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Siri to take the Apple stage, and the fuss about Mayer's micro maternity leave USA TODAY's latest Tech Deep Dive podcast features three entrepreneurs, focused on improving education, the job hunt and coffee. Check out this story on

Can Siri revive Apple TV?

Can Siri revive Apple TV? The voice-command feature from the iPhone is expected to join the Apple TV set-top entertainment box when the company unveils its latest and greatest Wednesday. Check out this story on

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

Depression, the secret we share

"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories. (Filmed at TEDxMet.)

Why You Hate Google’s New Logo - The New Yorker

When Google first appeared, in the late nineties, it distinguished itself with a combination of intelligence and friendliness. Other search-engine sites were as cluttered and garbagey visually as they were inefficient functionally, simultaneously trying to sell and inform and bamboozle. AOL, with its goofy mailbox, bulky structure, and overpriced hand-holding service for the terrified, was obviously up to no good. Others—Yahoo!, HotBot, Netscape, Ask Jeeves, and so on—seemed well intentioned but were harder to parse. Google’s design, in comparison, was a revelation. It had true confidence. It didn’t need to pretend to be the post office or a butler. The white glow of a clean, bare screen, the brightly colored, old-fashioned letters, the name that came from math and whimsy—it was all very promising, and its brilliance spoke for itself. The logo was a key part of this. The design, like the site, didn’t patronize or manipulate—it said, Relax, we’re reasonable geniuses, the smartest possible combination of man and machine. Let us find what you need.

Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved

Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding relationships.

The Web We Have to Save — Matter

The centralization of information also worries me because it makes it easier for things to disappear. After my arrest, my hosting service closed my account, because I wasn’t able to pay its monthly fee. But at least I had a backup of all my posts in a database on my own web server. (Most blogging platforms used to enable you to transfer your posts and archives to your own web space, whereas now most platforms don’t let you so.) Even if I didn’t, the Internet archive might keep a copy. But what if my account on Facebook or Twitter is shut down for any reason? Those services themselves may not die any time soon, but it would be not too difficult to imagine a day many American services shut down accounts of anyone who is from Iran, as a result of the current regime of sanctions. If that happened, I might be able to download my posts in some of them, and let’s assume the backup can be easily imported into another platform. But what about the unique web address for my social network profile? Would I be able to claim it back later, after somebody else has possessed it? Domain names switch hands, too, but managing the process is easier and more clear— especially since there is a financial relationship between you and the seller which makes it less prone to sudden and untransparent decisions.

Sphero's BB-8 is the 'Star Wars' toy everyone will want

Compared to the regular Sphero , essentially a blueprint for this BB-8, Sphero improved the internals in a couple of ways. Other than the obvious changes, like having magnets to support BB-8's head, there's low-energy Bluetooth for the first time and its charging crate can now plug into a USB port for power, rather than depending on an outlet. But the best part about the toy, which fits in the palm of your hand, is simply how detailed it is -- just look at those tiny BB-8 antennas. That said, I do wish it looked more worn, straight out of the box, similar to the bigger BB-8 from the Star Wars Celebration convention. Still, I'm sure that's possible after playing with it for a few hours. And you'll want to do that as much as possible, because it's a ball of fun to control a rolling droid.

The Arab world’s wealthiest nations are doing next to nothing for Syria’s refugees

The region has the capacity to quickly build housing for the refugees. The giant construction companies that have built the gleaming towers of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Riyadh should be contracted to create shelters for the influx. Saudi Arabia has plenty of expertise at managing large numbers of arrivals: It receives an annual surge of millions of Hajj pilgrims to Mecca. There’s no reason all this knowhow can’t be put to humanitarian use.

Kid perfectly trolls his parents with iPhone text hack

Redditor nasshole tricked his parents into agreeing to letting him throw a party by simply adjusting their text shortcuts on their phone. So, whenever his mother typed "no" it would appear as "HELL YES." And whenever his father said "no" it would say "WHERE THE BITCHES AT."

