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HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords over fire, burn risk

There have been 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting, which led to claims for minor burns and property damage, HP and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

Uber Begins Testing Lunch Delivery With UberFRESH | TechCrunch

The uberFRESH service is available in the existing Uber app, as one of the growing number of toggles available on the far right of the slider at the bottom of the app’s interface. It runs during regular weekdays, and is closed on both weekends and holidays, plus again it’s limited to a specific geographic area in Santa Monica during the beta period. The first experiment starts today, and runs until September 5, but Uber says that could be extended if people respond well to the service.

Cast Your Vote in Absurd Creature of the Week’s Tournament of Absurdity! | Science | WIRED

We’re coming up on one whole year of Absurd Creature of the Week! So to celebrate, we’ve used a super-secret, super-complex algorithm to choose the 16 most absurd of the absurd—to pit them against each other in mortal combat (bracket is at the bottom of this post). Now, you will vote to decide which is the very most absurdest of them all. Here are today’s matchups:

Reddit isn't just for arguments about duck-sized horses -- it's a resource more journalists should pay attention to

So why don’t more journalists see this as an opportunity to engage with different communities of interest around stories that they think are important? I think Martin puts his finger on the problem when he says that it’s a cultural — and possibly even generational — thing, in the sense that some journalists simply aren’t interested in what users on Reddit or anywhere else have to say about the topics they write about, because acknowledging or responding to reader feedback simply isn’t a part of what they consider to be their job.

IGN Plays Super Mario 64 - IGN

To celebrate, all month long we're playing 125 of of the greatest Nintendo games ever made. So come on this journey with us, and relive some of our fondest Nintendo-made memories. Up now: The Nintendo 64 classic Super Mario 64!

A Gadget That Stops Seats From Reclining Caused a Plane-Diverting Fight

Although it's nothing new (we wrote about it way back in 2003 !) it's rather surprising that this is the first time the Knee Defender has made headlines. It's almost too simple to be called a gadget: A pair of plastic braces—which cost only $21.95—are inserted on the passenger's tray table arms to prevent the seat in front of them from moving backwards. Airlines spoke out against the Knee Defender when it came out, but the FAA said they did not violate any specific rules. It even pretends to be polite: It comes with little courtesy cards you can print out and hand to the passenger in front of you to explain why their seat reclining feature is temporarily disabled.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Release Date Announced - IGN

Following on from the events of DC Superheroes, Beyond Gotham follows the Caped Crusader on an intergalactic adventure, which sees him out to prevent Braniac from destroying Earth. To achieve his goal, Brainiac is using the power of the Lantern Rings to miniaturise cities from across the cosmos. To stop him, Batman – along with a host of other DC heroes and villains – must visit different Lantern Worlds to collect the Rings and put an end to Braniac's scheme.

The Madness of the Planets - Issue 8: Home - Nautilus

Walsh knit his ideas into a theory he calls the Grand Tack, which creates a startlingly new narrative of how the Earth and other planets formed. At present, Jupiter’s orbit is 5.2 times wider than Earth’s. It is also sticking to its 11.8-year orbit like a metronome. But according to Walsh, Jupiter actually formed quite a bit farther out and then, during the solar system’s initial 5 million years, executed a series of dramatic swoops. First it spiraled inward to the place where Mars is now (about 1.5 times the Earth-sun distance), as the dense gas in the nebula dragged it toward the sun. Then it migrated out past its current location, yanked by the gravitational influence of the newly formed planet Saturn. The whole process took about 500,000 years—an eternity in human terms, but blazingly fast for the solar system, which is 4.6 billion years old.

Fave vs. Fav, A Linguistic Explanation

Because even when the debate about the spelling dies down, there's always pronunciation. As Stanford-trained linguist and data scientist Tyler Schnoebelen points out, the missing "e" from "fav" can create some concerns--namely, "of 79 words that end in -ave in the CMU Pronunciation Dictionary, 63% are pronounced like brave, cave, Dave, gave, pave, rave, wave. Or crave." There is always the case of "have," but Schnoebelen says that most people know that that is a "weird" case. "So 'fave' is probably the easiest to indicate what I take to be the predominant pronunciation," he writes in email.

