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See BB-8's skeleton in this cool tear-down video

The experts at uBreakiFix broke BB-8 open to find out his inner tech.

Mr. Robot Is the Best Hacking Show Yet—But It’s Not Perfect

The show actually understands hackers and hacking. But it doesn't get everything right.

Angelina Jolie in an acting class is the most bizarre footage ever

Some recently rediscovered footage from 2000 features Angelina Jolie screaming, crying, and giggling in an acting class.

Bookworm baby cries every time a book ends

Finishing a great book can be a bittersweet experience. For this bookworm baby, it's cause for tears.

YouTube Stars' Huge Earnings Will Make You Question All Your Life Choices

Some of the biggest stars on YouTube may be earning big paychecks for playing with toys and video games.

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Take a virtual ride on Six Flags' insane new 'wing seat' roller coaster - CNET

New Jersey amusement park gives a peek at its Total Mayhem ride coming next year. But make sure you haven't just eaten before watching this video. The thing is crazy.

‘Heart in a box’ keeps beating until transplanted

A device that reanimates organs taken from dead patients has shown promise in heart transplant surgeries, though it's raising some ethical concerns, as well. As MIT Technology Review reports, the...

Watch a drone flyby of Apple's gigantic spaceship campus

Apple's new donut-shaped campus will house 13,000 employees scattered about a mind-boggling 2.8 million square feet, a nearly 230 percent bump over the company's current HQ at 1 Infinite Loop. And...

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A time capsule of ridiculous video game box art

Nostalgia is a weird, powerful thing. It's the force of nature that resurrected Captain EO at Walt Disney World and turned a children's cartoon about living robot cars into a blockbuster movie franchise . For me, it's also the reason I collect video game packaging from the 1980s and '90s. It feels silly, coveting a glorified advertisement designed to sell Nintendo games, but I can't help myself: A lot of these boxes are minor works of art. Don't believe me? Check it out: a full gallery of NES-era game boxes with deliciously over-the top plot descriptions, fantastic pulp artwork and even the occasional free-pizza coupon. Have a favorite retro game box of your own? Tell me all about it in the comments section below. Gallery | 27 Photos A time capsule of ridiculous video game box art

Facebook, Google, Apple Dominate Top Apps Of All Time Lists; Candy Crush And Clash Of Clans Are Top Games

A new report from app store analytics firm App Annie this morning offers insight into the most popular – and profitable! – iOS applications of all time. Not surprisingly, the most downloaded app to date is Facebook, which also places elsewhere in the top 10 list thanks to its other mobile properties like Facebook Messenger (#2), Instagram (#4) and WhatsApp Messenger (#6).

Will Oculus explode or flop like Google Glass?

The virtual reality display manufacturer Oculus made news in July when it was announced that the company, owned by Facebook, had acquired the 3D gesture and tracking startup Pebbles Interfaces for a whopping $60 million. This buyout is one of the latest in a series of companies working in the field of VR that have been snatched up in recent  months by companies like Oculus: What are they up to?

Google OnHub

Conclusion The Google OnHub is designed for non-tech-savvy users looking for a quick and easy way to bring dual-band networking to the home, and in that respect, it succeeds. Its unique design lets you place it anywhere in the house (as long as you have a wired Ethernet connection there) and its user-friendly app makes it easy to set up and monitor your home Wi-Fi network. That said, I expect more advanced management options from a $200 router, as well as a USB port that actually lets you connect peripherals, such as a hard drive or printer. Moreover, while its close-proximity performance in testing was good, its long-range performance could be better.

11 Things You Need To Stop Doing With Your iPhone

When your iPhone has WiFi and Bluetooth enabled and isn't using one or both, it's just wasting energy. As you wander around in your daily life, you're not likely to need or want WiFi or Bluetooth all the time. Better to leave both off and just turn them on when you need them.

Cooking drugs is not rock 'n' roll; peeling ginger is

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BlackBerry bids farewell to its hardware past by acquiring Good

If you had any lingering doubts that BlackBerry's days as a hardware-first company are over , they've just been eliminated. BlackBerry has acquired Good Technology for $425 million, giving it one of the better-known names involved in making smartphones work-friendly. The crew in Waterloo isn't shy about the reasons behind its move, either. Good is well-known for helping corporations and governments keep tabs on non-BlackBerry platforms, especially iOS . While BlackBerry already has some tools for this, the deal both improves its weak points and gives it a foot in the door at places where Good may be the only way to secure Android or iOS gear -- the firm has certifications that even BlackBerry lacks.