Hipster Barbie Is So Much Better at Instagram Than You

Her fashionably disheveled wardrobe is often handmade—a hipster backpack made from an iron-on patch and leather, a beanie cut from the finger of a glove. The quintessentially Pacific Northwest Pendleton blanket is a scrap of felt with painted lines. It’s all so authentic, as are the locations. Most of them, anyway. On those days when the photographer is too tired to head to, say,  Multnomah  Falls, she’ll use a little digital trickery in Photoshop.

This isw hat the world will look like after climate change transforms it

Mass extinctions will open ecological niches, and environmental changes will create new ones. New creatures will evolve to fill them, guided by unforeseen selection pressures. What this new world will look like, exactly, is impossible to predict, and humans aren’t guaranteed to survive in it. (And that’s if civilization somehow manages to survive the climate disasters coming its way in the meantime, from superstorms to sea level rise to agriculture-destroying droughts). Still, experiments like Winter’s offer a glimpse.

Acer's coolest new PC lets you build a computer like Lego bricks

In addition to its Aspire V laptops, Acer is introducing several new Windows 10 machines with more interesting form factors. The Aspire R 13 is a convertible with a display that can be flipped over the keyboard so that it can be used like a tablet. It has a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, a 1080p or Quad HD display, and up to 8GB of RAM. The R 13 also includes the same connectivity features as the Aspire V machines. Additionally, there's the Aspire Switch 10 V and 10 E, two convertible Windows 10 machines that can work as a laptop or break free from their keyboard to become a tablet. These are low-power systems with 10-inch displays, Atom processors, and 2GB of RAM. The R 13 will go on sale in October for $899, but Acer gave no pricing or availability for the Switch line.

Hipster Barbie Shows Us How Plastic We All Really Are On Social Media

Socality Barbie is an Instagram account that primarily pokes fun at the social media app’s “community” culture, but it also offers a broader commentary on how our culture is evolving in how we portray ourselves online.

Adobe Flash is finally dead

The majority of users are able to ditch Flash already, although time of death can’t truly be called until streaming providers drop it entirely — but that’s already on the horizon for many.

This girl got a DWI, so she drove her Barbie Jeep to school instead

According to the San Antonio Express-News , her father had stripped her of her vehicle after her license was revoked and gave her a bike to get to and from school. Of course, the 20-year-old told the news site, "riding a bike around campus sucks. Like really sucks.”

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Sony launches Xperia Z5 family with fingerprint sensor and new camera

If Sony’s family of Xperia smartphones was a real human family it’d be a clan of unnervingly slick clones: practically identical apart from their size, and all sporting the same glossy smile. This year’s crop is no different, although the company is not only unveiling a new flagship and a new "pocket friendly" device (the 5.2-inch Xperia Z5 and 4.6-inch Xperia Z5 Compact respectively) but also a so-called "super flagship" — the imposing 5.5-inch Xperia Z5 Premium, which the company claims is the world’s first 4K smartphone .

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British teenager creates genius website to combat parking tickets

18-year-old Joshua Browder, who is leaving London for a place at Stanford University this month and is clearly something of a budding tech genius, created after falling victim to a series of parking tickets – a website that automatically generates parking ticket appeal letters using previously successful defences as templates.

Sony's Xperia Z5 family includes the world's first 4K smartphone

Sony says that, thanks to the phase-detection pixels, the Z5 family can autofocus in as little as 0.03 second, claiming it's the "world's fastest autofocus in a smartphone." All we can say is it's very quick. The actuator helps with this by swiftly moving the lens to focus, and because it's closed-loop, it'll also offer better image stabilization, especially for video. As you'd expect, all three will shoot movies in 4K, although evidently the Z5 Premium is the only one capable of playing footage back natively on the phone itself. Sony says the new sensor is capable of oversampling images (PureView style) for digital zoom "without loss of image quality." Take that claim with an ocean's worth of salt, of course, but the zoomed images definitely seemed good enough for a Facebook or Twitter share.