7 New Technologies Take the Field This NFL Season

The NFL's latest tech innovations will improve the game experience for players, coaches, officials and fans. Here are seven technologies you'll see this football season.

T-Mobile will double your data if you add a tablet

T-Mobile also says that in addition to the extra data, customers will still get the 200MB of free data every month for as long as their tablet shall live on the company’s network. As such, the Uncarrier maintains the promise it made last year to connected tablet customers and adds a new promotion on top of it all. The deal kicks off on September 3 and anyone who has a Simple Choice Plan is eligible for the offer.

August Smart Lock Finally Begins Shipping to Customers

At August, our mission is to make beautiful products that allow your physical environment to seamlessly respond to you. Today, we are one step closer to achieving that goal. We are excited to announce that the August Smart Lock has begun shipping in limited quantities.

Mozilla Unveils $33 Intex Cloud FX Smartphone

On Monday, Mozilla unveiled its first ultra low-cost smartphone, Intex Cloud FX, together with Indian handset company Intex Technologies India Ltd.  The smartphone runs on Mozilla’s Firefox software and supports two SIM cards and is powered by a one gigahertz processor, with expandable memory of up to 4 gigabytes.

The Verge's Back To School Guide 2014

Though Jessica Calvanico, 28, has been out of school for five years, this fall she returns to class. In September, she relocates from New York to California, where she’ll pursue a PhD in feminist studies from UC Santa Cruz. Despite not being a recent student, she's remained familiar with the classroom, teaching undergrad students the past few years. She’s got her study and relaxation rituals down pat: coffee and “listening to the same song on repeat” for the former, and a good comic book or graphic novel for the latter. She swears by paper note-taking, but relies on tools like recorders, microphones, and her iPad to conduct the fieldwork that’s a key part of her research.

Kleiner to invest in messaging startup Snapchat at near-$10 billion valuation: report

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer has agreed to invest in fast-growing messaging startup Snapchat at a valuation close to $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

YouTube Will Soon Offer Option to Import Google+ Videos

Google+ has a number of interesting video-editing features that would benefit from greater exposure on YouTube. Auto-Awesome Movies are pre-generated montages that pull from a user’s photo and video collection on Google+; the feature is novel and the videos produced can be surprisingly slick, but it hasn’t taken off (yet) because it’s difficult to share them beyond Google+. With this new import process, it’ll be easier to publish them on YouTube – a service almost everyone on the web is familiar with and happy to watch on.

Gigaom site news: Introducing Alerts, an easy way to get the stories you care about

Please meet Gigaom Alerts. We’ve been testing this out for a few weeks now (it’s still a beta-stage thing, to be very clear) and we want to invite folks to help us really put it through the paces. Gigaom Alerts allows you to tell us which stories and topics you need the most, and have freshly published blog posts and Gigaom Research reports delivered right into your inbox.

Hands-on: Sweeping BitTorrent Sync update streamlines cloudless file-sharing

That changes on Tuesday with the introduction of BitTorrent Sync 1.4 Beta for Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. The newest version of Sync is a giant leap forward in usability thanks to its improved sharing capabilities and much needed visual overhaul.

Google Acquires Zync To Bring Visual Effects Rendering To Its Cloud Platform | TechCrunch

As Google notes today, it typically takes a very powerful infrastructure to render the special effects in a movie. Most studios have their own render farms for this. Those studios would only need a cloud service to sometimes burst their capacity to finish a job faster. Others, however, don’t have access to their own servers (or don’t want to deal with them), and for them, the cloud is the only way to render their effects.

Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition trailblazes the UK charts

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition is the new UK No.1, displacing The Last of Us: Remastered after three weeks running at the top. Data compilers Chart Track offer a few interesting infobits on the new chart leader, including that the top platform for sales was PS4 with 47 percent of the share. The PS4 version sold more than last year's original Xbox 360 release, but only around 500 units more. Xbox One took 32 percent of the share, Xbox 360 13 percent this time around, and PS3 8 percent. Also rising out of the undergrowth into this week's top ten is Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare , thanks to the brand new PS4 and PS3 versions. It takes third place behind The Last of Us: Remastered , while JRPG Tales of Xillia 2 debuts in an impressive tenth place. Finally, and quite incredibly, FIFA 14 is out of the UK top ten for the first time since its release. If only EA had another upcoming edition of its soccer sim to replace it... Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (3/31/14) Top 10 UK Software Sales (All Formats) ; week ending August 23: Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition The Last of Us: Remastered Plants vs.

Journalism is doing just fine, thanks -- it's mass-media business models that are ailing

Here’s the question implied by Leonard’s argument : Should the internet, or new-media entities like BuzzFeed or Vice or Vox, be judged by whether they have been able to replace the thousands of reporter and editor jobs that have vanished in the last decade? I don’t think they should. That would be a little like judging the early years of the automotive industry based on how many horse or buggy-whip-related jobs it managed to replace. Obviously, Vice and Vox and First Look are not going to reconstruct the kind of print-based news industry that ruled the mass-media world of the 1950s and 1960s. But then why should they?

Google Docs Makes Major Updates That Could Potentially Replace Microsoft Office 365

Monday's updates could become a major threat to Microsoft’s Office 365 service, which requires a paid subscription. Although not as polished as Microsoft’s product, Google Apps can now run some of the basic and most frequently used functions that are available on Office 365 — all for free. 

Fund managers look to make room for Alibaba

The U.S. web portal has struggled to reinvent its core business, but has nonetheless seen its shares more than double in the last two years on the strength of its Alibaba ties. Some investors say Yahoo Inc could be sold to clear room for Alibaba. By some measures, the company carries a high valuation, with its enterprise value to sales ratio surpassing 90 percent of the U.S. stock market, according to Starmine, a Thomson Reuters company.

Chrome 37 Launches with DirectWrite Support on Windows

Google today released Chrome version 37 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Among the changes are better-looking fonts on Windows and a revamped password manager; you can update to the latest release now using the browser’s built-in silent updater, or download it directly from .

Report: Gigantic 12.9-inch iPads Are Coming Next Year

Since the iPhone's launch in 2007, Apple has kept screen sizes simple, offering only four options. Now, the company may be taking a different approach. Bloomberg reports that Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

Another IPO For Boston: HubSpot Files $100 Million Public Offering

The IPO should be a major win for Boston tech, which is already anticipating a big public offering since ecommerce company Wayfair filed to go public just days ago. The two big investor winners should be area venture capitalists Larry Bohn and David Skok: Bohn’s General Catalyst owns 27.1% of the company, having first invested in 2007. Skok and Matrix Partners joined in 2008 and own 17.1%. West Coast investors aren’t left out, as Scale Venture Partners holds 6.8% and Series D investor Sequoia Capital maintains a 10.3% stake. Charles River Ventures and Google Google Ventures are also holders.

Back to school speaker and headphone guide 2014

To help you find the best value for your green, we’ve put together this list of some of the baddest gear this side of the $300 line. We’ve included speakers of all shapes and prices to fill your halls with sound, as well as a nice stash of headphones to help you cruise to class, or block out that weird neighbor who won’t stop playing Minecraft at an exceedingly high volume. So check out our vault of booty, and get jacked for the next step in your scholastic career.

EA hopes to earn $1 billion from add-on content this year

Electronic Arts is aiming to surpass $1 billion in add-on content and DLC sales this year with major expected contributions from its sports franchises, Bloomberg reports . EA spokesperson John Reseburg confirmed with Bloomberg that Madden NFL add-on content revenue grew by 350 percent year-on-year in the financial quarter ending June 30. Reseburg notes that Madden NFL 15 will be a "major contributor" to expected revenue growth in the publisher's sports sector. Add-on content featured in the Ultimate Team modes for the FIFA and Madden franchises drove significant revenue gains over the last year, and EA aims to stabilize its virtual economy with stricter rules banning coin sellers and card-trading bots. [Image: EA] Madden NFL 15 (Moving Pictures)

Asus sketches tease upcoming smartwatch

Asus has posted sketches of its first smartwatch on Facebook today, giving anxious followers a taste of things to come. Expected at IFA in Berlin, Germany next week, the watch has been rumored to carry a lower price point than other Android Wear devices. The sketches don’t give away too many details however we can see it… Read more »

PlayStation and Xbox hit by attacks

A Twitter account that has claimed responsibility for attacking Sony and the other video games firms has linked the attacks to the jihadist group Islamic State, posting: "Kuffar [non-believers] don't get to play videogames until bombing of the ISIL stops."

