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MIT's robot borrows quick reflexes from a human pilot

Based on what we've seen at DARPA's Robotics challenge finals, most humanoid machines are still stiff and hilariously clumsy. MIT's new robot named "Herm

Moodnotes for iOS is a journaling app that could replace your therapist

I've always been a fan of journaling. I find it great for venting and gaining perspective on things, as well as enjoying jotting down random thoughts and i

Google aims for $30 Android One smartphones in India

Google is planning to reboot its Android One project in India, reports the Financial Times. Android One is a project that specifies a set of hardware and s

Elon Musk's summer vacation? Walking on top of a flying plane, obviously

Elon Musk and wife Talulah Riley spend their summer vacation time walking on the outside of a flying plane.

Zombie spider builds a stronger web for the parasitic wasp that's sucking its blood

By hijacking a spider’s nervous system, a wasp larva can manipulate the spider into making a stronger web, according to a study published yesterday in The Journal of Experimental Biology. Of...

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Surfing on a dirt bike, because everything else is too easy

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Stupid things founders say about UX

There are some design features that have withstood the test of time. Others... not so much.

Get lost in this dreamy video of Mars from the European Space Agency

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How to use Maps on Apple Watch

There are several ways to enter addresses. One is to simply tap on address links found in text messages or emails. Similar to clicking on address links on your phone to access directions, Apple Maps will open up automatically on the Watch.

'Pixels' copyright notices took down the studio's own trailer

While Columbia has every right to protect its investment, takedown notices such as this one highlight the flaws in the way the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) operates. The "kill first, ask questions later" policy at Vimeo, YouTube and other video-hosting services removes targeted content as a first measure. A subsequent investigation often clears up the confusion and halts the takedown, but only after the original content creator's been put through the headache of having their creation unreasonably yanked from the Internet.

Motorola is the next to patch Android's big video security flaw

Chalk up one more big Android phone maker racing to patch its devices against that nasty Stagefright video security flaw. Motorola has explained that it will not only fix the vulnerability in phones from 2013 onward (such as the original Moto X and the Droid line), but make sure that its latest hardware is secure almost from the word go. Both the Moto X Style and Moto X Play will be secure on launch, while the recently-shipped third-generation Moto G is getting its update "soon." The company doesn't say whether or not it's hopping on the monthly security patch bandwagon. However, it does add that it's working with Google and carriers to "simplify the process" of getting that code into your hands going forward. Between this and expected fixes for phones from Google, HTC, LG, Blackphone creator SGP and and Sony, you probably won't have to worry if you're carrying a recent or reasonably well-known device. The real question is whether or not other brands and older (or lower-end) hardware will get the same kind of attention -- you don't want to remain at risk simply because you bought the 'wrong' model.

Can the OnePlus 2 equal mainstream success?

A year and a half ago, OnePlus may as well have not existed. It had no products under its name, no brand recognition, and certainly no mindshare. Then it announced the OnePlus One, a low-cost, unlocked smartphone that promised to rival the best flagship phones from known brands. It was launched with a raft of unconventional (and often criticized) marketing campaigns to build buzz. Those efforts were undeniably effective: OnePlus quickly went from non-existent to the talk of smartphone enthusiasts the world over. Waitlists to purchase the phone stretched from weeks into months, and it took the better part of a year for OnePlus to catch up with the ravenous demand. Last week, OnePlus revealed its follow-up, the OnePlus 2 . It’s also a powerful Android phone that costs far less than flagship smartphones from Apple, Samsung, HTC, and others. The OnePlus 2 is being launched with a similar invite-based system as the OnePlus One, and is being sold direct to consumers, bypassing standard retail channels and carriers all together. By all accounts, the OnePlus 2 is a much improved device over the One, with a better display, better design, better camera, better build quality, and new features such as a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port.

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22 Pictures That Prove We're Living In The Damn Future

22 Pictures That Prove We're Living In The Damn Future

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There is hardly a day that passes without a new major initiative, announcement or bold proclamation by the Gulf economies of United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to promote tech startups in the region. Be it incubators, investment funds or free zones, you name it and they have it. Read More

Inside Obama's Stealth Startup

Oh, and the stories about Weaver. "First name is Matthew," Weaver says, sitting on a cheap couch in a makeshift office near the White House. But no one calls him Matthew, he explains, since there are too many Matthews in any given room at any given moment. Even among D.C.’s new technorati, people view Weaver as someone separate from the fray. Maybe it’s because he once lived in a camper in the Google parking lot without going home for an entire year. Maybe it’s because he was the one guy who, if he didn’t answer an emergency call, the whole search engine might go down. Or maybe it’s because in a group of brilliant engineers, Weaver, as one of his new colleagues puts it, stands out as "someone who is, like, superhero-fucking-brilliant." Recruited from California last year by these guys Mikey and Todd to work on the broken website, Weaver decided this year to stay in D.C. and leave behind the comfort of Google and a big pile of stock options. He recalls it in terms that suggest the transfixing power of a holy pilgrimage. "That"—he says, meaning the fix-it work—"changed my life in a profound way.

