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Bill Gates as Austin Powers

Bill Gates spoofs Austin Powers in this short produced by James Etue.

Oh Happy Day: UK Smash TV Show 'Happy Valley' Available for a Netflix Binge

UK crime drama 'Happy Valley' is now on Netflix, and at only six episodes, it's beginning to look like tomorrow morning will be a little rough.

Musical Robin Williams Tribute Will Remind You to 'Seize the Day'

YouTube user MelodySheep auto-tuned some of Robin Williams' most iconic film scenes.

U.S. Open 2014: This Is What It Takes to Be a Ballperson

To find out what it takes to be a ballperson at the U.S. Open, we went through the tryout process. It's not easy as it looks.

Taylor Swift's Many Music Video Personas In One Supercut [VIDEO]

The Daily Dot compiled every T-Swift music video persona into one beautiful and comprehensive supercut video.

Top 7 Tips for Getting More Comments on Facebook

Do you have all the Facebook comments and likes you could stand? Somehow I'm guessing you just said no.

This Is What It's Like to Feed Thousands of People at a Music Festival

Taking a break from the intense construction of their restaurant and kitchen, Azalina and Tim vend at San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival.

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How to Turn YouTube Into the Ultimate Streaming Music Service, the popular social DJing site where you can share music live with friends, met an untimely end . Since then, stepped up to fill the void. The service is designed to let friends take turns playing songs for a shared room. You can easily "grab" songs that other people play and add them to your own playlists, which makes it super easy to build your collection. You can also join one of dozens of already-populated rooms and just let the music play in the background all day.

Apple unlikely to release iOS 8 beta 6, iOS 8 GM to likely be the next release

It goes without saying that when it comes to releases, the plans are tentative, Apple could always change its mind, and release a beta version to fix a major issue or make some more changes. If Apple doesn’t release another beta version then it would join iOS 6.0 and iOS 4.0 to have the fewest number of beta versions. As you can see in the graph below, Apple released 7 beta versions for iOS 7 last year.

Sony Drops Another Awesome, Absurdly Fast-Focusing Shooter | Gadget Lab | WIRED

The Alpha a5100 is a direct descendent of the original NEX-5, which is the camera’s great great grandfather. It looks like a worthy successor, too. It has the same 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and absurdly fast autofocus system as Sony’s higher-end a6000. In its 6fps continuous-shooting mode, the system uses 179 phase-detection points (as well as 25 contrast-detection points) spanning the width of its sensor to keep fast-moving objects in focus. It won’t fear the dark, thanks to ISO settings that ramp up to 25,600.

Omate's next smartwatch is all about fashion without the premium (update: Touchscreen confirmed)

As Omate's TrueSmart cellular watch approaches its first anniversary, the startup decided to let its previous Kickstarter backers in on its next project. According to the teaser update, September 1st will see the launch of a fashion-oriented wearable dubbed the Omate X, which features a sleeker metallic design and a removable 22mm genuine leather strap. The catch is that unlike the Android-powered TrueSmart, the Omate X functions as a notification companion à la Pebble , which in return offers a battery life of up to a week. And as you'd expect, the new watch will work alongside your Android and iOS devices. The rest remains a mystery, but hopefully tomorrow's official announcement will show off the watch's UI, as well as confirming whether the touchscreen is here to stay. Gallery | 7 Photos Omate X smartwatch + See all 7

Assassin's Creed competitive killing takes a break

The dense history of Assassin's Creed starts humbly in 2007, with polarizing reviews seeing more potential than anything else in the first game. Still, big sales paved the way for Assassin's Creed 2 , which took the franchise into 15th century Italy and along an unbroken streak of bigger, annual releases. The addition of competitive multiplayer for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood drew extra skepticism around the franchise's expansion, but it endured and grew alongside new assassins - until now. With Assassin's Creed Unity injecting four-player online co-op, and Assassin's Creed Rogue sticking to single-player sailing throughout, this year marks the first break in Ubisoft Annecy's multiplayer suite since 2010. (Check out " Designing the Considerate Kill " to learn how Ubisoft made it in the first place.) Asssassin's Creed multiplayer is best known for its unique take on deathmatch, which saw players deceiving each other in densely populated markets and mansions. Appearing as computer-controlled citizens themselves, combatants could hide in plain site and perpetrate subtle assassinations – and if not, they'd earn considerably fewer points.

