5 reasons why Lego-like modular PCs aren't as exciting as they seem
The idea of easily-swappable PC parts has been floating around for years, but still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
A Whitney Houston hologram will dance with everybody on world tour
Holographic Houston will embark on a world tour next year, starting with a live-streamed concert that will be recorded at a yet-to-be-announced U.S. venue.
$50 million of Steve Jobs' Apple fortune will help create tech-focused 'Super Schools'
Laurene Powell Jobs has committed $50 million dollars to XQ: The Super School Project, an effort looking to redefine and reimagine high school education.
This Is What Getting Tasered Looks Like In Super-Slow Motion
For some reason, audiences just can't seem to get their fill of videos of people reacting to being shocked by stun guns or Tasers, and then reliably screaming, passing out or falling over.
Meet Australia's new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull
Malcolm Turnbull: centre-right leaning, filthy rich and now, Australia's new leader.
Make a Benchtop Anvil
Here's how I made a small benchtop anvil for my workshop.It was made out of a piece of small-gauge railroad track. Without the log base, the anvil wei...
Jimmy Kimmel Pranks Eager Apple Fans With Original iPhone
Nothing beats the original. On Wednesday, Apple announced the release of its latest gadgets, including the much coveted iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. The new phones aren't actually due out until later this month
U.S. drops to 16th on 'economic freedom' list, behind Canada, Chile
The United States, ranked second in worldwide economic freedom as recently as 2000, has plummeted to 16th, according to a new report of world economies.
The Fraser Institute's annual report, Economic Freedom of the World, showed that the country's drop started in 2010, the second year of the Obama administration.
The world-recognized report showed that the U.S. fell in several areas, including legal and property rights and regulation.
The United States, once considered a bastion of economic freedom, now ranks 16th in the world after being as high as second in 2000, said the report issued Monday morning.
How to Pick a Lock (Basics)
I show how pin-tumbler locks work and how they can be opened using lock picks. This is a fairly basic view about lock picking but I wanted to make it ...
Fall 2015 movie guide: the 34 films on our radar this awards season
It's time to clear this summer's glut of sequels, franchises, and reboots away and make room for fall movie season — aka Oscar season, aka prestige season, aka grown-up season, aka STAR WARS OMG...
Raised Timber Pond with Waterfall and Bench
In this Instructable I will take you through how I designed and built a small raised pond with a capacity of roughly 300 litres, using 47x47mm sawn ki...
Wire crochet for beginners
The YoolTube necklace is a simple yet powerful tutorial that can be implemented in many designs . A base is created and the silver, gold or colored Yo...
Prosthetic hand restores a man's sense of touch
DARPA promised prosthetic limbs that produce realistic sensations , and it's making good on its word. The agency's researchers have successfully tested an artificial hand that gave a man a "near-natural" level of touch. The patient could tell when scientists were pressing against specific fingers, even when they tried to 'trick' the man by touching two digits at once. The key was to augment the thought-controlled hand with a set of pressure-sensitive torque motors wired directly to the brain -- any time the hand touched something, it sent electrical signals that felt much like flesh-and-bone contact.
The book consists of 4 parts, i.e. concepts, tools, theories and practices. The book follows an "abstraction, concrete, abstraction, concrete" structure, starting from basic concepts like iOS filesystem hierarchy and iOS file types that Apple didn't expose to App developers but iOS (jailbreak) researchers should know, then goes through the most commonly used tools like class-dump, Theos, Cycript, Reveal, IDA and LLDB to introduce what to do in iOS reverse engineering. After that, iOS reverse engineering theories based on Objective-C and ARM assembly are explained in a methodological way, pointing out the core of this book. Last but not least, 4 originally elaborated practices are there to cover all previous contents of the book and give you the most intuitive perception of iOS reverse engineering. Happy hacking!
Cyanogen will get cozy with Microsoft's Cortana
You can use Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant on Android right now , but it's not really integrated with Android. There's only so much the developers can do when they don't control the operating system. If Cyanogen has its way, though, you'll soon see what Cortana can do when the gloves are off. The company has revealed that it's working with Microsoft to integrate Cortana into Cyanogen's custom version of Android, kicking Google's own voice control to the curb . It's not clear exactly how this will compare to the assistant on other platforms, but Cyanogen hints that it could offer better control over third-party apps than rivals like Google or Apple's Siri. You could tell Spotify to play specific songs or playlists, for instance. The software should show up in the "next version" of Cyanogen OS , so you won't have to wait long to find out how well this tie-in works.
