'Star Wars' special edition PlayStation 4 console gets Darth Vader treatment
'Star Wars' special edition PlayStation 4 console gets Darth Vader treatment
Awesome Father Builds a Custom Rocking Horse Based on a 'Star Wars' Speeder Bike for His Daughter's First Birthday
Tez_Gelmir has created an incredible custom rocking horse based on the 74-Z speeder bike from Star Wars for his daughter's first birthday. He made the kid-friendly Rocking Speeder Bike using plywoo...
The Lion King animated series, The Lion Guard, stars Simba's fauxhawked son
Last summer, Disney announced The Lion Guard, a television series sequel to The Lion King that will air on Disney Junior, following Simba's son Kion. Today we get our first good look at the show...
I wore a Ghostbusters suit for a week, and here's what I learned - CNET
When you need someone to walk around in a Ghostbusters jumpsuit, who ya gonna call? CNET guinea pig Danny Gallagher, who learned a lot about himself (and heat exhaustion) from the adventure.
League of Legends' first pro female player weighs her options
"I just want it to be known that I accomplished my goal for real, and I accomplished it for me, my teammates, and girls in eSports." - Remilia
Columbia House, the Spotify of the '80s, is dead
There was a time in the not-too-distant past where you couldn't just open Spotify, your favorite torrent client, or iTunes and get hold of a song you wanted to hear. No, you had to obtain actual...
This cat's dinner hinges on its skill in hunting RFID-tagged toys - CNET
A tech-enabled feeding system keeps a modern house cat busy hunting special balls that trigger his meals.
3D-printed violin looks like a sci-fi sea creature - CNET
The 3Dvarius, a playable 3D-printed violin based on the legendary Stradivarius, looks like a visitor from the future.
Why Is the Original Version of 'Star Wars' So Difficult to Find?
A short time ago in a galaxy very, very near to here, I set out to see the 1977 classic.
The Offspring predicted that awful Time Magazine Oculus cover way back in 1998
I love VR, but no matter how impressive the latest Oculus Rift demo is, I have yet to shake the feeling the headset makes me look like a total goofball.
Time Magazine's recent cover didn't help....
Traction Watch: Opinit grows user counts 1,066 percent with no acquisition costs
Opinit started out as a small project for friends and family. The idea was to build a social media app that leverages emoji icons as a way to leave feedback on posts and images. Now they've racked up over one million content views in under two months using a simple strategy of giving the users something they want, and best of all, they’ve spent zero dollars on marketing or trying to acquire users.
Microsoft's rollout of Windows 10 gets B+ grade
"Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 to the audience that would be most receptive," said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, referring to the Insiders-get-it-first tactic. "Then they rolled it out to those who weren't Insiders, but who had expressed a desire to get the upgrade. And only those [whose devices] passed all of its tests got it. That was a smart thing to do."
'Sonic the Hedgehog' tribute games reflect a mascot's fall from grace
It'd be an understatement to say that the Sonic the Hedgehog game franchise hasn't held up well over time. Sonic was once nearly as big as Mario, but a long string of bad titles (with exceptions ) ruined his rep -- you're more likely to spot him in dodgy fan fiction and internet memes than a popular game. And the homebrew developers from Arcane Kids know it. They've built the Sonic Dreams Collection , a batch of tiny tribute games for Macs and Windows PCs that acknowledge the Sega mascot's fall from grace. It masquerades as a leaked set of Dreamcast protoypes, but it's really a nod to the weird places Sonic fandom has gone in the 21st century. There's a "Sonic Movie Maker" where the hedgehog calls you his dad, and "My Roommate Sonic..." well, let's just say it turns romance stories on their head.
GoDaddy sticks its star employees in a glass box and tells them to grab as much cash they can in 15 seconds
Irving says that analysts are starting to realize that GoDaddy works like a software-as-a-service company — customers pay for a year of service up front, but GoDaddy doesn't book that revenue immediately, instead spreading it over the course of the year. The important thing now is that GoDaddy's generating a solid operating cash flow ($47.3 million last quarter) out of a market that no other tech company has been able to conquer.
Hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
Samsung's "edge" devices get their names from the curved sides of their displays and the associated "People edge," and now "Apps edge," features. The company has expanded and enhanced that functionality by adding a new application tray that gives you quick access to your most-used apps. The original GS6 edge lets you slide a tab inward from a side to access five preset contacts, and the new GSG edge+ builds on that feature with easy access to five apps, which you access by sliding a tab from the edge inward, and then scrolling sideways, past your favorite contacts, to your app tray. The next time you slide the tab to see your the edge features, it picks up where you left off; if you used the app tray last, you'll see it first instead of the contacts.
That ad blocker you love? It's costing publishers a pretty penny
While PageFair clearly has a vested interest in illustrating the negative effects of ad blocking, the findings of its study with Adobe are difficult to ignore. Most notably, ad blocking will cost publishers nearly US$22 billion this year, it reported.
Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved
Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding relationships.
Bring on the learning revolution!
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
Autonomous Tractor at Work
The tractor pulling the grain cart in the video has no one in the cab. It is controlled by an open source autopilot it can operate autonomously all day in the field without a driver. I can't take credit for every bit of hardware and software used but I did put it all together. Thanks to everyone who has put time and energy into Pixhawk, Mavproxy, Mavlink, DroneAPI, MissionPlanner, APM Rover, and all the great documentation that goes along with those. I couldn't have done it without you! Sorry if I missed anything, or anyone. In the video I mention that the tractor comes a little close to the combine and I attribute this to it being dusk (time of day when gps often does funny things) I am totally wrong about this being the cause of the problem, it is a thing though. I swath my fields with autosteer and I always set the direction either EW or NS, East West in this case. Then when I get to the field with the combine I can use the autosteer on the combine to follow the swath. Because gps can vary a bit the combine has a feature called "nudge" basically if you see that the combine is drifting a bit you can nudge the autosteer right or left.
There is nothing more purple than McLaren's 'Mauvine Blue' 570S supercar
Earlier this week, McLaren laid out its plans for this weekend's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance — one of the most opulent, indulgent celebrations of fancy cars on the planet — and one car in particular caught my eye. What you're looking at here is a McLaren Special Operations (MSO) 570S customized with "Mauvine Blue" paint. (MSO is the division of McLaren that specializes in all of the company's coolest activities: taking care of aging F1s, making bespoke vehicles to customers' specifications, and maintaining hardcore P1 GTRs on behalf of ultra-wealthy racing fans, as Ferrari does with the FXX K .)
The math behind basketball's wildest moves
Basketball is a fast-moving game of improvisation, contact and, ahem, spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data. Bonus: What they're learning could help us understand how humans move everywhere.
Brain-to-brain communication has arrived. How we did it
You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys, for now) to send messages brain to brain. Watch to the end for an experiment that, as he says, will go to "the limit of your imagination."
The dinosaur hunter: TED Fellow Nizar Ibrahim searches for lost worlds
We’re looking for bone that’s weathering at the surface, so there’s a chance that there is more underground, where it’s been protected from erosion, rain and so on. We’re talking about hundreds of kilometers, so you really need to develop a pretty good eye. We do have geological maps, so we know roughly where rocks of the right age are cropping up. It’s difficult, though, especially in the Sahara. It’s much easier to look for fossils in Wyoming or Montana, or in famous fossil localities in Canada. There are parts of Canada where dinosaur skeletons are just lying around. Finding things in the Sahara is much, much harder. You’ll find bits and pieces, teeth, enough clues to reconstruct part of the ecosystem. But finding exceptionally well-preserved fossils or partial skeletons is like looking for a needle not in a haystack, but in a desert.
Specters of a Civilization by Glenn H. Shepard Jr.
When Martin Gusinde was ordained as a priest in Germany in 1911, he hoped to travel to New Guinea to work as a missionary among exotic tribes. Instead, his superiors sent him to Chile to teach at the German school in Santiago. Within a few years, however, he found his calling at Chile’s Museum of Ethnology and Anthropology, carrying out expeditions to Tierra del Fuego in the far south of Chile and Argentina. Gusinde’s haunting photographs of the Selk’nam, Yamana, and Kawésqar peoples—now collected and published in The Lost Tribes of Tierra del Fuego —present a way of life that was already on the brink of extinction when he visited the region in 1918–1924 and that has since ceased to exist.
