QuizUp is becoming an NBC TV gameshow
NBC has revealed that a new 10 episode trivia show based on the popular app QuizUp is in the works. The show will put in-studio contestants in direct compe
Concrete and Casting Contest
We’re very pleased to be running our third Concrete & Casting Contest with CHENG Concrete! There’s so much you can do with concrete and casting techniques, from building furniture to making dainty flower vases. Enter your projects to win a Collomix Mixing Bucket, CHENG color pigment sampler, Flex 5" Variable Speed Wet Polisher, and more. If you’re in need of some inspiration, visit the CHENG Concrete project page, or Molds & Casting channel. Want more contests? Check out Instructables' current contests here!
This New Campaign Wants To Help Surveillance Agents Quit NSA or GCHQ
The new activist project Intelexit appeals to spy agencies' staff to consider the morality of their surveillance work and offers a way out.
'The Martian' author Andy Weir: Private space travel is 'critical'
"We're not really going to do much in space at all until the price to low-Earth orbit gets driven down," Weir says.
In This Videogame, Death Means You’ll Never Play Again
In videogames, death is rarely fatal. That’s what makes the twist behind the upcoming PC game Upsilon Circuit so scary: If you die in this world, you’re done. You can't play again. Ever.
Nike finally enlists women to design women's basketball gear
Nike taps athletes in order to create a comfortable, yet functional line for women.
How to win friends and intimidate idiots with Charisma in 'Fallout 4'
The latest S.P.E.C.I.A.L. trailer for "Fallout 4," highlighting the game's player stats and how they work, takes a look at Charisma.
Sony's big PlayStation 4 update arrives tomorrow
Firmware 3.0 changes include YouTube Gaming support, 10GB of PlayStation Plus storage and 'Request to Share Play' games.
Samsung’s Gear S2 launches on October 2 in the U.S. starting at $299
The S2 features a unique rotating bezel fitted around the face of the watch that allows for easy navigation of the device. In addition to a variety of apps, the watch can make voice calls, send texts, and translate dictated speech into messages. When paired with a Samsung Galaxy phone, the S2 can also handle contactless payments through Samsung Pay. Perhaps most notable is that the original S2 watch can be connected to a 3G wireless plan through which it can operate autonomously.
TiVo Bolt First Look: New DVR Superpowers Give New Reason Not to Cut Cable
If you want to cut the cable cord, buy a Roku 3 for every TV in your house ($99 per Roku 3). If you have a little used tv that has Netflix built-in, you might skip the Roku for that one. For DVR, get a Tablo. The 2 tuner version is probably all you will need ($220). You will need to buy a hard drive to connect to your Tablo (2 TB for about $80). Lastly you will need an antenna (about $100). If you can connect the antenna to house where the cable/satellite comes in, you can just plug the cable into the antenna and all your TVs will get a HD picture via OTA single that is better than cable. Add Netflix ($7.99) Amazon Prime ($99 annually) and Sling TV ($20 or $39 with HBO) as needed. The Tablo Channel guide is $5 monthly.
Macworld on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
HTC's next One handset will be unveiled October 20
Rather than hold a press event (with plenty of overhead cost), HTC is holding a virtual event. It’s open to everyone, too.
NASA Mission Control: Photos of the past and present at Johnson Space Center
NASA's Mission Control Center is located at the Johnson Space Center and has a long and storied history. It's been in the same building (building 30) since 1965's Gemini IV mission.
Google officially launches the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P alongside new Android M OS
In addition to new features and design tweaks, Google says the OS will also use less battery now too, by allowing the system to go into a deeper ‘sleep’ mode when not being used. In a bid to cut down on the amount of unwanted pre-installed software to arrive on Android M devices, you are now able to uninstall any app on the device.
