Brain: Searching for the first PC virus in Pakistan
A 10-minute video reportage about Mikko Hypponen's trip to Lahore, Pakistan, to find the authors of the first PC virus "Brain". This is the first time Amjad ...
Is this the new iPhone 6?
Your boy Doldo411 gives you the low down on the biggest leak in Apple history! Check it out. Follow @Doldo411 for more updates Featuring Joey Romaine Develop...
Set sail with robots, virtual balconies on tech-filled cruise - CNET
Royal Caribbean says it's hitting the high seas with "the world's first smart ship" this November. Expect high-tech toys aplenty.
The best personal finance apps and software
Intuit’s stalwart personal finance service has been around since 2006, quickly becoming one of the go-to apps for those who prefer checking their finances on the go. The notable company is known for additionally offering both TurboTax and the like-minded Quicken. That being the case, Mint also excels in terms of customer satisfaction and feedback. The service takes a mere second to sync with your bank account(s), allowing you view a quick snapshot of your personal finances and providing insightful analytics regarding your spending habits when it comes to food, entertainment, utilities, and other facets of your monthly budget. You can even tailor the app’s underlying budget restrictions to adhere to your own unique lifestyle, or set bill and low-balance alerts in case you often forget the due date for your gas bill is steadily approaching. Mint even tracks your aforementioned subcategories to give you an up-to-date picture regarding how much you can afford to spend on, say, gas or fast food. Downsides? The software only works in the United States and Canada, and occasionally, the app’s inability to change transaction dates can throw of your entire budget.
Veteran Tech Journalist Anand Shimpi Headed to Apple
Last night, via a post on the site he founded in 1997, Shimpi said he was “officially retiring from the tech publishing world,” but didn’t say what he was doing next. “I won’t stay idle forever. There are a bunch of challenges out there :)”, he wrote.
PAX 2014: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to Receive Four Add-Ons, Season Pass - IGN
The DLC will release on unspecified dates following Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel 's release, each priced at $10 USD –– alternatively, players can purchase the season pass, which includes all four packs, for $30 USD. The add-on packs will showcase new characters and missions, 2K said in a press release.
Protesters Shut Down D.C. Streets for Mike Brown
A large crowd of protesters descended upon a northeast neighborhood in Washington, D.C., taking over the streets for nearly three hours on Saturday night in a symbol of solidarity with their counterparts in Ferguson, Missouri, who called for justice for Mike Brown earlier during the day.
This New 4D Batman Theme Park Ride Looks Like a Giant Nope-Coaster
Growing up outside of St. Louis, there was a Six Flags only a forty-minute drive away. You could look right off the highway and see the sprawling parking lot, the giant Ferris wheel, and the twisted metal of all the roller coasters. The most imposing snake-like construction was Batman: The Ride.
AnandTech Founder Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From Writing | TechCrunch
We don’t always note when fellow tech writers hang up their hats, as those posts can start to seem a bit inside baseball-y. There are times when we just can’t help it, though — some writers are just too darned important. This is gonna be one of those times.
Back to School 2014: The 10 best tablets
By design, tablets are less about work and more about play -- though you'll find some notable exceptions in our roundup of top slates for the back-to-school season. Among them are Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, which features a keyboard case that makes typing on the go bearable, and the ASUS Transformer Book, which also gives you hardware keys via a bundled dock. Of course, there are still plenty of slates made for enjoying your downtime. Click through the gallery below to see them all, and don't forget to check out the rest of our guide !
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OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!
“Child Trauma Challenge! Nominate 2 twitter friends to donate a daily tweet for @operationsafe http://JustCoz.org/operationSAFE”
How great leaders inspire action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...
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Tuscaloosa’s business leaders and elected officials had witnessed the transformation of other southern cities after their school districts had reached a tipping point—the point at which white parents become unsettled by the rising share of black students in a school, and pull their children from the school en masse. School districts in cities such as Birmingham and Richmond had seen their integration efforts largely mooted: just about all the white students had left. As white families had moved out to the suburbs, eroding the tax base, both the schools and the cities themselves had suffered. Many officials in Tuscaloosa obsessed about the rippling consequences of continued white flight. “Money follows kids, and the loss of white students was very, very critical,” said Shelley Jones, who is white and served as a school-board member in the 1990s, and later as the chair.
