Frogs captivated by video of worms on smartphone - CNET
Even frogs can't resist technology, especially when their dinner is the feature attraction.
Ello, Ello? New ‘No Ads’ Social Network Ello Is Blowing Up Right Now | TechCrunch
In March a new social network launched promising the opposite business model to Facebook, i.e. not selling ads based on user data and instead relying on, perhaps, paid premium features to keep going. Ello then sunk without a trace until, in the last 24-48 hours or so, activity on the site completely blew up. And this is a pretty basic social network with the bare minimum of features. Why? A combination of factors.
9 Tips to Protect Your CRM Data from Hackers
CITEworld spoke with several security experts to see what steps a company could take to protect its CRM data specifically. We began with a few base assumptions, namely that the fundamentals were in place -- assume your security software isn't outdated, and the security team has access to all networks including customer data (both reported to be Home Depot's failings). We also assumed more advanced -- but still commonly cited -- protections are in place, such as two-factor authentication.
Stephen Hawking makes it clear: There is no God - CNET
For a time, it was thought that astrophysicist Stephen Hawking had also left a tiny gap in his credo window for a magical deity. However, he has now come out and declared that there is no God.
Unlock the Secrets of your Poop - Healthy Holistic Living
The exact make-up and appearance of your stools will vary to a certain degree, according to what you have eaten and drunk. It normally takes somewhere between 18 and 72 hours to digest food and create poop. In an ideal world, (and now referring to the Bristol Stool Chart), the closer your stools are to types 3, 4, and 5, (4 & 5 being the ppp – the pinnacle of poop perfection), the better. When you have diarrhea, it’s because you’re stools have been processed to quickly and your intestines haven’t had time to extract as much water as they normally should. At the other end of the scale, failure to produce within 72 hours, is indicative of constipation, which may be linked to other problems.
35 Innovators Under 35 | 2014 | MIT Technology Review
Everyone on the list was nominated either by the public or by MIT Technology Review ’s editors. Some got our attention when they were picked by our international publishing partners as Innovators Under 35 for their regions. After our editors pared the roughly 500 nominees to 80 finalists, outside judges rated the originality and impact, or potential impact, of their work; those scores guided the editors as they crafted the list.
Video: Cirque du Soleil Does Its Thing… With Drones | TechCrunch
Cirque du Soleil is known for doing incredible things with the human body. Now it’s doing incredible things with quadcopters.
Out in the Open: The Site That Teaches You to Code Well Enough to Get a Job | WIRED
But if want to be a serious programmer, that’s another matter. You’ll need hundreds of hours of practice—and countless mistakes—to learn the trade. It’s often more of an art than a skill—where the best way of doing something isn’t the most obvious way. You can’t really learn to craft code that’s both clear and efficient without some serious trial and error, not to mention an awful lot of feedback on what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong.
The grass is always greener on the other smartphone
None of this is normal. Normal human beings, at least in the American world of contracts and monthly payment plans, get a new phone that makes them happy every two years and they don't worry about it too much until it's time for a new phone again. But I'm not normal, which probably explains how I started writing about technology in the first place. I know exactly how this is going to play out for me. The same way it always does: I’m going to use this iPhone for a few months, then I’m going to use a Moto X or a Nexus-whatever for a few months. The cycle repeats anew, and I’m a few hundred dollars lighter for it after I flip the phone I’m not using. (Gazelle, get at me.)
The Rise of Emotional Decision-Making in Games - IGN
Whereas a vast majority of video games have historically channelled their largely linear storylines towards concluding boss battles - leaving little scope for external influence en route - certain modern titles now present players with choices capable of directly impacting the game world in which they play. The phenomenon of emotionally driven decision-making isn’t necessarily anything entirely new. But as games strive to force players to consider their actions, and as our definition of what constitutes a video game continues to diversify, a distinguished rise in the popularity of emotional NPC moments appears to be taking hold.
10 best mobile phones in the world today
Another Samsung phone enters the fray, and it's a slightly odd one: the Galaxy Alpha has a price tag that's even higher than the iPhone 6, and yet doesn't really out-spec it in many ways.