TED in 3 minutes

Terry Moore found out he'd been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way. (Historical note: This was the very first 3-minute audience talk given from the TED stage, in 2005.)

This 13-year-old founder will probably be your boss soon

One thing you can do is think, I think, we’ll have to see how this plays out – people who are 8 or 9 right now, the new wave are brought into the internet world with mobile. There’ll be a huge distinction between me and them. Culturally it’ll be completely different. Their first interaction they had was with mobile.

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How to avoid surveillance ... with the phone in your pocket

Who is listening in on your phone calls? On a landline, it could be anyone, says privacy activist Christopher Soghoian, because surveillance backdoors are built into the phone system by default, to allow governments to listen in. But then again, so could a foreign intelligence service ... or a criminal. Which is why, says Soghoian, some tech companies are resisting governments' call to build the same backdoors into mobile phones and new messaging systems. From this TED Fellow, learn how some tech companies are working to keep your calls and messages private.

'Game of Thrones' is way quirkier when drawn like 'Bob's Burgers'

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MIT created a solar-powered machine that turns saltwater into drinking water

As Probably not just alluded to, technology exists to clean water from almost any state of contamination. As nice a project as the MIT one in the article is, it is really a small increment technologicially - using solar power/batteries as a power source. Electrodialysis is used in hospitals every day to support failing kidneys. It is a fairly complex technology but aren't they all. All desalination methods require energy (distillation, reverse osmosis) or chemical reagents (ion exchange - e.g. water softeners). As Probably not concluded, this would not work on fracking waste, though there are lots of methods that would. The requirement for fracking waste is a social/regulatory/financial framework that 'encourages' the industry to do the right thing and clean up their messes. It won't happen in our current climate. So, kudos to MIT, but before crowning them, review the > 60 year history of tech-based water projects in developing countries (there have been more than one could count), in which you'll find great enthusiasm at first, western companies drinking from the public/foundation trough to sell tech, and at the first sign that maintenance is needed, and it will, the whole thing collapses, without education and financial infrastructure to support it.

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How Could Google's New Logo Be Only 305 Bytes When Its Old Logo Was 14,000 Bytes?

The old logo uses a complicated serif font which can only be created using bezier curves. All together, it has 100 anchor points, resulting in a 6 KB (6,380 bytes) file. When compressed, the size comes down to 2 KB (2,145 bytes).

How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions

How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think: Quantum physics may be involved. Jim Al-Khalili rounds up the extremely new, extremely strange world of quantum biology, where something Einstein once called “spooky action at a distance” helps birds navigate, and quantum effects might explain the origin of life itself.

Officials euthanize bear after hiker's terrifying close encounter

The video starts with two black bears, standing just feet away from Rivkin. One of the bears, a tagged 150-pound male that is 1-and-a-half years old, approaches her several times and follows her as she attempts to walk away.

How to Create LinkedIn Ads That Generate Results For Your Business

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Belgian Streets Got Rid Of Cars And Turned Into Beautiful Parks This Summer

"One of the main strategic questions of this experiment is how we can organize our daily lives without using our cars as much as we do today," say Gysels and Deschamps. "If we can, fewer cars will be needed and we can put them at distance. In order to regain public parking space and turn these into more livable places—with slides, petanque courts, pop-up bars, and picnic benches—the inhabitants search for suitable alternatives to put their cars."

40 vacation travel tips from TED staffers

TED staffers travel a lot — to TEDx events all over the globe, to TED conferences in Canada, Brazil, the UK …. so we love to trade travel tips for making the most of work and fun trips. Here are 40 of our best — including some oddball but practical ideas for vacation travel (to use up those miles).

