'Get him': How four men foiled a bloody French train attack
Passengers who helped subdue a gunman on a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday describe the harrowing ordeal.
Android 'M' is for Marshmallow
Android 6.0 has a name: Marshmallow
The 100 Best Android Apps of 2015
Beat the heat with some cool new apps for your Android. These are our favorites in a wide variety of categories.
Watch: Boston Dynamics' humanoid Atlas robot can now chase you through the forest
Are you a keen hiker? Maybe you go for a run through the woods in the morning? Maybe you're looking forward to your next camping trip right now? If any of
Google's making it easy for you to get solar panels onto your roof
Google’s ‘Project Sunroof’ makes it easy to get solar panels onto your roof
'Woman' in Mars rover pic is not quite as she appears - CNET
What looks like a mysterious figure in a Mars photo gets the Internet excited; CNET's Eric Mack asks NASA what the space agency makes of it all.
Donald Trump says he's Batman. He's really Bizarro Lex Luthor
Donald Trump's bid for the presidency has electrified the country. The man is inescapable; it's a bit like watching a comic book villain come to life and take over the airwaves all before announcing his plan to poison the nation's water supply.
There's going to be a Darth Vader edition PlayStation 4
Here at D23 Sony just announced there there's going to be a new themed variant of the PS4 console — and that theme is Darth Vader himself. The console features an etching of Darth Vader's profile...
Hack Amazon's Dash buttons to do things other than buying stuff
Amazon's Dash buttons are tiny adhesive physical triggers that can order for you, through the magic of WiFi, anything you need to stock up on. But that's not th...
How to choose a sorority that empowers you
3 must-ask questions when choosing a sorority you can be proud of.
100 Inch Projector Screen for $20
This extremely cheap and easy project took me roughly 15 minutes to complete, and 10 of that was clearing space enough on my floor to cut the panel a...
Burst of plasma on the sun looks weirdly like the Eiffel Tower
A burst of solar plasma looks strangely like the Eiffel Tower in a photo taken by a sun-gazing NASA mission.
Half-Line is a Mashup Between Hotline Miami and Half-Life 2 - IGN
Called Half-Line , the game takes after Hotline Miami's isometric and fast-paced game style with the aesthetic and atmosphere of Half-Life 2. Creator Thomas Kole calls it "a video game mashup between Half-Life 2 and Hotline Miami," saying he "made this game as a declaration of [his] love for these 2 games, and as an experiment in game design."
Chinese police arrest 15,000 for Internet crimes
BEIJING Police in China said on Tuesday they had arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that "jeopardized Internet security", as the government moves to tighten controls on the Internet.
Why this matters: It’s not unusual for an app to request access to other parts of your phone, like your contacts so you can find friends or your Camera Roll so you can share photos. That’s exactly how Spotify plans to use its access to your contacts and photos. But typically apps ask for that access up front, not quietly change their privacy policies to make it sound like users have no choice. In the year 2015, have companies really learned nothing from Facebook’s history of privacy screw-ups? Ek was initially defensive when users tweeted him for an explanation of the new policy, but he quickly realized that 140 characters weren’t quite enough to outline the reasons behind the changes.
Nintendo patent hints at a return to disc-free game consoles
There aren't any big clues as to the NX's hardware, and there's no guarantee that this amounts to a Nintendo roadmap. It could easily change its mind if it decides that it needs Blu-ray or another format to handle large releases. However, a disc-free system certainly makes sense, especially for a system that might not ship for another year or two. While all the big TV game consoles currently ship with disc drives, it's no secret that the technology is on its way out -- it's slow, complicates game updates and adds to the cost of a system. Ditching plastic media would let Nintendo embrace the future while keeping its historically low hardware prices.
Extend the Music trial period, Apple
But Apple gave us three months to try out Apple Music, but I can’t help but think, nay, hope , that Apple didn’t provide three months of a trial period because they knew that Music was broken. But that’s been my thoughts for awhile now. I can’t help but think that Apple knew Music wasn’t up to par, and that customers would probably be unable to justify paying for a product that is as broken as Music is — even if it’s an Apple product. (Of course, we all know this isn’t true. Apple fans will pay for any Apple thing, no matter what.) So, give them three months of free service as they work on fixing it behind the scenes, and then give them a week and a half of a product’s truly good service for free.
1910: A tender moment between father and son
Riding zebras looked boss but was not chill at all
Wreaking havoc: Ashley Madison breach shows hackers' shifting motives - CNET
It used to be that the hacks we heard about in the news involved financial information, stolen identities and espionage. That's still a big problem. But Ashley Madison shows that an old hacking trend has reemerged: unearthing private information just to grab attention. Indeed, cybersecurity experts say hackers can have any number of motivations, and some people like to wield power just because they can. That means your intimate information could be out there for everyone in the world to see.