Check out the latest photos from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
With only four months left until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens , Entertainment Weekly has taken a deep dive into the film's universe for its latest issue. The magazine interviewed the likes of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, and pre-eminent writer Lawrence Kasdan to get their feelings on this undertaking. Here, Abrams reveals that he was hesitant to sit in the director's chair for the start of a whole new trilogy, but being given the opportunity to answer "Who is Luke Skywalker?" was a challenge too great to pass up. According to Kennedy, "He said, ‘Oh my God, I just got the chills. I’m in.’ I mean, it really was almost that quickly."
WWII vehicle boneyards were essentially war machine landfills
When World War II drew to a close in 1945, the Allies had a massive surplus of military vehicles on their hands. The United States alone had manufactured approximately 294,000 aircraft for the war.
Watch Tesla's creepy 'solid metal snake' plug itself into a Model S
Remember when Elon Musk said Tesla was working on a car charger "that automatically moves out from the wall and connects like a solid metal snake. For realz"? Maybe you do, maybe you don't. It doesn't really matter because now you can see a prototype in action, for realz — and on a "stuff of nightmares" scale of 1 to 10, it's about a 6.5.
5 TED Talks on standing up to bullying
Sometimes bullying is verbal—an upsetting nickname, a disheartening taunt. Other times it’s physical. These speakers' words might just stop it in all forms.
As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify
Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex — and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.)
Facebook canceled a student's internship after he highlighted a massive privacy issue
On the afternoon of the 29th, three days after my initial posts, Facebook phoned me to inform me that it was rescinding the offer of a summer internship, citing as a reason that the extension violated the Facebook user agreement by "scraping" the site. The head of global human resources and recruiting followed up with an email message stating that my blog post did not reflect the "high ethical standards" around user privacy expected of interns. According to the email, the privacy issue was not with Facebook Messenger, but rather with my blog post and code describing how Facebook collected and shared users' geo-location data.
How to extend your Wi-Fi network with a power line adapter - CNET
According to TP-Link's instructions, I could hit the WPS button on my router and the Wi-Fi Clone button on the second adapter to set the adapter's settings to my router's network name and password. Like my experience with most networking matters, this feature did not work. No matter, I found a way to do it manually. I am using the TP-Link as an example here, but I would wager that a similar approach will work with power line adapters from other manufacturers.
One of J.R.R. Tolkien's unfinished stories will finally be published this year
Tolkien fans rejoice! The Lord of the Rings author's estate will soon release a 100-year-old manuscript that was never before released to the public. Titled The Story of Kullervo , the work is one of Tolkien's earliest efforts, and helped lay the foundation for the stories he'd tell about Middle Earth throughout his career.
What Not Having Money Does to Your Brain
It's not clear what, specifically, about poverty takes a toll on brain development, but there are dozens of potential culprits, likely working together. For instance, Hanson says, housing in low-income neighborhoods tends to be noisy, crowded, and built with substandard, potentially neurotoxic materials like lead; low-income areas also tend to have more air pollution than more affluent neighborhoods, and poor nutrition is common. All of this can hinder proper physiological development.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 coming August 21 (hands-on)
The big question in my mind is if Samsung just shot itself in the foot by offering too many concurrent phones that do too many of the same things. The 5.1-inch S6 is the Everyman phone; the S6 Edge is the specialized S6 with rounded sides; and the 5.7-inch Galaxy S6 Edge+ is the same rounded thing again, but even bigger -- and pricier. Where does that leave the Note 5? Luckily for this phone, the fact that its price is lower than that of the S6 Edge+ makes it the more affordable of Samsung's two extra-large handsets, and the one that more people will choose if they aren't specifically seeking out the Edge+'s exotic form.
The year I was homeless
Becky Blanton planned to live in her van for a year and see the country, but when depression set in and her freelance job ended, her camping trip turned into homelessness. In this intimate talk, she describes her experience of becoming one of America's working homeless.
