Modern magic: World's first 3D-printed castle - CNET
A man in Minnesota built a 3D printer and used it to make a beautiful castle rise from the earth layer by layer. There's no dragon -- yet.
Drone tours Napa earthquake damage - CNET
A quadcopter's close aerial footage of the destruction caused by this week's 6.0 California earthquake in wine country shows the potential of drones in disaster areas.
Ukrainian Forces Retreat From Luhansk Airport
Meanwhile, Russia's foreign minister said on Monday that diplomats at a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine must push for an immediate, unconditional cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists.
Apple inks deals with Amex and others for iPhone 6 mobile payments, report says
While many retailers are yet to include technology for accepting payment from NFC-enabled mobile devices, Apple’s expected adoption of the technology into a phone expected to sell in huge numbers could push many businesses to take a closer look at offering such an option.
Yakuza Zero sets the calendar to 1988, coming 2015
Yakuza Zero , the recently-revealed entry in the Japanese crime sim series, will take fans back to the year 1988, developer/published Sega announced at Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference. Taking place years before the first Yakuza game, the new entry in the series will focus on two protagonists: Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima.
The game, which is coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, will feature cross-play with the PS Vita. Yakuza Zero is expected to start its crime spree in spring of 2015.
European 700MHz band should be freed for mobile broadband by 2020, report says
However, to close the gap with North America and Asia, “it is essential that Member States have flexibility to move sooner, preferably between 2018 and 2020 and potentially earlier,” Anne Bouverot, director general of the GSMA said in a statement. This should be possible to respond to the sustained growth in mobile data traffic and the dramatic change in the way citizens across Europe are watching news and entertainment content, relying more and more on the Internet to access programming, she said.
Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of August 31, 2014
Ever wondered why people often plant geranium flowers outside their window sills? It’s not just because they look pretty. It turns out mosquitoes and other insects don’t like hanging around the geranium flower. One of the oils that can be extracted from the geranium flower is a substance called geraniol — a natural essential oil that, according to a handful of studies, has proven more effective at keeping mosquitoes away than citronella candles, and in some cases, even DEET. Ivisaband is a small microfiber wristband that’s imbued with this oil, so when you wear it, you supposedly become far less appealing to the blood-sucking bastards buzzing around your campfire. We haven’t had a chance to try them out for ourselves just yet, but the company is so confident that its product works that it offers a money-back guarantee. You can snag a pack of five for just $19.
Dragon Quest Heroes coming to PS4 from Dynasty Warriors devs
Dragon Quest Heroes is coming to the PlayStation 4 in Japan, marking the first time the series has appeared on a Sony platform since 2005's Dragon Quest 8 . Helmed by Dynasty Warriors series developer Omega Force, Dragon Quest Heroes is an action-oriented spinoff in the same vein as the upcoming Hyrule Warriors . Sony will also release a Metal Slime-themed PS4 console in Japan to commemorate Dragon Quest Heroes ' release.
Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of | TechCrunch
I didn’t think I’d ever get excited about an iPad stand. But the Yohann , designed by Swiss architect Berend Frenzel, ticks all of my boxes. First up, it’s a thing of beauty, with an incredibly simple but clever — why didn’t I think of that — design. It’s also highly functional, in terms of viewing angles and positions. And it’s European-made.
Europol launches taskforce to fight world’s top cybercriminals
“There are a number of countries that will still provide online criminals with a relatively safe haven. These may be countries which do not have any cybercrime laws in place, do not have the expertise and capabilities to deal with online criminals, where corruption enables online criminals to operate, or indeed where political motives prevent international cooperation from happening,” said Brian Honan, independent security consultant and founder of Ireland’s first Computer Emergency Response Team.
An algorithm to figure out your gender
In its 2012 post, the company said it only asserts gender when it is "reliable," but we don't know what percentage of the time that was; and of the reliable data, Twitter was wrong 10 percent of the time, assigning the incorrect gender. That could have meant an error rate of 20 percent or more. But let's assume this research has only improved, and Twitter now has an extremely high confidence and accuracy, which it measures above 90 percent. But things still don't add up.
