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This cat's dinner hinges on its skill in hunting RFID-tagged toys - CNET

A tech-enabled feeding system keeps a modern house cat busy hunting special balls that trigger his meals.

'Star Wars Battlefront': a fine line between authenticity and fun

The Star Wars Battlefront franchise has a simple goal: to put players in the middle of huge, sprawling battles ripped straight from the films and wider f

Blizzard's huge 'World of Warcraft: Legion' expansion hits beta this year

Here's the details on Blizzard's next World of Warcraft expansion

A game about a dude and his dragon is my Xbox One must-have

PlatinumGames is on a roll. The Japan-based studio is less than a decade old, but already it's put out a string of critically acclaimed titles such as Ba

How to make a Fantastic Four Thing costume

So my friend Big dave asked me to build him a “Thing” suit from marvel comics for the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. -Special note that some o...

This is how you'll customize the Xbox One 'Elite' controller

We got up close and personal with the Xbox One's incredibly expensive Elite controller at E3, but how do all those modular bits and bobs work? A new vide

Prince reveals new album 'HITNRUN' will be exclusive to Tidal on Sept. 7

Prince, who once proclaimed "the Internet's completely over" in 2010, is now courting fans on Jay Z's Tidal with a new album exclusively for Tidal users.

Tesla’s charging station prototype looks like an evil robotic snake

Tesla Motors has published a video of a new charging station prototype.

Handy Device Shows Where Patient's Veins Are Located

The VeinViewer uses harmless, near-infrared light to show precisely where veins are located and take the guesswork out of the process.

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Apple's third iOS 9 public beta brings gorgeous new wallpapers

While iOS 9 packs a host of new features, like transit directions in maps, the update is focused on delivering a smoother, faster experience on Apple's mobile devices. But the new wallpapers stand as the most notable addition to this slightly improved pre-release version of Apple's upcoming software update.

The Days of Squinting at Laptops in the Sun Are Almost Over

There’s also the fact that matte can cost more. “Glossy screens are the byproduct of manufacturers cutting corners and not adding the matte finish to the display,” says Andrew Serenyi of NuShield , which creates anti-glare screens. “[Cost] is the reason [manufacturers] originally eliminated the anti-glare coating and now refer to the devices as [having] high-definition displays.” NuShield’s DayVue film can be placed over your screen and makes your screen readable in direct sunlight, even if you’re wearing polarized sunglasses. The film basically works against the nature of your glare-prone screen by canceling out reflecting light but still letting enough through so you can, you know, see it. It also fights blueish light so that it’s readable when you’re wearing sunglasses; otherwise, things can get  too dark.

Microsoft's Outlook email app arrives on the Apple Watch

Microsoft has been a  strong supporter of the Apple Watch , and that's continuing today with the release of Outlook for Apple Watch. If you have been using the Outlook email app for iOS then it already works relatively well with the Apple Watch, but the latest update makes it easier to see full emails and the ability to now reply to messages. By default, Outlook notifications on the Apple Watch now show a lot more of the email body instead of cutting it short after a couple of sentences. While you still can't reply instantly from a notification, you can now tap on the Outlook icon in the notification to launch a dedicated Outlook Apple Watch app that lets you see an overview of email and reply to any messages using quick replies or dictation.

Uber lawyer says class action trial in California could set a risky precedent

SAN FRANCISCO A lawyer for ride service Uber, which has been sued by drivers who contend they should be considered employees and are seeking class action status, said it would be preferable to have a trial just on the three drivers who filed the complaint in order to avoid setting a risky precedent.

Lincoln Continental's 30-way power seats treat your cheeks individually - CNET

In its search for the perfect chair, Lincoln designers studied first-class and private jet cabins, and unsurprisingly, the resulting Venetian-leather-clad perches not only feature heating and cooling, but also a rolling-pattern massage to reduce muscle fatigue by keeping leg- and lower-back muscles and blood vessels stimulated. Indeed, Jonathan Line, Lincoln's advanced seat innovation supervisor, says, "We're really taking it from a health and wellness angle... [delivering] a holistic approach for comfort and relaxation - stress relief - to the customer in ways they can't get it today."

Fox News web stream and mobile app fail during GOP debate

At first glance, one might think that it was overwhelming demand that killed the live stream. It's worth noting, however, that Fox News requires viewers to be cable subscribers in order to view a live stream of its programming through its website or mobile apps. So it wasn't cord-cutters trying to watch online — it was people with a legitimate cable subscription who were still unable to access the stream.

