World Yo-Yo Champion Performs Hypnotizing Routine
World Yo-Yo Champion Gentry Stein performs at C3yoyodesign's 2014 World Yo-Yo Contest in Prague, Czech Republic.
I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me | Gadget Lab | WIRED
That first night, a small little circle with a dog’s head popped up in the corner of my phone. A chat head, from Facebook’s Messenger software! The dog turned out to be my old WIRED editor, John Bradley. “Have you been hacked,” he wanted to know. The next morning, my friend Helena sent me a message. “My fb feed is literally full of articles you like, it’s kind of funny,” she says. “No friend stuff, just Honan likes.” I replied with a thumbs up. This continued throughout the experiment. When I posted a status update to Facebook just saying “I like you,” I heard from numerous people that my weirdo activity had been overrunning their feeds. “My newsfeed is 70 percent things Mat has liked,” noted my pal Heather. Eventually, I would hear from someone who worked at Facebook, who had noticed my activity and wanted to connect me with the company’s PR department.
Don't Freak Out About the Facebook Messenger App
If you add your phone number to your Messenger account, Facebook uses an SMS message to verify that it is you. You can also send SMS and MMS messages to people who aren't on Messenger via the Facebook Messenger app. But to do that, the app needs to be able to send and receive messages.
Cracking Into Google: 15 Reasons Why More Than 2 Million People Apply Each Year
We have somewhat of a social mission, and most other companies do not. I think that’s why people like working for us, and using our services…Companies’ goals should be to make their employees so wealthy that they do not need to work, but choose to because they believe in the company … Hopefully, I believe in a world of abundance, and in that world, many of our employees don’t have to work, they’re pretty wealthy, they could probably go years without working. Why are they working? They’re working because they like doing something, they believe in what they’re doing.
Netflix Will Rip the Heart Out of Pre-Sale Film Financing
Netflix is working mightily to expand its reach worldwide, so far including Latin America, Canada, and the U.K., with Europe next up at bat. When Netflix is done, people in every part of the world will be its customers, and those customers will be able to toggle what language they want to watch a film in. This trend corresponds to the shrinking of the piracy window (the time between the theatrical window and the home video window), so by the time Netflix has a worldwide reach, it will also probably be available day and date with the theatrical release.
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Confronts How Minority Deaths Are Portrayed in Media
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NASA Is Building the World's First 3D-Printed Satellite Camera
NASA is already using 3D printing to make rocket engine parts, a space pizza maker and even physical photos from the Hubble Space Telescope. But by the end of September, one NASA engineer expects to complete the first space cameras made almost entirely out of 3D-printed stuff.
17 Raw Desserts You Can Make Without Baking
People may choose to eat raw because cooking food can sometimes eliminate healthy enzymes and vitamins. These no-bake recipes are also convenient if you're in a baking mood, but don't have an oven — especially relevant if you're in a college dorm. Many raw recipes also accommodate those who are vegan or gluten-free, and many also overlap with the paleo diet .
For The Love Of Open Mapping Data | TechCrunch
But I can still remember when I stopped being surprised, and that was when I was at a mapping party. To show people the power of the project, I’d ask them to pick a place that was important or interesting to you. And then on OpenStreetMap, we’d zoom in to what was interesting to them. Then I’d ask them to tell me if they saw any mistakes or what was missing — and then we’d edit it. That made it very personal and showed the power of the map. And typically they’d say there’s a road missing or something and we’d edit the data. There was this particular time when somebody said “let’s zoom in on Cuba.” At the time I thought the UK would be great, Spain had a bunch of information but if we zoom in on Cuba, there would be nothing there. So we zoom in over Havana and it was basically complete. All the roads, one-way streets. That’s when things stopped surprising me. That was around 2008.
The Robots that will Change the World are Already Among Us - OpenMind
They have been slower in coming than science fiction books had predicted, but they are starting to leave the factories and the most innovative laboratories with the aim of revolutionizing mankind´s daily life. From defense to interpersonal relationships, from the services sector to the space exploration industry, robotics has already provided some examples of machines involved in people´s work and leisure activities: they are not the future, they are the present.
New Microsoft Project Turns Boring First-Person Videos Into Awesome Hyperlapses | TechCrunch
There are barely any mountain bikers, climbers, skydivers or skiers left who don’t have a GoPro camera attached to their helmet. Nobody really wants to sit through an hour of video of you heading up and down the slopes, however. You could just speed those videos up, but then they become completely unwatchable .