WaPo Editorial Page Editor Defends Fareed Zakaria From 'Reckless' Plagiarism Charges

"If I'm not mistaken, the newest allegations feature only one WP column, and when I looked at that I thought it was so far from a case of plagiarism that it made me question the entire enterprise," Hiatt wrote. "Take a look. Fareed uses some budgetary information that is also cited in a Center for American Progress report. There's no lifting of language, and I'm sure I could find the same data in a dozen other reports. I honestly think it is reckless even to suggest this is plagiarism."

6 Tech Leaders On What It Takes To Get Hired At Their Companies

I agree that you must consider if the person is a fit for the company. Too often this is ignored because the HR person only cared about the person experiences. in today's work environment you can't have someone who is a thorn in the sides of everyone around them just because this person has some great past work experience or degree. I too am a people person, and I want that from my employer as well. I don't want to feel like I'm not human anymore when I walk into the office. I want an employer who is not a robotic stone wall and has some understanding that their employees are still humans and not slaves. Too many employers overstep their relationships with employees and treat them as company owned stock. Keep in mind that this is a relationship and a contract between you the employer and me the employee. I will do this work for this amount of pay. You do not own me.

Ex-CEO Ballmer quits Microsoft board to focus on NBA's Clippers

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has left the software company's board in order to spend more time on his newly acquired Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, but said he plans to hang on to his 4 percent stake in Microsoft.

Vine Grows Up, Lets You Edit and Upload Existing Video | Gadget Lab | WIRED

The biggest change is that people can now dip into their camera rolls and use existing videos they’ve recorded for Vines. Previously, you had to shoot video in-app. This means that if you’ve got, say, a two minute video of your dog burping in slow motion, you can now suck up a six second highlight reel from that and use it in a new Vine.

Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps | TechCrunch

Of course, there’s a lot more to a sharing economy app than there is to a notification layer, mobile payments gateway or in-app purchase system, which are just a few of the development components now being offered on a SaaS basis. But the natural fit between Uber and its new partners suggests there’s a lot of merit in the idea of shared real-world services providers for mobile apps – delivery, transport, accommodation, etc. are after all, just other things that it would benefit businesses to have, but that are prohibitively expensive to develop and maintain on their own.

Service Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $100M Round Led By Google Capital | TechCrunch

“First and foremost, Thumbtack is a great product,” said Google Capital partner David Lawee in the funding release. “As a consumer, it’s the best product I’ve ever used to hire local professionals. The bigger story, however, is the potential for small businesses: Thumbtack has a real opportunity to transform how local professionals find new customers.”

Twitter to display tweets from accounts you don't follow -- like it or not - CNET

Additionally, when we identify a Tweet, an account to follow, or other content that's popular or relevant, we may add it to your timeline. This means you will sometimes see Tweets from accounts you don't follow. We select each Tweet using a variety of signals, including how popular it is and how people in your network are interacting with it. Our goal is to make your home timeline even more relevant and interesting.

Blizzard: Microsoft demanded 1080p for Diablo 3 on Xbox One

Two decades have passed since the demonic lords, Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, set out across the world of Sanctuary on a vicious rampage, twisting humanity to their unholy will. Yet for those who battled the Prime Evils, the memory fades slowly. When Deckard Cain returns to the ruins of Tristram Cathedral seeking clues to defeat new stirrings of evil, a fiery harbinger of doom falls from the heavens, striking the very ground where Diablo once entered the world. This fire from the sky reawakens ancient evils and calls the heroes of Sanctuary to defend the mortal world against the rising powers of the Burning Hells once again.

