Benedict Cumberbatch has had it with 'Hamlet' fans filming him
Video of Benedict Cumberbatch from outside the Barbican Centre on Saturday night asking fans to tweet his request for people not to film him in Hamlet.
John Oliver on the Indian porn ban: Make watching it mandatory
The Indian government made a misguided decision earlier this month to block 857 sites that featured adult content. It later backpedaled, saying that the ba
A new Mario 64 glitch has been discovered, and you'll get $1K if you can replicate it
'You are free to use any methods necessary but I want it in .m64 - no disintegrations!'
A dystopian view of an internet designed by machines, and the mushy, emotional weapons we can use to fight back.
Arduino Pedometer Watch, With Temperature, Altitude and Compass!
UPDATE: CHECK OUT MY OTHER TWO PROJECTS SweeperBot - Roomba-like Robot With BluetoothAlarm Clock with Infrared and Bluetooth SpeakersHi folks! Last f...
Little kid trying to break Taekwondo board is your Monday inspiration
A young student at Peak Taekwondo & Fitness Center has some trouble during his board-breaking test.
Intense Colorado flash flooding tosses cars like toys in a bathtub
Storms brought hail, flash flooding and heavy rains to the Manitou and Colorado Springs area of Colorado on Monday afternoon.
Apple Pay goes corporate with AmEx support
Why this matters: Apple wants Apple Pay to be your go-to way to pay, but it won’t work unless you can use all of your cards wherever you go. Now that the company has support from major, mid-level, and small banks, credit unions, and financial institutions, it’s working to add other types of accounts, like store loyalty cards . That support rolls out with iOS 9 this fall.
What a messy desk says about a CIO
CIOs aren't all cut from the same cloth. And some pieces of cloth are more tidy than others. That got us thinking: What does a CIO’s desk say about how he or she views objectives and challenges. Check out our neat infographic for some insight.
No, You Can't Make Moonshine Out of Vegemite
In short, the yeast in Vegemite is dead as doornails and broken down into what’s not even a vague semblance of the original fungus. If the yeast is dead, there is no way it can produce alcohol. Because it’s dead. Unless they added some live yeast back into Vegemite, and that yeast somehow magically survived the high-salt environment, the sandwich spread almost certainly can’t metabolise sugar.
Back to the future: Nokia prepares for mobile comeback
Suri said last month that Nokia aimed to re-enter the mobile phone business, but only through such licensing agreements. It will not fall back on the "traditional" methods, said the CEO, who took the helm last May and has turned it into a slimmed down, more profitable company. He sold off its mapping business a week ago.
Want to unlock your door with your face? Windows 10 for IoT Core promises to do just that
Why this matters: Windows 10 for IoT Core appears to be Microsoft’s oblique answer to Apple’s HomeKit, in the sense that Windows could be used to control embedded devices in the home. Still, HomeKit has over a year’s head start on Windows IoT Core—and Windows 10 also seems like it’s starting off with the maker community, not finished products. Still, the smart home is still in its infancy, and Microsoft is getting in on the ground floor with the hobbyists and tinkerers, who, in their day jobs, many be helping to build it.
Windows 10 cumulative update causes 'reboot loop' havoc for some users | ZDNet
Microsoft's first cumulative update for Windows 10 - KB3081424 - is causing havoc for some users. How do I know this? Because I spent a good part of my Sunday morning dealing with it, that's how.
Google Hangouts: now simpler, faster, more beautiful
Hangouts is sleeker. Now updated with material design, Hangouts has a new look and feel: items respond to your touch in more intuitive ways and transitions between tasks are more fluid.
Hangouts is simpler. The new Compose button makes it easier for you to start a new group or conversation. Our streamlined contacts list helps you find the right person quickly. And attachments have been revamped and simplified, so sharing—of emoji, GIFs, your location, even multiple photos at once—is a snap.
Hangouts is faster. Whether you’re sending a quick message or video chatting with family, you don’t want hold-ups. We’ve been obsessively fixing bugs and speeding up message delivery to make Hangouts faster and more reliable. Bonus: less battery consumption.
Make affordable calls from the Hangouts Dialer , now with Outbound Caller ID (so your friends won’t get any more calls from the great “Unknown”). Receive and reply to group MMS messages in Hangouts using Google Voice. Use Hangouts on Android Wear when you really have an eye on the time (just say, “Ok Google, send a Hangouts message,” into your watch).
YouTube is now better at live streaming than Twitch
I said above that YouTube and Twitch are now technically equivalent, but the two services are still much more different than they are similar. Twitch has a mass of active and engaged users that YouTube can’t yet rival. That sounds weird to say, given YouTube’s scale, but most people are still unaware of Google’s live-streaming ambitions and do not think of YouTube when they consider where to watch the latest e-sport tournament. At one point during the TI5 Grand Finals, I looked at YouTube’s viewer counter and it was at just over 36,000. Compare that to last year’s peak of more than two million concurrent TI4 viewers , and you get a good idea of how far YouTube has to go.