Watch this: new 'Jupiter Ascending' trailer delivers more space rollerblades
You already knew there were lots of explosions, fighting, and even space rollerblades in the upcoming sci-fi action movie Jupiter Ascending , but did you think there would be this much space rollerblading? The third trailer for the film, which opens February 6th, 2015 (after a lengthy delay ), shows some more of that from Channing Tatum's character in order to save Mila Kunis, as well as explaining a bit more of the plot — like who these people are who are trying to own and "harvest" the Earth. Still unanswered is whether Sean Bean's character survives the inevitable fight that ensues.
Swedish students play a gig with 3D-printed instruments
We might be far from 3D printing everything, but Professor Olaf Diegel from Lund University in Sweden wants everyone to know it already has real-world applications . So, he printed out some working guitars, drums and keyboards, formed a band and recently asked them to play what he claims is the first live concert that uses 3D-printed instruments only at his university. The professor has been designing 3D-printed musical instruments for two years, including a saxophone and the Americana guitar we played with back in 2013, which you can see in the video after the break. He's been involved in many 3D printing projects since the 1990s, though, and was even part of one that worked on shoe inserts for diabetics. Diegel says the technology allows him to create very intricate shapes "impossible to do any other way," paving way for some truly custom-made instruments.
Apple Says iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Bending Complaints Number Less Than 10 | TechCrunch
Apple also added that the newest iPhones are built with “steel/titanium inserts” to “reinforce stress locations,” and that they use “the strongest glass in the industry” in order to prevent any problems like those described. In addition to the use of high-quality materials, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also underwent ample testing to ensure they can endure bending, sitting, torsion and other kinds of stress, even over prolonged periods, throughout their design and development. These kinds of tests are standard in the industry, and can be seen directly in this video from TechCrunch shot on location at Nokia’s gadget labs in 2008.
The Evolution of Internet Speak
Because Internet speak is more about language patterns than acronyms, it's easier to use it in everyday life. Most people wouldn't casually say "LOL," but they're more than comfortable saying, "I can't even." For the most part, these online trends haven't heavily impacted the English language in a tangible way.
The 15 Best 'Shark Tank' Pitches Of All Time
Some aspiring entrepreneurs have risen to the challenge and shown how to give a pitch that's so concise and effective that the investors feel like they'd be missing out on some major cash if they didn't gain a stake in the company.
Japanese company plans space elevator by 2050 - CNET
Teams around Japan are working on logistics problems associated with the elevator. A team at Kanagawa University, for example, is working on the problems associated with the robotic cars: how to ascend at varying altitudes and how to brake. If the project is successful, it could massively cut the cost and danger associated with space trips: cargo usually costs around $22,000 per kilogram via shuttle; using Obayashi's space elevator, the cost would be closer to $200, the company said.
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.
Civil Rights and Social Media Made Me Resign From My Job
Bolstered by the support of several journalists I have recently spoken to, and by social media support, I am writing to the public to tell my story about what took place a few weeks back at the office where I practiced pediatric dentistry. I am part of Black America; I was born into it by virtue of the color of my skin. No matter where I am in my life, that part of me will always be my first identifier. I am also a dentist. My former employer gave me the unfortunate ultimatum of having to choose to be one or the other. That choice was presented to me after the partners in my former dental practice spied on my Facebook page, which featured several posts expressing my support of Michael Brown and the issues surrounding Ferguson, Missouri.
Dear Sony: Let Us Change Our PSN Names - IGN
This isn't a problem that affects me. My name -- Moriarty-IGN -- is a name I'll be fine with long after I one day leave IGN. I love this website, the people here, and the opportunities it afforded me, and I'll always be glad to rep it in the digital space. But not being able to change your PSN ID is a big deal to a lot of people, and mind-bogglingly, it doesn't seem Sony realizes that it could literally make millions of dollars a year by asking people pay to change things up. $5, $10, $20, whatever the price, people will pay it. Hell, I'm sure there are people out there who would drop hundreds of dollars for one chance to change their name. I may be honored by my association to IGN to be willing to keep it in my PSN name forevermore; I have no doubt that there are people that feel differently about their names. They e-mail us at Podcast Beyond every day. They've changed over the last four, five, six, seven, or eight years. Their user name should be able to reflect that. They shouldn't be handcuffed to a name they made in 2006 or 2007 for as long as they want to play a PlayStation device.
Did the Vikings Get a Bum Rap?
