This is what it's like to drive through a California wildfire
Northern California is currently enduring one of its most destructive fire seasons to date, worsened by a four-year drought that's being called the worst in 500 years. Despite the problem's...
Terrifying video shows a pod of killer whales chasing a fishing boat
A pod of killer whales chase a fishing boat off the coast of San Diego.
Ariana Grande slays these musical impressions of other divas
Mini-diva Ariana Grande paid homage to pop queens of decades past like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion during Tuesday's 'Tonight Show.'
Tom Hardy has no patience for questions about his sexuality
Tom Hardy shut down questions about his sexuality during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Man watches burglars rob his apartment from his phone
Danny Wheeler got a surprising message from his phone around 1 p.m. Tuesday. Instead of a text or an email, it was an alert that his home was in the process of being robbed. Whe...
On 'Late Show' visit, Apple's Tim Cook talks iPhone, Siri, Jobs - CNET
The CEO visits Stephen Colbert's new show ahead of Apple's launch of its latest iPhones next week.
Former 'DmC' devs are risking millions to make a 'AAA' indie
The developers behind 'DmC: Devil May Cry' are pouring their own money into making an indie game they believe in.
'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke's honest opinion on TV sex scenes
Emilia Clarke has given her honest opinion on TV sex scenes in an interview.
Active Wordpress malware campaign compromises thousands of websites | ZDNet
The campaign may only be 15 days old, but thousands of sites are already infected and there are no signs of slowing down.
Project Aura is the confusing new name for Google Glass
It's going to prove pretty confusing for consumers though, who could soon walk into a shop looking for a modular smartphone and walk out with a pair of glasses slapped to their forehead.
Hack Brief: Malware Sneaks Into the Chinese iOS App Store
The malware in the App Store itself is not concerning, but there’s a broader issue here: the way in which it got past Apple’s screening process in the first place.
You’re European, In A Tech Startup, In SF On Sunday? Come For Drinks
Well, one solution is to wait for Disrupt week. Usually, once a year — in the same week as Disrupt — I like to get the European crowd together in San Francisco and take over a bar. No pitch competition, no speakers, just hanging with the Euros, whether you’re a resident or a visitor. This year it’s going to be at a classic SOMA bar on Sunday night.
Turn Your Wall Outlet Into a USB Hub with this 4-Port Wall Charger [Deals Hub]
If you’re looking for evidence of how much technology has changed over the years, look no further than what you plug into. Having a USB port available is more important than a wall outlet. Get more out of your wall plugins by turning it into a hub to charge your USB devices with the Mpow 4-Port USB Wall Charger, on sale now in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub .
Suspect arrested in Arizona freeway shootings
Since Aug. 29, there have been 11 confirmed shootings of vehicles in the Phoenix area involving bullets or other projectiles. Most occurred along Interstate 10, a major route through the city.
13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week
This week at TechCrunch we’re gearing up for Disrupt SF, but the news cycle does not rest. iOS 9 launched for iPhones and iPads as the watch OS 2 release was delayed due to a bug. Content blockers took center stage as they topped app stores, Snapchat introduced a feature that had users barfing rainbows, and CrunchBase launched a detail-rich Unicorn Leaderboard .
Google's new phones will reportedly be called the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P
It's not entirely evident why Google would choose to put an X at the end of one and a P at the end of the other — rather than using a consistent naming scheme, like 5X and 6X, for instance — but there's some sense to it. Huawei, which is building the 6-inch phone, has been using the letter P to name its flagships for a while now. It also avoids the confusion between 6X and 6S , which sound pretty similar.
30 years of Super Mario in pop culture
Mario may have cut his teeth hopping barrels as "Jumpman" in Donkey Kong back in 1981, but his true claim to fame came with Super Mario Bros. Created by acclaimed video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto , that game launched in September 1985, landing on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)/Famicom consoles. This year, the highly influential Mario series celebrates its 30th birthday, having entertained generations of arcade and console fans throughout several iterations over three decades. The impact of Nintendo's iconic Mario and his player-two bro Luigi on pop culture has gone far beyond just gaming itself; they've appeared in cartoons , movies , comics and even art. To join in celebrating 30 years of Super Mario Bros. , we've put together a photo album of all things Mario over the years.
