Drone-based businesses soar in Canada, as FAA grounds US entrepreneurs
Hundreds of companies in Canada are putting drones to work in industries like farming and TV filming. They are getting a leg-up in an important new aviation industry as US rules continue to forbid commercial drone use.
Crows Understand a Fundamental Part of Logical Reasoning
Crows are far more rational than we had realized. New research shows that wild New Caledonian crows can compete with 7-year-old children when it comes to understanding causality, or how one action causes another.
The Reason Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong
The truth behind Starbucks' awful spelling practices.
'Apparently Kid' Is Apparently Over the Word 'Apparently'
Noah Ritter visits 'The Ellen Show' to talk about his new favorite word.
Rob Ford's Brother Doug: Replacement Candidate, YouTube Co-Host
See the best episode of the short-lived "Ford Nation" video series, where new Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford calls Kevin Spacey "an arrogant S.O.B."
The New Habit Challenge: Create A Better To-Do List
What is the best place to keep your To Do list? I tend to gravitate towards my phone, because I always have it with me. The iPhone's basic Notes app is the easiest and quickest way to jot things down... my brain tells me to go there first... but then it quickly becomes too limited, so I experiment with more sophisticated To Do apps. Eventually those also become a hindrance because their interfaces "get in the way" (you can't just get stuff out there quickly). So then I decide it's better to just keep it on paper, in hopes that this will be more successful than my phone, but I inevitably end up not having my notebook with me at the most opportune times. This feels like a neverending, frustrating, cycle, and my To Do's end up all over the place!
Microsoft revives its Xbox 360 with new blue console bundle
Microsoft’s Xbox One console might have been on the market for nearly a year, but that’s not stopping the company from focusing on the Xbox 360. While the Xbox 360 has been available for nearly nine years, Microsoft has created a new blue edition for the holidays. It’s probably one of the best Xbox 360’s we’ve seen, with just color and no decorative images plastered over it.
The Women Fighters Taking on ISIS
The Islamic State militants came dangerously close to Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq. The PKK not only called upon defense forces from its mountain base but a flood of ethnic Kurds also volunteered for the fight. Many are women, now training others as their more seasoned comrades-in-arms fight on the front lines.
Come To The TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup In LA On Sept 18th | TechCrunch
The night before the Oculus Connect conference, TechCrunch is bringing together the virtual reality community for an evening of cool demos, free drinks, and a chance to meet TechCrunch’s writers and VR startups in the space. Register here for the TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup .
Kobo Aura H2O Review: Weather Resistance And A Great Screen Combine For Ultimate E-Reading | TechCrunch
Kobo has introduced a new e-reader, and the device offers all your typical generational improvements, including faster page turning and a high-resolution display for crisp text. But it also brings a degree of waterproofing to the device, which means it’s better able to handle a trip to the beach, or a surprise rainstorm. All improvements taken together make the Kobo Aura H2O my favorite current e-reader – though sadly, I can’t help but wish my Amazon store purchases were instantly available to it.
Exclusive: HP exploring sale of photo sharing service Snapfish - source
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co is exploring the sale of its web-based photo sharing service Snapfish, and has held discussions with multiple private equity and industry buyers, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
CStorePro Is Google Analytics For Convenience Stores | TechCrunch
One of the more interesting startups spotted in this year’s Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 was CStorePro . The company, which likens its product to a “Google Analytics” for convenience stores, was a runner-up for the Audience’s Choice award – that is, the startup picked from the crowded tables filling the Alley, voted up as a favorite by the public. CStorePro offers a web and mobile service that provides business intelligence for convenience store customers at more affordable price points than many of the larger competitors in the space.
Google Promotes Chromebooks to Students via Lending Library
However, the library won’t be available internationally, or even nationally. It’s only being introduced to 12 institutions in the US – and even then it will only be available for 4-day stints. So in effect, it’s really more like a traveling pop-up shop.
What in the world will HP do with Eucalyptus? The company's cloud chief(s) give us a hint
1. The price of the acquisition attributed to “sources familiar with the deal” seems vague. It’s difficult to believe a company that raised $55.5MM would sell in the neighborhood of $100MM. In contrast, Citrix reportedly purchased Cloudstack in July 2011 for between $200-250MM, only to subsequently “donate” the code to the Open Source community. It seems odd that after selling MySQL to Sun for ~ $1B that Mr. Mickos would consider selling Eucalyptus to HP for what would essentially result in each founder and equity stakeholder receiving the equivalent of a bag of popcorn in return for their hard work.
