Anonymous: Audio Tapes (St. Louis Dispatch)
We are Anonymous. These files compiled in this video contains audio of St. Louis police dispatch from the date of August 9th 2014, the day Mike Brown was mur...
Homemade Dancing Groot Is the Ideal Garden Accessory [VIDEO]
Using an old school "Movin' & Groovin'" flower, model magic and paint, a YouTube user created a near-perfect replica of Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Explained in 90 Seconds [VIDEO]
Too long; didn't watch: Chris Pratt is shirtless and we are Groot.
BioWare’s Shadow Realms brings 4v1 action to PC in 2015
Shadow Realms is expected to release on PC at a later point in 2015, though a note on the official website from producer Dallas Dickinson confirms that a limited number of players will be invited into the closed alpha “soon,” with an open alpha planned for fall 2014. Whether that alpha runs into an eventual beta, and subsequent final release, remains to be seen. There’s been no mention of pricing on this one, but our expectation for now is that it’s some form of free-to-play.
Samsung ditches all-plastic design with metal Galaxy Alpha
After much speculation , Samsung has today announced the Galaxy Alpha, a smartphone with a metal frame. The Alpha is an ultra-thin (6.7mm) Android phone with a 4.7-inch 720p display, 12-megapixel camera, a fairly small 1,860mAh battery, and (depending on your region) a quad- or octa-core processor. It'll be available in September, but Samsung has yet to announce pricing.
How prisons can help inmates live meaningful lives
In the United States, the agencies that govern prisons are often called ‘Department of Corrections.’ And yet, their focus is on containing and controlling inmates. Dan Pacholke, Deputy Secretary for the Washington State Department of Corrections, shares a different vision: of prisons that provide humane living conditions as well as opportunities for meaningful work and learning.
Amazon Takes Shopping Offline With a New Mobile Credit Card Reader | Business | WIRED
Amazon’s new credit card reader plugs into the headphone jack of mobile phones and tablets, just like those made by Square, PayPal, and a range of other companies. The reader works in tandem with a mobile app that, along with handling the basic transaction, gives merchants access to data on sales trends, peak sales times, and more. Amazon is branding the reader and app together as Amazon Local Register.
Inside The War To Reinvent The Soda Fountain
The beverage behemoths can ill-afford to alienate that segment of the business. Food service--everything from the fountain machines at Wendy’s to the nozzles at the college cafeteria--is an important one to the soda giants, which are currently coping with plummeting sales of carbonated beverages in their all-important North American markets. According to Sicher, sales of Coca-Cola’s carbonated sodas fell 2% overall in the U.S. last year, the ninth straight year of decline. Its soda sales were flat in the most recent quarter, while PepsiCo’s fell 2%. The diet soda business has been particularly hard hit, he says. “The decline in diet came about very suddenly. The accumulated buzz about aspartame in social media seems to have had an impact.”
As consumers increasingly turn to healthier drinks, or those with a caffeine kick, the pressure to deliver a more robust array of choices than the typical four-to-seven nozzles on a conventional fountain machine becomes more urgent.
Currently, Sicher says, Coca-Cola controls about 70% of the fountain machine market, while PepsiCo has about 20%, and Dr.
Amazon Launches Local Register, A Square Competitor With Lower Transaction Rates | TechCrunch
Amazon has launched a Square and PayPal Here competitor called Local Register , which provides users with a free app and a $10 card reader, and charges merchants and anyone selling services who use it just 1.75 percent per swipe on both credit and debit transactions, so long as users sign up before October 31. That’s a special rate, and is a full percentage point lower than Square’s 2.75 percent per swiped transaction (3.5 percent plus 15 cents for manual entry), and will last until January 1, 2016, at which point it will return to the standard 2.5 percent per transaction Amazon is charging (or 2.75 percent for manually entered transactions).
Amazon undercuts Square and PayPal with its own mobile card reader
Square's grand plan to democratize credit card payments has inspired a clutch of imitators , the latest of which is Amazon . The company has just announced Amazon Local Register, a credit card reader and app combination that'll enable small businesses to take payments they wouldn't otherwise get, as long as they have a smartphone or tablet lying around. The retailer is savagely undercutting both Square and PayPal Here, offering a flat charge of 1.75 percent per payment until the start of 2016, a full percent lower than the 2.75 and 2.7 percent asked by the other two. On January 2nd, however, the fee rises to 2.5 percent, a smaller yet still significant cut compared to Amazon's rivals in the space. The gear's available for Android, iOS and the company's own Fire devices, priced at $10, and there's even a business bundle for $380 that'll include a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 -- which we figure is a whole lot cheaper than trying to install a cash register in your taco truck.