Android Wear Now Works With the iPhone, but Just Barely

Google’s Android Wear smart watches are finally able to challenge the Apple Watch on its home turf: the iPhone. On Monday, Google announced that, going forward, the LG Watch Urbane and all new Android Wear watches will work with both Android phones and Apple’s iPhones. But despite the compatibility, Android Wear watches will still do more when paired with Android devices.

Citizen Mars: the story of five people and a one way trip to the Red Planet

You've heard about Mars One. We've spoken to its CEO and co-founder. And, plenty of ink's been spilled on the project due to the unanswered questions regarding its scientific, technological and financial feasibility. The concerns don't end there, either. Traveling to Mars is an incredibly lengthy and dangerous endeavor, and it's unclear how the crew will deal with the social and psychological stresses inherent to the mission. There are those who believe Mars One is preying upon the largesse of its backers and would-be colonists. Who would, despite such questions, still dedicate themselves to Mars One and the dream of walking on another planet? Citizen Mars tells the story of five such individuals. The five part series premieres on Engadget September 1st. Read More: Get More Engadget: •Subscribe to Engadget on YouTube: •Like us on Facebook: •Follow us on Twitter: •Follow us on Instagram: •Add us on Snapchat: gadgetsnaps •Read more: http://www.

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Beware online "filter bubbles"

As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.

Here's how you can help during the refugee crisis in Europe

From learning the real issues to supporting both large organizations and grassroots efforts alike, here are six concrete ways you can help during the refugee crisis.

Father and son posed for a photo in the exact same way for 27 years

The familial love between the father and the son is palpable in their body language. At times, they stray from the embrace perfected in their early years, but they eventually return to that pose signifying the bond between a parent and a child. The photos reflect the way that people mature, but they also show how beautiful it is when your family can grow alongside you too.

Dying vet’s ‘fuck you’ letter to George Bush & Dick Cheney needs to be read by every American

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror.

22 Pictures That Prove We're Living In The Damn Future

22 Pictures That Prove We're Living In The Damn Future

India's Forgotten Stepwells

By the 19th-century, several thousand stepwells in varying degrees of grandeur are estimated to have been built throughout India , in cities, villages, and eventually also in private gardens where they’re known as “retreat wells”. But stepwells also proliferated along crucial, remote trade routes where travelers and pilgrims could park their animals and take shelter in covered arcades. They were the ultimate public monuments, available to both genders, every religion, seemingly anyone at all but for the lowest-caste Hindu. It was considered extremely meritorious to commission a stepwell, an earthbound bastion against Eternity, and it’s believed that a quarter of these wealthy or powerful philanthropists were female. Considering that fetching water was (and is still) assigned to women, the stepwells would have provided a reprieve in otherwise regimented lives, and gathering down in the village vav was surely an important social activity.

The power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

How (and why) to forgive

Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another.

What Cities Would Look Like if Lit Only by the Stars

French artist Thierry Cohen draws attention to this creeping loss in his series Villes éteintes (Darkened Cities) , which imagines the world’s largest cities under clear night skies. His photographs are as impossible as they are beautiful. The dark urban landscapes and vibrant constellations are composites of two images—one of the city and one of the sky.

When to take a stand -- and when to let it go

Ash Beckham recently found herself in a situation that made her ask: who am I? She felt pulled between two roles — as an aunt and as an advocate. Each of us feels this struggle sometimes, she says — and offers bold suggestions for how to stand up for your moral integrity when it isn’t convenient.

How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream

There’s a parallel Internet you may not have run across yet — accessed by a special browser and home to a freewheeling collection of sites for everything from anonymous activism to illicit activities. Jamie Bartlett reports from the dark net.

Man celebrates lonely bachelor party after everyone's flights were cancelled

So Chernow is enjoying all of the planned festivities, just alone. So far he has gone on a lonely boat tour, visited the Navy Pier and even attended a Bears game.

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.”

How autism freed me to be myself

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.

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What graphic designers think about the Google logo

"They've chosen to emphasize every circle they could find, which is an effective way to create a friendly and approachable impression. But that makes the ‘l' stand out a bit awkwardly, being the only entirely straight shape. Being the only green letter doesn't help either, so it's tempting to parse this as 'Googe.' But they did well to retain this distinctive sequence of colors — they were the only way I could 'glance' this as being Google. I don't think this redesign speaks to any larger trend, because clean simplicity will always succeed, even if it doesn't excite. But I really hope this ‘e' does not become a thing."