Google Sends Invites for September 15 India Event; Android One Launch Likely
Google has sent invitations for an event in India on September 15. While
the invite itself says "More details closer to the date!", it is
expected that the much-awaited Android One smartphones will make their
debut at the event. Android One was announced back in June at Google
I/O with India's Karbonn, Micromax, and Spice the confirmed launch
partners, though more Indian companies have reportedly joined the list
since then. Will you buy an Android One smartphone? Android One smartphones with their affordable price
tag and near-stock Android software are Google's attempts to regain
control of the customer experience in the entry-level segment. While the
success of the likes of Moto E (Review | Pictures) has made a little bit of a difference,
the experience in the sub-Rs. 10,000 smartphone segment has been sub-par
for most Android users. This can largely be attributed to low-end
hardware and an OS that often comes pre-installed with all kinds of
bloatware due to the marketing deals that many manufacturers sign in a
bid to offset some of the costs. Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice
President, Android, Chrome and Apps at Google told NDTV Gadgets that the
Mountain View-based company will not subsidise Android One hardware.
God Eater 2: Rage Burst terrorizes Japan on PS4, Vita
Bandai Namco Producer Yusuke Tomizawa announced the action-RPG God Eater franchise will live on. During Sony's Pre-TGS media briefing, Tomizawa revealed God Eater 2: Rage Burst is coming to PS4 and Vita in Japan.
With the addition of Sony's console, Tomizawa said – via a translator – the franchise can live on and allow the developer to try new things. God Eater 2 first launched on the PSP and Vita, in Japan, in 2013.
The Burst branding indicates an expansion of the original sequel, similar to the re-release of the first game in the franchise under the banner God Eater Burst in 2010 (Japan, 2011 worldwide). God Eater Burst added new characters, story and monsters.
Out in the Open: Hackers Build a Skype That’s Not Controlled by Microsoft | Enterprise | WIRED
He says the team has no plans to turn it into a company or monetize it in any way. “No one getting paid, but we dedicate as much time as we can,” he says. “If I’m not in class, or I’m not eating, I’m probably working on Tox, and that’s at least the same for probably 10 people.” Besides, the lead developer, known only as irungentoo, is completely anonymous, so it would be hard to issue him a paycheck. “I don’t think any of us know his real name,” Lohle says.
AnandTech Founder Anand Shimpi Is Heading To Apple | TechCrunch
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Some of Apple’s best-known hardware products are the [Mac line of computers](http://store.apple.com/us/mac), …
Are You a Good or Annoying Cubicle Neighbor?
In the recent news, there has become a divide among airline passengers over the tilting back of airline seats. Some airlines have banned an invention that prevents seats from being leaned back into you. It got me thinking what kind of annoyances do people have right at work in their cubicles. Read on to find out if you are the culprit of such indiscretions toward your neighbor.
Vita gets a personal touch with themes in new software update
Sony will soon allow players to give their Vita handhelds a personal touch, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia President Atsushi Morita announced during the company's Pre-Tokyo Game Show briefing.
A new software update for the system will add customizable themes to the handheld, allowing for customization of wallpaper, icons and sounds on the system's dashboard. The announcement only featured themes of popular Japanese video game franchises, so it's unclear if players can use any images and sounds for the customization options.
A translated tweet from PlayStation Japan appears to point to an October release date for update 3.30, which features themes.
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TED: Ideas worth spreading
TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
On being wrong
Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.
The danger of a single story
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
8 tips to make your life more surprising, from Tania Luna, Surprisologist
In today’s talk , Tania Luna shares her experience of immigrating to the United States from Ukraine as a little girl. Perfectly happy with her family’s outhouse and with chewing a single piece of Bazooka gum for a week, Luna found herself blown away by the wonders of her new country. From pizza to pennies to pit-bulls, Luna’s moving story reminds us to appreciate the unexpected joys of daily life and to embrace uncertainty. This philosophy translates directly to Luna’s day job, as a Surprisologist. Luna co-founded Surprise Industries , a company that curates delightful experiences for both individuals and teams. ( Read more about Luna’s work in this TED Blog Q&A .) “Surprises make life simultaneously more serene and more exciting,” says Luna. Below, she offers 8 pieces of advice for how everyone can make their lives a little more amazing.
The psychology of your future self
"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day--And How To Avoid Them
I was thinking about the brain training website Lumosity. And I realized that its set up to make you feel like you're making measurable progress. That is to say, in the beginning when you're playing games at the earlier levels you're getting fewer points, giving you a lower percentile compared with others in your age group. As my score improved I realized that I was only doing demonstrably better because of the passage of time. Each time you enter a game you are picking up where you left off. Starting at the higher levels gives you more points, hence you feel like you're "improving" your brain's functioning, when I bet there is no empirical science to back that up. Especially since everyone who participates is bound to show "improvement", when in actuality they are simply getting more points for the same task.