Bring on the learning revolution!

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided

Ten days after 9/11, a shocking attack at a Texas mini-mart shattered the lives of two men: the victim and the attacker. In this stunning talk, Anand Giridharadas, author of "The True American," tells the story of what happened next. It's a parable about the two paths an American life can take, and a powerful call for reconciliation.

Can you guess someone's political party based on their name? And other psych quizzes

About Ben Ambridge Ben Ambridge is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Liverpool, where he researches children’s language development. He is the author of "Psy-Q," which introduces readers to some of the major findings in psychology via interactive puzzles, games, quizzes and tests. He also writes newsy stories connecting psychology to current events. His article "Why Can't We Talk to the Animals?" was shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian-Wellcome Science Writing Prize.

This Cartoon Explains How Important It Is to Have Good Posture

This video from the TED-Ed YouTube channel explains why standing up straight is about more than how you look. Your posture affects every movement your body makes, and can make your muscles work harder to perform normal tasks, or become weakened over time. Pain and the inability to move certain ways are now all too common side effects of poor posture, and it can even start to affect your internal organs; so it should be taken seriously. Sitting at desks is the root cause for a lot of these problems, but there are plenty of things you can do to help yourself out .

How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison

In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?”

New video technology that reveals an object's hidden properties

Subtle motion happens around us all the time, including tiny vibrations caused by sound. New technology shows that we can pick up on these vibrations and actually re-create sound and conversations just from a video of a seemingly still object. But now Abe Davis takes it one step further: Watch him demo software that lets anyone interact with these hidden properties, just from a simple video.

Build Your Own Watch with a Pedometer, Temperature, Compass, and More

You’ll need an Arduino Pro Mini, some sensors, and a little general PCB knowledge to get it made. The end result is a watch that tracks your steps, checks the temperature and altitute, and works as a compass when you need it. As you’d expect from a prototype, this isn’t the most beautiful thing on the planet, but the guts are there so you can customize it to suit your own style.

Olympus Air Review: The Future of iPhone Cameras?

The Air was a blast to use, when it worked, but it isn’t replacing my phone or my DSLR as my cameras of choice just yet. The Olympus Air represents a dream we photographers all have, of shrinking the greatness of DSLRs down to pocket size. But the issues I experienced make the Air feel more like a proof of concept than the future realized.

The Little Gem Nebula Shines Like A Jewel

This gorgeous filtered image is a 6,000-year-old snapshot of a slowly dying star. When the star at the center of the Little Gem Nebula reached the end of its lifespan, it began ejecting its outer layers into space in glowing clouds of gas. Its stellar wind pushes the gas outward into this colorful bubble.

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

Becoming and staying productive isn't about hard-to-follow programs or logging your every move in an app. It's about self-care. Here are daily to-dos to get you started.

Be More Interested In Conversations by Playing Detective

How do you master the skill of being interested— and be sincere when you do it? The first key is to stop thinking of conversation as a tennis match. (He scored a point. Now I need to score a point.) Instead, think of it as a detective game, in which your goal is to learn as much about the other person as you can. Go into the conversation knowing that there is something very interesting about the person, and be determined to discover it.

Scientists have synthesized a new compound that ‘mimics’ exercise. Could a workout pill be far behind?

Dubbed "compound 14," the new molecule does this by triggering a chain reaction of events in the cell. Compound 14 inhibits the function of an enzyme called ATIC which plays a central role in insulin signaling in the body. That in turn leads to the build up of something called ZMP -- known as a "master regulator" of metabolism -- in the cells. It's ZMP that makes cells think they have run out of energy and activate the cell's central energy censor which is known as AMPK. The cells compensate by increasing their glucose update and metabolism -- changes that typically occur during exercise and that lead to weight loss.

How our microbes make us who we are

Rob Knight is a pioneer in studying human microbes, the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies that have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our health. “The three pounds of microbes that you carry around with you might be more important than every single gene you carry around in your genome,” he says. Find out why.