Good News, Everyone! Chrome Just Killed Flash Ads

Chrome, the browser used by over 50% of the Internet, is officially preferring HTML5 ads over Flash content, a move that should finally dump the failed media platform into the trash heap of history. Quoth Google :

Burger King proposes a sandwich even more epic than the McWhopper

Burger King revealed it is already constructing a pop-up restaurant (ostensibly in Atlanta, the location Burger King originally proposed to McDonald's). All that's required of the other restaurants is a donation to nonprofit organization Peace One Day, and "a simple yes."

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3 ways Steve Jobs made meetings insanely productive — and often terrifying

Internal Applespeak even has a name for it, the "DRI," or directly responsible individual. Often the DRI's name will appear on an agenda for a meeting, so everybody knows who is responsible. "Any effective meeting at Apple will have an action list," says a former employee. "Next to each action item will be the DRI." A common phrase heard around Apple when someone is trying to learn the right contact on a project: "Who's the DRI on that?"

Adobe Flash's newest enemy: Google - CNET

Why so much vitriol for a piece of software? Flash has long been a popular tool for displaying animation and video on the Web, but in recent years, tech companies have criticized the software for being a battery hog and security vulnerability. (Google software engineer Tommy Li cited battery drain in the company's June announcement to pause the ads.)

Google Chrome just made big changes to save your battery

Chrome also now halts Flash animations that aren't "central" to a web page, reducing power consumption. And for those who quit Chrome accidentally or due to a crash, Chrome will now restore your tabs in the order you viewed them: stuff you were just looking at will pop right away, while the 38,000-word essay about the history of software development will be loaded once you're already happily browsing again.

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.)

Essential Blogging Resource for Marketers: Your Complete Guide

How to Build a Blogging Team : Are you struggling to publish regularly on your blog? With a team of bloggers, you can share the workload and keep your blog updated with fresh content. In this article you’ll discover how to set up and support a blogging team for your business.

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

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The Hardest Places in the World to Visit

Russia wouldn’t have made this list but for my fourth visit there in 2010, when I discovered the liability of being an American seeking to enter Putin’s land: While most of the rest of the world’s peoples can apply for a visa to Russia using a simple single-page form of 21 questions, U.S. citizens must use an arduous “new form implemented on the basis of reciprocity” that has 41 often-intrusive questions. These include: itinerary details; the name of the person or organization paying for the trip; the names of every country the applicant has visited in the past 10 years (99 for me); the applicant’s current and two previous places of work; every educational institution the applicant has attended; all the professional, civil, and charity organizations of which the applicant is a member or with which he has “cooperated”; the names of all the applicant’s relatives in Russia; the details of any training in firearms, explosives, nuclear weapons, and “biological and chemical substances” (which arguably would include everything from acidophilus yogurt to Drano); and details of the applicant’s military service, including rank and occupation.

The math behind basketball's wildest moves

Basketball is a fast-moving game of improvisation, contact and, ahem, spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data. Bonus: What they're learning could help us understand how humans move everywhere.

How Teenage Activist Malala Yousafzai Is Turning Her Fame Into A Movement

Malala became a global symbol of strength and resistance when, at 15, she miraculously survived being shot in the head by the Taliban. She had spent her childhood living under the growing influence of militants in Pakistan's Swat Valley, who at one point banned girls education and bombed schools in the region. But she and her father, a politically active teacher, both spoke out for education rights. On her way to school one day, a militant boarded her bus, called for Malala by name, and shot her and her two friends. Now Malala lives in England with her family and has the opportunity to do more than she ever dreamed of to help the cause of girls’ education all over the world. She can't safely return to Pakistan.

Motorola's new Moto 360 watches are sleeker, smarter, and more customizable than ever

For the men's and women's 360s, Motorola is still using a round watch design, though it's made some small, yet significant changes. The men's version comes in 46mm (same size as last year) and 42mm versions, while the women's version is available with a 42mm face and narrower, 16mm strap mounts. The strap mounts on both versions are now standard lugs fused to the outside of the watches, which make it easier to swap bands and give the watches a more traditional and flattering look. (Motorola's bands also include quick release pins, even in the metal link bracelets, for quick strap changes.) The smaller size versions should make the new Moto 360 more appealing to those that were put off by the rather large size of the original.

To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering

When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand how the tools of science and engineering become more powerful when combined with art, with design and beauty. Ever since, he's been searching for a convincing modern-day equivalent to Rome's masterpiece. Stay tuned to the end of the talk for his unexpected suggestion.