Meet The Guy Who Makes $1,000 An Hour Tutoring Kids Of Fortune 500 CEOs Over Skype
Indeed, neither can most students or parents. By cashing in on the anxieties — and disposable income — of an elite clientele, Green is capitalizing on a system that is clearly skewed in favor of those students who already have a tremendous advantage. Far from helping to foster a meritocracy, as many of us would like to believe, colleges that base their admissions on standardized testing just as easily reinforce the inequality of American society.
Dragon Age: Inquisition's Co-op Multiplayer Is All About Loot - IGN
Single-player is aiming for a smart marriage of narrative and gameplay systems. Multiplayer is pure, meant to attract role-playing junkies with a passion for loot, combat, and team-based battles in the gorgeous, brutal world of Dragon Age. After completing a multiplayer quest, you’ll take home your found gold to spend on treasure chests, which include items such as item recipes, new equipment, potions, grenades, and salves of varying rarity. Some may even unlock a new hero or character skin. Nine heroes join Dragon Age: Inquisition’s multiplayer roster at launch -- three for each mage/melee/archer class, each unique in their appearance, abilities, and characterization.
My daughter, Malala
Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. "Why is my daughter so strong?” Yousafzai asks. “Because I didn’t clip her wings."
The Dying Tradition of Sri Lankan Stilt Fishing, Captured in Powerful Photos | Raw File | WIRED
Big Fish, small fish - Sri Lanka´s stiltfishermen, Asia, South Asia, Sri Lanka, Midigama; Former fishermen Gigi sits in his shelter on the road and waits for tourist, that will pay him and his brother to climb up their stilt. He last time went fishing some 20 years ago as there are simply no fish left in this strip of the coast. The 2004 tsunami tore down his house and killed several family members. Thus, he is now still in the situation to care for his own income.
Die Stelzenfischer: Asien, Sri Lanka, South Province, Midigama. Der ehemalige Fische G.G. sitzt in seiner Huette am Strassenrand und wartet auf Touristen, die fuer Fotos mit ihm oder seinem Bruder auf den Stelzen vor der Kueste gutes Geld bezahlen. Geangelt hat GG seit zwanzig Jahren nicht mehr. Es gibt vor seinem Strandabschnitt einfach keine Fische mehr.
40 People Who Are Living Proof You Can Make It In Silicon Valley After 40 | TechCrunch
The week after Brian Acton (age 42) sold WhatsApp for $19B, many thought of it as an abnormality. Though the data says otherwise, The Valley still persists in believing you are done if you haven’t “made it” by 30. The actual data shows the average age of peak innovation to be 40. So to offset this idea that you are done if you haven’t “made it” by your 20’s, we give you forty amazing entrepreneurs who “made it” (in the literal sense of started it) after they turned forty years old.
The power of vulnerability
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
Tripping through IBM’s astonishingly insane 1937 corporate songbook
The era of the absurd singing IBM employee dwindled to a close in the 1950s, when Thomas Watson Jr. took over IBM after his father’s death. The music played on strongly in the sales side of IBM’s business until at least the late 1960s, but shifting corporate and cultural mores saw more and more people finding the singing campy and corny. As NetworkWorld’s piece notes, companies began to turn to "t-shirts [and] mugs" to reward employees, rather than the joy of shared song.
Tales of ice-bound wonderlands
Diving under the Antarctic ice to get close to the much-feared leopard seal, photographer Paul Nicklen found an extraordinary new friend. Share his hilarious, passionate stories of the polar wonderlands, illustrated by glorious images of the animals who live on and under the ice.
3 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Their Lives With YouTube
UK rock musician Rob Chapman knows almost as much about reaching an audience online as he does about shredding in the pentatonic scale. With the help of YouTube – and his own energetic, likable personality – his life has undergone an amazing transformation from struggling musician to venue-packing bandleader, product endorser and guitar company owner. His Rob Chapman channel has 198,000 subscribers (adding another 10,000 each month) and attracts 2.8 million views a month. “I’m just a dude who plays guitar in a flat in England and I never knew that it would be like this.”
Do Students Really Have Different Learning Styles?