Can an armadillo paper airplane fly? Autodesk says yes - CNET
Although there are some obvious commercial applications for the tool, such as an iPhone app for designing paper airplanes, it's not at all clear what will become of the project. Pteromys isn't publicly available and it's uncertain when, or if, it will be. But it's an example of the kind of interactive system, where users are guided by simulations inside tools, that people at Autodesk like Umetani are creating. Plus, Autodesk -- which builds 3D design software for entertainment, engineering, and other industries -- hopes to soon have the tool on display at one of its technology workshops in San Francisco as a demonstration of that kind of research and technology.
Twitter’s Small Chance To Maim Email | TechCrunch
There was a time, years ago, when Twitter almost killed their direct messaging product. The thought process seemed to be that it was an odd bit of cruft around an otherwise elegant, simple product. It was also undoubtedly hard to maintain and scale alongside Twitter’s other scaling issues of yesteryear. Or, at least, to justify the resources to do so.
Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson Duet With Teen Prodigy
Sarah turns on the waterworks with "Go Rest High on That Mountain," performed alongside Vince Gill, and dips her toe into more contemporary waters with the Big & Rich duet "My Great Escape." The most impressive duet, though, may be "Heartaches by the Numbers," recorded with Ray Price months before the singer's death last year. The song feels like a passing of the torch between different generations, and Sarah's performance — confident, tuneful and rarely overshadowed by her vocal partner — bodes well for a songbird who's just now leaving the nest.
6 Tips for Managing People Who Are Older Than You
Each person has a different set of needs that must be met in order to thrive. It’s more important than ever that you pay attention to the needs of your staff and avoid judging them. I once had an employee who required loud music in order to concentrate. I couldn't understand such a process, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt — he got my large office so that he could work in loud solitude, and I moved into a smaller space with other members of my team. In the end, his work was stellar, so why not?
When Payment Processing Becomes A Commodity | TechCrunch
With the rise of mobile wallets, peer-to-peer payment, micro lending and various personal finance tools, the banking industry faces a new breed of competitors from the technology industry. Notable examples include eBay which has been in the payment space for a long time with PayPal, and is now strengthening its foothold in mobile payment by integrating Apples fingerprint reader into PayPal.
Physicists create tractor beam made of water - CNET
A water-based tractor beam that could contain oil spills and manipulate floating objects cannot yet be explained by mathematical theory.
Four Of The Best Investors In The Game Will Talk Trends At Disrupt SF | TechCrunch
Hamoui’s company took off and was sold to Google in 2009 for $750 million, after which he became VP of mobile ads at Google and was responsible for the development and innovation of Google’s mobile advertising. But Hamoui left soon after to continue helping companies grow. He founded an incubator, Churn Labs, which brought companies such as Maybe (which became a part of LinkedIn in 2013) and Metaresolver. He made angel investments in Gigwalk, Card.io (acquired by PayPal), and Pocket Gems, among others.
Don't Be Rude, Adopt Wearables at Your Workplace
I see these capabilities as incredibly powerful for many industries but particularly where human interaction and personal service is of the utmost importance – yet not missing a beat is also required. Hospitals and healthcare is the example that I keep coming back to as well as first responders and crisis management teams. These are work environments where “handsfree” has a very different meaning. If you’ve literally got your hands on something vitally important pulling out your phone is not an option. With smartwatches, communication remains possible even in these instances – it’s just on a whole new level. You can be alerted to how far out a team member or necessary piece of equipment may be without needing to take yourself away from the task at hand. When you have a moment free you can also respond in an instant from the wearable – it keeps you moving. This is gamechanging for customer service and any workplace where you’re interacting with a patient or civilian.
Muzooka Raises $3M In Series A To Expand, Shift Focus To Music Data Exploration | TechCrunch
Muzooka , a cross-platform music discovery tool that connects artists and producers through crowdsourcing, raised $3 million in a Series A-1 round, bringing the total capital raised to $3.6 million.
The Top 3 Deadliest Sharks
According to International Shark Attack File statistics compiled by Burgess and his team, white sharks have been the cause of at least 279 known attacks on humans since records were first kept on such events. 78 of those attacks were fatalities. The rest of the top 10 is as follows: tiger (101 total attacks), bull (93), Carcharhinus genus but unknown species (46), sand tiger (29), blacktip (28), bronze whaler (20), wobbegong (19), hammerhead (17) and spinner (16).