4 tips to keep your career relevant
Quality security training is not cheap, and the effort required to pass quality industry certification exams is significant. Not to mention the time, effort, and money needed to maintain them as well. In a recent survey almost 19 percent of security professionals reported their organization spent no more than $100,000 on continuing education, 212 said their organization paid no greater than $20,000, and 23 percent reported spending between $1,000 and $5,000. I believe the onus lies with the individual and the organization to develop and fund an effective continuing education plan.
Special report: Extending the reach of enterprise developers
But in an economy in which software powers businesses operations and economic growth alike, these technical leads are more important than ever to the success of the companies that employ them. In response, the workplace is undergoing a quiet revolution, as “programmers” are transforming from mere functionaries working in the belly of the beast to central figures with lines of communication to business leaders and responsibility for translating the needs of the business into the tools, technologies and code that will keep their employers lean, smart and efficient.
When was Super Mario Bros. released in the US? Nobody knows!
Correction: The piece originally misstated Nintendo's official release date for Super Mario Bros. as October 18th, 2015. As that date would require time travel, it is clearly incorrect. The piece has been revised to include Nintendo's official release date of October 18th, 1985. Also, the story originally claimed Super Mario Bros. was bundled with the NES at launch. That didn't occur until 1986.
These Collapsible Pots Are Stupidly Handy
My kitchen is a mess. I’m not trying to make excuses, but the space is tiny, and I mean tiny in the New York City sense of the word, which is totally different than tiny in Los Angeles, Dallas, or Omaha. My pots and pans are stuffed into whatever drawer happens to have room, something that is becoming increasingly scarce. I’d swap at least a few of my sturdier metal pieces for the space I’d save with something like the X Pot—if only it would work on my stove.
Foil hackers and access geo-locked content: 89% Off proXPN VPN premium lifetime subscription
Once you are connected to proXPN, your browsing traffic is routed via one of the service’s servers around the world. This masks your IP address and location, making you untraceable. As a nice side-effect, it also gives you the opportunity to “pop up” in other countries and access locally available content, such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer. Given the speed of ProXPN’s servers, and the unlimited bandwidth offered, streaming video is definitely an option.
How to plan your mobile strategy
So it's no longer a question as to whether to make a website mobile -- but rather, how. Over the last two years, companies have taken a scattershot approach. Some built so-called m-dot sites, or sites designed exclusively for mobile devices; some adopted responsive design, re-coding sites so they would automatically adjust to whatever device was used to view them; and some decided to build apps as their primary mobile channel. Some have done all three (and some have yet to do anything).
5 Office 365 admin settings you must get right
To ensure you have a solid foundation for your Office 365 deployment, you have to get the settings just right. If you want email to arrive safely to its destination free of malware or sensitive information, or your admin portal to be hardened against all but the most complex of tasks or your users' mobile devices to be more of a productivity booster than a liability, you’ll have to go beyond Office 365’s defaults.
Kim Davis returns to work as deputy grants same-sex marriage license
"If any of them feels that they must issue an unauthorized license to avoid being thrown in jail, I understand their tough choice and I will take no action against them," Davis said. "However, any unauthorized license that they issue will not have my name, my title or my authority on it. Instead, the license will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order."
Stripe gives app makers an easy way to add a 'Buy' button to any app
But with Relay plugged in to your app, you can offer a mobile buying process directly within your app, speeding up the entire experience by a mile. For example, Twitter, who's already a Relay user, enables you to tweet a link to your product with a "buy" button, where you can make purchases within the Twitter app itself.
The Martian’s cast and crew talk to Ars about that beautiful monster, Mars
Now on board, Goddard had one stipulation for the script—it had to stay smart. "I don’t know if we dumbed it down if we would have a movie," he said. "So much of the movie is about the intelligence—if you took that out, I’m not sure what it would be." Goddard explained that he told the studio that dumbing the script down would sink the story, and the studio agreed. "It took a lot of faith on their part," he said. "It was really sort of satisfying the first time we watched it with an audience, and to hear the first thing they said was they really liked how smart it was. It was really nice. It’s sort of counterintuitive to the way Hollywood in general thinks."
In-app Buy Buttons fix this with an instant purchase experience for customers. With Relay, you can add your products and start selling in a growing number of apps.
Jakarta police say Uber illegal service, arrest drivers
JAKARTA Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] denied on Monday that authorities in Jakarta had arrested some of its drivers after police in the city said they were cracking down on the car-hailing service because it was operating illegally.
Download Kim et al: Each Kardashian sister now has her own app
She elaborated on what to expect from her own app: "I love Instagram, but sometimes people get annoyed if you share too many photos. I have done unique photo shoots just for the site and the app, and spent the last two years with my assistant...waking up at 6:00 a.m. to go to a waterfall in Thailand just to take a video for the site. We have a lot of unique things to share. It's very in-depth."