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Google Announces Pixel C Android Tablet With Magnetic Keyboard Add-on
Also on board: stereo speakers on either side of the screen, with an eye on the movie viewing experience. And four microphones to power Android voice interactions “from across the room.” It also includes USB Type-C for charging. Battery life was not specifically quantified — beyond Bowers saying it’s “great” for a tablet. He added that Google would be revealing more details about the slate in the coming months ahead of launch.
How Google's new Maps for Apple Watch stacks up to Apple's native app
If you launch the app on the watch first, it’ll give you a quick option to route your way home or to work, if you have those destinations stored in the iPhone version of the app. If you map a route on your phone, you can view directions on your watch. There are no actual maps to see in this Maps app, though, unlike Apple’s native Maps app.
Adblock Plus, the world’s most popular ad blocker, lands on iOS
With iOS 9’s debut, multiple new ad blockers have sprung up; currently popular solutions include Crystal, Purify Blocker, and Blockr. Yet Adblock Plus has the advantage of a known brand name: iOS aside, the tool is also available on the desktop (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, IE) and on Android.
AppleInsider on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
How to make your own bootable OS X 10.11 El Capitan USB install drive
Select OS X 10.10 in Diskmaker X, and the app should automatically find the copy you've downloaded to your Applications folder. Since it's looking for a Yosemite installer, you'll need to click "select an install file" and then find your El Capitan installer in the Applications folder. It will then ask you where you want to copy the files—click "An 8GB USB thumb drive" if you have a single drive to use or "Another kind of disk" to use a partition on a larger drive or some other kind of external drive. Choose your disk (or partition) from the list that appears, verify that you'd like to have the disk (or partition) erased, and then wait for the files to copy over. The process is outlined in screenshots below.
Google acquires Jibe Mobile to help implement the RCS carrier messaging standard in Android
Of course, convincing the first carrier to trust a small startup with their messaging — a core part of their business — was not easy. But once we did, we knew we were on to something and never looked back. At times we have been seen as mavericks as we try to balance the need to stay competitive by running ahead versus making sure we build industry consensus. But one could argue that this is exactly what the industry has needed. Our persistent position has gradually been vindicated, first by our customers — who in every way deserve credit for our success — and now by Google’s belief in and commitment to us. We promise to stay true to our roots, and keep building great products for our customers.
Google and Microsoft make patent peace | ZDNet
In a joint statement, the two companies declared: "Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues. As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them, including cases related to Motorola Mobility. Separately, Google and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate on certain patent matters and anticipate working together in other areas in the future to benefit our customers."
Facebook redesigns mobile profiles and begins testing video profile pictures
Profiles, the original beating heart of Facebook, were pushed to the side in 2006 by the more addictive News Feed. But profiles remain a tremendously popular part of the social network — they are viewed a cumulative 4 billion times a day, the company says. In recent years, Facebook has been cautious about modifying the way they look and feel. But today profiles are getting a significant redesign — and the result is a page that's less about what you want to share, and more about what your friends want to see.
El Capitan FAQ: Everything you need to know about OS X 10.11
On September 30, Apple released OS X El Capitan, which is version 10.11 of the Mac operating system. In this FAQ, we’ll answer some of the more general questions about El Capitan to help you decide about installing it on your Mac.
HTC to announce new smartphone on October 20th
Hot off of Google's big Nexus event, HTC just announced its next product launch, which will take place on October 20th. The event, which will be held through a "virtual event" streamed from HTC's website, will apparently be used to announce the latest member of HTC's One family. Additionally, the invite sent to press today said "Meet the Marshmallow from HTC," hinting that the new device will come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
Some iPhone 6s/6s Plus users reporting problems with 3D Touch, Home button getting extremely hot, and randomly losing network access
A more widespread issue is the Home button getting abnormally hot on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The home button on the new iPhones integrate the second generation Touch ID sensor that is capable of scanning your fingerprint almost in an instant. Users on Apple support forums are complaining that the home button gets too hot to touch suddenly. The solution to this problem is pretty simple: press and hold the Power and Home buttons for 10 seconds to reset the device. Other users report that restarting the phone also fixed the issue on their iPhone.