From Points of Clarification
“Although we have argued that the extant data do not provide support for the learning-styles hypothesis, it should be emphasized that we do not claim that the same kind of instruction is most useful in all contexts and with all learners.” (p116)“Educators’ attraction to the idea of learning styles partly reflects their (correctly) noticing how often one student may achieve enlightenment from an approach that seems useless for another student.” (p116)“It is undoubtedly the case that a particular student will sometimes benefit from having a particular kind of course content presented in one way vs. another.” (p116)From Everybody’s Potential to Learn
“It is undeniable that the instruction that is optimal for a given student will often need to be guided by the aptitude, prior knowledge, and cultural assumptions that a student brings to a learning task.” (p117)Secondly, the efficacy of different learning styles is largely dependent upon the learning outcome you’re looking to achieve. Take the triathlon events. All of us CAN swim, bike and run during the race.
Why do we put so much effort in making kids think and act like us? In this hour, TED speakers explore the different ways babies and children learn — from the womb, to the playground, to the web.
Building Better Teachers
But Green’s account cries out for a look at the bigger picture. She is absolutely correct about the importance of self-critical reflection and collaboration. What she is not the first, or I’m sure the last, to miss are the structural obstacles to importing such an apprentice-style ethos into American teachers’ experience. As it happens, an administrator introduced lesson study as part of the staff’s professional development at a school where I’ve worked. There was just one problem: we teachers—juggling tutoring before and after school, supervising clubs, or coaching sports—had only one period a week to meet as a group. It would be generous to say lesson study didn’t work; it never got off the ground. There typically isn’t time in American teachers’ workdays for this kind of collaborative enterprise.
The man who grew eyes
At the beginning of an organism’s development, the embryo undergoes a process called gastrulation. This seismic event dramatically alters the developmental landscape through a series of mass cell migrations, transforming the growing embryo from a hollow sphere of identical cells to a solid structure that contains three layers, each of which goes on to form different parts of the adult body. The nervous system initially forms as a flat strip of tissue on the outer layer, or ectoderm. This sheet thickens and expands and then, in a process called neurulation, folds in on itself to form a hollow tube that pinches off from the surface of the embryo and descends below it. This tube will eventually become the brain and spinal cord, while the rest of the ectoderm goes on to form skin.
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#Unplug: How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life
Enough already. That’s what Baratunde Thurston, the author of the New York Times best seller How to Be Black and a columnist for Fast Company magazine, was thinking when he unplugged from his digital life. The world’s most connected man left the grid, slowed down, and looked for a better approach to the always-on times we live in. What Thurston discovered in his month offline is funny, personal, insightful—and relevant to anyone looking for more balance. This is just one of the stories in #Unplug: How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life, which features Fast Company’s most practical and inspiring coverage. Stories about a week in the desert at a detox spa for hyperachieving, hyperstressed execs. Life inside a Norwegian company where balance is more than airy HR-speak. A young Rahm Emanuel sharing how he juggles his White House gig and his family. Fast Company has been chronicling this struggle and identifying the best solutions to demanding work lives for years. This collection is an ideal handbook for those who believe working hard and having a life shouldn’t be an either/or proposition.
Why Uber must be stopped
What happens when Uber’s priorities turn to generating cash rather than spending it? What happens to labor — the Uber drivers — when they have no alternative but Uber? What happens when it rains and the surge-pricing spikes and there’s nowhere else to go? A company with the street-fighting ethos of Uber isn’t going to let drivers unionize, and it certainly isn’t going to pay them more than it is required to by the harsh laws of competition. It will also dump them entirely in a nanosecond when self-driving cars prove that they are cheaper and safer. Making the case that drivers are benefitting from the current recruitment wars starts to look like a pretty short-term play. The more powerful Uber gets, the more leverage it will have over labor.
Royal Caribbean's latest ship sports a robot bar, super-fast connectivity
Assuming you weren't traveling on the Carnival Ecstasy or Crown Princess, your last cruise ship probably had flushing toilets and 24/7 electricity, but not much else in the way of tech amenities. Royal Caribbean's latest vessel, the Quantum of the Seas, promises so much more. We've already met the ship's Virtual Balconies , which use 80-inch displays to bring a live sea view to windowless staterooms, but the company just announced a slew of other features, including a new venue called Bionic Bar where you can place an order on a tablet and watch a robotic bartender mix up your concoction.
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Scientists are recording the sound of the whole planet
In a few weeks, sensors in Indiana will go online that will record, in the words of Bryan Pijanowski, every sound the Earth makes. The array of microphones, geophones, and barometric gauges will run for a year, taping everything from the songs of birds arriving in the spring to the vibrations of the continent as ocean waves pound the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. They will measure earthquakes on the other side of the world and the stomping of cattle nearby, the ultrasonic whistles of bats and the barometric drop of cold fronts. “I joke to my physicist friends that if I had a microphone small enough, I could record the Higgs boson,” Pijanowski says.