500GB Xbox 360 Media Drive unveiled, priced $110

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Xbox 360 . Its nine-year mission: to explore strange new games, and to seek out new hard drives to put them on. To boldly go where no console has gone before - 500GB! Yes, okay, other consoles have boldly gone onto 500GB but the new box is the biggest Media Drive yet for Xbox 360. It's also $20 cheaper than the current 320GB edition, coming in at $110 on retail shelves stateside. As for when it'll hit them, Captain Larry Hyrb simply says "it's on the way," while lists pre-orders as "coming soon." [Image: Microsoft]

Patent pictures hint at unobtrusive Google Glass design - CNET

There aren't many details that can be gleaned from the patent, but it could point to the eventual arrival of a more accessible look for Glass. People who object to the appearance of the current model would have a lot less to complain about if Google ends up going in this low-key design direction. If you're not a Google Glass fan, would a new look like this change your mind about it?

Announcing Google's VP Design, Android, Matias Duarte at Roadmap 2014

Our theme this year is Invisible Design . It’s the idea that now that every experience and device is becoming connected and rich with data, design has become the fabric of this complex world. It’s how we simply and emotionally experience these new products that have so much going on under the surface, and it’s what holds great products together and makes them work. Yet it’s often times invisible and utterly simple.

Breaking Bad Stars Reunite for Emmy Spoof Video - IGN

Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have reunited to star as sleazy proprietors in a spoof of pawn shop reality shows, created to promote next week's Primetime Emmy Awards .

VMware buys CloudVolumes for real-time desktop app delivery | ZDNet

We're so excited about CloudVolumes because they enable real-time desktop application delivery. Delivering desktop applications to users, especially in Windows environments, can be challenging and cumbersome. The installation paradigm for adding and removing applications from a system is heavyweight and fragile. Problems at runtime can easily crop up – such as incompatibilities or conflicts with existing apps – that can interfere with successful application delivery. Preventing these problems often results in complex workarounds, either through scripting or manual intervention. We need a better way, and CloudVolumes provides it.

PernixData rakes in $35M to help companies virtualize their storage

The startup’s take on software-defined storage allows users to partition high-speed storage into individual clusters that virtual machines can take advantage of.

There's A Reasonable Debate To Be Had About Showing The James Foley Beheading Video, But Claiming Its Illegal To Watch Is Ridiculous | Techdirt

I disagree, people have to see the savagery of are enemies. We should not close are eyes to these murderers in ISIS. When I watched the video in its entirety I wanted to join are army and fight these savages. The reason the West is dying us because the rich politicians are TOO WEAK to show us the truth. The reality is, the internet has exposed the truth about western governments and enemies of free nations or the appearance of free nations. I am no baby sand wish to view these savages for who they are. The governments also want Politically correct citizens who will not see Muslims as savages. It is not about seeing Muslims as savages but seeing ISIS Asa savages. The west IS TOO PC TODAY and that is destroying free thought and ideas and that is why the UK is wrong. Scotland should become independent and leave the weak PC UK. England is no longer a bold or great nation. That is the truth and freedom no longer is the UK's want anymore.

CHS Hacked by Heartbleed (Exclusive to TrustedSec)

From here, the attackers were able to further their access into CHS by working their way through the network until the estimated 4.5 million patient records were obtained from a database.  This is no surprise as when given internal access to any computer network, it is virtually a 100% success rate at breaking into systems and furthering access.  This is the first confirmed breach of its kind where the heartbleed bug is the known initial attack vector that was used.  There are sure to be others out there, however this is the first known of its kind.

RISC creator is pushing open source chips for cloud computing and the internet of things

Computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are joining the fight for open source chips with an instruction set architecture called RISC-V. They view it as a true open source project that can empower smaller companies and even researchers to innovate on chip design.

LG Music Flow speaker system takes your music anywhere, even out the door - CNET

If you're right in the middle of your favourite song but you've just got to leave the house, LG's new Music Flow system has you covered. The Music Flow sound bar, network bridge and wireless speakers connect to an app that seamlessly keeps playing as you leave the house. Clever, eh? And you can control it over IM! OK, that last bit's just weird.