With BioDirect, Monsanto Hopes RNA Sprays Can Someday Deliver Drought Tolerance and Other Traits to Plants on Demand | MIT Technology Review
People on Monsanto’s public relations staff told me they hoped to communicate better on RNA sprays than they had on GMOs. (Visitors to the company’s offices can pick up a handout titled “12 Myths about Monsanto”; number 1 is the rumor that it bars GMOs from its own cafeteria.) Until now, the sprays have been too deep in the R&D pipeline to attract the attention of GMO opponents. But plants genetically engineered to use RNA silencing have drawn attacks. In 2012, the Safe Food Foundation in Australia alleged that experimental wheat developed by the Australian government could kill people. They said the RNA trigger designed to change the plant’s starch content might match the gene for a human liver enzyme and interfere with it, too. The charge was fanciful, mostly because RNA does not appear to make it past a person’s saliva or stomach acids. Even so, says Wiegand, “the big question any skeptic will raise is: ‘If you are killing insects, what will this do to me?’”
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Meet the Virgin Rainbow, the most beautiful opal in the world - CNET
An opal so fine it has been valued at over $1 million is about to go on public display for the first time.
The search for planets beyond our solar system
Every star we see in the sky has at least one planet orbiting it, says astronomer Sara Seager. So what do we know about these exoplanets, and how can we find out more? Seager introduces her favorite set of exoplanets and shows new technology that can help collect information about them — and even help us look for exoplanets with life.
Could the sun be good for your heart?
Our bodies get Vitamin D from the sun, but as dermatologist Richard Weller suggests, sunlight may confer another surprising benefit too. New research by his team shows that nitric oxide, a chemical transmitter stored in huge reserves in the skin, can be released by UV light, to great benefit for blood pressure and the cardiovascular system. What does it mean? Well, it might begin to explain why Scots get sick more than Australians ...
Vote now in the T3 Awards!
Welcome to the T3 Awards 2015 Shortlist. If you already voted on the longlist, now is the time to vote again for your favourite. If you didn't vote on the longlist, shame on you: cast your vote for the tech you love right now. You may also win one of five Acer Chromebooks (UK residents only, full Terms and Conditions apply) Voting runs until August 31 so get stuck in. Your favourite tech needs you!
Attacks on Fiber Networks in California Baffle FBI
Authorities have yet to nail down a motive or culprit for more than a dozen breaches in the Bay Area
How yuppies hacked the hacker ethos – Brett Scott – Aeon
Well written, but not that persuasive. As an IT person, my observation is that a lot of us were attracted to IT because we liked creating things, albeit not necessarily material things. Those Silicon Valley "hackers" I suspect have the same mindset, they want to create something, preferably something new and different, but a hacker approach, as defined by Mr. Scott really doesn't play into that. They're no so much those hated yuppies who have invaded your old (and let's be truthful, less than well maintained) neighborhood, as they are innovative types who saw an opportunity to buy cheap and improve, usually in ways the old residents never envisioned. That sort of creativity doesn't necessarily run in opposition to the "old" hacker ethos, but certainly does against people who simply want to break things for fun and profit, no matter what their motivation.
Inside Facebook’s Quest for Software That Understands You | MIT Technology Review
Agents that answer factual questions or book restaurants for us are one obvious—if not exactly world-changing—application. It’s also easy to see how such software might lead to more stimulating video-game characters or improve online learning. More provocatively, LeCun says systems that grasp ordinary language could get to know us well enough to understand what’s good for us. “Systems like this should be able to understand not just what people would be entertained by but what they need to see regardless of whether they will enjoy it,” he says. Such feats aren’t possible using the techniques behind the search engines, spam filters, and virtual assistants that try to understand us today. They often ignore the order of words and get by with statistical tricks like matching and counting keywords. Apple’s Siri, for example, tries to fit what you say into a small number of categories that trigger scripted responses. “They don’t really understand the text,” says LeCun. “It’s amazing that it works at all.” Meanwhile, systems that seem to have mastered complex language tasks, such as IBM’s Jeopardy! winner Watson, do it by being super-specialized to a particular format.
12 Things You Can Replace With a $38 Tablet
However, let us not dwell on what the 7Ci can't do, let's consider what it can do! It's still a flat touch-screen device that can connect to the Internet and run apps—which means it's not just a tablet, it's a clock, camera, pedometer, guitar tuner, or just about anything we want it to be. And that's where things get interesting—we can use this slate to replace all the things in our lives. While you wouldn't want to waste a $400 iPad as a wall clock, you wouldn't really think about it for a $38 7Ci.
Stephen Colbert's first Late Show musical guest will be Kendrick Lamar
If Kendrick writes another song just for this show, Colbert should ask him to perform every night. Think of all the new Kendrick Lamar songs we'd get! The first episode of Colbert's Late Show will air on September 8th.