11 Of The Most Dazzling Apple Stores Around The Globe

This location opened its doors in 2015. At the time, it was the largest Apple Store in Asia . It's located on West Lake, or Xi Hu, a historic body of water that has inspired artists for centuries. Apple's minimalist store here boasts ceilings almost 50 feet high and has no visible support columns. The vertical panels in its glass façade reach from the ground to the ceiling with no interruptions, and the interior's second level appears to float freely over the ground floor.

Informatica goes private, counts Microsoft, Salesforce as strategic investors | ZDNet

The deal to go private valued Informatica, a key data integration player, at $5.3 billion, or $48.75 a share in cash. The company will be controlled by Permira funds and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, but Microsoft and Salesforce Ventures became strategic investors as the deal closed.

Pornhub launches a Netflix-style subscription service

For you, dear readers, we braved a peek behind the paywall to see what's in store, taking a rough survey of some categories to see what's on offer. For the handful of selections we viewed, there's around 4-5 pages of exclusive clips for each particular special interest, although one barely had half a page and another had more than 10. As such, it's likely that, depending on what you're into, that $9.99 might be a total bargain or a bit of a turn off.

The secret to Disneyland's anniversary spectaculars? Tinker Bell pixie dust and one-of-a-kind tech - CNET

To mark the park's 60th anniversary, the Walt Disney Co. revamped Disneyland Resort's nighttime celebrations, which it refers to as "spectaculars:" the electrical parade, fireworks display and water show that visitors stake out spots to watch hours before it starts. Davis and his team were tasked with turning the creative aspirations for the shows into reality. That meant tackling first-of-its-kind technological effects, the latest stride in Disneyland's legacy of innovation.

These Drone Videos Make Extreme Sports Look Even More Extreme

We’re all fans of jaw-dropping movies filmed by drones, but throw jet skis and dirt bikes into the mix and you’ve got sports footage that makes ESPN look like camcorder home videos.

The developer of the best Android app for Twitter works for Twitter now

The man behind one of Twitter's best third-party Android clients has been hired by Twitter itself. Joaquim Vergès (no relation!), developer of Falcon Pro, tweeted today that  he is going to work for the company after a somewhat conflicted history.

Verizon Kills Off Subsidies And Contracts, Simplifies Data Plans

Verizon announced a brand new line-up of monthly plans for new customers. Following T-Mobile’s model, plans are now a bit cheaper and easier to understand. But you should expect to pay more for your phone as Verizon (TechCrunch’s parent parent company) will only sell you unsubsidized phones.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 heads to NFL sidelines this year, and HoloLens could be next - CNET

Microsoft's also got a new version of its Xbox One NFL app, and it's making its way to Windows 10 as well in late August. Like last year's app, the Xbox One experience aims to fold live TV fed in through HDMI-in with streaming video, fantasy football stats, and highlights during games. Some of these NFL features require subscriptions to NFL Sunday Ticket or NFL Redzone. The NFL is also launching a $9.99 per month Game Pass service, replacing Game Rewind from last year and offering up Hard Knocks and other shows. The point being: you can watch all this on Xbox One via the app, but you'll have to pay for a lot of it. But everyone will still be able to get game stats, fantasy stats, and game highlights for free.

Fantastic Four Director Implies Studio Meddled With His Movie - IGN

Josh Trank , director of Fox's near-universally-panned Fantastic Four movie, has tweeted out that we'll never see the "fantastic" version of his movie that he had a year ago.

Which case are you using for your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

Last year, Apple introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with an all-new design. Prior to that for three years in a row, Apple launched a new iPhone (iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s) which appeared to be an iteration of the iconic design of the iPhone 4 with hard corners and chamfered edges.

What Highly Successful People Know About Perseverance

When Muhammad Ali was asked if he liked training, he replied: "I hated every minute of training, but I said to myself, ‘Don’t quit, suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.’" Ali prepared for his fights by pushing himself, no matter how much it hurt. That's what every tough-minded person does when they're trying to achieve something difficult. They power through the obstacles, and they don’t give up.

Worker at Apple iPhone Assembler in China Dies in Suspected Suicide

Foxconn said the 28-year-old male worker was found outside one of its buildings on the central China campus Tuesday. A New York-based advocacy group, China Labor Watch, reported that the worker jumped from a building to his death in an apparent suicide.

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See who scored points in the GOP debate, according to Google - CNET

Google tracked which candidates were drawing the most search interest throughout the debate, and in the end, Trump remained on top after weeks of being the most searched candidate for the White House. Lesser-known surgeon Ben Carson came in a surprising second at the end of the debate and Sen. Ted Cruz also had a moment toward the beginning where he topped search interest.

Design flaw in Intel processors opens door to rootkits, researcher says

Intel did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to Domas, the chipmaker is aware of the issue and has mitigated it in its latest CPUs. The company is also rolling out firmware updates for older processors, but not all of them can be patched, he said.