China Testing Allowing Audiences to Text Onscreen Messages During Movies - IGN

According to The Hollywood Reporter , theaters in major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai are trying out "bullet screens." The interactive screens allow audiences to send text messages from their phones that are displayed onscreen during the film. As you can see in the below example, the texts don't just pop up at the bottom of the screen out of the way, the words float across the movie.

Chunky Guacamole

This is yet another recipe I adopted from my mother. It's a little different take on guacamole, due to it's chunky texture, but either way it's still a classic summertime picnic staple.

Sharp Aquos Crystal: Hands-on with the no-bezel smartphone (pictures) - CNET

Sharp's Aquos Crystal launches on August 29 in Japan. It'll come to the US after that on Sprint, and cost $240. You can get it for just $20 with a new two-year contract. On Boost and Virgin Mobile, it'll cost $150.

Vine Finally Lets You Import Videos From Your Phone

In addition to video import, the Vine app (on iOS only for now) will also let you edit the imported video. You can duplicate portions of the video and mute the audio; instead of being forced to preview the entire video before editing, you can now preview your last addition on the capture screen and even delete that portion of your Vine from the same screen.


“The goal of is to make internet access available to the two thirds of the world who are not yet connected, and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today.”

What it takes to be a great leader

The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

Who Stole the Four-Hour Workday? | VICE United States

It’s a good question. A four-hour workday with a livable wage could solve a lot of our most nagging problems. If everyone worked fewer hours, for instance, there would be more jobs for the unemployed to fill. The economy wouldn’t be able to produce quite as much, which means it wouldn’t be able to pollute as much, either; rich countries where people work fewer hours tend to have lower carbon footprints. Less work would leave plenty of time for family and for child care, ending the agony over “work-life balance.” Gone would be the plague of overwork, which increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

Lyrics & chords for any song and any instrument - YouTab

Perfect your skills and improve your understanding of music with YouTab. By joining YouTab you will become a part of a unique musical community dedicated to helping you and others enjoy music in a brand new way. We 'listen' to the music and add a chord track automatically. You can play along and tweak it to perfection with a simple drag and drop interface. Add lyrics with a click of a button and sync to create a unique karaoke experience. It's a fun and easy way to engage with music for musicians, by musicians.

40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

After the Marian reforms, Roman generals had to promise rewards — either booty captured abroad or land awarded to them on their return — to attract soldiers to their banners. Because commanders were responsible for making sure these promises were kept, the troops increasingly felt personal loyalty to these generals rather than abstract loyalty to the Roman state. As a result, in the late Republican period (107 BC to 27 BC), it became increasingly common for victorious commanders to march their armies back into Rome and seize power to ensure their troops received the land they had been promised. This led to recurrent civil wars, eventually transforming Rome from a moderately democratic republic into an autocratic empire. This map depicts the deployment of Rome's legions when Rome's first emperor, Augustus, died in 14 AD. Augustus and his successors distributed the Roman army along the frontier, ensuring that no single general had command of more than a small fraction of Rome's troops at any one time. And emperors reduced the soldiers' dependence on their commanders by paying them salaries from the imperial treasury.

Women Now Make Up Almost Half of Gamers

That is up sharply from 40% in 2010. What is more, women over 18-years-old now represent a significantly larger portion of the U.S. game-playing population than boys under 18, a demographic that has traditionally been seen as a core target group for game companies. The ESA based its findings on a study of 2,200 U.S. households.

The Advantages of Dyslexia

Whatever the mechanism, one thing is clear: dyslexia is associated with differences in visual abilities, and these differences can be an advantage in many circumstances, such as those that occur in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In physics we know that an engine is capable of productive work only when there are differences in temperature, hot versus cold. It’s only when everything is all the same that nothing productive can get done. Neurological differences similarly drive the engine of society, to create the contrasts between hot and cold that lead to productive work. Impairments in one area can lead to advantages in others, and it is these differences that drive progress in many fields, including science and math. After all, there are probably many more than three kinds of mathematicians, and society needs them all.