Everything I Know About Star Wars Despite Not Seeing It
So: starting now, I will watch one Star Wars movie per week. (After a very heated debate in the WIRED office, the Entertainment Desk powers-that-be have proclaimed that I shall watch them as George Lucas would wish: the remastered versions, starting with episode IV.)
Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus reportedly delayed by screen backlight production issues
A trusted Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, stated in an investor note Monday that Apple has run into problems manufacturing part of the display for the new iPhone 6s, delaying the availability of the phone.
Schmidt talking: Google boss suggests Apple Music is 'elitist' and outdated
To recap, Apple Music launched in late June, and Apple touted its human touch as a key feature in a world full of streaming music services that revolve around algorithms. Apple Music’s “For You” section is stuffed with themed playlists curated by actual people, while Beats 1 is a 24/7 live radio station that beams its songs across the globe, selected by big-name DJs and artists like Dr. Dre, Elton John, Zane Lowe, and Queens of the Stone Age ’s Josh Homme. Reactions were mixed its first day, but Beats 1 has proven to be extremely popular if Twitter chatter’s any indication.
Attention Investors: Introducing The TechCrunch Disrupt SF Startup Alley Hub
We wanted to make it super easy for all the investors at Disrupt to learn more about the companies that will be on display in the alley, and we think the Startup Alley hub is a pivotal resource for you as you plan your days at the show. Plus, according to CrunchBase, the companies that demoed in Startup Alley at our Disrupt events last year raised over $120 million after exhibiting at our conferences so we know you’ll be impressed.
High standard set in YouTube takedown: U.S. appeals court
In a closely followed case over a home video of a toddler dancing to the Prince hit "Let's Go Crazy," the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco made it tougher for content providers such as Vivendi SA's ( VIV.PA ) Universal Music Group to force Internet service providers to remove material.
9 sites to watch excellent curated videos
Thankfully, we’re experts at faffing on company time and know where to get our fix of quality Web video. Here are our picks for the best sites to watch curated clips.
Microsoft celebrates Super Mario Bros with a ninja cat easter egg
Yesterday marked 30 years since the release of Super Mario Bros. on the NES, a milestone that led to the 13th of September being marked as "8-bit Day." Nintendo celebrated the event in its own fashion , but the Japanese company wasn't the only console creator to celebrate the occasion. Microsoft created its own easter egg for 8-bit Day, rewarding people who entered the famous Konami code on its homepage with a slice of video game history, a cute little message from the company, and a pixelated version of Microsoft's ninja cat riding its T. Rex steed.
Finding out what you suck at is a professional's greatest secret
When I hired Royal Hebert , a former process-server based in Portland, I did so because I had keyed in on one core fact – I’m not the best at organization. I’m not great at organizing little niggling details: vast spreadsheets of client demo times, lists of coverage and getting/keeping people on my calendar.
Twitter for the Web is down
Twitter is having some technical difficulties – its Web portal is down for many users, including several of us here at The Next Web.
Appeals court strikes a blow for fair use in long-awaited copyright ruling
Today's ruling isn't an all-out win for EFF, which wanted Universal to be held liable immediately under 512(f). That section of the DMCA allows for damages over bad-faith takedown notices. But Universal will now have to face a trial over whether it "knowingly misrepresented" its "good faith belief the video was not authorized by law." The judges have made clear that copyright owners "must consider fair use before sending a takedown notification" before forming that "good faith belief."
Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA is a modern silver aero
This four-door coupe can transform, while moving, from its sedan-like design mode to an ultra-sleek, gas-powered fish of a car. This aerodynamic mode has a drag coefficent of just 0.19. That's sleeker than a Tesla Model S , and it ties the rating of the General Motors EV1 electric car. In fact, it's very nearly as aerodynamic as the Volkswagen XL1 .
The IAA can transform automatically at 80 kilometers per hour (about 50 miles per hour) or via the press of a button. When it enters an aerodynamic mode, eight segments at the back of the car extend out, adding over 15 inches to the overall vehicle length, effectively extending its already tear-dropped-shaped tail. And that's just the most visible aero aid.
At the front of the car, flaps in the bumper extend out nearly an inch, while there's a smaller extender in the back bumper. These serve to keep air away from the wheel arches, where turbulence can become an issue. Of course, Mercedes has thought of this, too, fitting "Active Rims" that "alter their cupping from 55 mm to zero," whatever that means. There's even an active aero aid inside the front bumper, where a louver extends backward by 2.