How much is that Watch Dogs in the window? $36 on Amazon

In Watch Dogs, players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase, and more. The city of Chicago is now the ultimate weapon.

Apple adds Showtime Anytime, iTunes Festival channels to AppleTV

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 07:52 am PT (10:52 am ET) Apple adds Showtime Anytime, iTunes Festival channels to Apple TV By AppleInsider Staff Apple on Tuesday added two new channel options to its set-top streamer, bringing on-demand Showtime Anytime from the cable network as well as a dedicated channel for the upcoming iTunes Festival in London. Showtime Anytime includes both live programming and on-demand access to episodes of popular shows like Homeland and Masters of Sex. As with most other Apple TV channels from paid television networks, Showtime Anytime requires users to authenticate with their cable provider before being allowed to watch the lion's share of the content. The iTunes Festival channel, meanwhile, has been updated for the beginning of next month's concert series in London. Like previous years, Apple TV owners will be able to watch performances live or stream them after the fact. Apple has added a number of channels to the Apple TV in recent months, most recently bringing NFL Now, ABC News, and CNBC, among others.

AT&T merges wireless and business units led by de la Vega

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is merging its wireless and business divisions into a single unit led by Ralph de la Vega, former chief executive of the company's wireless segment, a spokesman for AT&T said on Tuesday.

OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!

“Children react differently to stress. Learn how to help! #quake via @operationsafe”

Grammar's great divide: The Oxford comma - TED-Ed

If you read "Bob, a DJ and a clown" on a guest list, are three people coming to the party, or only one? That depends on whether you're for or against the Oxford comma -- perhaps the most hotly contested punctuation mark of all time. When do we use one? Can it really be optional, or is there a universal rule? TED-Ed explores both sides of this comma conundrum.

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality

J: Absolutely. This gets to my last book about that stuff. To my mind, there are a few proposals that are on the table that are interesting. The one that I’ve been trying to push the hardest was the origin point for networking when it started — Ted Nelson’s idea of the universe of micropayments. The thing about micropayments is they have to be really universal or else there are only tiny pockets of people who get anything and everyone else gets frustrated and pissed off. It has to be big enough to really send some benefits around to everybody. That’s a hard gap to leap over to get to that point. Facebook has a very tough road to hoe here because they have no background in this stuff. Neither does Oculus. They are kind of starting from scratch, but I certainly wish them the very best success. What they can do is create a system where anybody who wants to can set up a super easy system for micropayments and then add to it. They might see this exploding economy that generates a lot of economic growth, a lot of profit, and a lot of distributed benefits for their users.

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality

J: Absolutely. This gets to my last book about that stuff. To my mind, there are a few proposals that are on the table that are interesting. The one that I’ve been trying to push the hardest was the origin point for networking when it started — Ted Nelson’s idea of the universe of micropayments. The thing about micropayments is they have to be really universal or else there are only tiny pockets of people who get anything and everyone else gets frustrated and pissed off. It has to be big enough to really send some benefits around to everybody. That’s a hard gap to leap over to get to that point. Facebook has a very tough road to hoe here because they have no background in this stuff. Neither does Oculus. They are kind of starting from scratch, but I certainly wish them the very best success. What they can do is create a system where anybody who wants to can set up a super easy system for micropayments and then add to it. They might see this exploding economy that generates a lot of economic growth, a lot of profit, and a lot of distributed benefits for their users.

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Apple will replace some iPhone 5 batteries free of charge, claiming "a very small percentage" of the smartphones need to be charged more often and those charges were quickly exhausted.