Tearaway Unfolded coming to PlayStation 4
Media Molecule took the stage at Sony's Gamescom press conference to announce Tearaway Unfolded , an upgraded, enhanced version of the Vita's Tearaway slated to hit the PlayStation 4 next year.
Developing for the PlayStation 4 allowed Media Molecule to add wholly new gimmicks. One such gimmick featured a player exploring the game world by using the lightbar on his PlayStation 4 as a makeshift flashlight that can only illuminate objects in the game. Another saw a player catch an object thrown by a character in the game, only to shake it up, fling it back and destroy a building in the background.
Don't be confused by these new tricks, however. This is not a new game. Instead, Media Molecule claims that Tearaway Unfolded is the "same overall journey as the Vita, only on the big screen." Following the press conference, the PlayStation.blog posted additional information on Tearaway. Almost all of it is contained in the trailer below the break, but keep in mind that the game will run at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second when it makes its PlayStation 4 debut.
Cisco Beats Earnings, Announces 6,000 Jobs To Be Cut
The big news: Cisco announced a new round of job cuts. It will cut 6,000 jobs, or 8% of its workforce, starting next quarter.
The Enactive Torch Is A Sensor That Helps The Blind “See” | TechCrunch
Created by Luis Favela, Tom Froese and Adam Spiers at the University of Cincinnati, the goal is to bring a little high tech to the experience of being blind. While the white cane has worked for centuries, a smaller, more compact Torch could help users traverse rough terrain or the local mall with ease. The device is fairly large right now, but the creator hopes to shrink it slightly after more experimentation. It has a range of between four inches and three feet.
Why Night Owls Are More Ethical In The Afternoon
“Ethicality depends on both time of day and chronotype,” says Gunia. The researchers hope managers use these findings to structure work in a way that best fits employees’ characteristics. “If you want to encourage ethical behavior it’s important to match the person to the situation so morning people should be making their most ethically-fraught decisions in the morning. Evening people should do that in the evening,” he says. Asking a morning person to attend a late-night meeting that requires them to make ethics-testing decisions runs the risk of encouraging unethical behavior.
Snowden: The NSA Caused a Massive Internet Blackout in Syria
One day an intelligence officer told him that TAO—a division of NSA hackers—had attempted in 2012 to remotely install an exploit in one of the core routers at a major Internet service provider in Syria, which was in the midst of a prolonged civil war. This would have given the NSA access to email and other Internet traffic from much of the country. But something went wrong, and the router was bricked instead—rendered totally inoperable. The failure of this router caused Syria to suddenly lose all connection to the Internet—although the public didn't know that the U.S. government was responsible. (This is the first time the claim has been revealed.)
AT&T Throws In IPads With IPhones to Boost Tablet Customers
With the introduction of Apple Inc. (AAPL) ’s new iPhone expected next month, AT&T, the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier, started the limited-time offer in stores today for customers buying the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. If users opt to pay full price for new iPhones through an installment plan, they can get a $200 discount on an iPad with a two-year service contract.
This Temporary Tattoo Is Actually a Battery That's Powered By Your Sweat
What if the sweat produced by your body could power your gadgets? And what if the connection between the two could be made by a temporary tattoo, the more you sweat, the more power the tattoo generates? That's exactly what researchers at UC San Diego have developed—and one day, it could power your wearables.
The Evil Within Season Pass Announced - IGN
The first add-on will have players assume the role of The Keeper - better known as Boxman. As The Keeper, players will be tasked with completing a "sadistic collection of mission-based maps." The final two add-ons included in the Season Pass will be a two-part story featuring Juli Kidman, the partner of Sebastian Castellanos. Players will encounter new enemies and explore new areas as Juli, as she uncovers the mysteries of The Evil Within .
Galaxy Alpha: Samsung's stealth flagship smartphone? - CNET
Samsung's quiet debut of the Galaxy Alpha may serve as the company's attempt to test the use of metal without the commitment of a full-blown flagship smartphone launch. The company has previously been reluctant to use metal because of interference issues, the high cost of material, and the inability to quickly mass produce such a device. The company said the smartphone would hit the market in September, but a spokesman declined to comment on US availability.
Zelda Williams Quits Twitter, Instagram After 'Cruel and Unnecessary' Comments
I will be leaving this account for a but while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or 'selfies'. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I'm grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they 'll remain there. They would've wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That's not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo
How Iraq's Leader Lost Everything
This week, after American forces struck Islamic State positions near Erbil to protect nearby refugees and U.S. personnel, a political crisis in Baghdad suddenly seemed as dangerous as the battle in northern Iraq.