“It’s Just So Big” | TechCrunch
As soon as Apple announced the new, larger iPhones, cries went up, prompted by the sheer size of the new devices. “Will it fit in the pocket of my skinny jeans?” “How will it sit in my small hands?” “Can it double as a cheeseboard?” These valid questions are hard to answer without a tangible representation with which to test.
Salesforce Pours $6M Into SF Schools, Computer Science Education | TechCrunch
Salesforce.com, one of the most visibly involved tech companies in San Francisco local politics and community, said it’s gifting $5 million to the city’s public schools and $1 million to Code.org for computer science education.
Hearthstone nerfing Leeroy Jenkins, Starving Buzzard
Sheathe your sword, draw your deck, and get ready for Hearthstone - the fast paced strategy card game that's easy to learn and massively fun. Start a free game on Battle.net and play your cards to sling spells, summon creatures, and command the heroes of Warcraft in duels of epic strategy.
Arctic blue Xbox 360 among three holiday bundles out next week
Microsoft announced three new Xbox 360 holiday value bundles today. The bundles are $249 and include an Xbox 360 console in addition to a variety of games and hard drive sizes, each shipping to retailers next week on Tuesday, September 16. First, players can choose the 500 GB Holiday Value Bundle, which includes Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 as well as a one month subscription to Xbox Live Gold.
Walmart buyers will be able to get a "Special Edition Blue Bundle" version of that bundle, which features an arctic blue system and controller, seen above. The third option is the 4 GB Kinect Bundle, which includes Kinect Adventures , Kinect Sports and Forza Horizon . The bundle is limited to Target customers and also offers one month of free Xbox Live Gold access. Those that are looking to move to Microsoft's latest console may want to hold off until late October and early November for Xbox One bundles that include Sunset Overdrive and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare .
BlueTooth, in-app Apple Pay purchases charged “card-not-present” rate
About 1000 New York Uber drivers plan to strike on Monday over fares and working conditions — Uber Drivers “Strike” — And Switch To Lyft — Over Fares And Conditions — Testing the labor market. “Uber is not doing anything — it's only an application on our phones.” — Facebook: uberdriversnetwork
Disappearing Status Updates Might Be Coming To Facebook
It is common for websites to experiment with new features they end up rejecting, so don't be too disappointed if the self-destructing timer never makes it onto your profile. But it seems like another clear illustration of Facebook's preoccupation with replicating the success of the app Snapchat, which allows users to send photos that disappear after a set amount of time.
Facebook is under fire from gay and transgender users who are being forced to use real names
Taylor Hatmaker at The Daily Dot says reports have been emerging from a number of gay communities that other users who registered under drag personas like Sister Roma are also being forced to change their names or risk losing their pages. Although setting up a fan page is an option, Hatmaker — who is gay — points out that this isn’t appropriate for many users, and that forcing them to do so or risk being shut out of Facebook altogether is unfair:
Grandmaster Flash and Facebook Are Accidentally Trolling Your Grandparents
The Tumblr Grandpa and Grandmaster Flash rounds up of dozens of grandmothers on Facebook accidentally tagging themselves as '80s hip hop DJ Grandmaster Flash. The official Grandmaster Flash Facebook page also has plenty of messages on it's Posts to Page section.
How Silicon Valley spends its money on Capitol Hill
MapLight’s web tool offers aggregate spending totals for the companies, but to dig a little deeper you need to download the full data for each company. I did, and here’s what I found. I’m not sure there are any “gotcha” data points in here if you follow this space or these companies and understand their businesses, but it’s still interesting to see where they really put their lobbying resources to work.
Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court
There are hundreds of thousands of software patents on the books, so the courts won't be able to invalidate all of them. But if patent holders continue their losing streak of recent months, it will dramatically shift the balance of power between plaintiffs and defendants. Software patent holders will know that if they take a case to trial, there's a high probability that their patent will be destroyed — meaning they not only lose that case but also lose the ability to use the patent against other defendants. That will make plaintiffs — and especially trolls wielding patents of dubious quality — more gun-shy, giving defendants a lot more bargaining power.
Meet The Female Software Engineer Who's Training To Be A Bodybuilder On The Side
And while weightlifting may be an unconventional hobby, especially among women, Polyvore is an unconventional tech company. A full 59% of Polyvore employees are female, including cofounder and CEO Jess Lee. In Chu's department specifically, 26% of engineers are women.