Don’t Be Apple
There is so much to admire about Apple. They make superb, beautiful products. Their amazing comeback story is unparalleled in corporate history. Steve Jobs has become something akin to a modern-day patron saint of the tech industry. Tim Cook is, rightly, enormously respected.
A billion-dollar tech 'unicorn' was born every week this year, but winter is coming
The argument for keeping calm, which was advanced by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz earlier this year, is that the amount of money going to tech unicorns is still nowhere near the amount of money that was pumped into public dotcom companies during the 1999/2000 bubble. And the current crop of companies are addressing a market of Internet users that is vastly larger than the market that existed 15 years ago. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesI see dead unicorns: Bill Gurley, general partner at Benchmark Capital.
Ralph Lauren’s new smart Polo shirts combine fashion and technology
High-tech, meet high fashion. With Ralph Lauren’s introduction of its new “smart” PoloTech shirt , high-tech fashion is now synonymous with high-fashion technology. For a cool $295, you can be the proud owner of one of these luxury items, made all the more impressive by their next generation material (or, if you’re a purist, their name brand design). With the silver fibers that have become a mainstay in smart clothing, including in radiation protecting underwear, Ralph Lauren’s PoloTech shirt tells you how to work out, and records information about your exercise routine so that you look as good out of the shirt as you do in it.
LG Nemo could be highest-res Android Wear smartwatch yet
Phandroid picked up a tip suggesting LG is working on a new wearable codenamed Nemo that could feature a 480 x 480 pixel display. If the rumors are true, this would be a serious bump up in pixel density for Android Wear devices.
Apple Offers Free Fix For ‘Small Percentage’ Of iPhone 6+s With Faulty Camera
Apple is offering iPhone 6+ owners the opportunity to replace the iSight camera on their device for free, after the U.S. company found that “a small percentage” of models produce blurry images.
How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity
Leonardo’s own childhood was so unusual and tumultuous that it calls for consideration in examining his brain development. The illicit child of a rich playboy from the city and a poor peasant girl from the picturesque Tuscan town of Vinci, he grew up without a real father — an ambitious notary, his father refused to marry Leonardo’s mother in order to avoid compromising his social status. The little boy was raised by a single mother in the countryside. Eventually, his father arranged for his mother to marry another man, and he himself married a sixteen-year-old girl. Leonardo was taken from his mother and awkwardly included in his father’s household as a not-quite-son. But the father-figure in his life ended up being his kindly uncle Francesco, whom the boy grew to love dearly. He remained in contact with his mother throughout his life and evidence from his notebooks suggests that, like Andy Warhol , he invited her to live with him as she became elderly.
10 TED Talks by women that everyone should watch
Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight — and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment. As pioneering doctor Paula Johnson describes in this thought-provoking talk, lumping everyone in together means we essentially leave women's health to chance. It's time to rethink.
Does money make you mean?
It's amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there's good news too. (Filmed at TEDxMarin.)
Science Isn’t Broken
The scientific method is the most rigorous path to knowledge, but it’s also messy and tough. Science deserves respect exactly because it is difficult — not because it gets everything correct on the first try. The uncertainty inherent in science doesn’t mean that we can’t use it to make important policies or decisions. It just means that we should remain cautious and adopt a mindset that’s open to changing course if new data arises. We should make the best decisions we can with the current evidence and take care not to lose sight of its strength and degree of certainty. It’s no accident that every good paper includes the phrase “more study is needed” — there is always more to learn.
The magic of Fibonacci numbers
Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)
Hummingbirds Are Fierce, Deadly Gods of War
Hummingbirds seem to be composed of equal parts bumblebee and electron, and they sport coats of iridescent feathers so fetching, you’d think every day was Fat Tuesday. They’re the world’s smallest birds, weighing less than nickels do, and they just seem so, well, adorable. But the Aztecs had a rather different view of these birds.
Should you donate differently?
Technology allows us to give cash directly to the poorest people on the planet. Should we do it? In this thought-provoking talk, veteran aid worker Joy Sun explores two ways to help the poor.
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.
William Gibson riffs on writing and the future
Well, in science fiction I think the classic advice from Robert Heinlein was, in order to be a writer you had to finish what you wrote, submit what you’d written for publication, and without waiting to see whether it was rejected or accepted, start writing something else, which you’d then finish. And when the first piece was rejected, you’d immediately submit it somewhere else. Heinlein said that if you simply kept doing that, you’d become by default a writer, and eventually a published one. I think that my version, my advice would be even simpler than that — although that’s really good advice, because if you skip any of Heinlein’s steps you’re not likely to become a published writer — but I think that good fiction is written by people who’ve read a lot of fiction. That seems to be the common denominator. If you think you want to be a writer but you don’t like reading, you should look at that, because there might be something going on. So I would recommend that people read a lot, and as broadly as possible, and then I would suggest that people write a lot. You have to have written a very good deal in order to become really good at it.
