Don't look now, but the future is here!
In the first half of the 20th Century, a wide range of futurists, science fiction writers and others predicted what life would be like in the Year 2000 and beyond. I'm here to tell you that future has arrived -- and it's better than envisioned.
Woz: Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie gets it right - CNET
Technically Incorrect: Even saying that Seth Rogen plays him very well, the Apple co-founder believes the Danny Boyle-directed movie is the real thing.
Robotic exoskeleton and zaps of electricity helped man walk again
It's not the first time Mark Pollock tested Ekso Bionics' exoskeleton, but he can now move more naturally, as you can see in the video below the fold. That's be...
2 high school football players suspended after crushing hit on referee
A San Antonio district has suspended two players from the team after one of them ran into the back of a referee watching a play and the other dove into him.
PaperQuad DIY Quadcopter
A few months back, my friend, Kevin, came up with the brilliant idea of melding the art of papercraft with his newfound interest in quadcopters. Natur...
Super flexible double curvature surface - laser cut plywood
Carl Friedrich Gauss distinguishes between three types of curved surfaces, single curved - neutral (cylindrical), and double curved - negative (hyperb...
Justin Bieber breaks major Spotify record with 'What Do You Mean?'
Justin Bieber's breathy comeback single 'What Do You Mean?' has made an instant impact, breaking Spotify's record for most streams in a debut week.
Weekly Roundup: 13 new and noteworthy Jailbreak tweaks of the week (Sep 6)
ColorFlow 2 is one of my favorite tweak releases of the week and it’s much better than its predecessor. It’s much smoother and better at matching the Now Playing interface with that of the album artwork and supports Spotify as well.
Exclusive: Apple ups hiring, but faces obstacles to making phones smarter
Asked for comment about Apple’s strategy, a company spokeswoman pointed to statements from Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering, who described the release at a developers’ conference in June as “adding intelligence throughout the user experience in a way that enhances how you use your device but without compromising your privacy, things like improving the apps that you use most.”
'Cycle-in office' with ramp unveiled - BBC News
It is London's first "cycle-in office", says project architect Dickon Hayward of the firm Studio RHE. The building is intended to connect Tech City with The City, attracting workers from both areas.
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Kaspersky Lab pushes emergency patch for critical vulnerability
Kaspersky Lab has released an emergency patch for some of its antivirus products after a security researcher found a critical vulnerability that could allow hackers to compromise computers.
Selling your old iPhone: Online vs. in-store trade-ins - CNET
The whole point of selling your old iPhone is to get money to help you pay for a new iPhone 6S or 6S Plus. Naturally, you would rather sell your device to the place that will pay the most for it. Sites such as Amazon, Gazelle and Nextworth consistently offer aggressive pricing for trade-ins. The prices aren't as high as you'd likely get if you sold the device yourself via Craigslist or eBay, but these sites offer a convenient and safe way to sell your phone. They also tend to offer better prices than many of the wireless carriers or retailers, including Apple.
Restaurant Discovery Site Zomato Eats Up $60M To Fuel Expansion Into New Verticals
We will use this round to make investments in our new businesses such as online ordering, table reservations, point of sales, and our newly launched Whitelabel platform. With this round, and with some of our markets turning profitable recently, Zomato is well capitalised for at least two years. We are also stoked to have Temasek partner with us, and are looking forward to building one of the largest food-tech companies in the world.
Zomato raises $60M and launches a white-label service to help restaurants go online
“More of our markets have turned profitable recently and we are well capitalised for the next two years, putting us in a great position to extend our business verticals to more global markets,” explained Zomato’s chief financial officer Umesh Hora. “Just last week, we launched our online ordering services in the UAE, and will soon be rolling it out to Australia and South Africa. Over the next few months, we’ll be launching our table reservations service Zomato Book, our point-of-sale system Zomato Base, and rolling out our white-label platform across geographies.”
WeChat really wants you to understand what it’s all about
By scanning a room-specific QR code, WeChatters are able to connect to the suite and control various aspects of the room remotely through their phones via WeChat. Imagine walking into your hotel room after a big day out and being able to switch on the lights, open the blinds and curtains, and play with the room temperature, all from the comfort of your couch or bed. This and more is possible at the LINQ Hotel connected suite, where WeChatters can also control how devices interact with each other. For example, users can pre-program the “sleep” scenario on WeChat so that once selected, the room automatically switches off the lights, closes the blinds and curtains, and locks the door.