Sharp aims to mass-produce new generation of display panels by 2017
Sharp said it will market the new technology to automakers, and makers of industrial devices, smartphones and tablets, and aims to start mass-production in 2017. It has built a test line for the technology at its factory in Tottori prefecture on Japan's northern coast.
European Personal Finance App Tink Raises $4 Million Series A | TechCrunch
Tink , a personal finance mobile app that is popular in Sweden, has closed a $4 million Series A round led by Sunstone Capital, with participation from financial entrepreneur Sven Hagströmer and existing investors. The fresh capital will be used by Tink to expand internationally, including further developing the product and increasing head-count. The startup previously raised a $800,000 seed round in early 2013.
Hiring our 1st engineer (Rails) job at Fixed in San Francisco, CA
We’re looking for an experienced Rails engineer to join our growing team. You’ll be joining as engineer #1, and working alongside the founders. This means you’ll get to work in a ton of different areas, have direct feedback on the product and help shape our technology stack and define our culture going forward. If you’re interested in learning mobile dev you can even get your hands dirty in that as well. We believe a small team of great engineers is far more valuable than a much larger team of decent engineers. We believe in strong engineering fundamentals over experts in one specific language. We never run out of new and interesting problems to solve.
The World's Slowest Motorcycle Racing Is Also the Craziest | WIRED
Motorcycles are dangerous, even when the rider is skilled and the bike is outfitted with modern safety features. So what happens when you ditch the paved roads for natural terrain and instead of simply avoiding the boulder in front you, you decide to ride up and over it? You have trials motorcycle riding, either the pinnacle of two-wheeled badassery or the dangerous product of gearheads with more ambition than brains.
More Than 2 Million People Have Downloaded U2's New Album
Over 2 million people have download U2's new album "Songs of Innocence" off iTunes, according to Re/code's Peter Kafka .
Why Twitter Is Raising Another $1.8 Billion
Twitter announced Friday that it will raise $1.8 billion in a convertible debt offering. It had said earlier in the week that it planned to raise $1.3 billion, but there was reportedly strong demand for the debt sale.
iPhone 6 Preorder Delays: Weeks Stretch Into Months
Also, it makes sense that the baseline iPhone 6 with 16 gigabytes would be in high demand — it’s the least-costly option, and the model routinely offered free with a decent trade-in and contract — while the 128 GB version is a lot easier to get. Not so with the iPhone 6 Plus: It seems people are skipping past the 16 GB version and heading for the higher memory models on the larger phone.
Drone converts mountain into a real-life snow globe
Take nine intrepid explorers, one mountain summit, a fisheye lens, and a willing drone. Mix them up just the right way and this is what you get.
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.
I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace.
If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His story is shocking, powerful and, ultimately, inspiring.
Lie by Lie: A Timeline of How We Got Into Iraq
In UN speech, Powell says, "Every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we're giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence." Cites Libi's claims and Curveball's "eyewitness" accounts of mobile weapons labs. (German officer who supervised Curveball's handler will later recall thinking, "Mein Gott!") Powell also claims that Saddam's son Qusay has ordered WMD removed from palace complexes; that key WMD files are being driven around Iraq by intelligence agents; that bioweapons warheads have been hidden in palm groves; that a water truck at an Iraqi military installation is a "decontamination vehicle" for chemical weapons; that Iraq has drones it can use for bioweapons attacks; and that WMD experts have been corralled into one of Saddam's guest houses. All but the last of those claims had been flagged by the State Department's own intelligence unit as "WEAK." [Date the public knew: 7/18/03]
The largest predatory dinosaur ever was 'half-duck, half-crocodile'
The largest predatory dinosaur to walk this earth wasn’t the T. rex . It was Spinosaurus aegyptiacus , a 50-foot long creature with powerful jaws and a solid, spiny sail on its back that dwelled in Northern Africa 95 million years ago. But even though paleontologists have known about this particular dinosaur for almost a century, its true form has only just been revealed.