Abandoned tiger cub found wandering around Calif. neighborhood

Abandoned tiger cub found wandering around Calif. neighborhood An abandoned Bengal tiger cub was found wandering the streets of a California neighborhood on Thursday. Check out this story on

When 12 major magazines first put black people on their covers

You don't have to look far in the past to see the magazine industry's spotty history with diversity. We found the first time many major magazines put black people their covers. While this list is not exhaustive, we selected some of the most iconic covers, the moments that dropped jaws, sold millions of copies and landed a spot in history.

I leapt from the stratosphere. Here's how I did it

On October 21, 2014, Alan Eustace donned a custom-built, 500-pound spacesuit, attached himself to a weather balloon, and rose above 135,000 feet, from which point he dove to Earth, breaking both the sound barrier and previous records for high-altitude jumps. Hear his story of how — and why.

What's coming and going on Netflix for September 2015 - CNET

September is a really big month for Netflix. Lots of hours of television to catch including the fifth season of "The Walking Dead." The first season of that show that's not really about Batman, "Gotham," arrives in September as well. And for those of us who can't get enough of Portland, check out the fifth season of "Portlandia."

17 breweries to visit in your lifetime

Often the best way to experience the beer is to go straight to the source: the brewery where it's made.

Google’s New Logo Is Far More Than Just A Digital Doodle

It’s not easy, though. Every building, every app, every page, every piece of schwag, every blog has to get changed (and 5,000 things that I can’t think of at this moment). It’s not like Google woke up and said “hey, let’s change our logos today.” I bet there was a good 3-6 months of planning for this at least.

The History of Cartography, the “Most Ambitious Overview of Map Making Ever,” Now Free Online

People come to know the world the way they come to map it—through their perceptions of how its elements are connected and of how they should move among them. This is precisely what the series is attempting by situating the map at the heart of cultural life and revealing its relationship to society, science, and religion…. It is trying to define a new set of relationships between maps and the physical world that involve more than geometric correspondence. It is in essence a new map of human attempts to chart the world.

What genetic engineering and organic farming have in common

Much of the communication around genetic engineering is driven by marketing, not science. “If you look at genetic engineering in isolation, the evidence doesn’t support the claims of some marketers that the food is unhealthy or harmful to agriculture,” says Adamchak. For him, issues such as pesticide use or soil erosion are far more important topics of discussion, yet they haven’t caught the public attention in the same way as potential Franken-foods. For her part, Ronald is skeptical about the motives of companies like Chipotle, which have used anti-genetically engineered food language in their advertising. “In terms of human health and sustainable agriculture, it does not make sense to reject farmers that grow genetically engineered crops,” she says. “Every major scientific organization has concluded genetically engineered foods are safe to eat. Some of these crops have massively reduced the use of chemical insecticides, benefitting consumers and the environment.” That’s not all. “Chipotle says it’s switching away from ‘GMOs’ because it says there is a problem with herbicide use.

These 20 deep, absorbing PC games will eat days of your life

Endless Legend breathes new life into the somewhat stale genre by imbuing each faction with distinctive attributes. The differences are more than mere unique units, too: Certain factions can’t declare peace after being provoked, while others are able to relocate their city at will, and so forth. Getting a handle on each of the stock factions in this wondrous game takes days and days, and once you do, you can even create custom factions of your own. Whew!

Bringing Molten Salt Nuclear Reactors to Reality | MIT Technology Review

First built and tested in the 1960s, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, molten salt reactors would be the first genuinely new technology for nuclear power generation to reach the market in the last three decades. Producing zero carbon, they use a radioactive solution that blends nuclear fuel with a liquid salt. They can run on uranium, but are also ideally suited for thorium, an alternative nuclear fuel that is cleaner, safer, and more abundant than uranium.

DxO One Review: Finally, an iPhone Camera Good Enough for a Pro

When you plug it in, DxO’s app pops up with a live preview from the camera. Tap on the phone screen where you want to focus in fully automatic mode, or use the app to adjust most of the manual controls available on an SLR camera, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO and focus. The DxO One saves your pictures on its own micro-SD card in JPEG and RAW for later precision editing, and can simultaneously save a JPEG to your iPhone for immediate Instagramming.