REVEALED: Disturbing Trend In Human Intelligence
In the late 18th century, King Gustavus III of Sweden was rumored to have carried out a strange experiment to determine the harmful health effects of coffee. Two identical twins who had been condemned to death had their sentences commuted to life in prison on the condition that one would drink three pots of coffee per day, and the other three pots of tea, for the rest of their lives. The only problem was that the doctors assigned to monitor the cases died before either of the patients did, their observations lost--as the story goes, the tea drinker died first, and there's no record of the coffee-drinker's death. The experiment proved nothing, suffering from a lack of rigor (to say the least).
Source: Uppsala University, "Coffee - rat poison or miracle medicine?"
22 Pictures That Prove We're Living In The Damn Future
22 Pictures That Prove We're Living In The Damn Future
The history of Android
Surprisingly, multitasking and background applications already worked in Milestone 3. Leaving an app didn't close it—apps would save state, even down to text left in a text box. This was a feature iOS wouldn’t get around to matching until the release of iOS 4 in 2010, and it really showed the difference between the two platforms. iOS was originally meant to be a closed platform with no third-party apps, so the platform robustness wasn’t a huge focus. Android was built from the ground up to be a powerful app platform, and ease of app development was one of the driving forces behind its creation.
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.
A huge list of frontend development resources I collected over time. Sorted from general knowledge at the top to concrete problems at the bottom.
How to get your ideas to spread
In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.
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These 3-D Printed Skeleton Keys Can Pick High-Security Locks in Seconds | Threat Level | WIRED
Weyers and Holler’s trick is to 3-D print a “bump” key, which resembles a normal key but can open millions of locks with a carefully practiced rap on its head with a hammer. Using software they created called Photobump, the two engineers say it’s now possible to easily bump open a wide range of locks using keys based on photographs of the locks’ keyholes. And even without a high-quality 3-D printer, those specialized bump keys can be mail-ordered from 3-D printing services like Shapeways or i.Materialise that have no restrictions on printing keys.
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Real men aren’t deterred from grilling when the weather turns foul. They see it as the elements daring them to reclaim, if not revolutionize, the idea of outdoor…
The throwaway line in Aliens that spawned decades of confusion
Of course, we in the audience know what’s waiting down on the planet below—the movie is called Aliens , after all. And as the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 haunted house masterpiece Alien, it was a film that was bound to be full of toothy, spiny, drooling monsters. But Gorman’s casual arrogance at quickly reeling off a name for the nameless terror that killed off Sigourney Weaver’s six (well, five, really) shipmates fifty years before implied that this wasn’t the squad’s first encounter with the titular bad guys, and that the creatures were just another casual foe that could be defeated by a combination of attitude and techno-toys. As you might expect, this assumption proves to be completely wrong, and the "xenomorph" term has been causing confusion ever since.
Ars tests Internet surveillance—by spying on an NPR reporter
For more than a month before the experiment began, Ars Technica and NPR made technical and legal preparations to ensure that any data captured from Henn would be handled with confidentiality and care. The focus would be solely on Henn’s personal online activities; we explicitly did not attempt to penetrate NPR’s corporate network, to hack Henn’s computer or phone, or to grab traffic from Henn's other family members. We would simply watch the traffic passing between our test Wi-Fi network and the Internet in the same way that the NSA collects data from millions of Internet users around the world each day.
15 Year Old Who “SWATTED” Gamer Convicted Of Domestic Terrorism; 25 Years To Life In Federal Prison - NY Meta
DeQuincy, LA — What many teenagers these days are considering a harmless prank, has landed one online gamer in more trouble than he could have ever imagined. In a Louisiana courtroom today, 15-year-old Paul Horner broke down in tears after a judge found the young man guilty on two counts of domestic terrorism and was sentenced to twenty-five years to life in federal prison.
Mystery solved: The sailing stones of Death Valley - CNET
The sailing stones of the Racetrack Playa, a dry lakebed in Death Valley, have been the subject of a mystery since the 1940s. The playa is dotted with stones, some as large as 700 pounds (320kg), with long tracks behind them, as though they have been performing a synchronised dance.