In this presentation, we highlight the most important trends fueling the changes: the rise of  payment apps, mobile registers, e-commerce, and the decline of cash and checks. We also show where the payments industry is headed.  Many of the slides are based on charts exclusive to BI Intelligence. 

Ancient Maya Cities Found in Jungle : DNews

No other site has so far been located in this area, which extends over some 1800 square miles, between the so-called Rio Bec and Chenes regions, both known for their characteristic architectural styles fashioned during the Late and Terminal Classic periods, around 600 - 1000 A.D.

In praise of slowness

Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.

5 TED Talks to kickstart your creativity

Out of fresh ideas? These inspiring talks offer the kick-in-the-pants you need to unleash your creative spirit.

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Do Software Engineers Get Enough Respect? | TechCrunch

Whereas in fact any engineer worth her salt will tell you that she makes business decisions daily–albeit on the micro not macro level–because she has to in order to get the job done. Exactly how long should this database field be? And of what datatype? How and where should it be validated? How do we handle all of the edge cases? These are in fact business decisions, and we make them, because we’re at the proverbial coal face, and it would take forever to run every single one of them by the product people…and sometimes they wouldn’t even understand the technical factors involved.

35 Innovators Under 35 | 2014 | MIT Technology Review

Everyone on the list was nominated either by the public or by MIT Technology Review ’s editors. Some got our attention when they were picked by our international publishing partners as Innovators Under 35 for their regions. After our editors pared the roughly 500 nominees to 80 finalists, outside judges rated the originality and impact, or potential impact, of their work; those scores guided the editors as they crafted the list.

Marvel Releases First Photo of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

At Pebble Beach, Aston Martin Debuts Real Life Gran Turismo DP-100

This was a particularly exciting turn of events because while this V12 coupe concept will never make it to production, it does foreshadow many design- and performance cues that we can expect from Aston Martin in years to come. Look for elements like the car’s black wing-like cooling vents and deconstructed LED tail lights in Astons of the future.

Your Gut Bacteria Want You to Eat a Cupcake

But a recent review published in BioEssays suggests that these bacteria might be a little too big for their britches, bossing their hosts around and demanding certain kinds of foods. “Microbial genes outnumber human genes by 100 to 1 in the intestinal microbiome,” the article says, so the microbes are winning the numbers game at least. But it’s not like they’re all on the same team. The authors (who hail from the University of New Mexico and the University of California, San Francisco) note that many different species compete for space and nutrients in our intestines, and the more dominant ones may have more influence on their humans.

A Brief History Of Uber | TechCrunch

Uber epitomizes disruption. The company has changed the way we think about grabbing a ride, incorporating the same technology we take for granted today into a brand new experience for consumers and an opportunity for producers.

Mo'ne Davis: Get to Know Little League's Biggest Star

Mo'ne Davis , the 13-year-old pitcher who has become a Little League World Series sensation, is set to take the mound again on Wednesday night. Her team from Philadelphia plays a squad from Las Vegas on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Hackaday Prize

The Hackaday Prize is open for entries. Document your idea by 8/20/14 to be included in the judging rounds of the contest. If you make the first cut you'll have a couple of months to build some hardware worthy of a trip into space or hundreds of other prizes. Submitting an entry is easy:

Philips Hue Lux Review: Smart Lighting For Less | TechCrunch

Overall, the Hue Lux is a good option for those looking to supplement their existing Hue setup with bulbs for their desk and floor lamps, and for other installations where they just need basic lighting without all the fancy extras like color changing in sync with media playback. If you think about the fact that you can kit out a kitchen’s worth of six overhead sockets for $180 instead of $360, that’s going to make a big difference. The Lux bulbs also use 80 percent less power than a traditional incandescent bulb, and should last a lot longer, too, with estimated life span tapped at 22 years, adding to the overall value proposition.