Surgeons Say This Woman Became “Hyper Empathic” After They Removed Part of Her Brain | Science Blogs | WIRED
In an essay published in the Skeptical Inquirer, a group led by Harald Merckelbach discuss the qualities of a valid case report, and on many of these the current paper is lacking. For example, the information about the extent of Susan’s brain surgery (accompanied by a grainy MRI image) is incredibly vague: “The patient underwent right mesial temporal lobectomy including amygdala and hippocampal region, and regions of the lateral temporal lobe that were involved in the lesional process,” the report says. Merckelbach’s group further point out that serious efforts should be made to explore other possible causes of a patient’s unusual behavior or performance, beyond simply attributing it to their brain damage. Yet no such efforts were made by these French researchers. We have no detailed or concrete information on Susan’s empathy pre-surgery, and little-to-no interview data or other background information about possible psychological reasons underlying her claims (and those of her family).
Bitcoin Slips As US Consumer Finance Agency Warns Of Cryptocurrency Risks | TechCrunch
What the CFPB doesn’t do a good job of — or really any job of at all — is explaining the potential advantages of bitcoin. But that’s not the job of the agency, really, and is left, presumably, to the market.
Test Drive: 2015 Jaguar F-Type Convertible S
This car is pure luxury, and the attention to every detail is inspired- from the ivory stitching in the soft, supple brogue-colored leather, to the speed with which you can adjust the mirrors and 6 –way sport seat position, it’s like a comfortable cockpit in a sleek jetfighter. Even though hitting 100 mph is virtually effortless, I felt safe and secure behind the wheel. With a wide back and plenty of headroom, this car handles curves like a champion. I drove it on everything from a country highway to busy streets in the world’s most influential city and the effect was the same each time- I wanted to do the car justice, make it proud of the person behind the wheel. The sacrifice in a car so sleek and sexy is storage space- with only 11 cubic feet of trunk capacity, this is not a car for a long road trip. But I wouldn’t make the trade- if you really need to, send your belongings ahead.
Yo for iOS Gains an 'Index' for IFTTT-Style Notifications
In its first major update, the iOS app now gives you the option to show a photo and your full name. These can be configured from the settings menu (the red circle in the bottom right-hand corner) followed by the ‘Edit Profile’ option. If other people have chosen to show their name and photo, you can see them by swiping right on their username in the main feed.
How to Know if You'll Be Happy at Your New Job
The most direct way to gauge a company's culture is by asking the people who work there about it. If you don't have friends at a given company, asking your interviewer specific questions can help you get a sense of what life at the company is like beyond your job requirements.
Strapping a Camera to a Shark Is as Awesome as You’d Expect | Magazine | WIRED
Scientists love to research sharks, probably because they're the badasses of the sea. But despite decades of analysis, some basic behaviors of Earth's most infamous predator remain a mystery. How do sharks move when pursuing prey? Do they avoid other shark species? So a team of biologists from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and the University of Tokyo's Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute decided to try an approach that's popular with extreme athletes: strap on a camera and see what happens.
A Year After Its Disastrous Launch, Bustle Is Doing Better Than OK
It would be hard to make a less auspicious entrance than the one Bustle, the women’s general interest site started by Bleacher Report co-founder Bryan Goldberg, managed for itself one year ago. The 30-year-old Goldberg managed to offend large swaths of his core market by describing his new venture’s mission, in writing and in interviews , in ways that made him seem clueless at best and patronizingly sexist at worst.
Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter
The fire hydrant that we know today traces its origins back to fire plugs. Water mains that transported fresh water in a city or town used to be made of hollowed out logs buried beneath the streets. Whenever there was a fire and firefighters needed water, they dug up the cobblestone street and drilled a hole into the wooden pipe. After they extinguished the fire, the firefighters put a plug in the hole—called a "fire plug"—before reburying the water main. The plug could then be removed and the same hole used if another fire occurred in the area, saving the drilling time.
Personalized Cancer Avatars Offer Clues to Treatment | MIT Technology Review
Champions, founded in 2007, has successfully grown tumors from more than 350 patients, says company president Ronnie Morris. In June, the company said it would collaborate with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York, to create mouse avatars for an additional 100 breast cancer patients. “On the whole, it seems to yield very convincing data that’s predictive, so it tells you what treatment is going to work ahead of giving these expensive and toxic drugs,” says Stebbing, who has tried the technology with patients suffering from rare or unusual cancers.
Fertile Opportunity Awaits For Food Waste Processors
Five-year-old anaerobic digestion company Harvest Power, for example, is processing more than 2 million tons of organic waste per year at its “Energy Garden” facilities, producing approximately 33 million bags of soil and mulch in the process. “In North America, over the next few years, heightened consciousness about the alternatives to dumping organics wastes in landfills will drive tremendous opportunities for companies able to recycle organic wastes into clean energy for our communities and soil enhancement products for our gardens and agricultural land,” noted CEO Kathleen Ligocki early this year.