Tesla's new Model X has a 'bioweapon defense mode' button
"This is a real button," said Musk, who was all too ready to have to defend the existence of the outrageous feature. He was in the middle of discussing how clean the Model X is when it comes to air quality both in and out of the car (the air cleanliness is "on the levels of a hospital room," he said) when things got dark.
Microsoft store slip reveals the Lumia 950 a week early
Microsoft has already done a not-so-stellar job of keeping its upcoming Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones a secret, and it just erased whatever doubt was left. The company's UK online store briefly listed both of the unannounced Windows 10 flagships, confirming some of the devices' juiciest specs. As suspected, both Lumias will have Quad HD displays, 20-megapixel cameras and 32GB of expandable storage. The biggest difference is, as you might have gathered, the display sizes: the standard 950 will have a mid-sized 5.2-inch screen, while the XL bumps that up to 5.7 inches. The pricing was conspicuously absent (not surprising given the accidental listings), but there's a real chance that you'll get the full scoop on both handsets at Microsoft's event next week .
Edward Snowden joins Twitter and immediately throws shade at the NSA
Whistleblower Edward Snowden has officially come out of the shadows and joined Twitter using the handle @Snowden , which was verified within two hours of joining.
Drop-dead simple exploit completely bypasses Mac’s malware Gatekeeper
Now, a security researcher has found a drop-dead simple technique that completely bypasses Gatekeeper, even when the protection is set to its strictest setting. The hack uses a binary file already trusted by Apple to pass through Gatekeeper. Once the Apple-trusted file is on the other side, it executes one or more malicious files that are included in the same folder. The bundled files can install a variety of nefarious programs, including password loggers, apps that capture audio and video, and botnet software.
See Mail's new tricks in OS X El Capitan - CNET
Just as you can in Mail for iOS, the Mail app with OS X El Capitan lets you swipe left or right to trash an email or mark it as read or unread. A two-finger swipe to the left on a message header reveals a red Trash button, while swiping right with two fingers reveals a blue Mark as Read/Unread button. The trash, archive and flag buttons remain at the top of the Mail window, next to the reply, reply all and forward buttons.
That Big Security Fix for Credit Cards Won’t Stop Fraud
The move to EMV technology was prompted by the fact that the cards and readers have been used in the UK and Canada for years to great effect, reducing certain types of fraud by 67 percent, according to the UK Cards Association . But both of these countries use chip ‘n’ PIN cards, which require customers to enter a four-digit PIN when conducting transactions. Many banks and other card issuers in the US, however, are foregoing the PIN and simply requiring cardholders to use a signature for in-store debit and credit card transactions. They can do this because the new EMV readers retailers are installing still have, in addition to a PIN pad, a signature pad and magnetic-strip reader to accommodate customers who haven’t yet migrated to the new chip cards. Out of the estimated 1.2 billion credit and debit cards currently in circulation in the US, only about 200 million are chip cards as of the end of August, according to Randy Vanderhoof, director of the EMV Migration Forum. This leaves the majority of accountholders still using old magnetic-strip-only cards until the rollout is completed next year.
BBC iPlayer starts move away from Flash for all devices
The BBC is trialing delivering its streaming iPlayer services via an HTML5-based player, rather than the Flash player it has been using across many devices.
Foursquare now lets you make OpenTable reservations without leaving the app
Before, when there were OpenTable options on a Foursquare listing, you were redirected to the mobile Web or another app. With today’s update, users can browse availability and reserve a table without leaving Foursquare. The app pulls in your name and phone number from your Foursquare account to make booking fast and easy.
Hands on with LG’s Nexus 5X and Huawei’s Nexus 6P
Both phones respond well to “OK Google” voice search prompts, and you can move very quickly between apps on them. So they’re about equal in that regard, at least during brief tests. Probably in more long term usage it will become obvious that the 6P has a Snapdragon 810 chip with 3 GB of RAM, while the 5X has just 2 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 808.