Zac Efron's chiseled abs to join Dwayne Johnson in 'Baywatch'
Efron will play a rule-breaking ne'er-do-well who teams up with the rule-abiding Johnson in order to save the beach from environmental damage caused by an oil company, the Hollywood Reporter says.
Huskies Have Dominated The Selfie Game
"Each one of the dogs had their own unique personality, and we wanted to capture their portrait in a different way to show this off," Cartell told HuffPost. "After getting to know the dogs (which took some time), we began to allow the dogs to jump on us and simultaneously hug us. At that point, we took some photos. Most of them didn't work, but some came out exactly how we wanted them to."
BlackBerry denies its OS was to blame in Jeep Cherokee hack
The company claims the cause of the vulnerability lies in how the software stack was assembled by Chrysler.
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MacKeeper customers can file a claim to get their money back
As few as 1 to 2 percent of eligible people file claims resulting from class-action suits. That makes it likely that the MacKeeper customers who make the effort to make a claim will be fully reimbursed. But as the number of applicants rises, the refund value will proportionally fall from $39.95.
Eye tracking will help the paralyzed talk to the outside world
Those affected by locked-in syndrome are effectively cut off from the outside world. They're paralyzed to the point where they can't move or speak -- in many cases, they might only have control over their eyes. Thankfully, technology might just use that remaining freedom to give these sufferers a voice. UC San Diego researchers are developing systems that use eye tracking for communication. One prototype, EyeHome, would have you navigating a phone-like interface by gazing at different parts of the screen. You'd look one way to dictate a message, or another to catch up on social networks. Other elements could include specialized e-book readers and even eye-guided musical instruments.
Y Combinator’s L. Condoms Provides Safe Sex, On-Demand
I don’t know what kind of a situation one needs to be in to need a pack of condoms delivered in under an hour when there’s likely a fully stocked convenience store within a 15-minute walk, but one San Francisco-based startup has you covered.
Facebook oversight lets others find you by guessing phone numbers
Just because you mark some of your Facebook data as private doesn't mean that you're hard to track down. Software engineer Reza Moaiandin has learned that it's possible to scoop up the public details of legions of Facebook users simply by guessing phone numbers with a random number generator. You see, the social network defaults to letting anyone search for you using your phone number, even if it's unlisted -- as there's no search limit, all it takes is a script to harvest the user IDs for thousands of people. As you can imagine, there's a real worry that this will not only let black market dealers and hackers collect targets en masse , but help them get numbers to use for phone-oriented attacks and spying.
HTC was storing images of your fingerprints
Security researchers have discovered a bombshell: HTC was storing high-resolution images of your fingerprints directly on your Android phone with little protection.
Virgin-Tesla takes you to space in Gone Home studio's 'Tacoma'
And then there are all these other problems that come up when the AI has to react to what you're doing and be interesting when they don't have anything to do. What it makes you do is start asking yourself, "What are we actually trying to get out of this? Are we trying to get a feeling of an AI companion following you around? Is that what we care about?" No, what we care about is you feeling like you can observe these people in the place where they live, where these moments happen. And so that's a way the near-future, sci-fi, high-tech setting gave us the ability to say, "Well, I think augmented reality could be a pervasive technology in a facility like this two generations from now." So what if you were seeing these live, positional, Kinect-like skeleton recordings of what happened to these people and that gives you that ability to share the space with them without us having to say, "Yeah, there's somebody who has to have a good reaction when you just start throwing stuff at the wall."
IGN's Weekly WWE 2K16 Roster Reveal - IGN
They join the seven existing members of the cast, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Bad News Barrett, Paige, and Finn Bálor to bring the currently known roster to 19. In all there will be over 120 unique playable characters in WWE 2K16, and even more when you factor in multiple versions/gimmicks for some of them.
198m people are blocking ads, costing publishers $22b this year
Whichever side of the debate you’re on, this report indicates that the practice is picking up. PageFair, whose main business is products that circumvent adblocking tools, notes that it’s gone up by 48 percent since 2014 in the US and by 82 percent in the UK.
Tesla burns cash, loses more than $4,000 on every car sold
The Silicon Valley automaker is losing more than $4,000 on every Model S electric sedan it sells, using its reckoning of operating losses, and it burned $359 million in cash last quarter in a bull market for luxury vehicles. The company on Wednesday cut its production targets for this year and next. Chief Executive Elon Musk said he’s considering options to raise more capital, and didn’t rule out selling more stock.