Google Funds An Undersea Cable to Connect the US to Asia at 60 Tbps
users or developers building products on Google Cloud Platform. And sometimes the fastest path requires going through an ocean. That's why we're investing in FASTER, a new undersea cable that will connect major West Coast cities in the U.S. to two coastal locations in Japan with a design capacity of 60 Tbps (that's about ten million times faster than your cable modem). Along with our previous investments – UNITY in 2008 and SJC (South-East Asia Japan Cable) in 2011, FASTER will make the internet, well, faster and more reliable for our users in Asia.
Fiverr is Easier to Navigate But Does it Undermine Creatives?
Low-cost creative services marketplace Fiverr has launched new features today that make it easier to navigate its huge catalog of services. The news comes as it announces a $30 million Series C funding round.
Plastic-wrap-like nanosheets block infection from burn wounds - CNET
The nanosheets are made from a biodegradable polyester. The polyester is placed in a test tube with water, spun into tiny pieces, and poured out onto a flat surface to dry as a super-thin sheet. What makes this an improvement over current treatments, such as bandages or sprays, is that it can conform to all the weird contours of the human body while creating an effective barrier against infection.
A Few Simple Tricks Make Starting A Business Overseas Cheap And Easy
Zoko Bags allowed Cohen to meet the "real" Kenya, away from the expat scene. Cohen buys materials from Kenyans in the clothes section of Gikomba market, where she often doesn’t see another foreigner. She has become friends with her suppliers, and enjoys hearing their stories because one of the benefits of living in a different country is mingling with people who are brought up in a totally different culture, and have different perspectives.
Exclusive: 5-inch Moto G2 to ship on Sept 10 for �250
Apparently the Dual-SIM Moto G with 5" display, as the Moto rep calls the device, will begin shipping to retailers on September 10. Some lucky retailers will be able to get the first batch of Moto G2 phones as early as the end of August, but it's unclear if they will be allowed to sell it before September 10.
The FCC To Host Net Neutrality Round Tables | TechCrunch
What will hopefully shake out of the sessions is a better understanding of the temperature of Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, and the two Democrats that also sit on the commission, Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel. Its two Republican members, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, have shown no movement towards voting in favor of anything resembling network neutrality. So, it’s up to Wheeler, Clyburn and Rosenworcel to come together if anything is going to pass.
What It Will Take to Win Google’s Million-Dollar Electric Power Prize | Science | WIRED
Google recently announced a million-dollar contest to reinvent the power inverter, the devices that turn the direct current coming from solar panels and batteries into alternating current you can use in your home to play Xbox and keep your beer cold. A smaller, more efficient inverter could help solar power finally go mainstream and save energy throughout our existing electricity grids. Here’s a crash course on inverters and what it would take to win the prize.
Report: The Next iPad Will Have a New Glare-Free Display
e report claims that the new iPad Mini will only be available by the end of the year—but hopefully in time for the holiday season. If all this is accurate, it won't be the first time Apple will have struggled against manufacturing difficulties in order to get its products out the door—but we'll have to wait and see how serious the problem proves. [
GameStop's new trade-in policy is 'simplified' down to four price points
GameStop announced a new trade-in pricing policy today, which simplifies the company's current pre-owned purchasing structure. Set to launch August 18, the program will enforce four price points "depending on whether a customer chooses cash or in-store credit for their items and whether they are a PowerUp Rewards Pro member," the announcement states.
The announcement serves as a confirmation of last week's report of an incoming change to GameStop's trade-in program, which stated that the flat rates for traded goods would rise by 20 percent, on average. As an example, GameStop noted that a game valued at $20 would be bumped to $22 for PowerUp Rewards Pro members that opt to receive in-store credit and drop to $16 for non-members only seeking cash for their games. GameStop's senior VP for pre-owned business Jason Cochran said the previous trade-in structure included 10 different price points.
25 Google search tips and tricks you need to know
If you click on Search Tools you'll see four filtering options: the country, so for example here in the UK you can search anywhere or limit your results to UK websites; the date and/or time of publication, ranging from the last hour to the last year; by reading level; and whether Google should use your current location.
Wings! Remastered Edition touring prettier skies in 2014
Take to The Skies! Wings! Remastered Edition™ Announced for 2014 Release
Amiga WW1 pilot classic Wings! is remastered in HD with a brand new soundtrack and classic gameplay
Bracknell, UK – 8th August 2014 – Experience the rush and glory of a WW1 Allied fighter pilot, as Cinemaware's Amiga classic returns as Wings! Remastered Edition. Published by Kalypso Media, Wings! Remastered Edition takes the original gameplay of the flight combat hit Wings! and recreates it faithfully in stunning HD and with a completely re-recorded orchestral soundtrack. Featuring exciting and accessible arcade-action, Wings! Remastered Edition challenges players to enter intense dogfights, take on daring strafing & bombing missions and survive to the end of the First Great War.