This guy bought Google.com from Google for one minute
Instead of receiving the normal "you bought a domain" emails from the company, his Google Search Console dashboard, which has an overview of his other websites, was updated with messages for the Google.com domain owner. He also received emails with internal information, which he has since reported to Google's security team, Ved said.
No One Can Make A Viral Video by Joe Wilson
FULL FILM COURAGE INTERVIEW WITH JOE WILSON https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGeBm... Filmmaker / Web Series Creator Joe Wilson (VAMPIRE MOB) shares his thoughts on the issues facing Web Series creators while encouraging us all to go out and tell our stories. Vampire Mob is audience-funded. There is no network, no production company and no web site paying for us to make this story, we make it for our audience, "The VMob." It's a comedy (with swearing and murder) about Don Grigioni (John Colella), a hitman who thought he had the solution to all his problems, become a vampire. Don never planned on making his wife, Annie (Reamy Hall) a vampire, "But then I got hungry." Annie bites her mother, Virginia (played by Emmy winning actress Marcia Wallace) because she wants someone to complain about Don to and now Virginia's moving in with them, for eternity. With Don's business slowing down, more mouths to feed and a power shake up with "the families," the last thing Don needs is another to-do on his to-do list - find out who wants him dead.
TechCrunch is back on the road again with the upcoming Denver Meetup + Pitch-Off, and selections have finally been made over which startups will have a chance to hop on stage and pitch.
Eight companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges and a ready-and-waiting audience in a fight to win the opportunity to attend the next TC Disrupt.
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How to make hard choices
Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.
The 10 Most-Pirated Movies
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Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights
Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Ok, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals' status from "things" to "persons." It's not a matter of legal semantics; as he describes in this fascinating talk, recognizing that animals like chimps have extraordinary cognitive capabilities and rethinking the way we treat them — legally — is no less than a moral duty.
What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?
Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?
This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain as a Weapon.
Neurotechnologies go further still, dealing with the complexity of memory. Studies have shown that it might be possible for one person to insert thoughts into another’s mind, like a real-life version of the blockbuster film Inception. In a 2013 experiment led by Nobel laureate Susumu Tonegawa at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, researchers implanted what they called a “false memory” in a mouse. While observing the rodent’s brain activity, the researchers placed the animal in a container, and watched as the mouse became acquainted with its surroundings. The team was able to pick out the precise network of cells among millions that were stimulated in the mouse’s hippocampus while it formed a memory of the space. The next day, the researchers put the animal in a new container it had never seen before, and delivered an electric shock while simultaneously activating the neurons the mouse had used to remember the first box. The association was formed: When they put the mouse back in the first container, it froze in fear, even though it had never experienced a shock there. Just two years after Tonegawa’s discovery, a team at the Scripps Research Institute administered mice a compound that could remove a specific memory while leaving others intact.
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:
Embrace the near win
At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?
The sore problem of prosthetic limbs
What drove David Sengeh to create a more comfortable prosthetic limb? He grew up in Sierra Leone, and too many of the people he loves are missing limbs after the brutal civil war there. When he noticed that people who had prosthetics weren’t actually wearing them, the TED Fellow set out to discover why — and to solve the problem with his team from the MIT Media Lab.
Let’s try emotional correctness
It's time for liberals and conservatives to transcend their political differences and really listen to each other, says political pundit Sally Kohn. In this optimistic talk, Kohn shares what she learned as a progressive lesbian talking head on Fox News. It’s not about political correctness, she says, but rather, emotional correctness. (Contains profanity.)
Firm 'hides' university when recruits apply - BBC News
The aim is to find students with "potential" and to prevent the recruitment process producing an intake from a narrow range of universities and social backgrounds.