WeChat Climbs to 438 Million Monthly Active Users
Tencent published its earnings today for the second quarter of 2014, revealing a new milestone for its WeChat messaging app: it has risen to 438 million monthly active users, up from 396 million the previous quarter.
CoreOS Acquires Quay.io To Launch Its Private Docker Repository | TechCrunch
As CoreOS founder and CEO Alex Polvi told me earlier this week, Quay.io will also stay open as a stand-alone product and its current customers shouldn’t notice any immediate changes. He noted that his team had been working with Quay.io for a while now and the two companies were a natural fit. Docker is a central part of the CoreOS ecosystem. Like other open-source companies, CoreOS’s business model focuses on building paid services around its free offerings.
How collaborative social blocking could bring sanity to social networks
(A brief aside on Twitter terminology. When you block on Twitter, the blocked account is removed from your followers if it was among them, and can still see your timeline, but cannot use Twitter's built-in retweet feature, favorite your tweets; Twitter also suppresses you seeing @ mentions directly in your feed. Blocking does not equate to a spam report, which is a separate feature. A muted Twitter user doesn't lose follow, RT, or mention privileges, but the account that has muted the user doesn't see that user's tweets in the timeline. Some third-party apps have their own mute options, such as duration-based suppression, which edit the timeline as displayed in the app.)
Electric Imp nets $15M to push Wi-Fi for the industrial internet
While the consumer market is a success, Fiennes says this round will help Electric Imp expand into more industrial arenas such as the smart grid or manufacturing, where it already has several undisclosed customers. Fiennes explains that it is testing a reference design for a Wi-Fi gateway that could be used inside a warehouse or office to track assets via a combo Bluetooth and Wi-Fi system — something that would be much cheaper than cellular.
Suspected child abuse fugitive caught by facial recognition after 14 years
Neil Stammer spent 14 years on the run under a false name, but an FBI trial of facial recognition technology connected his fake passport to a 1999 photo
NSA was responsible for 2012 Syrian internet blackout, Snowden says
The NSA reportedly attempted to repair the router and cover its tracks, but the agency was unable to do so. Until now, however, it appears that no evidence of the NSA's tampering actually came out. It's a pretty dramatic change in the storyline, as it had been widely assumed that the outage had been caused by one of the warring parties within Syria, be it the government itself or rebels. Syria's internet has gone dark a number of times since then, so it isn't unreasonable to continue assuming that there are other parties at play when outages occur. Snowden's report describes an embarrassing blunder for the US though, and it'll certainly open up the list of culprits that people will consider should similar incidents occur in the future.
P2P Bitcoin Lending Platform Bitbond Receives €200,000 Seed Funding
Peer-to-peer bitcoin lending company Bitbond has secured €200,000 in seed funding during a round led by early-stage investment firm Point Nine Capital.
Adobe Certified Training: 80% Off Lifetime Access
Adobe continues to build out the Creative Cloud ecosystem, but there’s still one thing missing – a comprehensive education program for people to learn and improve their design skills. So, we’re offering TNW readers a special deal on Adobe Authorized training courses from Train Simple.
Watermelon Rind Pickles
Sweet and sour, crunchy, easy to make and finally uses up that mountain of watermelon rind you have been making this summer. Especially hand if you've just made this watermelon and beer sorbet ...
Making Benjamins by the millions - CNET
Looking at the front of the hot cash pack, I noticed it had a label indicating it was destined for the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco -- where CNET's offices are located. With a straight face, I mentioned to Kevin Lund, a Bureau of Engraving and Printing employee, that I would soon be returning to San Francisco and I could deliver the money myself. For a second, Lund looked confused. Then, getting my joke, he turned it around on me. "Tell you what," Lund said, nodding at the heavily-secured exit nearby, "if you can it out the door, it's all yours."
Warner Bros. Said to Hire Two Writers to Draft Competing Aquaman Scripts - IGN
Beall is best known for last year’s Josh Brolin-starring Gangster Squad, though he also worked on the TV show Castle for several years, and wrote an earlier draft of the Justice League movie. Johnstad wrote Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder’s 300. He also wrote the sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, and the Navy SEAL drama Act of Valor.
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‘Good Will Hunting’ Bench in Boston Public Garden Becomes Robin Williams Memorial
Dozens of people remembering Robin Williams in chalk at the famous Good Will Hunting bench in Boston's Public Garden. pic.twitter.com/poGQMeHpkf
Finally, We're Talking About Mental Illness Like Adults
On Reddit , the news of Williams’ suicide immediately became the subject of several discussions surrounding mental health. Users wondered aloud about their own vulnerabilities — or those of their loved ones. One user wrote, "Nobody's protected from giving up, not me nor you, and it's a really scary thought I feel." Another described how the news dramatically affected a girlfriend who "lost the plot" and turned to self-harm. One user asked plaintively, "Feeling depressed from being triggered so many times this morning, anyone else feel the same?" Others expressed their despair in the responses that followed, though they also talked of finding perspective amidst their pain.