11 Geeky Summer Projects to Keep Kids Busy
Pinterest is a treasure trove of possible projects, but we found 11 that will (hopefully) not cause too much of a mess and keep the kids (as well as mom and dad) intrigued. Check them out in the slideshow, and let us know what other geeky projects you've been up to in the comments below.
Plex for iOS just got a big redesign
The old shelf layout has been dropped for a design that’s more in line with how the Web app feels; it’s broken up into what’s ‘on deck’ and recently added, with the content you were last watching right at the top.
Adobe Joins List of Tech Companies Boosting Parental Leave Benefits
Software company Adobe Systems Inc. said on Monday it is doubling the maternity leave it grants, making it the third company in the U.S. technology industry in a week to give new parents more paid time off. New mothers at the San Jose, California-based firm will receive 26 weeks of paid leave, up from 12 weeks, and primary caregivers and new parents will get 16 weeks of paid parental leave.
Google Creates Parent Company Called Alphabet in Restructuring
Google Inc. unveiled a sweeping reorganization that separates its highly profitable search and advertising business from fledgling efforts in an array of so-called moonshots. Google said Monday it had created a holding company, Alphabet Inc., that will manage each of its growing cast of businesses, including those building robots and self-driving cars, helping to cure disease, developing nanoparticles and extending Internet...
Following Netflix, Adobe Bumps Up Parental Leave Benefits
Less than a week after Netflix and Microsoft announced generous new maternity and paternity leave policies, another tech firm has a special delivery for new parents. This time, it’s Adobe Systems Inc., the San Jose, Calif., maker of software like Photoshop, which said Monday that it will expand paid time off for new birth mothers to 26 weeks.
Access To Startup Skills Threatened By U.K. Visa Review
“One of the reasons why I’m an American building a business in the U.K. is because of the really great ability to hire from anywhere. One of the problems building a company that’s scaling and building it in the U.K. is there are a not a lot of people that have scaled businesses, and have the experience of scaling large tech businesses. You can only find that outside of the U.K. All of the large companies that scaled got bought out. And this is an unfortunate fact about the talent pool — but one of the ways the U.K. has effectively been able to solve this is by really having quite liberal immigration policies,” he tells TechCrunch.
John Oliver Made The Most Honest Sex-PSA Ever, With Laverne Cox and Nick Offerman
In typically erudite and hilarious fashion, John Oliver and the team of writers at Last Week Tonight dissected why Sex Ed is so messed up in America on this past week's show. Oliver explains why the state-to-state variance in curriculums make it so that teachers aren't even allowed to demonstrate putting condoms on produce in Mississippi, despite the state ranking #2 in teen pregnancy. (Oliver shows one clever teacher circumvent the issue by teaching how to safely put a sock on one's foot in order to engage in "shoe activity.")
OnePlus 2 hands-on: High-spec hardware paired with bloat-free software
OnePlus’ approach to the smartphone market is to load a device up with the best specs it can for its intended price point, and then use some clever marketing to drive demand and control the flow of sales .
Watch a Fisherman Catch a Drone in Flight
A fisherman on a San Diego pier hooked a drone yesterday, and the drone got the whole thing on video for your enjoyment. Even the drone’s operator had to admit that it was an impressive cast, even if it was a mean-spirited and probably illegal action which could have damaged a very expensive piece of equipment.
Virtual assistant service Zirtual is ‘pausing operations’ immediately, leaving clients in the lurch
Given that the announcement is a “pause” in business, rather than the announcement of closure, presumably Zirtual is looking for a way to fix its financial constraints and keep the service running. That said, it has already killed its official Twitter and Facebook pages .
Mapping Israel’s Cyber-Security Startups
With the backdrop of nation-state cyber warfare and the alarming rise in cybercrime perpetrated by individual hackers and criminal gangs, cyber security deserves the hype it receives from media and investors alike. While many CISOs and corporate executives are familiar with Israeli cyber talent owing to Check Point, Imperva, CyberArk and other notable security success stories, the sheer scope of Israeli startup activity in the cyber sector is staggering.
I'm a grown, cynical man and smartphone magic kit still amazed me
Surely, that’s what all magic tricks should do? But it’s not that easy, particularly when spicing things up with a smartphone that no matter what Steve Jobs told us, isn’t magical at all. Marvin, however, has managed to do it. It was fantastic to see what could have been a toy resigned to the back of the cupboard being reinvigorated with seemless, classy augmented reality magic that works extremely well. Don’t worry though, just like all the best magic tricks, Marvin’s iMagic also has plenty of actual, physical props, which still take center stage. The smartphone side of the tricks is integral, but it’s not the focus — an important distinction, and the key to its appeal.
Engadget 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.