Durov To Outline Telegram’s Next Moves At TechCrunch Disrupt SF
Pavel Durov is the CEO and founder of Telegram, a messaging application that attracted over 60 million active users in less than 2 years since its start in 2013. Before that, Pavel founded VK – the most popular social network in Russia and some other countries with over 100 million active users. Pavel left Russia and VK in early 2014 to focus on developing Telegram.
Salesforce.com: The Customer Success Platform To Grow Your Business
We’re the innovative company behind the world’s #1 CRM platform that employees can access entirely over the Internet — there’s no infrastructure to buy, set up, or manage — you just log in and get to work.
What really matters at the end of life
At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.
A Map of Every Device in the World That's Connected to the Internet
Where is the internet? This map might explain it better than any statistics could ever hope to: The red hot spots show where the most devices that can access the internet are located.
World's saddest dog begs for forgiveness
In a video uploaded to Facebook, an Italian man's dog begs for forgiveness for whatever it's done. Bowing its head and giving so many one-sided hugs, the shamed pooch knows that it's in the wrong.
Sith Teachings - Star Wars Wiki Guide - IGN
The teachings of the Sith are a pathway to great power through the Dark Side of the Force. While the Sith Lord risks much, he or she also gains access to tremendous supernatural abilities. Unfettered by reserve and utterly committed to power, the wisdom of the Sith is at times egocentric, fascist, deterministic, and occasionally paradoxical, especially in regard to love and passion. This page collects Sith teachings from canonical Star Wars sources, and may grow over time through user or editor contributions.
Got a smartphone? Start broadcasting
In 2011, journalist Bruno Torturra covered a protest in São Paulo which turned ugly. His experience of being teargassed had a profound effect on the way he thought about his work, and he quit his job to focus on broadcasting raw, unedited experiences online. In this fascinating talk, he shares some of the ways in which he's experimented with livestreaming on the web, and how in the process he has helped to create a very modern media network.
A Conversation with Edward Snowden (Part 1) - StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson
In this week’s episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with whistleblower Edward Snowden via robotic telepresence from Moscow. The two card-carrying members of the geek community discuss Isaac Newton, the difference between education and learning, and even how knowledge is created. They also dive into the Periodic Table and chemistry, before moving on to the more expected subjects of data compression, encryption and privacy. You’ll learn about the relationship between private contractors, the CIA, and the NSA, for whom Edward began working at only 16 years old. Edward explains why metadata tells the government much more about individuals than they claim, and why there’s a distinction between the voluntary disclosure of information and the involuntary subversion of individual intent. Part 1 ends with a conversation about Ben Franklin, the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the CIA’s oath of service, and government Standard Form 312, which is the agreement Snowden violated.
Facebook is making a 'Dislike' button
People have asked whether Facebook would make a "Dislike" button for years, and for years Facebook has said that it wouldn't. It's kind of obvious why this cycle happens: there's a natural impulse to want to see a "Dislike" button next to Facebook's ubiquitous Like button, but there are also some real problems with that. Facebook doesn't want people using "Dislike" as a way to harass or disrespect other people, and — more cynically — you can argue that it certainly doesn't want people Disliking the sponsored posts that companies pay to put in your News Feed. (On a similar note, please don't forget to Like this article.)
Falling in love is the easy part
Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions? Mandy Len Catron tried this experiment, it worked, and she wrote a viral article about it (that your mom probably sent you). But … is that real love? Did it last? And what’s the difference between falling in love and staying in love?
What the Dalai Lama can teach us about living well
He may seem a surprising source for such guidance. People around the world admire his wisdom and compassion and are drawn by his charisma. But few realize his value as a futurist who ponders our problems and their solutions globally and over centuries, a visionary who senses what we will need to meet the demands of our coming reality.
One of the Most Beautiful Airport Terminals Ever Built Is Being Preserved as a Hotel
The 1960s were a tumultuous decade–but by most accounts, they were a golden age for air travel. The TWA Terminal at JFK, opened in 1962, is a perfect example of that bygone era, but the midcentury masterpiece has sat empty for more than a decade. Now, it will be reborn.