How to land on a comet
As manager of the Rosetta mission, Fred Jansen was responsible for the successful 2014 landing of a probe on the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In this fascinating and funny talk, Jansen reveals some of the intricate calculations that went into landing the Philae probe on a comet 500 million kilometers from Earth — and shares some incredible photographs taken along the way.
Banksy Made A Theme Park And It’s Terrifying
It’s theme park in the most literal sense—a heavy-handed doom and gloom play on Disneyland, complete with a grim reaper riding in a bumper car and a dead Cinderella tumbling out of her over-turned pumpkin chariot. There’s also an Orca jumping out of a toilet because, art.
Putting Elon Musk and Steve Jobs on a Pedestal Misrepresents How Innovation Happens | MIT Technology Review
If Musk’s unwillingness to look beyond himself sounds familiar, Steve Jobs provides a recent antecedent. Like Musk, who obsessed over Tesla cars’ door handles and touch screens and the layout of the SpaceX factory, Jobs brought a fierce intensity to product design, even if he did not envision the key features of the Mac, the iPod, or the iPhone. An accurate version of Apple’s story would give more acknowledgment not only to the work of other individuals, from designer Jonathan Ive on down, but also to the specific historical context in which Apple’s innovation occurred. “There is not a single key technology behind the iPhone that has not been state funded,” says economist Mazzucato. This includes the wireless networks, “the Internet, GPS, a touch-screen display, and … the voice-activated personal assistant Siri.” Apple has recombined these technologies impressively. But its achievements rest on many years of public-sector investment. To put it another way, do we really think that if Jobs and Musk had never come along, there would have been no smartphone revolution, no surge of inter
TED Talks on the weird science of love
Love often feels inexplicable, the most unpredictable of forces. Using science, math and methodical observation, these speakers offer clues to understanding it.
How scientists make people laugh to study humor
As with live TV shows and comedy clubs, we “warm people up” by spending time with them, watching stuff and laughing together, until we’re ready to throw them into the chamber to start recording their mirth. There is some science behind this: Laughter is contagious, and it’s much easier to make someone laugh again if they’re already laughing. So we try and get groups of people to come in at once, and if possible, groups of people we know, and who know each other. We are thirty times more likely to laugh if we’re with someone else than if we’re on our own, and we’re more likely to “catch” laughter from someone we know than someone we don‘t know.
MIT figured out how to 3D print using glass instead of plastic
The system uses a pair of heated chambers stacked atop one another; the 1900-degree F upper chamber acting as a Kiln Cartridge and the lower chamber serving to anneal the constructed structures. Researchers at MIT Media Lab collaborated with the school's Mechanical Engineering Department, the MIT Glass Lab and Wyss Institute to create the 3DGP. The team believes that method could eventually lead to better quality and less expensive fiber optics.
What is Solve?
Learn about MIT’s initiative that asks extraordinary people to work together to find solutions to the extraordinarily hard problems facing our global community: http://solve.mit.edu/
11 math talks to blow your mind
Numbers, patterns and equations are at the core of these talks, which will teach you how to fold better origami and how to quantify history.
The 10 Most-Pirated Movies
The great thing about TorrentFreak's most-pirated movie list is that it gives us insight into the flicks that are popular among people who don't want to open their wallets to pay for a movie ticket. Take Furious 7 , for instance. Furious 7 's been a major player in the pirated movie space since its April release, making it one of the most-popular stolen movies of the year—and it still grossed more than $1.5 billion dollars worldwide. Does this mean that the Vin Diesel vehicle would've grossed significantly more dollars if there were less bootlegging? Who knows. Pirating's impact is hard to gauge, in that regard, and you can find people passionately arguing both sides of the issue.
This new 3D printed glass looks just like pouring honey
Humans have been making glass in various forms for thousands of years, from glassblowing techniques developed by the Roman empire to the industrial methods of the 1950s, floating molten glass on huge baths of melted tin. One particularly ancient process though, in which molten glass is coiled around a solid core, has been revived with the help of modern technology. MIT's Mediated Matter Group has unveiled a new way to 3D print glass , removing the need for a solid core but coiling the material in molten strands just like our ancestors did thousands of years ago.
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Five Ways to Lie with Charts - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus
A chart’s purpose is usually to help you properly interpret data. But sometimes, it does just the opposite. In the right (or wrong) hands, bar graphs and pie charts can become powerful agents of deception, tricking you into inferring trends that don’t exist, mistaking less for more, and missing alarming facts. The best measure of a chart’s honesty is the amount of time it takes to interpret it, says Massachusetts Institute of Technology perceptual scientist Ruth Rosenholtz: “A bad chart requires more cognitive processes and more reasoning about what you’ve seen.”