The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you might think
Do you like curly fries? Have you Liked them on Facebook? Watch this talk to find out the surprising things Facebook (and others) can guess about you from your random Likes and Shares. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how this came about, how some applications of the technology are not so cute — and why she thinks we should return the control of information to its rightful owners.
Boredom is not a problem to be solved. It's the last privilege of a free mind | Gayatri Devi
So lean in to boredom, into that intense experience of time untouched by beauty, pleasure, comfort and all other temporal salubrious sensations. Observe it, how your mind responds to boredom, what you feel and think when you get bored. This form of metathinking can help you overcome your boredom, and learn about yourself and the world in the process. If meditating on nothing is too hard at the outset, at the very least you can imitate William Wordsworth and let that host of golden daffodils flash upon your inward eye: emotions recollected in tranquility – that is, reflection – can fill empty hours while teaching you, slowly, how to sit and just be in the present.
Libraries at the Crossroads
American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years, although it is too soon to know whether or not this is a trend.
Drawings reveal Germans' World War Two boobytrap bombs - BBC News
The exploding chocolate bar, it is rumoured, was intended as part of an assassination attempt on Winston Churchill - though how it was supposed to reach him, and how the Germans might ensure that it was Churchill himself who tried to break off a slab, rather than a member of his family or his staff, isn't clear.
No, Facebook Doesn't Own What You Post (And Other Myths Busted)
There are always rumors spreading on Facebook about the social network changing its rules. But don't believe everything your friends post. Here are a few myths you've probably heard over the years, plus the (gasp!) truth.
Tesla's first Model X electric SUVs sell for $132k
If the giant view of the road ahead bores you, there's a 17-inch touchscreen that'll pull together media playing, navigation and cabin control. (We think the latter means HVAC). In other firsts, the Model X is the first EV to have a 5,000-pound tow capacity. It's a proper SUV, yet promises a rush of 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. The built-in 90 kWh battery on the signature model promises a run of 250 miles on a single charge. As long as you're not playing with the doors all day, presumably.
How the banks ignored the lessons of the crash | Joris Luyendijk
He was a mathematician by training, and his direct manner reminded me of stallholders at the biggest open market in my hometown of Amsterdam – tough guys with a highly developed mistrust of pretentiousness. He fuelled himself with Diet Coke and coffee and teased me for ordering cranberry juice. Before he was recruited by the bank in the early 1990s, he had taught at a university; his only idea of an investment bank was based on two books he had read: Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis and Barbarians at the Gate by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar. “Traders as loud, crass, bad-mouthed, macho dickheads. The sort of guys with red braces who shout ‘buy, buy, sell, sell’ into their phones and have eating competitions.” Many outsiders still believe that these are the people occupying the top positions in big banks, he said, and taking the biggest risks. “That’s over,” he told me. “Some of the best traders are now women. Totally unassuming, cerebral and talented. Trading is no longer a balls job. It’s a brains job. To be sure, the kind of maths traders now have to be able to do is not of the wildly hard variety.
A tumor stole every memory I had. This is what happened when it all came back
I remember everything from that day. I had given up trying to sleep, and made a call around five o’clock in the morning to one of my cousins in Greece who had comforted me with words of encouragement and love in the weeks prior. I told him I was scared, and I think he was too, but he did his best not to show it. I told him I loved him, and then we hung up. I came back to bed. Lauren had been sleeping. I gently woke her, and we began to gather our things. The surgery was scheduled to take place at Weill Cornell, and at six in the morning, it was a short cab ride to the hospital. We met my parents in the lobby of the Greenberg Pavilion, where my sister arrived shortly thereafter. She was sick with a cold, and it was advised that she not stay long. She gave me a card that I opened after she left. Reading it still makes me cry.
Is college worth the cost? Many recent graduates don’t think so.
If the results of a national survey released on Tuesday are any indication, many of them will question their investment. Just 38 percent of students who have graduated college in the past decade strongly agree that their higher education was worth the cost, according to results of 30,000 alumni polled by Gallup-Purdue Index.