Samsung’s Gear S2 can make me a believer in smartwatches

A year ago, I was here at IFA in a state of exasperation. Every electronics company was throwing a diversity of awkward smartwatches at the wall and waiting to see what stuck. Nothing did, because they were all too big, unwieldy, and compromised. This year, though, Samsung has launched a volley so powerful and immediately convincing that it might just break the wall down entirely. I’ve just worn the first smartwatch that I would actually consider buying.

Leadership advice from the Dalai Lama

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.

Rolls-Royce debuts its newest car, the Dawn, next week

But what is it? Expect a convertible version of the Ghost / Wraith platform, the smaller and lower-priced of Rolls-Royce's two vehicle lines (both "smaller" and "lower-priced" are used very, very loosely here). You can't make much of the company's teaser images here, though the door is definitely Wraith-like; the Wraith has "suicide doors" that are hinged on the opposite end as most car doors, so the gentleman pictured above is probably facing toward the front of the car, not the rear.

Someone painted all the bins in this town to look like minions

LONDON — Residents of Peacehaven, East Sussex woke up to a surprise earlier this week when an unknown prankster painted bins all across the town to look like minions.

Why I just moved from Silicon Valley to Ohio

Those who know me were no doubt surprised a few months back when I started breaking the news. I’ve lived in Silicon Valley my entire career. My wife and I have grown very involved both civically and philanthropically.

I’m a public defender. It’s impossible for me to do a good job representing my clients.

Because we don’t have enough lawyers on staff, the week I passed the bar in 2013, I began representing people facing mandatory life sentences on felony charges. In Louisiana, people with as few as two prior nonviolent felony convictions can face mandatory life imprisonment on charges as minor as possession of a syringe containing heroin residue or, until recently, possession of a single joint. Defendants who cannot afford to make bond can sit in jail for 60 days while the district attorney decides whether to arraign them. An unconstitutionally high caseload means that I often see my new clients only once in those two months. It means that I miss filing important motions, that I am unable to properly prepare for every trial, that I have serious conversations about plea bargains with my clients in open court because I did not spend enough time conducting confidential visits with them in jail. I plead some of my clients to felony convictions on the day I meet them. If I don’t follow up to make sure clients are released when they should be, they can sit in jail for unnecessary weeks and months.

These Weird Rainbow Ghosts Show How Wi-Fi Signals Are Shaped

Hernan’s device draws on that same idea, but the output is much more straightforward. The Kirlian Device is built out of birch plywood and houses an Arduino UNO board that’s connected to an Arduino WiFi shield. These components measure the strength of wireless signals and translate that data into various colors, which are then projected on a strip of LEDs. To visualize the wireless signals, Hernan would swing the device around and capture it through long exposure photography (usually anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes). Hernan himself faded away in the photographs giving the resulting images a rainbow-colored apparition-like appearance.

27 Ice Cream Shops You Need To Visit Before You Die

Why we’re screaming: Yes, Syracuse is cold AF during the winter. But Orange students and locals alike get to enjoy Gannon’s during the warmer months, and you should too. Gannon’s has EVERYTHING on the menu: soft serve, scooped ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, and more. You’ll definitely want to try their scooped ice cream, which is homemade, and features flavors like caramel cashew and chocolate bavarian torte. And for the Orange fans out there, be sure to try Cuse Trax, a vanilla-based ice cream with fudge swirl and mini PB cups.

Squeeze This Stress Ball Tourism Map To Zoom In

The map printed on the Egg Map colors each quarter of a city differently, so it's easy to tell where you are with just a glance. In the case of the prototype, the Egg Map shows off the topography of Budapest, but it could be Paris, Rome, London, New York, and so on. The killer touch on the Egg Map, though, is the unique affordance its form factor allows. By just squeezing the Egg Map, you can "zoom in" on a section of the map, as the displaced air inflates part of the ball. This allows you to read street names more clearly, as well as see local sights like metro stations, tourist attractions, nearby restaurants, and more.

BB-8 Awakens: Is Sphero’s New Droid the Most Awesome Star Wars Toy Ever?

In addition to driving BB-8 around like a remote-control car, you can also activate preset routines. Send him off to patrol his surroundings on autopilot. (He can’t see, so don’t put him near the stairs. If he runs into furniture, he’ll just stop and roll a different way.) Activate “Joy module” to make him do a little dance. You can even command him using your smartphone’s microphone. Yell, “It’s a trap!” and he’ll careen off. He understands “Look around,” “Wake up,” and other commands, too. (Just say “Hey BB-8” first.) BB-8’s capabilities will increase over time, via software updates, according to Sphero.

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