ESA Galileo Satellites Were Placed In The Wrong Orbit

The Galileo satellites will provide global positioning services for use in navigation, and are interoperable with the American GPS satellite network and Russian GLONASS system. Unlike those two systems, however, the European Galileo network is primarily intended for civilian rather than military use. The first four were successfully launched by Arianespace, and the company announced on August 20 that it had signed an agreement with ESA to place 12 more of the satellites in orbit beginning in 2015.


Experiment is a platform for funding science. We just passed a special milestone that would have been impossible without our awesome backers. We think that they deserve a bit of recognition. So here's all 8,513 of them.

Peking University Implants First 3D Printed Vertebra

The patient, a 12 year old boy, had a malignant tumour in his spinal cord. After hours  of specialized spinal cord surgery, doctors replaced a section of cancerous vertebra in his neck with the 3D printed piece.

THE BEACONS FAQ: It's Time To Set The Story Straight About Beacons And Apple's iBeacon System

Sort of. iBeacon is not an off-the-shelf beacon that retailers can buy and install in their stores (at least not yet). Apple has filed documents with the Federal Communications Commission, which suggest that the company wants to manufacture iBeacon hardware. Currently, iBeacon is a system built into the latest version of Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system that lets iPhones and iPads constantly scan for nearby Bluetooth devices. When iBeacon identifies a beacon, it can wake up relevant apps on someone's phone, even when an app is closed and not running in the background. Additionally, iPads and iPhones can act as beacons; they can emit beacon signals to wake up apps on other iOS devices. 

Make Your Own World With Programmable Matter - IEEE Spectrum

While the holy grail is a sea of tiny machines working together to perform such magic, Goldstein sees the basic ideas of programmable matter being applied to objects at all scales, from atoms to house bricks, or perhaps even larger. It’s almost a philosophy: a determination among today’s researchers to make their creations more intelligent, more obedient, and more sensitive, imbuing them with qualities that will eventually make them act almost like living things—like matter with a mind of its own.

12 Back-to-School Dorm Supplies You Can Leave Behind

Leave the tool kit at home. You'll probably use it once on move-in day, and that's it. On the off chance that you do need a hammer or screwdriver, there should be a tool kit available to borrow in your dorm building or from your school's maintenance department.

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I Went From Grad School to Prison

This past spring, Cecily McMillan rode a bus across a bridge to Rikers Island, home of the notorious New York City jail. When the Occupy Wall Street activist was released nearly two months later, she had left her old self behind.

Which country does the most good for the world?

It's an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, "Which country does the most good?" The answer may surprise you (especially if you live in the US or China).

Seminal Bauhaus Texts Now Available For Free

Texts by Piet Mondrian, Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, and other leading Bauhaus artists have been digitized by Bibliotheque Kandinsky.

Miley Cyrus' VMA Date Is a Wanted Man in Oregon

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.

Burning Man Isn't What You Think, and Never Has Been

I have attended fabulous and random four-course dinner parties during sunset on the playa. I've seen camps bring tanks of liquid nitrogen just so they can make ice cream for anyone who stops by. One year I had the ridiculous notion to take Chinese food delivery orders from my camp long before the event. For those who took me seriously, I ordered, vacuum-packed and froze their meals the day I drove out, then heated and delivered the results to their tent doors in their original containers the next day. That sort of thing happens all the time. Bilton's notion that nearly all Burners are eating ramen noodles is the column's other tired cliche.

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57 'Orange is the New Black' Star: Emmys Needs 'Dramedy' Cateogry
58 Jet-Engine Music Is the Song of the Summer for Aviation Geeks
59 The Chairless Chair Lets You Sit Anywhere
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61 The 5 Most Important LinkedIn Features You Aren't Using Correctly
62 Science Confirms It: If You Want To Succeed, You Have To Screw Up
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65 Twitch Fans Are OK With an Amazon Takeover, 'Cause Hey, It's Not Google
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71 There's no hope for Amazon's Fire Phone
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73 Whopper? Microsoft Skirts Billions In Taxes, Google, HP & Apple Have It Their Way Too
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