9 Things Teenagers Can Teach You About Instagram

If you're posting seven photos all at once, you're doing something wrong. I'm not going to tell you exactly when or how often to post, but if I'm scrolling through my Instagram, and I'm only seeing pics from your account, I'll be tempted to unfollow. At the same time, you don't want to be so inactive that you leave 20-week gaps between your posts -- people will think you deleted the app and might unfollow you.

Top 10 technology schools

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Mass., is the second best technology school in the country, with a 93 percent graduation rate. The average net price of a degree comes in at a $166,855, but students can expect an average starting salary of $72,500 per year after graduating. As one of the top engineering schools, it's ranked number 1 for chemical, aerospace/aeronautical, computer and electrical engineering. The top employers for the 57 percent of graduates that enter the workforce immediately include companies like Google, Amazon, Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil. Another 32 percent of students, however, go on to pursue a higher degree.

Firefox security glitch exploited by malicious ad that could steal users’ local files

In effect, the attacker was able to circumvent Firefox’s security and inject a malicious script that searched for key files on a user’s machine and then uploaded them to a remote server, thought to be located in the Ukraine. This would’ve applied to anyone loading the page with the exploit on it — and the exploit left no trace, according to Mozilla.

You Know What Else Sucks About Donald Trump? His Branding

But when it comes to politics, Trump has decided to go for a far less Napoleonic aesthetic. For his presidential campaign, his typography is as quiet as he is loud. Actually a slew of Trump logo parodies circulating on the web, including those in which the American flag is wittily designed to resemble his famous comb-over, are far more clever than the surprisingly subdued setting of the Donald’s last name against a solid navy-blue background. The type is bold, but serifs are eliminated in favor of a sans serif similar to Franklin Gothic, while his slogan “Make America Great Again,” possibly in Gill Sans, is garnished with five discrete stars. It is no frills and no thrills, which has certain advantages.

The Strain Renewed for Season 3; FX Sets Premiere Dates for Fargo, American Horror Story: Hotel, Bastard Executioner - IGN

Said FX's Eric Schrier, in a statement, “Guillermo [Del Toro] and Carlton [Cuse] have delivered two thrilling seasons of The Strain that are captivating and visually arresting, doing justice to the original novel trilogy and meeting fans’ high expectations in the process. We're excited to see them carry this powerful story into a third season on FX.”

iOS 9 Will Use Cell Data When Your Wi-Fi Sucks

You can switch it on and off with a toggle in Settings, so if you’ve got spotty home Wi-Fi — or jealously guard your data like your do your first-born — you can disable it. Otherwise, it will just detect when you’re using a network with limited or no connectivity, and use your cellular data instead. Before it switches, the Wi-Fi signal gets greyed out, giving you (some) notice that you’re about to start using data.

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Hear the first clip of Ryan Adams' Taylor Swift cover album

Naturally, Swift gave an immediate stamp of approval, adding that she will likely "PASS OUT" should this album actually happen.

Watch Stephen Colbert's geeky farewell to Jon Stewart - CNET

Stephen Colbert, the Sam to Jon Stewart's Frodo, gets overly geeky in this "Lord of the Rings"-themed farewell to Stewart on Jon's final episode of "Daily Show."

Microsoft will let shareholders nominate board members

With the change, Microsoft will allow consortiums of up to 20 shareholders, who have owned a combined 3 percent stake in Microsoft for the past three years, to put forward nominations for up to 2 candidates or 20 percent of the board, whichever is larger. Functionally, that means a very small number of people and institutional investors have the power to nominate board members through the process.

Apple expands Back to School 2015 promotion to its online store and more countries

This year under its Back to School promotion, Apple is offering eligible customers a free pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear headphones. It is also giving them an option to upgrade to Beats Solo2 On-Ear Wireless headphones by only paying $100 extra, if they wish to.

Facebook reveals ‘written laughter’ data: Haha trumps LOL

Do you “LOL” to reveal your jovial side to the online masses? Or do you “HA HA” to extol your peers’ social smack-talk?

Google Is Going to Limit the Number of Ways Brands Can Buy YouTube Ads

“To continue improving the YouTube advertising experience for as many of our clients as possible, we’ll be focusing our future development efforts on the formats and channels used by most of our partners,” wrote Neal Mohan, vice president, YouTube, Video & Display Advertising, in a blog entry scheduled to post Thursday . “To enable that, as of the end of the year, we’ll no longer support the small amount of YouTube buying happening on the DoubleClick Ad Exchange.”

Apple brings AT&T, Sprint Wi-Fi calling to iOS 9

Apple released a new beta version of its iOS 9 mobile operating system to developers today, and, among other things, it includes support for Wi-Fi calling from AT&T and Sprint.