The Backstory Reimagines The Resume For A New Generation Of Users | TechCrunch has always been about helping users to create a personalized profile page that shows them off in the best light. For much of its existence, that meant helping them to share their hobbies and interests and a little bit about their personalities. Today, though, the company is launching a new feature, called Backstory , that will allow them to share their professional and educational background.

'Extant' Episode 6 Recap: 'We Love Heroes'

Alan tells ISEA deputy director Gordon Kern to destroy footage of the killing, though Gordon protests because "this thing" can't be hidden, and may do even more damage once fully grown. At this point, it seems like the fetus is not really Molly's baby, but rather a vessel for some sinister extraterrestrial entity that has not yet revealed itself. And it's growing more powerful every day — something Sparks keenly understands, as demonstrated by his "show her to me" demand, which prompts the fetus to reveal a vision of his dead daughter Katie as a young girl.

51 On Its 7th Birthday, Is Twitter Still The 'Free Speech Party'?
52 Nobody Wants to See Your Excessive Hashtags on Instagram
53 Shazam Hits 100 Million Active Users As It Gears Up For IPO
54 Skype Will Make Itself Less Noisy Thanks To New, Smarter Chat Notifications | TechCrunch
55 Uber Officially Opens Its API In a Bid To Be Everywhere
56 Bridging The STEM Talent Gap Is Not About Degrees, But Skill Sets | TechCrunch
57 No More Words From TuneWiki As Vert Capital Pulls The Plug On Its Music Lyric App | TechCrunch
58 UniPi Is A Powerful Board That Can Control Your Smart Home | TechCrunch
59 Steven Sotloff, Held By Militants, Has Passion for Islamic World
60 TOMS Shoes: Now Brought To You By Bain Capital
61 PayPal Rolls Out One-Touch Mobile Checkout For Apps | TechCrunch
62 Nudge Is A Dashboard For All Your Fitness Wearables And Apps | TechCrunch
63 Turn Any YouTube Video Into A GIF By Just Adding “GIF” To The URL | TechCrunch
64 Taxi firm Uber to deliver groceries
65 NFL Now launches on Apple TV - CNET
66 Obama Mourns Journalist: Islamic State 'Has No Place in the 21st Century'
67 R.I.P. Skinny Jeans
68 The Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet Sharpens Your Senses On The Road | TechCrunch
69 Big data in the classroom
70 9 Font Jokes More Offensive Than Using Comic Sans
71 The noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real | TechCrunch
72 Tom Daschle’s Son Raises Half A Million To Remake Into The Kickstarter Of Local Politics | TechCrunch
73 9 Amazing Projects Made in Microsoft Excel
74 The Chairless Chair, an invisible chair that you can wear
75 After A Series Of Maintenance Glitches, Bank Simple Rolls Out An Improved, Rebuilt Mobile App | TechCrunch
76 Salesforce Innovation Secrets: How Marc Benioff's Team Stays On Top
77 Craft Coffee’s Coffee DNA Project Is Designed To Find You The Perfect Cup Of Joe | TechCrunch
78 News and Ads to Debut on Snapchat
79 Manufacturers Adding Robots to the Factory Floor in Record Numbers | MIT Technology Review
80 Asus Teases Its Smartwatch Launch For September 3 | TechCrunch
81 Make Better Decisions: 7 Steps
82 Next-Gen Solar Panels Are Nearly Invisible to the Naked Eye
83 Best mobile games of July 2014 - CNET
84 Why Facebook is for ice buckets, Twitter is for Ferguson - Digiday
85 DSTRUX Brings Self-Destructing Files To iOS | TechCrunch
86 Solar is so popular right now, we're facing a shortage of panels!
87 Poll: Who Would Win The WWE IGN Battle Royal - IGN
88 Tiny accelerometer adds motion detection to clothes and cheap phones
89 Looking Ahead To Windows 9 | TechCrunch
90 Beyond Millennials: How to Reach Generation Z
91 Researchers Create Camouflage Tech Modeled After Octopus Skin