10 careers with the most psychopaths per capita
There’s certainly power in certain civil service roles, which psychopaths single-mindedly crave, and the ability to make other people’s lives hell. While your garden variety civil servant likely isn’t a psychopath, as Schechter notes, several notable serial killers have worked in the area. Notorious British murderer Dennis Nilson worked as a civil servant (not to mention briefly serving as a cop for a period), and ascended the ranks to leadership in just a few years. For more than two decades, Thomas Lee Dillon was an employee of the water department in Canton, Ohio. David Berkowitz, aka Son of Sam, worked as letter sorter at the post office. And Dennis Rader, the self-dubbed BTK killer, was a census field operations supervisor in his home state of Kansas in the late 1980s. He later was hired as a dogcatcher. According to Wikipedia, “neighbors recalled him as being sometimes overzealous and extremely strict; one neighbor complained that he euthanized her dog for no reason.”
This bike just broke the world record for fastest human-powered vehicle
What's the fastest you've ever gone on a bicycle? Maybe 20, close to 30 miles per hour on a hill? The AeroVelo team just more than doubled that in their bullet-shaped "speedbike," reaching a speed of 85.71 miles per hour and breaking the world record for fastest human-powered vehicle at the same time.
'Ultra-thin invisibility skin cloak' could one day be worn like a garment - CNET
A team of researchers at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have created what they call "an ultra-thin invisibility 'skin' cloak" that can be wrapped around a three-dimensional object to render it optically undetectable. Imagine being able to wrap an apple (or a 24th-century starship) in thin plastic wrap and hitting a switch, and the fruit (or USS Enterprise) suddenly disappears. That's the basic concept.
How stories of personal experience help drive change
Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but I can’t help but imagine how different the abortion conversation would be if the women who had had abortions were leading the charge for change. Would groups of women talking about what they went through really draw a battle line between those who felt relief and those who felt regret? Would they avoid talking about the fetus and what happens to it after an abortion? Of course not. In private, women say more — a lot more — about their abortions than they do in public. Without the unique wisdom and insight of people who really know what it’s like, everyone suffers from a lack of understanding and awareness. Other women who may have their own abortions one day, friends and family are left not knowing what to say or how best to provide support to a loved one having an abortion. And without women’s voices and leadership, politicians are left with no alternative but to operate in a vacuum without the knowledge that comes from real life experiences.
Tech companies Stand with Ahmed, offer the young inventor opportunities
You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he…
The 10 Most-Pirated Movies
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Net Neutrality Is On Trial
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The deadly genius of drug cartels
Up to 100,000 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the last 6 years. We might think this has nothing to do with us, but in fact we are all complicit, says Yale professor Rodrigo Canales in this unflinching talk that turns conventional wisdom about drug cartels on its head. The carnage is not about faceless, ignorant goons mindlessly killing each other but is rather the result of some seriously sophisticated brand management.
The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death
Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interesting: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? Cave explores four narratives — common across civilizations — that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."
Google has deployed its cute little self-driving cars in Austin
Google's autonomous vehicle project has been around for more than five years now, and the company's cars have driven more than one million miles without the help of a driver (1,158,818 miles as of August 31st, to be exact). The fleet is currently operating at a clip of about 10,000 miles per week on the public streets of Austin and Mountain View, California. But the company has already encountered some new problems to solve since it started testing its self-driving Lexus SUVs in Austin, like the city's horizontal traffic signals and the sizable local deer population. Still, the cars have only been involved in 16 accidents since the start of the project — all of them "minor," according to Google, and the fault of the other vehicle involved.
7 TED Talks on the beauty of friendship
Friendship is one of the great joys of life. These talks about connecting with others might inspire you to pick up the phone and say hello to someone important to you.
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The inside of a WWI submarine was creepy and claustrophobic
On July 19, 1918, the twin-screw U-boat 110 was engaging a merchant vessel convoy in the North Sea off the town of Hartlepool when she was forced to the surface by Allied depth charges. She was then rammed and sunk by the H.M.S. Garry , a torpedo boat destroyer.
