why Bugs Bunny is the greatest cartoon character ever
Bugs Bunny, one of the most beloved and enduring characters of the 20th century, turns 75 today. That's a major milestone for any American pop culture icon, putting him on a plane right beside the...
Pomeranian delivers cutest puppy sneeze of all time
Roux the Pomeranian had to sneeze, and it was the cutest puppy sneeze of all time.
Ronda Rousey has a colorful response for the body-shamers out there
Ronda Rousey talks about body image and giving the haters a piece of her mind.
See a mad inventor's high-voltage ejector bed in action - CNET
A new video from mad inventor Colin Furze shows his latest creation, a bed that ejects snoozers when it's time to wake up, in action. One thing's for sure. This guy will never oversleep again.
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The first trailer for Zoolander 2 was briefly posted to YouTube before being pulled
Forget Star Wars — the world's most anticipated sequel is unquestionably Zoolander 2 . And the first trailer is here. Sure, most of the trailer is some weird science-themed graphics with a narration by Stephen Hawking (we assume), but before long Ben Stiller's making the Blue Steel face and everything is all good. Check out the trailer above — Zoolander 2 will arrive in February of 2016 .
EVE helps you learn your Mac's hotkeys as you work, for a price
There’s a reason that there are so many productivity apps: people are time-poor and need to squeeze a million different tasks into each day, and given that so many people’s working lives are spent at a computer, learning all the hotkeys to navigate it can really save you some time.
Here's how Motorola's new phones compare to the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6
These phones aren't all fighting for the same turf — especially the Moto G — but Motorola is clear about positioning these up against the best of the best. It even borrowed Apple's "Shot on iPhone" style when demonstrating the quality of its cameras. In the chart below, we've put together a comparison of how Motorola's new phones look on paper against the two newest iPhones and the Galaxy S6. In a lot of ways, they compare pretty favorably, with big batteries and lower prices. They don't always win on power alone, but that's why it'll matter much more how these phones — and particularly their cameras — handle when put to the test.
FDA warns hospitals to ditch IV pumps that can be hacked remotely
The Food and Drug Administration "strongly encourages" hospitals to stop using Hospira's Symbiq Infusion System, because it's vulnerable to cyberattacks that would allow a third party to remotely control dosages delivered via the computerized pumps. Unauthorized users are able to access the Symbiq system through connected hospital networks, according to the FDA and the Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team. ICS-CERT reported the vulnerability on July 21st and the FDA released its own safety alert on Friday, July 31st. Thankfully, there are no reported incidences of the Symbiq system being hacked.
Lyft forgoes global expansion in favor of U.S. market domination
Lyft's domestic focus represents an unorthodox approach for any company selling a consumer product or service, and highlights the unique challenges facing the new tech-driven transportation sector. Traditionally, consumer companies are eager to enter booming overseas markets such as China and India. But in transportation, each country, state and city has its own laws, so Uber and Lyft must essentially start a new business each time they enter a new area, molding that business to whatever agreement they strike with the local government. Each city, then, becomes a battle zone where a company has to use precious resources to fight the entrenched taxi industry and opposing regulators.
Windows 10: Nine things you need to know - CNET
Windows 10 beefs up Snap, the function that lets you quickly arrange apps side by side, with a new quadrant layout that lets you split your display up among up to four apps. There's also support for multiple virtual desktops (finally), so you can keep all your work apps in one place and quickly slide back to the desktop with your blogs and Reddit once your boss walks away. And then there's the task view button that lives on the taskbar. Click it, and you'll get a quick look at all of your open files, windows, and desktops.
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Microsoft has made Solitaire free-to-play on Windows 10
Solitaire comes pre-installed on Windows 10 machines and is free to play, but you'll need a subscription to remove its 30-second video ads, get more 'coins' for completing daily challenges, and play additional game modes.
How to see if your emails are being tracked in Gmail before opening them
Flickr/Brian Klug You might not realize it, but there are now email-tracking tools that make it easy for people to see when you open an email, what you click, and where you're located.
Here's the one thing everyone learning to code should do, no matter what
You can make it easier on yourself by doing one key thing: take notes. Lots of notes. All the time, every time. Find a method that’s most effective for you, and take notes. You should even be taking notes inside your code!