On the other note, while the Viking raids were undeniably as barbaric as anything mentioned above, the society of the vast majority of Norse pagans had many positive traits. The decentralization of power among chieftains, who could be essentially impeached by citizens during Things, meant individuals had much more social power and access to mobility. They had a remarkably democratic society for their time, and women had the ability to own property, have a say in their marriages, divorce while maintaining custody of their children, and hold ruling authority. Eddic literature and the Heimskringla is filled with anecdotes warning against maltreatment of women (Norway being founded by legend because a chieftain's love wouldn't marry him until he ruled all tribes, and Olaf was attacked by an army at the bequest of a Swedish noblewoman in retaliation because he slapped her.). They had a peaceful trade network with many peoples inside and outside of Europe, so their economy was much more complicated than plunder and rape. There is also a valid theory the Norse aggression with Europe was part and parcel of the a adversarial relationship with Christianity, which had already committed theocratic genocide against non-Christian communities across Germania, Gaul, and the Iberian peninsula.
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China's Tech Factories Turn to Student Labor
Schools send thousands of teenagers here to put together electronic devices for some of the world's largest brands. Many students say they are given no choice.
Paul Rand's 4 Most Enduring Bits Of Design Wisdom
MB: I remember reading as a student this passage in the section “Typographic Form and Expression.” He writes with a real clarity about the role of typography in terms of both amplifying and complementing a message. It might sound like common sense to us now, because it’s so many decades later, but it’s still so relevant. It has to do with what happens when you combine two competing ideas in one message--rough and heavy type conveying a message that’s light and elegant. If you’re teaching a design class, like intro to typography, every student will take the route he’s advising against, using typography that mimics the message. He was writing in a time when I couldn’t begin to guess how many fewer typefaces were available. Now there are 10 to 100 times more available. His way of thinking required an economy of means, since there are fewer choices available. When you read it today, it’s actually a lesson in being purposeful and thoughtful in the choices you make when the options are nearly infinite.
iPhone 6 Plus takes on liquid nitrogen and a sledgehammer - CNET
The liquid-nitrogen experiment is just one of a series of torture tests conducted by Ryan. Other tests include a drop test, blender test, and shooting the iPhone 6 Plus with a 50-caliber bullet. These are all situations iPhone owners fervently hope their smartphone will never be faced with. At least we've learned something. If you should accidentally drop your 6 Plus into liquid nitrogen and then hit it with a sledgehammer, there's a chance you might be able to recover your SIM card.
The Best Antivirus for 2014
Which of the current antivirus tools will do the best job of keeping malware off your PC and wiping out threats that have already invaded? We test every product on the market to help you sort it all out.
Companies With More Women In Leadership Get Blockbuster Results
The report notes, though, that women executives are more heavily concentrated in less powerful positions. Yet when more women are in CEO and other high-level positions, the return on equity effect is even higher. There isn’t a large enough pool of female CEOs to draw statistically significant conclusions, but the authors still found that the return on equity and stock valuation is higher for companies with women at the helm. “Either female CEOs make companies better or better companies hire female CEOs; or both,” it notes.
Go way retro with this mechanical-typewriter computer keyboard - CNET
You love the look and feel of old typewriters, but don't want to give up the comforts of modern technology. Meld the two with the Qwerkywriter keyboard.
BlackBerry Passport Review: Back to Square One
My first BB my company provided to me in 2006 was fine. Easy to use and it was tough. After five years it finally bit the dust and every model (key pad and that horrible on with both a touch screen and pad) have lasted on average about 5 months till they fail or start to do weird things. I got a "Bold" model a few months ago cause I wanted the most basic..it worked fine until this week when it decides to just call random non functioning numbers on its own, disconnects when I answer a call and constantly changes the profile to silent on its own. It is a piece of junk, the user screens are a mess and if I didn't get a free cell phone from work I would never buy anything from this company. Like Xerox, their days are over...when corporate IT finally understands this (the same folks who blocked Apple for decades cause they feared it over the PC would knock them from their "expert" perch in their company), BB is finished.