See invisible motion, hear silent sounds

Meet the “motion microscope,” a video-processing tool that plays up tiny changes in motion and color impossible to see with the naked eye. Video researcher Michael Rubinstein plays us clip after jaw-dropping clip showing how this tech can track an individual’s pulse and heartbeat simply from a piece of footage. Watch him re-create a conversation by amplifying the movements from sound waves bouncing off a bag of chips. The wow-inspiring and sinister applications of this tech you have to see to believe.

How WeChat works, and how it became so popular in China: millions of apps within the WeChat app, built-in payments, and more

How WeChat works, and how it became so popular in China: millions of apps within the WeChat app, built-in payments, and more

Soylent 2.0 is bottled, ready to drink, and made from algae

Traditionally, Soylent has been sold in powder form with the idea that the user would add water at their home, making as much as a full day's ration at once — it's cheaper and more efficient to produce and ship it that way. As a product, Soylent has always been about efficiency — so I asked its creator, Rob Rhinehart, why they were moving to a less efficient approach. "Shipping around water is a little inefficient," he acknowledged. "However, we counter that by the fact that the drink does not require refrigeration and also does not spoil until at least one year. Given the amount of food that is thrown away, that spoils, and the unconscionable amount of energy that we spend on refrigeration in the United States, I think that it's still a vast resource savings over the majority of the food system."

Netflix offers 'unlimited' paid parental leave for a year - CNET

Facebook offers new parents 4 months of paid leave, as well as $4,000 in cash. Apple offers expectant mothers up to 4 weeks of leave prior to delivery and 14 weeks after. Both companies also offer adoption services and subsidize the cost of freezing eggs for female staff, up to $20,000. Netflix's updated parental leave policy allows both mothers and fathers of newborns and adoptees to set their own work schedule, letting them return on a full- or part-time basis and take leaves as necessary during their first year with new children.

Watch a Spectacular Meteor Shower This Week

In a happy coincidence, this week’s peak meteor watching nights are also the nights just before the new Moon, so the sky will be at its darkest, making the Perseid meteors easier to see. You’ll still want to find a dark place to watch the meteor shower, as far as possible from city lights. You won’t need a telescope; just look northeast, and you should be able to see the meteors with your own eyes.

The Suicide of the Liberal Arts

His response was to put his arm across the door. “Agresto,” he said, “I have a question I’ve been thinking about and maybe you can help me.”

Airbus files patent for a plane that flies at more than four times the speed of sound

Last month, Airbus engineers quietly received a patent for a new — and ambitious — type of a plane: a hypersonic, "ultra-rapid" jet capable of traveling at up to about 4.5 times the speed of sound, and fast enough to get from Paris to San Francisco in about three hours.

A Child in Los Angeles Has the Plague

The child is recovering, say officials; these days, antibiotics can fight off the plague easily in most cases — the two Colorado victims were unfortunate exceptions. And doctors say that there’s almost no danger of an outbreak in LA County; unless an infection is left untreated and finds its way into the patient’s lungs, plague isn’t directly transmissible from person to person. The last time that happened in California was in 1924.

Pornhub is emulating Netflix with its new premium streaming service

Adult entertainment giant Pornhub — the flagship in the portfolio of online video conglomerate MindGeek — is launching a premium offering as a Netflix-style streaming service, one complete with ad-free HD viewing, faster playback, and exclusive content. This appears to be the site's first step into the world of paid porn after years spent feasting on free (and often illicit) content. The service costs $9.99 per month, and it's currently available within both desktop and mobile browsers. Pornhub is working on Android and Roku apps for release in the near future, and it's also planning to augment the existing service with VR integration in 2016.

18 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be

You let others make you feel guilty for living your life. – As long as you’re not hurting anyone else, keep living your life YOUR way.  Sometimes we get lost in trying to live for someone else, trying to meet their expectations, and doing things just to impress them.  Take a moment and think about it.  Are you doing things because you truly believe in them?  Remember your own goals.  Live, do and love so that you are happy, because when it comes down to it, relationships can end in an instant, but you will live with yourself for the rest of your life.

Salesforce's most successful salesman made tons of money by following this secret playbook

Salesforce's most successful salesman made tons of money by following this secret playbook

Say ¡Hola! To These Awesome 'Mexican Emojis'

They're just an artist's creation for now, but if they were official we'd use them all the time.

32 Productivity Tips From The World's Top Designers

I was bugged by something in this article and then I realized it was just this. In my option it would be more interesting to see productivity tips from freelancers and creatives not necessarily working in an agency - it implies a certain work process where productivity comes from different sources. Taking it a step further, differentiating productivity based on if the designer works with a developer or if the designer works independently using Webydo or Muse would be very interesting in terms of how they stay on track and motivated. I am sure you would see very different, maybe even contradictory tips.