The power of “and”: How women can be fierce and feminine
For the last two years, I worked on a story about the women who helped pave the way for these new Rangers, members of an all-women special operations team built to fill a security gap on the battlefield in Afghanistan. This group of 55 pioneering women — and its subset of 20 who joined Rangers and SEALs on combat missions — has challenged and upended the traditional “hero” narratives of war. These women were bound together by what they saw and did at the tip of the spear, even as government policy officially banned them from direct ground combat. These women were both intense and feminine. They were tough as nails and sometimes painted their nails, they were happy to love CrossFit and cross-stitch. They embraced the “and.”
This Tower Purifies a Million Cubic Feet of Air an Hour
Roosegaarde has plans to take the tower on a “smog-free tour” in the coming year so he can demonstrate the tower’s abilities in cities around the world. It’s a little bit of showmanship that he hopes will garner even more attention for the machine, which he calls a “shrine-like temple of clean air.” Roosegaarde admits that his tower isn’t a final solution for cleaning a city’s air. “The real solution everybody knows,” he says, adding that it’s more systematic than clearing a hole of clean air in the sky. He views the Smog Free tower as an initial step in a bottom-up approach to cleaner air, with citizens acting as the driving force. “How can we create a city where in 10 years these towers aren’t necessary anymore?” he says. “This is the bridge towards the solution.”
Gesture Control: Still A Pipe Dream?
The tech world is buzzing about new technology that enables users to control their world with gestures, however most devices struggle to find real-world use and consistent functionality. FORBES met with the cofounders of Wearable World to discuss the industry's viability. Subscribe to FORBES: http://www.youtube.com/forbes Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/user/forbes/vi... Follow FORBES VIDEO on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/forbesvideo Like FORBES VIDEO on Facebook: http://fb.com/forbesvideo Follow FORBES VIDEO on Instagram: http://instagram.com/forbesvideo For more FORBES content: http://forbes.com
Apple's iOS 9 refines the iPhone and breathes new life into the iPad Air 2
There are quite a few smaller quality of life improvements, too. The app switcher sports a new look, showing your currently open apps as slightly narrower pages to shuffle through, instead of taking up the bulk of the screen. It's a small touch, but means that you can see more of your open apps at a time, and quickly get to the one you want, or close the ones you don't. The keyboard has also received a rather welcome change: press the shift key, and the letters on the keyboard will become capitalized. Release it, and they're all lowercase. Again, an infinitesimal change, but one that makes entering passwords quite a bit easier.
The American Dream Is Dead: Here’s Where It Went
"The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers." (thanks wikipedia!)
How is the American Dream dead? Is it because we have less freedom including the opportunity for prosperity and success? The key word there is opportunity. Can any citizen honestly say they have less access to jobs today based on race, gender, religion, or sexual preference than 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago? Can anyone say today that somehow their social mobility is more restricted than in the past? I think its pretty clear the answer to both of these is no. The American Dream is alive and well; but it's not handed to anyone but instead requires the same hard work as it always has. The American Dream does not stand for unequal effort and unequal abilities result in equal results.
25 meaningful tattoos for introverts
Dot tattoos look like natural beauty marks. They're meaningful in the sense that the number or pattern of the dots can symbolize different aspects of one's life, but hardly anyone will really see them. The ellipsis pattern above could symbolize infinity.
Donate sperm, get an iPhone 6S? In China, yes - CNET
Applemania has been sweeping through China over the past year, with the larger displays on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus increasing the brand's popularity in the People's Republic. Now hospitals in the country are taking advantage, offering money for the just-unveiled iPhone 6S in exchange for regular sperm donations.