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Vizio's affordable 4K TVs finally arrive
It feels like forever since Vizio introduced the world to its P-Series of Ultra HD televisions, but today is finally the day that the company is bringing them to market. For starters, what caught most everyone's attention back at CES was Vizio's asking price for these 4K TV sets, starting at $1,000 for the 50-inch model and going all the way up to $2,500 for 70 inches of high-resolution goodness. For comparison, LG just introduced 4K TVs that start at $999 -- for a 40-inch version. Aside from the low cost and UHD features, the P-Series also sport LED backlighting and Smart TV capabilities, making these a well-rounded package overall. Vizio's putting the P-Series up for pre-order today on its website , while other US retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart are expected to carry them at a later point.
Animated worlds collide in 'Simpsons'–'Family Guy' crossover clip
The Simpsons and Griffins will meet in a crossover episode of Family Guy airing September 28th on Fox. During a Family Guy panel at Comic-Con, attendees were given a sneak peek at the episode, and now it's available for the world to see. The clip involves more meta humor about the two shows — the beer brand of Quahog is apparently similar to the brew of choice in Springfield — but, despite an epic battle between Homer and Peter, you have to think they'll work it out in the end.
Will Silicon Valley Have Its NFL Moment?
Not to the games, which remain as popular as ever, but to the public purge as the NFL grapples with long-standing bad behavior by several of its men toward women and children.
Source: DreamWorks Animation in Sale Talks With Japan's SoftBank (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter
Japanese conglomerate SoftBank is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation in a deal that would value the company at $3.4 billion, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Passport Won't Stamp BlackBerry For Gains
Gelblum also criticized BlackBerry’s pricing plan, which calls for the Passport to be available in the US (via Amazon) and in Canada (via Telus) for a “6-day exclusive for $200″ with a two-year contract, but that price will rise to $250 on October 1. Without a contract, the Passport will cost $599, but Gelblum said that BlackBerry has plans to raise that price, a move he called “an odd and not very customer-friendly decision.” As it is, the Passport is only $50 cheaper than the iPhone 6; it’s more competitive against the iPhone 6 Plus, which costs $150 more than the Passport.
Why the Heyday of Credit Card Fraud Is Almost Over | WIRED
In 1960, an IBM engineer named Forrest Parry was developing a new type of ID card for the CIA when he had an epiphany: Why not make each card a tiny data storage device in and of itself? He cut a short length of half-inch wide magnetic tape from a reel and wrapped it around a blank plastic card, secured it with Scotch tape, and then, at his wife’s suggestion, pressed it on with a warm iron.
10 Job Positions for Tech-Savvy Workers Across the United States
Big Data and Hadoop are the most significant opportunities in enterprise software and Information Security (InfoSec) is being transformed by these technologies. As the Director of PM, InfoSec Analytics Solutions you will be the general manager for Platfora’s solutions related to analyzing security data including network flow records, security device logs, endpoint logs, reputation data, and more. Your solutions will provide CISOs and SecOps analysts with visibility into all activities on their network.
6 Reasons For The Solar Boom
I have covered the vexed relationship between humans and our natural environment since 1985, when I discovered my college was discarding radioactive waste in the dumpster out back. That story ran in the Arizona Republic, and I have worked the energy-and-environment beat ever since—for dailies in Arizona and California, for alternative weeklies including New Times and Newcity, for online innovators such as True/Slant, The Weather Channel's Forecast Earth project, and The New York Times Company's LifeWire syndicate. I've wandered far afield—to cover the counterrevolutionary war in Nicaragua, the World Series Earthquake in San Francisco, the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. For the last several years I have also been teaching journalism and other varieties of non-fiction at the University of Chicago. Email me .
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The Sprawling David Bowie Exhibition Hitting America This Week | WIRED
Since first debuting at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in spring 2013, the exhibit has attracted more than 700,00 visitors on an itinerary that took it through Toronto, São Paulo, and Berlin. Yet it was never even meant to happen: The V&A, which has also presented shows on Kylie Minogue and Annie Lennox, had an in-progress exhibit fall through. Thankfully, someone who worked with Bowie heard about the opening and tipped the V&A off to the existence of the David Bowie Archive. From there, the show, which is the first occasion of an institution being given access to the archive, took around two years to assemble. The V&A was told it could borrow anything it wanted; the only thing Bowie refused to lend was a fragile plastic saxophone that he was given as a teenager and still uses. (A replica sits in the exhibition.)