This Is Why No One Follows You on Twitter
But first, it's a good idea to take a look at how most people will see your Twitter profile. If someone finds you in his or her Home stream, or clicks on a "Who to follow" suggestion, the Profile Summary pop-up below shows what your potential audience sees of your Twitter presence.
How Making 1 Percent Improvements for Everything Adds Up
Most people love to talk about success (and life in general) as an event. We talk about losing 50 pounds or building a successful business or winning the Tour de France as if they are events. But the truth is that most of the significant things in life aren’t stand-alone events, but rather the sum of all the moments when we chose to do things 1 percent better or 1 percent worse. Aggregating these marginal gains makes a difference.
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.
The Look Of Funny: How The Onion's Art Department Works
"I have a real soft spot for this type of joke. The headline had me chuckling all the way through this project. This is an example of effective source material bringing a photoshop together almost on it's own. We deal with such a high volume of images that it's imperative we work economically. Whenever possible we gather elements that already have similar lighting and color sources to ensure the final comes together as quickly and accurately as possible. It's really the one old lady's scooter duplicated with a new old gent at the helm. Getting the fiberglass to look flush was a little challenging but I'm happy with how it turned out." -- Senior Graphics Editor Eric Ervine
4 'iWatch' alternatives Apple could unveil on Sept. 9 - CNET
Apple may show off a wearable device at its September iPhone event. But don't call it an iWatch just yet. Here's what else Apple watchers say the company could be cooking up.
How Jenna Lyons Transformed J.Crew Into A Cult Brand
Lyons's whimsical nature can sometimes make her seem like a different species from most folks with a key to the executive floor. And she can hardly be accused of stuffy qualities like propriety or perfection. "Ask my ex-husband how perfect I am," she jokes during one of our interviews. (He might have a thing or two to say about it, too; Lyons's personal life has been tabloid fodder since 2011, when she got divorced and paired up with a woman.) "You're pretty candid," I tell her. "Maybe to a fault," she says. "I might take my teeth out." Yet her colleagues credit her with a keen business mind, and that easy oscillation between her two selves is what has brought her so much success. Libby Wadle, J.Crew's executive vice president of brand (that is, merchandising), says: "Jenna is a designer all day long, but she can have conversations about real estate and parts of the business that many designers will just tune out. She gets all the moving parts and how they connect." When I ask Lyons how going private in 2011 helped the company, she immediately cites the freedom to invest more in IT infrastructure--not the first thing you'd expect to hear from a native creative.
Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests
"The more similar [they were] across all of these function words, the higher the probability that [they] would go on a date in a speed dating context," Pennebaker says. "And this is even cooler: We can even look at ... a young dating couple... [and] the more similar [they] are ... using this language style matching metric, the more likely [they] will still be dating three months from now."
Google spreads its wings, moving into drone deliveries - CNET
Amazon isn't the only tech giant experimenting with drones. Google has unveiled Project Wing, which is focusing its efforts on disaster relief, at least for now.
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10 ways the Internet overanalyzed Apple's invitation - CNET
Apple's September 9 invitation is out, and as the yearly tradition follows, some people took to analyzing the invitation. In some cases, folks of the Internet took it too far.
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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.
A brief history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it
USB really came of age with USB 2.0, and USB 3.0's increase in speeds to 5Gbps has made it even more useful for all of the use cases mentioned above—it takes less time to perform system backups or to move giant video files around, and it relieves a bottleneck for 802.11ac or gigabit Ethernet adapters. It's relatively comfortable to run entire operating systems from USB 3.0 hard drives or flash drives, especially useful if you're trying to troubleshoot a machine or recover data from it. USB ports are often the only ports available on laptops, especially since Wi-Fi has reduced the need for dedicated Ethernet ports. The ubiquity of the interface guarantees support from all major chipmakers, from Intel to Qualcomm to AMD. (Intel's current chipsets support a total of 14 USB ports, a far cry from the two-ish that were usually available on early systems.)
How E-Commerce Is Finally Disrupting The $600 Billion-A-Year Grocery Industry
At $600 billion a year in sales, food and beverage is by far the largest retail category in the U.S. by a wide margin. However, it's also the category that has been the least disrupted by e-commerce; less than 1% of food and beverage sales currently occur online, according to BI Intelligence's estimates .