10 Surprising Things Technology Will Make Obsolete by 2025

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ASUS' spiky router promises the 'world's fastest WiFi'

If you wanted an insane-looking router with an almost as-insane boast, then say hello to ASUS' new router. Touting it as the best for gaming, 4K streaming and smart home networking, the RT-AC5300 will apparently deliver speeds that are 67 percent faster than first-gen, tri-band routers. In particular, ASUS is promising up to 1 Gbps connections over 2.4GHz and up to 2.167 Gbps on each of the two 5GHz bands, and is calling this the world's fastest WiFi . In short: Google just got a new router challenger . Gallery | 8 Photos This is ASUS' crazy-looking WiFi router

See China's air pollution in real time

As the  South China Morning Post reports , Rohde and Muller have now applied their methodology to develop a Google Maps plug-in that displays air pollution levels across China in near real-time. The map shows levels of air particulates measuring less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5), which are considered to be most dangerous to human health. Levels are displayed along a colored gradient, like a weather radar map, with low levels in green and unhealthy levels in red. Orange areas signify pollution levels that are dangerous to sensitive populations. On Thursday morning, the highest smog levels were in Shanghai, along China's eastern coast, and near the northeastern province of Shandong.

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53 In Conversation: Stripe CEO Patrick Collison On The Limitless Potential Of Payments
54 PewResearch Internet on Twitter
55 Couple takes bittersweet 'divorce selfie' to celebrate their enduring friendship
56 The Debate Around "Do We Even Need CSS Anymore?" | CSS-Tricks
57 The next Apple TV puts company in rare role: Playing catch-up - CNET
58 How DIY neuroscience kits put research in the hands of the curious
59 Apple should kill the 16GB iPhone, but it probably won't - CNET
60 Blake Lively designs $860 diaper bag, everybody laughs
61 Eatsa, A Futuristic Restaurant Where Robot Cubbies Serve Quinoa
62 This Travel Jacket Is The Most-Funded Clothing Item In The History Of Crowdfunding
63 After a quarter million iPhones hacked, a reminder 'jailbreaking' devices still not safe - CNET
64 Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015
65 11 TED Talks by speakers with dream jobs
66 How much more does Lululemon have to fail before customers bail?
67 Thermal Camera Review: These Heat Seekers Reveal an Unseen World
68 This algorithm can create a new Van Gogh or Picasso in just an hour
69 10,000 zines and counting: a library's quest to save the history of fandom
70 BB-8 Awakens: Is Sphero’s New Droid the Most Awesome Star Wars Toy Ever?
71 Arrests made over zombifying drug known as 'devil's breath' - CNET
72 How Android Wear works with iOS: What you need to know (FAQ) - CNET
73 Super Mario Maker Review - IGN
74 Spreading Slow Ideas
75 11 Things You Need To Stop Doing With Your iPhone
76 What Happens to Former ISIS Fighters? - The New Yorker
77 Auto polo was like Mad Max for the country club set
78 We yabba dabba do want to live in this Flintstones house that's up for sale
79 The long wait for SpaceX's next historic rocket launch is nearing an end
80 Chipotletiquette: The dos and don'ts of college food delivery
81 Google will soon demote sites with full-page app install ads
82 iPhone 6s to have '3D Touch' three-level, next-gen Force Touch interface
83 500px on Twitter
84 Drone Oversight Is Coming to Construction Sites | MIT Technology Review
85 Cat Street View: The Internet taken to its logical conclusion - CNET
86 Apple is reportedly planning to make its own movies and TV shows
87 Elon Musk reveals when you can order a Tesla Model 3 electric car - CNET
88 Five ways Star Wars makes Disney Infinity a lot better
89 Here's what it's like to use Facebook's virtual assistant, 'M'
90 It’s Now Possible to 3-D Print Transparent Glass | MIT Technology Review