GE creates digital unit, says energy management head to retire
The U.S. conglomerate also announced that Mark Begor, GE's head of energy management, would retire after 35 years with the company. Begor, 57, whom RBC Capital analyst Deane Dray recently dubbed the company's internal "Mr. Fix-It", had been leading a drive to improve the energy management unit's lagging profit margins and previously ran GE Capital's real estate business.
Russia's anti-monopoly watchdog says Google violates competition law
The FAS anti-monopoly body said Google had violated the law by pre-installing certain applications on mobile devices and could face penalties totaling up to 15 percent of its 2014 revenue in this part of the Russian market.
Twitter.com currently unavailable for some users
SAN FRANCISCO Twitter.com ( TWTR.N ) was unavailable on Monday for some users across the United States but the mobile app and Tweetdeck, another Twitter website that allows users to view multiple browsers at once, appeared to be working normally.
In a move that is sure to end well for the Department Of Homeland Security and the police in Lebanon, New Hampshire, officials have asked a New Hampshire public library to shut down its TOR node to prevent terrorism and other mean, nasty things.
The library was the first in the country to run a secure TOR exit node – essentially a system that allows users to web surf anonymously from… Read More
Meet #CitizenMars candidate, Adriana
We go in depth with five of the finalists for the Mars One mission: everyday people determined to be the first to colonize the Red Planet. To watch full episodes of Citizen Mars: Watch on YouTube: http://engt.co/citizen_mars Watch on Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/citizen-mars Get More Engadget: •Subscribe to Engadget on YouTube: http://engt.co/subscribe •Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/engadget •Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/engadget •Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/engadget •Add us on Snapchat: gadgetsnaps •Read more: http://www.engadget.com Technology isn't all about bits and processors. It's the car with no driver, human organs printed in a lab and leisurely flights into space. It's the future and Engadget is here to tell you all about it. Since 2004, Engadget has covered cutting edge devices and the technology that powers them. We're looking beyond the gadgets themselves to explore how they impact our lives. Engadget is the definitive guide to this connected life. Also on Engadget's YouTube Channel: •“In Case You Missed It” (aka #ICYMI) is a daily clip show designed to dig up the offbeat and interesting stories that get buried by the biggest headlines.
An invitation to men who want a better world for women
Around the world, women still struggle for equality in basic matters like access to education, equal pay and the right to vote. But how to enlist everyone, men and women, as allies for change? Meet Elizabeth Nyamayaro, head of UN Women’s HeForShe initiative, which has created more than 2.4 billion social media conversations about a more equal world. She invites us all to join in as allies in our shared humanity.
What Makes Uber Run
What the author and magazine missed is Uber is an unregulated company operating in a regulated industry. It is ILLEGAL.
Kalanick has spearheaded a concerted criminal conspiracy that has swept America and global cities.
Bans, cease and desist directives, court orders, and much litigation mounts daily across the world. Uber thumbs their nose . Kalanick's MO is " I don't care about your laws, I have my own laws. We don't need no stinking regulations. I have my own laws."
Soon the bubble will burst. Violations of the RICO ACT, the IRS tax Code, the US Dept. of Labor employment laws, the FTC Act, the USDOT Act and its Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules and regs, the FAA, The FCC acts, the SEC ACT plus all the various state transportation statutes and city ordinances.
Lawless people and their operations will be prosecuted.
The media such as this writer and FAST COMPANY have been mesmerized by Kalanick.
Remember this, RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM IS TELLING THE TRUTH.
Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear
Dave Isay opened the first StoryCorps booth in New York’s Grand Central Terminal in 2003 with the intention of creating a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by listening to their story. Since then, StoryCorps has evolved into the single largest collection of human voices ever recorded. His TED Prize wish: to grow this digital archive of the collective wisdom of humanity. Hear his vision to take StoryCorps global — and how you can be a part of it by interviewing someone with the StoryCorps app.
Art in exile
Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat explores the paradox of being an artist in exile: a voice for her people, but unable to go home. In her work, she explores Iran pre- and post-Islamic Revolution, tracing political and societal change through powerful images of women.
5 Facebook Ads Changes: What Marketers Need to Know
I currently have an ad campaign going and after reading this I immediately wanted to add the feature “Call Now” to my ad instead of “Learn More”…….but the option wasn’t listed in the drop down menu when I went to edit my ad……do you know why?