Apple's New Whiz Kids
The rivalry between Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to dominate the smartphone business is fueling the technology industry's newest talent search: software prodigies as young as 13 who are creating apps for their mobile devices.
How NYC Would Respond to an Actual Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Attack
And what exactly do you do with 2,000 tons of melted marshmallow? To that end, I called up some folks who regularly deal with marshmallow in industrial quantities: Just Born, the makers of beloved Peeps. "This is probably the weirdest question you've ever gotten," I said. "Yeah, it would definitely have to rank up there," Sally, Just Born's customer relations rep replied.
This Map Shows Everything On The Internet At Once
Here's a new way of looking at the world: A map showing the location of every single device connected to the Internet.
We Use DNA to Predict Our Medical Futures, But it May Have More to Say About the Past | MIT Technology Review
Such breakthroughs made it possible to answer one of the longest-running questions about Neanderthals: did they mate with humans? There was scant evidence that they had, and Pääbo himself believed such a union was unlikely because he had found no trace of Neanderthal genetics in human mitochondrial DNA. He suspected that humans and Neanderthals were biologically incompatible. But now that the full Neanderthal genome has been sequenced, we can see that 1 to 3 percent of the genome of non-Africans living today contains variations, known as alleles, that apparently originated with Neanderthals. That indicates that humans and Neanderthals mated and had children, and that those children’s children eventually led to many of us. The fact that sub-Saharan Africans do not carry the same Neanderthal DNA suggests that Neanderthal-human hybrids were born just as humans were expanding out of Africa 60,000 years ago and before they colonized the rest of the world. In addition, the way Neanderthal alleles are distributed in the human genome tells us about the forces that shaped lives long ago, perhaps helping the earliest non-Africans adapt to colder, darker regions.
How the teddy bear taught us compassion
In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear — and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called "teddy bears." Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this toy story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival — and the natural world at large.
Mayor Forces Man To Leave Public Meeting Because He Won’t Stand During Prayer
Winter Garden Mayor John Rees, a nonpartisan official leading an Orlando suburb of about 37,000, was caught on video demanding that an audience member stand for a prayer, which thanked God for “allowing us to live in a country where we’re free to believe, think, and pray.”
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.
I Ghostwrite Chinese Students' Ivy League Admissions Essays | VICE United States
The voice of a college admissions essay is very specific, especially when you’re writing from the perspective of a Chinese exchange student. You have to portray a lot of their expected characteristics while simultaneously fighting against some of their more negative stereotypes. You have to be timid yet idealistic, ambitious yet giving, and reserved yet honest. Selling personal stories of yourself written in the voice of strangers who lack empathy and humility will eventually dissolve you. At the end of every writing season, I always swear I will quit, but I’m still broke with no idea about the shape of my future. I can deny it all I want, but I know, come this fall, I will be in front of my computer at 2 AM mining my brain for another piece of myself to sell for $400.
Bitcoin’s Earliest Adopter Is Cryonically Freezing His Body to See the Future | Threat Level | WIRED
Over the next few days, the temperature of his body will be slowly lowered to -320 degrees Fahrenheit. Eventually, it will be stored in an aluminum pod inside a 10-foot tall tank filled with 450 liters of liquid nitrogen designed to keep him in that state of near-complete suspended animation. “That’s where he’ll remain until such time as we have technologies to repair the problems he had such as ALS and the aging process,” says Max More, Alcor’s director and Finney’s friend of many years. “And then we can bring Hal back happy and whole again.”
How Siri’s Founders Could Have Built The Next Google | TechCrunch
With singular focus, Siri builds out the team and aggressively integrates more services. After not too long, you can ask it to order you a four-meat pizza and a Coke from Papa John’s. Want 1-800-FLOWERS to deliver a bouqet to mom on Mother’s Day? How about checking available flights for your next trip and booking the best one? Sure!
How to Value Your Startup Before Presenting to Investors
But, that is, by far, the exception to the rule. And, if there are no revenues for your business – unless you are a biotech business waiting for FDA approval or some new mobile app grabbing immediate market share before others for examples – raising funds for your business, at any valuation, will be very difficult. Investors need some initial proof of concept to get their attention.