Song sharing service This Is My Jam is shutting down, but users’ jams aren’t going away
The first thing that the service’s creators want users to know is that their jams aren’t going anywhere. Instead the site will, in the creators’ words, “become a read-only time capsule.” Users will no longer be able to post to the site, but everything posted to the site during its four-year lifespan will be there to explore.
WTF: Google creates a new parent company called Alphabet
Google announced late Monday that it is creating a new parent company called Alphabet, which will be run by its two founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Alphabet will replace Google Inc. as the business traded on the stock market; Google, the service, will be the largest single entity owned by that parent company.
The clever way this startup plans to take on $8 billion camera giant GoPro
The camera, which is available for pre-order at $249 , is called Graava. So how does it work? According to the creators at Matter Design , Graava uses different sensors — image sensors, microphones, accelerometers, GPS, third-party heart rate monitors — to identify the most exciting moments of your life.
No joke: Microsoft is teaching comedy to computers
Figuring out what was funny involved asking humans to break down the visual properties of each cartoon, and to judge the humor of some corresponding captions. Microsoft’s researchers then came up an algorithm that could identify the key words or phrases in each caption. Humor scores were based on several factors, such as the length of the joke (fewer words tend to be funnier), the location of the punchline (later is better), and the similarities to the content of the image.
How Facebook, Apple and Twitter are ending online equality
Of course, we all haven't enjoyed complete equality in our reach or influence on social networks. Famous people have generally had larger audiences, and therefore more influence. But when the rich and/or famous have talked to us, we've been able to talk back. New media was different from old media in that it was a level playing field, where all of us -- rich and poor, famous and obscure -- used the same set of social media features, tools and interaction spaces.
Supply chain leaks have indicated that Apple is working on an iPhone 6s, and details of the new device have been surfacing one at a time for the past few weeks. Unbox Therapy has obtained the rear casing of the 6s and meticulously compared it with the iPhone 6. Apple is reinforcing some weak points with this year’s new iteration, and the company is also switching to lighter, stronger… Read More
Why we all need to practice emotional first aid
We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think)
Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.
The price of shame
"Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.
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.”
What a difference a word can make: How a single word can change your conversation
1. Are you willing?
I’ve worked with mediation services that help people in a dispute with their neighbor, partner or colleague. By analyzing hundreds of calls between mediators and their potential clients, it became clear that some callers don’t really want mediation; they want a lawyer, police officer or housing company to arrest, evict or otherwise constrain the other party’s behavior. They have been referred to mediation as a last resort, and many callers reject it on the basis that the other party is the “kind of person who won’t mediate.” Without knowing how to overcome that hurdle, the call is over and the client is lost. However, I found that when mediators asked people if they would be “willing” to mediate, even resistant callers agreed to try the service. “Willing” was significantly more effective than other phrasing such as “might you be interested in mediation?” — and it was the only word that achieved a total turnaround from “no” to “yes.” My theory: it works because if the other party is the kind of person who won’t mediate, then the caller must be the kind of
10 best Xbox One Deals in the UK - August 2015
Deal 3: Get Microsoft's Xbox One Gamer Bundle which includes the Xbox One, 12 month subscription to Xbox Live, £10 Xbox digital gift card, and 12 months subscription to EA Access which includes access to 11 blockbuster games like FIFA 15 and Battlefield 4, teh ability to play new titles ahead of release, get one free game of your choice and up to two more discounted games, and discounts on accessories - all for £304.99 at Microsoft
Be More Likable In Conversation by Making the Other Person an Expert
Asking questions is a great way to become more likable in social situations, but there are certain types of questions that can go the extra mile. With the right approach, you can appeal to someone’s ego without sucking up to them. http://lifehacker.com/how-to-develop...
Stop Your Dog from Barking When You're Away with a Little Treat Training
As HannaBear51 points out, it might feel a little insulting when your dog gets excited for you to leave, but it’s better than the alternative of them barking up a storm. So the next time you’re headed out, give your dog some positive reinforcement and make your way out. Other things like chew toys and turning the TV on for background noise might help as well. Obviously your mileage may vary depending on the dog, but if you can keep up the habit, it might make things easier for both of you.
What is 802.11ax WiFi, and will it really deliver 10Gbps? (updated) | ExtremeTech
Now a new standard looms over the horizon. And if you thought that your new 802.11ac router’s maximum speed of 1,300Mbps was already fast, think again. With 802.11ac fully certified and out the door, the Wi-Fi Alliance is looking at its successor, 802.11ax — and it looks pretty enticing. While you may have a hard time getting more than 400Mbps to your smartphone via 802.11ac, 802.11ax should deliver real-world speeds above 2Gbps. And in a lab-based trial of technology similar to 802.11ax, Huawei hit a max speed of 10.53Gbps, or around 1.4 gigabytes of data transfer per second. Clearly, 802.11ax is going to be fast . But what is it exactly?