The Next Web 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.
Octopus genome holds clues to uncanny intelligence
"With its eight prehensile arms lined with suckers, camera-like eyes,
elaborate repertoire of camouflage tricks and spooky intelligence, the
octopus is like no other creature on Earth."
"Added to those distinctions is an unusually large genome, described in Nature1 on 12 August, that helps to explain how a mere mollusc evolved into an otherworldly being." “It’s the first sequenced genome from something like an alien,...”
Of course, nobody is willing to consider the possibility that the octopus - and creatures with blood based on copper rather than iron, or those with back-to-front X and Y chromosomes - might actually be extraterrestrial in origin. Why? Because that would imply that Immanuel Velikovsky was correct in stating that collisions between planetary bodies and Earth had taken place before and within recorded history, and that transfer of already-developed creatures occurred in the process.
Sick of Windows spying on you? Go Linux | ZDNet
If you like what you see, double-click on the install Mint icon and you'll be on your way. If you want to keep Windows on your system, select Install Linux Mint alongside Windows for your installation and you'll be able to dual boot them. Your only real decision will be to how much disk room you'll want to give Mint. Mint will run in as little as 8GBs, but I usually give it at least half the disk space on dual-boot systems.
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.
This device aims to make your dumb home smart
Startup Branto is in the middle of an Indiegogo campaign for a smart-home device of the same name. Branto is a neat-looking LED-illuminated sphere with a pretty lofty goal: to take on all of your home security and automation needs. At $279/£180/AU$375 a pop, Branto units aren't cheap, but there seems to be a lot of functionality tucked inside each crystal-ball-esque orb.
Test your knowledge of surprising celebrity heights
We investigated the true heights of celebrities and rounded up the most interesting ones. Can you guess the identity of these shorties and giants? Click on the graphic below to test your celebrity height knowledge.
The realities of a $50 smartphone
Lam suggested that the most likely display for our affordable smartphone would be a 4- to 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) panel. That's the same screen that you would have found on Sony's Xperia M from 2013, spec nerds. According to Lam, the display would account for roughly 15 to 19 percent of the $42 bill of materials, which we work out to be about $7.98. If you wanted to push your luck, you could swap that out for a 4.7-inch HD display, although the cost would skyrocket to closer to 30 percent of the cost: $12.60.
In New York, Starbucks and now Internet on almost every corner - CNET
The arrival of LinkNYC comes despite a turbulent history of municipal Wi-Fi projects, with cities including New York, Philadelphia and dozens others throughout the US trying -- and failing -- to develop such technology and keep it running. In 2004, for example, San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom declared: "We will not stop until every San Franciscan has access to free wireless-internet service." But stopping proved inevitable, as the project turned out to be harder than expected. And now, more than 10 years later, a sliver of Newsom's vision is becoming a reality, with Google covering 33 of the city's 220 parks with Wi-Fi. Officials say the Wi-Fi speed is lower than gigabit speed, with endpoint-to-endpoint encryption an option only at one location as opposed to being enforced throughout the network.
Transgenic Pigs Shatter Transplant Records | MIT Technology Review
The problem with xenotransplantation is that animal organs set off a ferocious immune response. Even powerful drugs to block the immune attack can’t entirely stop it. In a famous 1984 case, a California newborn known as “Baby Fae” received a baboon heart. But it lasted only three weeks before failing. The human body reacts even more strongly to pig tissue, since pigs are genetically more distant. All human tests of pig organs have ended quickly, and badly. A Los Angeles woman who got a pig liver in 1992 died within 34 hours. The last time a doctor transplanted a pig heart into a person, in India in 1996, he was arrested for murder.
Following Fukushima disaster, Japan will restart first nuclear reactor under new safety rules
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing for the return of the country's nuclear power plants, as Japan has been relying heavily on fossil fuels and imported energy since the incident. The government set a goal of having 20 percent of Japan's energy come from nuclear power by 2030, and all of the country's reactors must follow stricter safety guidelines put forth by Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority. Two of the reactors at Sendai, including the one going online tomorrow, were deemed safe under these regulations in September, according to the AP. The second reactor is expected to go back online in October.
The 15 Scariest Things at Black Hat 2015
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