MIT Is Hosting a Breast Pump Hackathon
I have so many ideas as a mother who exclusively pumped for a year… first of all, hands free is a MUST. i spent more $$ on the medela freestyle, which was a great start, but far from perfect. having pump parts that don’t protrude as much as they do would be ideal. i often had to multitask and pick up my baby while pumping to comfort her/change a diaper/etc… and i had to hold her on my hip away from my body to make sure not to unplug any of the parts or spill milk. further more, i hated the feeling of separation from my baby as i pumped…a very sad experience for a mother whose baby won’t latch on and wanted so desperately to breast feed! i also had to be very “hands on” while pumping… there’s a lot more to milk production than pumping your nipple – i often had to use breast compressions while pumping to empty fully. it would be nice if there were a soft mold that covered more of the breast. the hard parts were also very irritating – there were days when i was hooked up to that pump for 4 hours a day – i ended up with sores and irritation and changing shield sizes, styles did little to alleviate the problem… it was just the laws of friction! i always fantasized about a low-profile soft mold-like system that i could just slip on or even wear in my bra without all of the parts/pieces/hassle….
4 Habits Of Punctual People
You can tell from the number off comments removed that most people disagree with this notion. People who are punctual have too much time on their hands to think about the time they have on their hands. Arrive when you are ready and not when time dictates. I would rather be the one calmly starting a meeting when I want to start it than being the nervy one wondwring when it will start subject to someone else. Slave to a clock or someone's timetable means you have no power or control - be proportionately respectful of someone's time but don't worry a bit about being a little late. If you worry about that, you are worrying about the wrong things.
Why You Need to Stop Bragging About How Busy You Are
Lisa - great article! Thank you for covering this story. I worked with two guys (we are talking C-Suite) who will tell you everytime how busy they are. How many hours they work. Unfortunately they are procrastinators and have pretty big egos. I also worked several years ago with a guy that everyone felt sorry for. He was at the office 7 days a week, and you needed a trained scout to enter his office because paper was stacked everywhere sky high. This was his 'visual' statement of how busy he was. The sad thing was that he was escaping from a difficult home life but his chances of moving up were zero because he was viewed as a hard worker and that was it. I think this busyness syndrome can be a career killer. As a freelance writer (basically self employed) and others like myself (a business consultant) we don't need busywork to impress anybody do we!
7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People
EI should not be associated with being a "positive-look on the bright side" sort of person. This article is assuming that all emotionally intelligent people are emotionally sensitive. I don't think EI is what the author is defining; instead, Ithink he/she is defining optimistic people and their habits. I define emotional intelligence as being able to read peoples emotions and having the capacity to act accordingly. You can be emotionally intelligent and use that knowledge(some would say skill) to manipulate others to get what is in your best interest- that's not being a positive-surround myself with like-minded people...If you are "highly" EI and you come across someone who is negative and wants to vent, because of the way the sound, act, look, and so forth, you will act accordingly to whether you are a selfless or selfish person. Furthermore, if there is no personal investment, the "highly" EI can decide not to act at all because they are apathetic to the person/situation. Thoughts?
All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)
How to make stress your friend
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Government Threatened Foley Family Over Ransom, Mother Says
Today White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said that government officials were in constant contact with the Foley family and declined to comment on the alleged ransom warnings, telling reporters he’s “not going to be in a position to detail the kinds of conversations that took place so often between members of the administration and the Foley family.”
8 Signs You've Found Your Life's Work
Amber Rae, I've commented twice already, and am glad for all who have degrees (!) of contentment, satisfaction etc. I am also glad that BMAN spoke his mind and others too who have been neither "hot nor cold" ! So, Amber Rae or any one else (Suzie etc.), could you take this a little further and elaborate- write in another 8 points of the hassles you face even while you are enjoying the more dominant 8 positives that you have already referred to . Maybe this will help more people to relate to this "way of life", also I believe I can say with confidence that all those who identify with the 8 positives are those who have gone through the mill, quite certainly they did not groove in from day one. And, how do you move from negatives only to positives, and ensure that the positives become more and more dominant.
Feeling Burned Out? The One Change That Could Fix Everything
I've done several of the jobs that you list above as well as jobs that are only available to the 1%; I've lived in the richest country in the world, and one of the poorest. And with some knowledge of both sides of the coin, I will say that some people will always find a way to find (and hold onto) misery in even the most ideal of situations; and there are people who live and work in ways that bring joy, love and yes, play, to even the most dire and deplorable situations. I have swung between both ends of the attitude pendulum. I admire these people who are able to hold this positive outlook through the ups and downs of life; they are usually not down for long no matter what calamity occurs. They have a special spark in their eyes, and you don't soon forget them. In my eyes, they hold the secret to life. George, I think you make a good and obvious comment, but I think it is beside the point. We always choose how we act and react to any experience, good or bad.