12 Things Happy People Do Differently
I decided to embark on a journey to find out. I quit my job, minimized my expenses, went to Hawaii and got very serious (in a wild sort of way) about discovering what made me tick. I found out there are a lot of people like me -- young, energetic, intense, purpose-driven, but frustrated with the status quo and a little freaked out about our prospects for the future. I decided to dedicate my life to seeking out the wisdom we need to create extraordinary lives with a deep sense of purpose in a world of immense uncertainty.
The Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet Sharpens Your Senses On The Road | TechCrunch
The Skully AR-1 helmet started quite literally as a fever dream by founder and CEO Dr. Marcus Weller , who had been in multiple motorcycle accidents before. He dreamt of a helmet that could give him HUD directions and GPS, and even let him get a clearer view of what’s behind him. He woke up in the middle of the night and spent an hour looking for this helmet, certain that it must exist in the world.
A Brazilian Wunderkind Who Calms Chaos | Quanta Magazine
Avila was born to parents who could not envision their son growing up to become a pure mathematician — they had never heard of one — and wanted him to aim for a stable career as a bureaucrat. His father’s formal education growing up in the rural Amazon didn’t start until his teenage years, but by the time Artur was born, his father had become an accountant in a government reinsurance enterprise, able to provide a middle-class lifestyle in Rio for his family and buy math books for his quiet son, who early on was more interested in reading than imitating Pelé’s bicycle kick. When Avila was 6, his mother — who still files his tax returns — enrolled him at Colégio de São Bento, a conservative Catholic school known for its academics and for the gold-plated, 16th-century São Bento Monastery. Two years later his parents separated. As the years passed, Avila increasingly focused on mathematics to the exclusion of almost everything else — he often did poorly in other subjects and was expelled after the eighth grade for refusing to take mandatory religion exams. He said he “left the school completely unprepared for normal social interaction.
iOS Users Seven Times More Active Than Android Users, Suggests Net Applications
Again, John Legere is out on CNBC and Bloomberg every time I turn on those channels saying how the iPhone 6 is going to be a bonanza for T-Mobile. It’s you, not I, who brought up T-Mobile, so I thought you should at least know what the heck the CEO of T-Mobile is publicly saying about the iPhone 6. $200-400 phones attract people without much discretionary income, who in turn are the least likely to spend big bucks on data plans and apps. Any businessman worth his salt will try to avoid go for the top 20% of consumers who are going to be responsible for 80% of his company’s business. This means they’re going to go for iPhone users, who are the richest and spend the most. Android’s 80% market share because of the cheap phones you mention have their fans. But anyone who’s trying to make profits off of welfare recipients and Third Worlders paying $200 for cell phones and $30 bucks or less for cell phone service needs to re-take Econ 101. Econ 101 teaches us that humans have unlimited wants and desired limited only by their discretionary income. Apple is smart to focus like a laser beam on this top 20%, highest-value consumer who’s going to always spend big bucks on the best things in life available, whether it’s cars, phones, houses, vacations, etc.
An American doctor experiences an NHS emergency room
Victor, one of my 11-year-olds, had something in his eye courtesy of a big gust of wind outside of Westminster Abby. He was complaining enough to let me flip his eyelid and irrigate his eye on the square in front of Big Ben. (I’m sure several people thought I was torturing him). Despite an extensive search and rinse mission no object or relief was to be found. I fretted about going to the hospital. It wasn’t the prospect of navigating a slightly foreign ER, but simply the prospect of the wait. While I am a staunch supporter of the British NHS in the back of my mind I envisioned a paralyzingly full emergency room and an agonizing 18 hour wait only to find he had nothing in his eye (the basic antechamber of Hell scenario). To ensure we really needed to go I gave Victor a choice between the emergency room and a toy store (Gunter’s 3rd rule), but he declined the toys so off we went to St. Thomas hospital, conveniently right over the bridge.
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X to Close
[x] is a true icon, not representing a letter but representing an action, and only adopted to represent ‘close’ well after the development of graphics-oriented operating systems. The first appearance of [x] in GUI design was likely the Atari TOS, possibly influenced by the Japanese batsu and maru conventions. Thanks to a last minute design change in Windows 95, and the mass adoption of Windows worldwide, [x] has become the standard symbol for ‘close’, a symbol that dominates web, app and software design today.