Someone spoiled Pornhub with an ad about VCs

To be clear, Altman, though one of the ‘hottest’ figures in the Valley, hasn’t taken up a side gig making blue movies. Instead, this is an attempt by an entrepreneur to get his attention and secure a YC Fellowship .

Friday business roundup: The week in headlines and data

As the news of the week starts to wind down, we’ve put together a roundup of the biggest stories and funding rounds in collaboration with our sister company Index .

Houston? No, a shed in Gloucestershire: radio ham contacts space station

An amateur radio ham managed to contact the International Space Station, flying at 18,500mph some 200 miles up in the sky, according to a report.

Chris Christie and Rand Paul duke it out in debate over surveillance

During a portion of the debate that focused on how the candidates planned to deal with domestic terrorism, Fox moderator Megyn Kelly asked Christie about a past remark on Paul's opposition of NSA's collection of phone records, in which he said Paul's opposition "made the United States weaker and more vulnerable" and "he should be called before Congress to answer for it if we should be hit by another terror is attack."

​FBI: Retweeting terrorist organizations could get you arrested

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's least likely informant isn't a shadowy figure in a parking garage or an anonymous phone call -- it's a fast-paced social network with a short attention span: Twitter. According to FBI Director James Comey, the social network has proved to be an invaluable source of evidence against supporters of terrorism. An account that's constantly retweeting content from ISIS or ISIL could be a sign of criminal activity. That said, context still matters.

'Mighty No. 9' producer: 'We feel bad. Really, really bad.'

In the case of game creating, normally speaking, when you're making a video game, you cannot announce the game until a certain stage in the process. Let's say after the alpha, or after the beta, or whatever. From the start of the project until that stage, no one can say a thing. And it's really scary. You don't even know if people will like the idea of the game you're making, that you're putting so much work into making. So there's that constant fear in the mind of creators: "What if people don't like it? What if people hate my game?" In that sense, when you do a Kickstarter project, you don't have that; you throw the very core of your idea out there first, and people judge based on that. And it's only one month. Fail or success, it's one month. If the project's successfully funded, you will know for sure that people love your idea enough to give you money one, two, three years before it's going to be ready. You feel more confident, and it's very healthy for the mental state of the creators; they don't have the constant fear or worry about whether people will like the game.

The price of shame

"Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.

The Other Guy Who Built Dropbox

Arash Ferdowsi is the Dropbox co-founder who prefers to stay out of the spotlight. He shares how Dropbox started, the story behind the company's stick figure design and explains how they can survive the industry's growing competition. Subscribe to FORBES: Check out our full video catalog: Follow FORBES VIDEO on Twitter: Like FORBES VIDEO on Facebook: Follow FORBES VIDEO on Instagram: For more FORBES content:

What my religion really says about women

Strong faith is a core part of Alaa Murabit's identity — but when she moved from Canada to Libya as a young woman, she was surprised how the tenets of Islam were used to severely limit women's rights, independence and ability to lead. She wondered: Was this really religious doctrine? With humor, passion and a refreshingly rebellious spirt, she shares how she found examples of female leaders across the history of her faith — and how she speaks up for women using verses from the Koran.

How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.

Stir Cocktails to the Perfect Temperature with a Digital Thermometer

Making cocktails doesn’t require any advanced scientific knowledge, but it can help you make better cocktails. Getting your drinks to the ideal temperature and dilution will elevate them, and it can be made a lot easier with a gadget you’ll usually find elsewhere in the kitchen.

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Nice post and it's true that the tooling for F# is really coming along well but your assertion that "In fact, F# easily has the best IDE support among statically-typed functional languages, through Visual Studio and Xamarin Studio." is wide of the mark. Just try using Scala with IntelliJ for example - that experience is still some way ahead of using F# in Visual Studio even with the F# power tools. :)

The secret structure of great talks

From the "I have a dream" speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, all great presentations have a common architecture. In this talk, Nancy Duarte draws lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action. (Filmed at TEDxEast.)

Reduce Your Laundry Load a Little with a “Clothing Purgatory” Space

Instead of washing that sweater that doesn’t quite need it yet, you hang it up in your clothing purgatory section of the closet. Now you don’t have worn clothing littering your living space, and you can get at least another wear out of it before you have to wash it. You can cut back on the amount of laundry you have to do significantly if you re-wear your pants, sweaters, jackets, or other similar items; and setting up a small purgatory space will help you do that.

Use a Raspberry Pi as a Google Play Frontend

Google Play’s a pretty simple way to get access to all your music. If you’re looking to build a little standalone machine for playing that music, GitHub user fredley created a simple little front end that’s easy to use.

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