The Top 25 Modern PC Games - IGN
For the longest time, the task of building a great Batman game had proved to be beyond the talents of most developers. Rocksteady emphatically put an end to that trend with the excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum, but it went one step further with Batman: Arkham City. (Which of these two games would make this list proved one of our most contentious decisions.) By opening up such a large expanse of Gotham to explore, we were at last able to be the Bat: swooping freely from the rooftops and gliding down alleys to terrify and takedown goons with finesse before zipping back up into the night. Yet it’s not merely the freedom of its open-world that makes Arkham City so great; it’s the gripping story, the wonderful cast of villains, the effortless free-flowing combat, and the countless and compelling side quests that all combine to make it the best superhero game ever made. As an added bonus, it looks particularly stunning on the PC. - Tristan Ogilvie
10 Animal Sex Facts to Make You Appreciate Missionary Position
Duck vaginas are a complex maze of dead-end pockets, and feature corkscrew shape that twists in the opposite direction of a male duck's penis. If a male duck attacks a female duck and attempts to impregnate her, she can physically make sure he won't be successful. And if she is looking for a mate, all she has to do is contract the walls of her genital tract.
Ideo Helps Develop New Designed-Minded Journalism Degree
At a two-day workshop over the summer at Ideo’s New York office, Ideo Location Director Ashlea Powell and fellow designer Alex Gallafent helped brainstorm the program’s curriculum by teaching the New School’s journalism professors about design thinking and Ideo’s own process. “People have a wide ranging understanding of what the word design means. Initially, for this small set of professors, design meant something really superficial--whereas design thinking is really an approach to problem solving,” Powell explains.
Denver Area Students Walk out of School in Protest
Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.
When Your Job Is to Moderate the Internet's Nastiest Trolls
CrowdSource, whose clients include Overstock, Klip and Staples, approaches the amorphous chore of moderation by using contracted workers — and an algorithm to monitor the quality of their decisions. The company draws from a pool of available workers who receive some training in guidelines for acceptable content, and then tests them with sample scenarios. Their scores are measured against how CrowdSource’s most-trusted contractors responded, and the trainees in turn earn a ranking for the reliability of their judgment.
ZyXel Homeplug AV2 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit (PLA5206KIT) review - CNET
With real-world data speeds of close to four times that of a regular Ethernet connection, the new ZyXel Homeplug AV2 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit (model PLA5206KIT) is one of the fastest ways to extend your Internet connection to a place that a cable or your Wi-Fi network won't reach. It's also very easy to use, taking less than a minute to get it up and running, out of the box.
Innovation By Design Awards 2014
The conference is a forum for the newest thinking in the field of design. Healthy debates among domain experts are mingled with fresh ideas from the forefront of business and culture, featuring luminaries ranging from iconic CBS/PBS newsman Charlie Rose to Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman. Where is design headed? Scroll down to learn more about our lineup of speakers and the day’s agenda. Later that evening, the winners and finalists of our third annual Innovation By Design Awards will be announced. The awards have become the preeminent honor bestowed on innovative solutions in the world of design and business. Winners and finalists are featured on Co.Design as well as in a special design issue of Fast Company magazine.
How To Survive And Thrive In A Funding Round | TechCrunch
When my co-founder Omri Cohen and I started Yotpo, a reviews and marketing solution for e-commerce, raising funding was new to me, like it is for most first-time founders. Three rounds and $13 million in funding later, I’ve learned a lot about the process.
A Petite Woman’s Experience With The iPhone 6 | TechCrunch
Being easily excited by newfangled gadetry, I waited with glee for Apple to announce the iPhone 6. However, it was not without trepidation. In spite of my eagerness for a new device, I feared the new iPhone would be significantly larger than the previous iterations and for good reason: I’m a delicate 5’2″. Electronics are greatly exaggerated against my slight frame.
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'Facebook Killer' Ello Doesn't Care About Money—So It Won't Work | WIRED
I can’t help thinking about this while reading the manifesto circulating the web from Ello , the mysterious and buzzy social network that’s just the latest “Anti-Facebook.” Ello’s founders, a group of designers and programmers led by artist Paul Budnitz, use the statement to criticize social networks for building businesses that track members’ personal data and sell it to advertisers. “Your social network is owned by advertisers,” they write. “Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.”
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