Already Backed With Millions, Startups Turn To Crowdfunding Platforms For The Marketing
In 2012, Misfit Wearables CEO Sonny Vu used that kind of information to explore building a wearable activity monitor, which at the time was a separate product that what he raised more than $8 million in venture money to build. Originally thinking of the Shine band as a possible “distraction,” Vu used Indiegogo to test the waters in what would become one of Indiegogo’s most successful projects of all time. Today, he credits Indiegogo for attracting international orders and helping the company realize that its greatest potential was oversees. Vu said that non-American sales now account for 70% of Misfit’s revenue, with an estimated 24% coming from China in the first quarter of this year.
How To Talk To Your Employees About Cybersecurity (Without Putting Them To Sleep)
But most people have yet to consider their digital safety–and that of those around them–the way they do their personal safety, says Gilliland, noting that while you’d never walk through a dangerous area at night or leave your wallet lying around in a public space, you’ve almost definitely clicked on a link that didn’t seem totally safe or downloaded something from an unknown source. (And you probably did it without a second thought.)
Not a single person has died using bike share in the US
Today, Reuters pointed out an encouraging fact about the 36 bike share programs currently operating in US cities: after an estimated 23 million total rides, there has still not been a single fatality of a cyclist using bike share.
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What If The Big Bang Was A 4D Black Hole Instead?
so many ways to go with this. (had to say that.) dimensions. we live in a three dimensional world containing two dimensional worlds. are we inside a four dimensional world inside a five dimensional world? and, creation from nothing. whether from natural processes beyond our comprehension, or by intelligent design or whim of unknown powers. my personal favorite is the fact that there is nothing saying our entire existence wasn’t created one minute ago complete with memories. i remember adam being created as a walking talking human needing a woman. the point being even if we could know, which i doubt, what could we do with the information? we discover a habitable planet as close as fifty light years away. by the time we figure out how to get there, we will probably be too late. a four dimensional black hole? even if i knew for certain, what would it matter? old zen saying – before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. after enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
The Trouble With 4K: Where's The 4K Content, And Will It Be Any Good When It Gets Here?
You also can’t expect mainstream consumers to embrace any technology that confuses the hell out of them. Which brings us to the third 4K black cloud: the lack of any real technical standardization. For instance, there’s currently no certainty over exactly what format or system 4K broadcasts might adopt, so there can be no certainty that the tuners built into current 4K TVs will work. There’s also no standard yet for the sort of compression format streamed 4k services might use, a problem highlighted by the way some of this year’s 4K TVs are compatible with Netflix’s 4K service while others are not. The industry working group tasked with developing 4K Blu-ray still hasn’t ratified a formal standard either, so again compatibility with current 4K TVs can’t be guaranteed when the first 4K discs appear.
Google Opens Classroom, Its Learning Management Tool, To All Teachers | TechCrunch
With Classroom, Google closes the loop. Students can use their Google laptops with Google’s apps, write their papers in Google Docs and then submit them through Classroom. It’s for teachers and parents to decide whether they want to make Google such a central hub in their students’ educations, but it’s clearly more convenient for everybody involved to stay within one ecosystem than to have to juggle two or more.
AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs
Hal Varian , chief economist for Google, envisions a future with fewer ‘jobs’ but a more equitable distribution of labor and leisure time. “If ‘displace more jobs’ means ‘eliminate dull, repetitive, and unpleasant work,’ the answer would be yes. How unhappy are you that your dishwasher has replaced washing dishes by hand, your washing machine has displaced washing clothes by hand, or your vacuum cleaner has replaced hand cleaning? My guess is this ‘job displacement’ has been very welcome, as will the ‘job displacement’ that will occur over the next 10 years. The work week has fallen from 70 hours a week to about 37 hours now, and I expect that it will continue to fall. This is a good thing. Everyone wants more jobs and less work. Robots of various forms will result in less work, but the conventional work week will decrease, so there will be the same number of jobs (adjusted for demographics, of course). This is what has been going on for the last 300 years so I see no reason that it will stop in the decade.”
Bitcoin Solves Two Of The Biggest Problems Merchants Face When Accepting Card Payments
Bitcoin transactions are also irreversible. Once the transaction is completed the merchant possesses the money. So for businesses that experience lots of "friendly fraud" — when a customer buys something and then claims falsely that they never recieved it — Bitcoin is appealing.
Zelda Williams Leaves Social Media After Receiving Abuse Over Her Father's Death
“I will be leaving this account for a but while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or ‘selfies’. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I’m grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they ‘ll remain there. They would’ve wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That’s not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. XoFollow”