Colonel Farrah, spokesperson for Cinemaware, commented, "Listen up hotshots! It is with great pride that Cinemaware and the 56th Squadron announce this publishing partnership with Kalypso Media. This will help us in our crucial war efforts to bring the experience of Wings! to a much wider audience out there and enlist new pilots for our future campaigns – and that can only be a good thing! Dismissed!"
Wings! Remastered Edition will be available in 2014 on PC, Mac, iOS, Android and later also via the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation®3.
Uber, Easy Taxi, GrabTaxi Battle It Out In Southeast Asia
Whoever could have predicted that private car-for-hire and taxi-booking apps would one day be one of the hottest things in the tech scene? In Southeast Asia, a fierce battle is unfolding between three players: Uber, Easy Taxi and GrabTaxi, which are going all out for a slice of the lucrative transportation and logistics pie.
Yo The One-Word Messaging App Updates So It’s Not Quite So Absurdly Simple Anymore | TechCrunch
“News websites can now offer not only getting instant Yo notifications when a story breaks, but also attach the story itself and readers can open it in a frictionless and convenient way. When my friend posts a photo to Instagram, InstaYo can send not only the Yo to notify me about it, but also a link to the photo which will open in a single tap,” writes Arbel.
Digital profits slide at Ladbrokes despite World Cup
Digital earnings were down 72% from an already low base. Ladbrokes' online business made only £3m in operating profits in the six months to June, compared with William Hill's digital business, which made £92m over the same period. Digital makes up 4.4% of Ladbrokes' operating profits, against 52% at William Hill.
Ninja Pizza Girl – a game about daughters and bullying
But the game took on darker tones when the couple started talking to their daughters about the experience of being teenagers – especially their second child, Raven. “She has Aspergers, although she wasn’t diagnosed until she was fourteen,” says Nicole. “She’s a great kid, and a very talented artist with a great work ethic. In fact she’s responsible for all the 2D art in our games. She’s also kinda naive, fairly oblivious to social cues, and just a little bit... different. When she was younger, she had trouble controlling her temper, and the kids soon learned that if they poked her for long enough, she’d overreact and be the one to get into trouble. It became a kind of sport for them.”
Third Titanfall DLC pack to be revealed at EA Gamescom event
Titanfall players: You've taken an Expedition . You've gone to the Frontier's Edge . What scenic locales and adventurous naming scheme will define the third piece of DLC for EA and Respawn's titan-on-human shooter? We're not sure! So why don't we find out together? EA is planning to reveal the DLC during their Gamescom press conference, which will take place at 4 a.m. Eastern, 1 a.m. Pacific.
Sorry for the early hours, but war waits for no mech.
We'll of course be reporting the news as it happens, but if you're the sort who likes to take matters into your own hands, EA will be streaming their press conference via their Gamescom website hub.
Titanfall: Expedition DLC (May 2014)
'Naked PCs' lay bare Microsoft's emerging markets problem
Microsoft began lobbying Lenovo in 2004 to stop shipping naked PCs, but the Chinese firm countered that its margins were too low, a person familiar with the negotiations said. Two years later - just days before then-President Hu Jintao visited Gates' U.S. home - China announced a new law requiring PCs to be shipped with operating systems. That merely dented piracy rates, which fell to 79 percent in 2009 from 92 percent in 2004, according to the BSA.
Google joins $300m venture to lay undersea Internet cable between US and Japan
Called ‘Faster,’ the $300 million project will involve laying a cable across 5,000 miles of ocean, between the West Coast of the US and Japan. This will then link up with neighboring cable systems already in place to improve the network beyond Japan to other locations throughout Asia. On the US side, the cable will connect to networks in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.
Meet Slice: the Raspberry Pi-powered media player with a difference
"We've used XBMC [soon to be called Kodi] and OpenElec as a base. It's mature software with a massive community and it can be made to work for everybody," says Beech. "We've then stripped it down to the essential stuff people actually want to do, so you start with a clear and simple media player. It works well, we've removed a bunch of quirks and bling so it has some of that Jony Ives magic that you don't see in a lot of interfaces.
UK stores start putting Iconeme's shopper-tracking beacons in mannequins
And yes, that’s part of the game here too – VMBeacon tracks customers as they stroll through suitably equipped shops, giving retailers data about shoppers’ age, gender and location, as well as what they’ve looked at and whether they went on to buy it online. Shoppers can control what data they’re giving out through the app’s privacy settings.