What Happened to Motorola
A big, silver-haired man wearing a dark suit, a Silicon Valley–style open-neck shirt, and a high-wattage smile steps up to the podium. Rick Osterloh has been the president and COO of Motorola Mobility for all of 10 days, the fourth man to run the place since its split from the mother ship. In a few minutes, this amiable Stanford grad will launch visitors on a tour of the slick 14-acre space. They’ll see images and artifacts from Motorola’s storied history—the first car radios, the first handheld mobile phones, the first device to carry voice and video from the moon to the earth—interspersed with lots of glass and metal and Google-bright colors. They’ll visit a game room complete with retro pinball machines, seven big labs with see-through walls, and 10 kitchens with tech themes. (In the NASA kitchen, snack bags nestle inside an Apollo space helmet.)
This Guy Is Launching 12 Startups in 12 Months | Business | WIRED
In April 2013, Levels sold most of his possessions—everything that couldn’t fit into a single carry-on—and booked a flight to Thailand. It took him awhile to get any real work done. Several ideas fell by the wayside. “I’d work on them for a long time, trying to get them perfect, then I’d move on to the next thing,” he says. “I was always scared to launch.” He settled on the 12 Startups in 12 Months gimmick so that he would actually see his ideas through. This past March, he launched his first service, Play My Inbox.
Ikea Just Bought Some Awesome, Bendy Lighting Tech
Thanks for stopping by Fast Company’s Co.Design. Our focus is on highlighting the world’s best examples of design and innovation, working in concert. We started this site with a few simple premises in mind. First, design is a window onto the world at large, and the culture we live in. Designers create objects that meet some unrecognized need. All businesses strive to do the same thing.
Economics is making us greedier
In another experiment, students received money, and could either keep it or donate it to the common pool, where it would be multiplied and divided equally between all participants. On average, students contributed 49% of their money, but economics students contributed only 20%. When asked what a “fair” contribution was, the non-economists were clear: 100% of them said “half or more” (a full 25% said “all”). The economists struggled with this question. Over a third of them refused to answer it or gave unintelligible responses. The researchers wrote that the “meaning of ‘fairness’… was somewhat alien for this group.”
Out of Many, One: The Science of Composite Photography
What results is a sort of meta-tourism. An iconic landmark such as the Statue of Liberty fractures into a dozen possible compositions, with each representing a different set of decisions about how the monument is best depicted—and thus, by extension, telling us something about how the photographers see the world. Do you place Ellis Island in the background, or the Manhattan skyline? What does that choice tell us about how you think of the Statue of Liberty? Are friends and family more often posed at the bottom left, the center, or the bottom right of the picture—and what can we learn from that about the unwritten visual conventions that frame our world?
Giant Chart: Global Internet Usage By The Numbers
It may seem incredible to think it, but back in 2000, there were a mere 394 million Internet users scattered across the world. Fast forward to 2014 and that number has grown to almost 3 billion – that’s nearly 40 percent of all people on Earth. The majority of these can be found in East Asia (41 percent), followed by Europe (26 percent) and North America (14 percent).
The Anxiety Disorder Lurking In Your Pocket
Our gadgets are so interwoven with our lives, it’s fair to argue that they’ve become an extension of who we are. Phones are no longer just phones, they are Life Interface Interface Devices (let’s just go ahead and coin it – they’re LIDs), and losing your LID is no small matter. Back in the day if someone stole your cellphone or you left it in a public bathroom, the loss stung for sure, but was remedied easily enough. Not so with LIDs, which carry as much of you in them as anything else you own.
Finalists selected for $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize - CNET
Are you a gadget lover, not a doctor? International teams are working to create portable devices that could quickly and easily detect common ailments.
IRL: A tablet holder for using your device in bed
I've been using this tablet holder for over a year now (though not every single night, of course) and find it to be very handy, more so than the bendy versions that require more effort to position one's tablet or phone. The hinges are still surprisingly tight, so thankfully, my tablet hasn't yet dropped onto my face. If anything, I'm just disappointed by how some of the metallic fixtures have gone slightly rusty. The tablet bracket's release mechanism can be a bit fiddly when I'm lying on my bed, as the loosened latch drops down due to gravity, which then still locks the bracket's sliding part. Still, given how little I paid for it, these issues are relatively minor.