Police arrest boss of failed Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange
Although Karpeles didn’t walk off with the full $387 million of lost money, he is suspected of profiting from the exchange to the tune of around $1 million, and stands accused of deliberately misleading users about how safe their money was during his tenure. Lawyers representing Karpeles say the ex-Mt. Gox boss has done nothing illegal, but he has now been arrested and will be questioned by the Japanese authorities.
The Other Guy Who Built Dropbox
Arash Ferdowsi is the Dropbox co-founder who prefers to stay out of the spotlight. He shares how Dropbox started, the story behind the company's stick figure design and explains how they can survive the industry's growing competition. 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
MAYDAY: Democracy needs an upgrade. Act now.
“The first part was hard. That second part is even harder. But now that MAYDAY has done the impossible once, it's worth staying tuned to see if they can do it again.”
A Renaissance painting reveals how breeding changed watermelons
Of course, we haven't only changed the color of watermelon. Lately, we've also been experimenting with getting rid of the seeds — which Nienhuis reluctantly calls "the logical progression in domestication." Future generations will at least have photographs to understand what watermelons with seeds looked like. But to see the small, white watermelons of the past, they too will have to look at Renaissance art.
Zombie roaches and other parasite tales
In this fascinating, hilarious and ever-so-slightly creepy talk, science writer Ed Yong tells the story of his favorite parasites — animals and organisms that live on the bodies (and brains!) of other organisms, causing them to do their bidding. Do humans have them too? Maybe ...
The forgotten history of autism
Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise? Steve Silberman points to “a perfect storm of autism awareness” — a pair of psychologists with an accepting view, an unexpected pop culture moment and a new clinical test. But to really understand, we have to go back further to an Austrian doctor by the name of Hans Asperger, who published a pioneering paper in 1944. Because it was buried in time, autism has been shrouded in misunderstanding ever since. (This talk was part of a TED2015 session curated by Pop-Up Magazine: popupmagazine.com or @popupmag on Twitter.)
Amazon signs Top Gear's Clarkson, Hammond, and May for new show
Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May have signed up for a new motoring show on Amazon Prime , set to air in 2016. The news ends months of speculation about the trio's future on TV after the BBC refused to renew Clarkson's contract following a "fracas" during filming this year. The deal is a major coup for Amazon's streaming service, which lags behind rival Netflix, and although there are no details of how much the firm paid for the trio, a company insider told the London Evening Standard : "We have made a significant investment."
The neuroscience of restorative justice
Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-grow morality?
How reliable is your memory?
Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It's more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics — and raises some important ethical questions.
Why does the universe exist?
Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.
Looting the Pension Funds
The siege of America's public-fund money really began nearly 40 years ago, in 1974, when Congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA. In theory, this sweeping regulatory legislation was designed to protect the retirement money of workers with pension plans. ERISA forces employers to provide information about where pension money is being invested, gives employees the right to sue for breaches of fiduciary duty, and imposes a conservative "prudent man" rule on the managers of retiree funds, dictating that they must make sensible investments and seek to minimize loss. But this landmark worker-protection law left open a major loophole: It didn't cover public pensions. Some states were balking at federal oversight, and lawmakers, naively perhaps, simply never contemplated the possibility of local governments robbing their own workers.
How we cut youth violence in Boston by 79 percent
An architect of the "Boston miracle," Rev. Jeffrey Brown started out as a bewildered young pastor watching his Boston neighborhood fall apart around him, as drugs and gang violence took hold of the kids on the streets. The first step to recovery: Listen to those kids, don't just preach to them, and help them reduce violence in their own neighborhoods. It's a powerful talk about listening to make change.
Living in Switzerland ruined me for America and its lousy work culture...
Mine left in 1803 to flee Napoleon, or so my dad says. I’ve lived in Belgium now for 2.5 years, and I have no desire to move back to the US while I’m still working. I’m a professional dancer, and benefits are much better here. I danced in a small, a medium, and a large company in the US before coming here. One didn’t provide healthcare. None have paid vacation, so during the off-season, you file for unemployment. Depending on the company, this can be 8-20 weeks a year. In the small company, I always had to have a second job. Now, even though my salary compared to the cost of living isn’t great, I’m paid year-round, have a pension, and my healthcare is about 80 euros/year. I added extra hospital coverage for another 60/year. My friends who have children got 3 months paid maternity leave, a midwife to counsel and help them before and after birth, 5 days in the hospital, a monthly stipend from the government, and inexpensive childcare. I even get a Christmas bonus from work and “vakantiegeld” which is a chunk of money from the government in the summer.