One Lab’s Quixotic Quest for New Flavors | MIT Technology Review
Such funding is one reason for the Nordic Food Lab’s recent concentration on insects, the subject of almost all the publicity about the lab. An interest in insects is not the result of any core founding principle—Redzepi’s original mission was just the “scientific identification and exploration of deliciousness.” It’s a consequence of the largest grant the lab has received to date: $655,000 from the Swiss-based Velux foundation, which funds technical and basic scientific research, to explore “deliciousness as an argument for entomophagy.” Insects are, of course, the miracle protein of the future: no one asking how we will feed the world can avoid talking about them. Nor, if you go to a trendy restaurant, can you escape being offered a grasshopper taco or a cricket-covered chanterelle bavarian. From the fall of 2013 to the fall of 2014, that money sent Ben Reade, once an intern at the lab who became head of culinary R&D, and Josh Evans, a Yale grad who is one of the lab’s three paid full-time employees, to Kenya, Uganda, the Australian outback, Mexico, Peru, and Sardinia, as well as the Netherlands and northern Denmark, to find and film grasshoppers, beetles, bees, crickets, and other insects that have served as food.
Cruise Raises $12.5M From Spark, YC’s Sam Altman For Self-Driving Cars; Poaches Tesla’s Lead on Autopilot
A few months ago, I took a ride down the 101 in an Audi that had been modified to self-drive down Bay Area highways. The tech was developed by a company called Cruise, which was started by Socialcam founder Kyle Vogt; he did undergraduate research a decade ago in autonomous vehicles. After hitting one out of the park with consumer mobile apps when Socialcam sold to Autodesk for $60 million , Vogt wanted to return to his roots in robotics and mechanical engineering.
Samsung's foldable smartphone might shake things up this January
January starts alarm bells ringing as the rumoured Galaxy S7 is set for an end of February launch date, but it may be that Samsung wants to get its bendable concept out of the way before the launch of the normal flagship phones.
How Instagram's penny stock king became a self-employed multimillionaire
Instagram/Timothy SykesSykes with his fiancée, Bianca Alexa, in Santorini. Timothy Sykes is a financier who flaunts his flashy lifestyle on Instagram, where photos of him working remotely in Bora Bora or sunning himself in the Maldives garner thousands of likes from his 396,000 followers.
The science of sync
Mathematician Steven Strogatz shows how flocks of creatures (like birds, fireflies and fish) manage to synchronize and act as a unit — when no one's giving orders. The powerful tendency extends into the realm of objects, too.
New York City plans to make computer science mandatory in all public schools
According to estimates from New York City's Department of Education, only 10 percent of public schools in the Big Apple offer classes in computer science, and just 1 percent of the student population ends up receiving any training in the subject. But as The New York Times reports , Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to change all that, announcing a 10-year deadline to train enough teachers so that every student in the city can receive at least some exposure to a discipline that provides essential skills for the fast-growing tech sector.
Trello hits 10M users, adds Evernote, GitHub, Salesforce, Slack integrations in Business Class
Trello today is also introducing new features for its Business Class premium tier of service. Now users can natively integrate many online services, including Box, Dropbox, Evernote, GitHub (integrate pull requests, commits, and issues), Google Hangouts, MailChimp, Salesforce (drop in leads, contacts, and opportunities), Slack (send Trello cards to Slack channels and get Slack reminders about Trello cards), and Twitter. You can now integrate entire folders of documents from Google Drive, too. (This builds on the existing capability to natively drop in individual files from Google Drive.)
Apple's 'Move to iOS' app is now available on Android
Rather than sync everything over the cloud, Apple uses a pretty clever strategy to transfer everything from your Android phone to iPhone. The iPhone will automatically set up a private Wi-Fi network, request a security code from the user, and then migrate all the data and "put it in the right places." The Move to iOS app is launching ahead of Apple's latest iPhones, which will be released on September 25th. It's also compatible with previous models, and on the Android side, you'll need a device running Android 4.0 or above to use the app.
Ahmed Mohammed Clock is a FRAUD
This video shows that the supposed clock invention by a 14 year old is in fact not an invention. The 'clock' is a commercial bedside alarm clock removed from its casing. There is nothing to indicate that the clock was even assembled by the child. I suspect this was brought into school to create an alarmed reaction. So, Mark Zuckerberg, Mr. President, Make Magazine (which should know better), and others: You've been duped. Please do recognize youths of all backgrounds who create wonderful inventions with electronics. The kid making press around the world did not invent or build a clock.