IGN's Weekly WWE 2K16 Roster Reveal - IGN
Well folks...this is it. It's been a fun ride, but this is the final week of Roster 3:16. All good things and all that. It's been a real blast bringing this to you every week, waking up early on Monday morning to share the roster-flavored excitement with alI of you. As I wow you one last time with reams of new wrestlers and related media, don't forget that you can use the previous pages on this article to re-live the good times we've had together forever, or at least until the cats officially take over and take away our internet access for good.
Surfing the Internet... from my TRS-80 Model 100
The machine has some nostalgic significance to me as well—I filed one of my first assignments as a technology journalist with a Model 100, connecting to MCI Mail over dial-up in a phone booth using acoustic couplers. At the time, the machine was a reporter's dream: 20 hours or more of life on four AA batteries plus built-in text editing, address book, calendar, and communications applications burned into an onboard ROM chip. It was easy to overlook the fact that even the top-end Model 100 only had 24 kilobytes of RAM. Literally any modern device surpasses that figure.
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.
Teens, Technology and Friendships
Overall, 72% of teens ages 13 to 17 play video games on a computer, game console or portable device. Fully 84% of boys play video games, significantly higher than the 59% of girls who play games. Playing video games is not necessarily a solitary activity; teens frequently play video games with others. Teen gamers play games with others in person (83%) and online (75%), and they play games with friends they know in person (89%) and friends they know only online (54%). They also play online with others who are not friends (52%). With so much game-playing with other people, video gameplay, particularly over online networks, is an important activity through which boys form and maintain friendships with others:
You're not irrational, you're just quantum probabilistic: Researchers explain human decision-making with physics theory
I rather think this article should be elsewhere. This is such an active yet unconnected field of study that patterns seen seem to be contradictory...at least to layman, that is. To quote from various articles 'There seems to be no limit to the knowledge that can fit into the brain', 'Memory loss...leads to a dark Place', 'Memories act as ballast', '...personality determines the events that you remember...', and as far as decision making is concerned (in the article) try this one, 'Before you make your next important decision try to hold off from visiting the bathroom'. On maths, 'Mathematical thinking seems to piggyback on our experience of movement and space.' Others are concerned with the difference between the actions of men and women. Because there is so much research just about everyone can get involved particularly philosophers, and how many posters on this site would have on view on that? I feel this is not to site to debate such issues.
People now spend more time using apps than watching TV
A new report from Flurry says people are spending more time in mobile apps than watching TV. In 2015, U.S. consumers spent 198 minutes in mobile apps per day compared to 168 minutes watching TV. That time in mobile apps is up from 139 minutes in 2014 and 126 minutes in 2013, and that doesn't include time spent in mobile browsers.
What we learn from insects’ kinky sex lives
Marlene Zuk delightedly, determinedly studies insects. In this enlightening, funny talk, she shares just some of the ways that they are truly astonishing — not least for the creative ways they have sex.
Americans’ Views on Mobile Etiquette
It turns out that people think different kinds of public and social settings warrant different sensitivities about civil behavior. For instance, fully 77% of all adults think it is generally OK for people to use their cellphones while walking down the street and 75% believe it is OK for others to use phones on public transit. But only 38% think it is generally OK for others to use cellphones at restaurants and just 5% think it is generally OK to use a cellphone at a meeting.
IGN's Top 25 Xbox One Games - IGN
The year 2015 has been very good to the Xbox One so far, and that means the latest update to our Top 25 Xbox One Games list brings significant changes. And it'll continue to change every year for the foreseeable future – the games will get better and better! – which only makes the list more fun, both to create and to read. These are the 25 games you should take notice of when buying the system, as ranked by a humble crew of IGN's biggest and most knowledgeable Xbox One fans. Review scores mattered, but we also factored in things like ways each game took advantage of the Xbox One, design risks taken that you should see, curiosities, etc. Enjoy!
The LAPD has a Tesla now
At a press conference today , Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced the lease of 160 battery electric vehicles and 128 plug-in hybrids for the city's vehicle fleet. "Today, we take another step toward becoming the most sustainable city in America," the mayor told reporters. "This year, Los Angeles will become home to the largest city-owned fleet of pure battery electric vehicles anywhere in the country, and we will save taxpayer dollars along the way."
First use of the word 'f**k' found in 1310 court case
Dr Paul Booth of Keele University spotted the name in 'Roger Fuckebythenavele' in the Chester county court plea rolls from December 8, 1310. The first of three entries reads: County court of Chester, held on Tuesday after the feast of St Nicholas, 4 Edw. II, before Payn Tibotot, justiciar of Chester (8th December, 1310) A man called 'Roger Fuckebythenavele' was exacted for the first time.
The year open data went worldwide
At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for "raw data now" — for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web. At TED University in 2010, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up.