How Two Bored 1970s Housewives Helped Create The PC Industry

The truth is that, from 1982 on, no one could have saved Vector. The firm ultimately shared its fate with the every other PC maker that didn't jump on the IBM clone bandwagon. The only consumer PC company that survived into the 1990s with its own significant platform was Apple, and even then, just barely. In the end, Vector had one heck of a wild ride, made its mark on the PC industry, and helped create the template of business-oriented software and services that IBM could mimic with its PC for a dose of guaranteed success.

Street art with a message of hope and peace

What does this gorgeous street art say? It's Arabic poetry, inspired by bold graffiti and placed where a message of hope and peace can do the most good. In this quietly passionate talk, artist and TED Fellow eL Seed describes his ambition: to create art so beautiful it needs no translation.

Kaboom Gives You Self-Destructing Messages You Can Share Anywhere

Android/iOS: “Self-destructing messages” are mostly BS. There’s no way to ensure the message is ever really gone, and most apps require all your friends to sign up just to share messages. Kaboom solves at least the latter problem, by letting you share those timed messages anywhere, with anyone.

Witcher Gear - The Witcher 3 Wiki Guide - IGN

Pieces of Witcher Gear are special Crafting Diagrams that are designed specifically by and for Witchers. These green-labelled items are often upgradable, and are some of the most powerful in the game. They can be found by exploring the open world, completing side quests and purchasing maps from merchants.

Drone delivers bundle of drugs to prison yard, causes serious hoopla - CNET

According to the Mansfield News Journal , on July 27 at 2:33 p.m., a drone flew over the prison and dropped a package containing 144.5 grams of tobacco, 65.4 grams of marijuana and 6.6 grams of heroin. This triggered exactly the response you might expect: a fight broke out between nine inmates -- and then lots of other inmates came running to see what was up. Pepper spray had to be used to get the crowd under control.

T-Mobile officially passes Sprint to become third-largest US carrier

It's a good day to be John Legere. Sprint's latest earnings report has revealed that the company has officially fallen behind T-Mobile US in total subscriber count and now sits last among major US carriers. The latest figures show Sprint with a total of 57 million customers and T-Mobile with 58.9 million. Whereas T-Mobile experienced another surging quarter that brought in 2 million new customers, Sprint added only 675,000. Earlier this year,  Legere claimed that T-Mobile had already surpassed Sprint, but now the numbers back up the switch no matter how you look at them.

Four Galaxies Share a Destructive Dance

Just as the planets of our solar system orbit the Sun, and all the stars in our galaxy orbit the galaxy’s center, the galaxies of groups like HCG 87 orbit a common center of gravity. Of course, the scale of this galactic orbit is much larger; it takes each galaxy about 100 million years to complete one revolution.

The new 500px app is a high-resolution Instagram

Photography website 500px has always straddled the line between being a portfolio service, a competitor to Flickr, and a marketplace. It's where photographers go to exhibit their work and maybe make a few bucks in the meantime. It's worked, too — the 500px community has grown to more than 6 million users since 2009. But today the company is releasing a completely redesigned iPhone app meant to attract new users with a much more modern, social experience.

From Windows 1.0 to Windows 10 in one GIF

Academic software sellers On The Hub have created a whole mini-site dedicated to looking back at the history of Redmond’s most famous OS and they put together this GIF just for The Next Web. It manages to cram the whole history of Windows into one looping image:

Target Removes Gender Labels From Kids Sections After Complaints

Target Corp. is removing gender labels from most of its children’s departments after customers complained about signs designating certain toys for girls.

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This Hacker’s Tiny Device Unlocks Cars And Opens Garages

At the hacker conference DefCon in Las Vegas tomorrow, Kamkar plans to present the details of a gadget he’s developed called “RollJam.” The $32 radio device, smaller than a cell phone, is designed to defeat the “rolling codes” security used in not only most modern cars and trucks’ keyless entry systems, but also in their alarm systems and in modern garage door openers. The technique, long understood but easier than ever to pull off with Kamkar’s attack, lets an intruder break into cars without a trace, turn off their alarms and effortlessly access garages.

This map shows which disease is most likely to kill you depending on where you live

This map shows which disease is most likely to kill you depending on where you live

Deep sea diving ... in a wheelchair

When Sue Austin got a power chair 16 years ago, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom — yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she aims to convey the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

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