Medicine's Manhattan Project: Can The World's Richest Doctor Fix Health Care?
H-boxes, Glow-Cap medicine bottles, more doctor/hospital centered medicine. What is needed is low-tech, not high-tech, more 10-cent medicines, more self care. The only ethic for modern medicine is to work to put itself out of business by making people healthier, not seeing more people get treated. 125 million Americans using those Glow-Cap pill bottles would cost an extra $10 billion. We need diets that keep people out of the hospital. We need more public health efforts like what has been done to halt smoking which has driven down the mortality rate. Half of the older people institutionalized for dementia have drug-induced delirium. They need to have their meds changed and maybe a lot of them could be discharged. We need more of a free market where dietary supplements can compete with high-priced drugs since the biological action of most drugs can be duplicated with vitamins, minerals, herbs and amino acids. But what can we expect from Forbes — it is a showcase for the billionaires and it extols big business. Medicare is underfunded by trillions of dollars. I didn’t hear anything where this doctor’s ideas were going to save trillions.
Never Forget Someone's Name Again With This Memory Trick
I always thought this technique of memorizing stuff was too complicated. I know it works for some people though. I think the best way to have a good memory is to use it and use it often. I used to be a server and I was one of those servers that never writes down orders, but always gets them right. Now that it has been a while since I was in the restaurant biz, I find my short term memory went to hell. I didn't use any special technique. I just was always working that muscle so it stayed toned. Since I don't use it like that anymore It has gotten flabby.
Don't Take Your Vitamins
Based on a perusal of the vitamin section of most drug stores, you’d think Americans need a lot of vitamins. And almost 50 percent of adult Americans reported taking some dietary supplement, according to the most recently published data in the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). People take specific vitamin supplements, of course — B, C, D, E and so on — and if taking one vitamin at a time is too much, one-a-day multivitamins abound, designed for each specific life circumstance. (Are you an active man over 50? Support your cell health with extra selenium!)
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Journalists top the coffee-drinking league table despite health risks
"It seems that drinking coffee is a necessity on the job in a wide variety of professions," noted the Pressat survey researchers. "The highest consumers, sinking over four cups daily, were those with stressful careers: journalists consumed the most, followed closely by police officers and teachers."
How To Master The Fine Art Of Small Talk
I have a real problem with the philosophy of number two. Perhaps it's because I'm content to be quiet, and I once had a roommate that would prepare stories for social occasions, and dutifully walk them out to terrible response by the listeners. Follow the last line of number 1, and number 2 will take care of itself. I'm an introvert that does improv. Nothing is more beneficial than simply having the right energy.
Speaking of improv, Number 3 is poor in improv, because a question forces the other person to work to come up with an answer (which isn't relaxing). If you're going to lead with a question, go with something easy to answer like, "Did you see that cake?" Alternatively, you could go with a funny question, but it has to be tailored to the group you're in, or it could fall flat. You run the risk of asking a question that would put a person in an uncomfortable position of agreeing with your sense of humor.
I love the idea in the last paragraph.
A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World
In reality, Agassi's projections were falling far short. Agassi had assumed that the car would cost roughly half the price of a typical gasoline car and would have a range of at least 100 miles. Instead, batteries were delivered with a range of closer to 80 miles, and the terms with Renault meant he was selling an unsexy family car for about the same price as a nice sedan like the Mazda3 or the Toyota Corolla. (Not to mention that customers were asked to spend an additional $3,000 or so a year to rent the battery and pay for the use of charging and swap stations.) "There was a bit of Shai math going on there," says Evan Thornley, CEO of Better Place's Australian subsidiary. "If there were 100,000 cars on the road tomorrow, his economics would have been right. But the time frames he talked about for selling cars were crackers."
Is Borges the 20th Century’s most important writer?
Over the decades since his death in 1986, Borges’ global stature has continued to grow. “Today one could consider Borges the most important writer of the 20th Century,” says Suzanne Jill Levine, translator and general editor of the Penguin Classics five-volume Borges series. Why? “Because he created a new literary continent between North and South America, between Europe and America, between old worlds and modernity. In creating the most original writing of his time, Borges taught us that nothing is new, that creation is recreation, that we are all one contradictory mind, connected amongst each other and through time and space, that human beings are not only fiction makers but are fictions themselves, that everything we think or perceive is fiction, that every corner of knowledge is a fiction.”
Living On The Edge: Australians Design House That Hangs Off Cliff
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