How to separate fact and fiction online
By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.
This 13-year-old programmer wowed 4,000 people with an inspiring keynote speech
Banks says she started "getting into tech a long time ago" by firing up a blog when she was six years old (her mother helped her with the typing part). She taught herself to code websites when she was nine by taking a course on W3schools and reading a book her dad gave her. Banks' dad is an IT consultant.
Before I die I want to...
In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors' answers — surprising, poignant, funny — became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What's your answer?)
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My Life Without A Smartphone
I really appreciated reading this article! It summarises all the drawbacks of being conjoined to a smartphone that I've experienced very astutely (and non-prejudiciously) - the paragraph about halting the conversation to look up a detail as if without it the conversation would fall apart is especially poignant. What would we do without knowing that one fact? Well, engage in the moment and think around it. Theres something nice too about people bejng honest and saying they don't know sone thing precisely and being able to move the conversation on to other places - that's a bit more interesting that way, isn't it?
Also, the phase being ' left partially everywhere and fully nowhere' is very poetic.
As a smartphone user I've recently come to realise that a large part of my deteriorated work ethic these days is down to my not actually wanting, nor seeing clearly the reasons, to commit to one important thing (currently getting my degree), partly due to the points you've mentioned above.
7 TED Talks on generosity
In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a walk on the beach and made a big decision: to give their Microsoft wealth back to society. In conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as their marriage, their children, their failures and the satisfaction of giving most of their money away.
The 10 Most-Pirated Movies
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What's wrong with what we eat
In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.
Why the fear over ubiquitous data encryption is overblown
In the wake of global controversy over government surveillance, a number of U.S. technology companies have developed and are offering their users what we call ubiquitous encryption — that is, end-to-end encryption of data with only the sender and intended recipient possessing decryption keys. With this technology, the plain text of messages is inaccessible to the companies offering the products or services as well as to the government, even with lawfully authorized access for public safety or law enforcement purposes.
Not the retiring type: meet the people still working in their 70s, 80s and 90s
But I also work because I need money. I lost my job, sold my house, then bought this flat in 2005, so I still have a mortgage. My first wife died of cancer and Nita and I got married just three years ago. If I retire, I won’t be able to support her, because my service in the NHS is less than 10 years and I wouldn’t get a substantive pension and be able to live on it. I came to the UK from Burma in 1989, and Nita left Burma to live with me – we lived on the same street when we were children. If we didn’t have money, it wouldn’t be fair on her, because she comes from a very rich family. As long as my health permits, I am thinking of working for roughly another five years, but I might just keep going. I do a lot of meditation and that is very helpful for my health and my work. I’ve just taken up the guitar again – I’ve not played it since I was at school. Nita and I, we’re very happy together – we like our life like this.
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Google Weans Itself Off Of Google+
With today’s update, it’s clear that Google+ will continue to live, but while Horowitz argues that Google wants to give the service more focus, it’s hard not to look at today’s news and think that the company is indeed slowly giving up on it. With Photos, Google already ripped out the best part of Google+ and all that’s left now is a tepid social network around the idea of “shared interests.”
Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation Review - IGN
If you’re looking for the Mission Impossible series to evolve or use the team it set up at the end of Ghost Protocol, then this feels more like a detour. One which toys with the idea of exploring the psychology of Ethan Hunt, the man who doesn’t know how to give up, and the anachronism that is the IMF, but really all it wants to do is celebrate that by strapping him to a plane. The movie that emerges is a lot fun, with silly, suspenseful missions, espionage fantasy, and enough humour to poke fun at itself. Rogue Nation was perhaps an opportunity to advance the series, but nothing much changes for Ethan. It’s a ride, an often exhilarating one, but ultimately like most rides it ends exactly where it began.
To the South Pole and back — the hardest 105 days of my life
This year, explorer Ben Saunders attempted his most ambitious trek yet. He set out to complete Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s failed 1912 polar expedition — a four-month, 1,800-mile round trip journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. In the first talk given after his adventure, just five weeks after his return, Saunders offers a raw, honest look at this “hubris”-tinged mission that brought him to the most difficult decision of his life.