Is math discovered or invented? - Jeff Dekofsky
Would mathematics exist if people didn't? Did we create mathematical concepts to help us understand the world around us, or is math the native language of the universe itself? Jeff Dekofsky traces some famous arguments in this ancient and hotly debated question.
Belief in Evolution Versus National Wealth
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Petition for Jon Stewart to moderate presidential debate is no joke - CNET
The Change.org petition was started two weeks back but began to go viral two days ago and is now rocketing toward its goal of a minimum of 200,000 signatures. It calls for one of the major debates held in the weeks leading up to the November 8, 2016, election to be hosted by Stewart, citing his experience interviewing political leaders and heads of state, his Peabody Award-winning coverage of the 2000 and 2004 elections, and a poll showing that 52 percent of respondents thought Stewart shared their "view of the world."
The most timeless songs, measured using play counts on Spotify
20 years have passed since No Diggity's release. Its popularity on Spotify, relative to every other song from the 90s, is a strong signal for whether it will be remembered by our children’s children. So let's examine every song that ever charted, 1990 - 1999, and rank them by number of plays on Spotify, today.
What Happens When Police Officers Wear Body Cameras
Sometimes, like the moments leading up to when a police officer decides to shoot someone, transparency is an unalloyed good. And especially lately, technology has progressed to a point that it makes this kind of transparency not just possible, but routine.
Tesla and Airbnb partner to install chargers at prime rental locations
But not every Airbnb host will be able to get a charger installed. To be eligible, Airbnb hosts must list an entire home, have had more than five bookings, and have an average rating of 4+ stars. Tesla will then select a minimum of 100 properties from the pool of applicants. And while eligible hosts will receive the $750 charger for free, they will still have to pay for the installation themselves — a service that can cost up to $900.
Growing new organs
Anthony Atala's state-of-the-art lab grows human organs — from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. At TEDMED, he shows footage of his bio-engineers working with some of its sci-fi gizmos, including an oven-like bioreactor (preheat to 98.6 F) and a machine that "prints" human tissue.
How do tech’s biggest companies compare on diversity?
Last week Apple finally released the Equal Employment Opportunity report detailing the diversity of its US workforce. The so-called EEO-1 accompanied Apple’s second diversity report with a note meant to discredit the validity of the government-mandated data. "The EEO-1 has not kept pace with changes in industry or the American workforce over the past half century," reads the Apple diversity page . "We believe the information we report elsewhere on this site is a far more accurate reflection of our progress toward diversity." Google , Facebook , and Microsoft describe similar inadequacies in their EEO-1 reports.
Here's a simple way to find out what's in your food
Spe.lt is a Web app that instantly shows you nutritional information for whatever food stuff you type into the search box. It then allows you to add items to a list, totalling your consumption.
Paint It Pink
Watch as Adam machines hollow tire spikes for the spy car revisit ... complete with Savage flair and physics lesson.
How “The End of the Tour” Nails an Entire Profession - The New Yorker
Whether Eisenberg is thumbing the dog-eared book of his interview subject, interleaved with Post-its, on the airplane ride to their first rendezvous; or striding through the bleak parking garage with a hold-all slung over a slumped shoulder and a rental-car key in his hand; or apologizing for pressing the on-button of his hand-held cassette recorder within moments of crossing his subject’s threshold; or ingratiatingly reassuring the subject that his answers don’t sound stupid, not at all; or nervously deflecting questions about himself with jokes about just who is interviewing whom, his delivery of the tropes and gestures of the profile-writing reporter is pitch-perfect. Every time Eisenberg’s eyes flickered to his tape recorder to insure that the red “recording” light was showing, I cringed with recognition. For the record, I’ve never rifled through the bathroom cabinet of anyone I’ve interviewed, nor whispered a description of my subject’s apartment into my audio recorder while he’s clearing snow off his car, two creepy things that Lipsky is shown doing. But the movie is apt in its insinuation that there is sometimes very little daylight between doing the reporting necessary for a magazine profile of someone and compiling a surveillance dossier upon him or her.
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!
See-through swimming pool to span a street, 10 stories up - CNET
"The Sky Pool's transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade," said Sean Mulryan, the CEO of Ballymoore, the developer behind the buildings and the pool. Those new technologies will create a pool that's 25 metres long by 5 metres wide (90 by 19 feet) with water 1.2 metres (4 feet) deep. By our back-of-a-napkin maths, that's 150,000 litres of water weighing 150 metric tonnes. Holding back the tide is a hefty but transparent 20cm (8 inches) of glass.
China explosion: Fires at Shandong chemical plant - BBC News
Howard Zhang of BBC Chinese says that the blasts at Shandong and Tianjin have taken on a political significance and threaten to overshadow China's celebrations of the 70th anniversary of its victory over Japan in World War Two.