NASA spots nearest rocky super-Earth at just 21 light-years away - CNET
The universe is getting just a little bit smaller now that scientists have confirmed the existence of the closest known rocky exoplanet to Earth. HD 219134b is located 21 light-years away, NASA announced Thursday. If Earth were the star of its own sitcom, then HD 219134b would be the weird neighbor who keeps popping up over the fence to zing one-liners.
Meet the Vietnamese smartphone maker gunning to be the next Apple - CNET
But it's the use of components from foreign companies that has tripped people up. Before the device hit the market, some questioned whether Bphone was really made and designed in Vietnam or whether the smartphone was actually a Chinese device. Other Vietnamese vendors, such as MobiiStar, have contracted Chinese manufacturers to design and build smartphones that they slap their brand on. And there's a debate over whether a company can claim a phone is "made in Vietnam" or any other location if it uses components from other places, like that Qualcomm processor.
KFC's new chicken bucket is also a Bluetooth photo printer
Global poultry syndicate KFC is celebrating its 60th anniversary of operation in Canada, and it's introducing a special new chicken bucket to celebrate. The Memories Bucket is no mere cardboard cutout — it's also a Bluetooth photo printer, one that can interface with your phone and print pictures of your choice. You won't be able to snare one for yourself through your standard order, though — based on comments on KFC Canada's Facebook page, it's going to be given away as a limited release.
Snapchat is selling an official Snapchat beach towel
Snapchat is all about sharing fleeting moments in the form of photos and videos that expire like messages in Mission: Impossible . "How do I alert the world of my love for this ephemeral messaging app when I'm out and about, perhaps at the beach?" you may ask. "What a timely question," I might answer, before I direct you to this new product: an official Snapchat beach towel .
Say goodbye to the weirdest border dispute in the world
It's confusing, so let me spell it out: Dahala Khagrabari, the third-order enclave in question, was a part of India, surrounded by a Bangladeshi enclave, which was surrounded by an Indian enclave, which was surrounded by Bangladesh. If you're still confused, this close-up map may make things a little clearer:
15 Successful Entrepreneurs Share The Most Important Lesson They Learned In Their 20s
We asked entrepreneurs, including billionaire "Shark Tank" investor Mark Cuban and the cofounders of popular retailer Warby Parker, to share the most important lesson they learned in their 20s.
Windows 10 or OS X? A Mac User Falls For the PC Again
After using Microsoft for over 20 years, with the accompanying frustrations, I'll stay with what works best for me - the 27" iMac Retina and the MacBook Pro which have never disappointed. The Apple trackpads work really well for me too. In another sense, it's a bit unfair to directly compare OS X machines with those run by Windows since Microsoft is a software company while Apple is primarily hardware with a much smaller hardware universe to provide the software for. Maybe that's why Apple is more proficient. As far a price, time is money and I wasted a lot of time on Windows driven machines. The $4k investment on this Mac was a good one as far as I'm concerned because it works.
How to prepare your PC for Windows 10 - CNET
Before you jump right in and install Windows 10, you should take a few moments and prepare your PC to ensure the upgrade process goes off without a hitch. This article will guide you through the steps of checking for updates, backing up your personal information and creating an all important system image.
Man finds iPhone that fell from airplane - CNET
The phone dropped 9,300 feet and ended up in a field alongside a hungry donkey in rural Texas.
Windows 10 Review: A Welcome Upgrade, Perhaps Too Late
Geoffrey, you, apparently, are one of those technological troglodytes who refused to embrace the new "Metro" interface in Windows 8/8.1 and stuck with Windows 7 and its Xerox Parc 1960's dead-icons-on-a-desktop interface. The only icon on my Windows 8.1 desktop is the Recycle Bin. For you "the Start menu is back, giving easy access to your most-used applications and controls". Now, you can click the button, then click a folder, then click the shortcut, or you can double-click one of those desktop icons you love. Fortunately for me, Windows 10 still lets you start up with the Metro Start Screen, which is very customizable. I only have the programs (apps) I frequently use on mine. Just one click and the program runs. If I am on the desktop, I just touch the Windows key on the keyboard and I am instantly on the Start Screen with its one click functionality. Once you really learn the Metro way, you will never want to go back to the old Windows 95 way.