Amazon plans to sell $50 tablet: WSJ
Online retailer Amazon.com Inc plans to release a $50 tablet in time for the holiday season, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
What San Francisco Looked Like Before The Dot-Coms Invaded
The construction of Moscone Center heralded irrevocable change for South of Market. George Moscone himself opposed the construction of the convention center because it would cause mass displacement. After he was murdered, the City went ahead with the construction anyway, demolishing the many residence hotels and apartments in the area, and in an irony bitterer than hipsters' taste for Pabst, named the center for the slain mayor. This was back in the '70s, around the same time that the Port decided to scale back shipping and receiving to concentrate on tourism, due to an inability to compete with the booming ports in San Pedro and thereabouts. This led to an exodus of blue-collar jobs to the East Bay, as the industries supported by the Port fell like dominoes. When the dot-coms began buying up warehouse space South of Market, a lot of it had been sitting empty and derelict for a long time.
Woz wowed by accuracy of new Steve Jobs movie
According to Jobs’ Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the film is pretty darned accurate. In fact, Woz says that there were times watching the movie when he just about forgot he was watching actors on-screen rather than the real people involved.
Fiat Chrysler voluntarily recalls 7,810 SUVs over software issues
Fiat Chrysler said Friday it is voluntarily recalling 7,810 SUVs due to a software glitch that could make the vehicles vulnerable to remote control.
New York City starts driver-tracking program
Starting last month, New York City began tracking about 400 people's driving habits, including how much gas they use, when they drive, where they are, and how fast their cars go. The program, called " Drive Smart ," promises drivers discounts of up to 30 percent on their Allstate auto insurance, as well as "incentive rewards valued at $25," according to the program website.
Want free porn? Don't download random Android apps to find it
First off, you need to download the app from outside the Google Play app store, which removes all the safeguards that go along with that. It’s not unheard of for legitimate apps to need to be downloaded in this way – Amazon’s Android app for Prime TV, for example, but you should know better than to start installing random apps that promise you porn from anywhere on the internet.
This hilarious Cisco fail is a network engineer's worst nightmare
Such a situation could cause a problem in any size datacenter, where these switches and cables are commonly used. If someone plugged in a cable to port one unknowingly pushing the button, they’d possibly be taking down the entire network without even realizing it. If your switches are configured right, however, the blip should be only brief.
Starcraft now works in the browser and it's amazing
I love the original Starcraft . It’s hands-down the game I’ve spent the most time playing and was my first introduction to dial-up multiplayer back in 1999.
This App Will Call The Police If You Let Go Of Your Phone
To use SafeTrek, you open it during your walk home, for instance, and keep a finger on the screen's sensor, a process the company calls "hold until safe." Removing your finger triggers a screen asking for a four-digit code. If you enter the code, that's your signal to the app that you've made it home safely -- if you don't, SafeTrek calls the police and sends them to where you are.
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.
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: http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/20/ci... Get More Engadget: •Subscribe to Engadget on YouTube: http://engt.co/subscribe •Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/engadget •Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/engadget •Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/engadget •Add us on Snapchat: gadgetsnaps •Read more: http://www.
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.
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.
The world's most boring television ... and why it's hilariously addictive
You've heard about slow food. Now here's slow ... TV? In this very funny talk, Norwegian television producer Thomas Hellum shares how he and his team began to broadcast long, boring events, often live — and found a rapt audience. Shows include a 7-hour train journey, an 18-hour fishing expedition and a 5.5-day ferry voyage along the coast of Norway. The results are both beautiful and fascinating. Really.
7 fantastic flags that break every design rule
Sticking to these principles does not, sadly, guarantee that you’ll design a great flag (or anything else), but it’s a good start. However, as with all design, there are always outliers that violate the conventional principles, and still manage to delight and inspire. So, here are seven of my favorite flags that totally break the rules — and in doing so make the world a more interesting place. After all, all rules are made to be broken, design rules more than most.
Teachers open up about the (mostly lousy) economics of their dream job
Much of the recent discussion about inequality has focused on the very rich (the 0.01%) or the very poor (the bottom billion or so). But what about those people who are somewhere in the middle? Through the TED-Ed network, we asked 17 public school teachers working in locations from Kildare to Kathmandu, Johannesburg to Oslo, to tell us what they earned last month, and to give us a sense of how they spent their salaries. We chose to focus on public school teachers, because the way these educators are treated says something about national priorities, the economic climate, and a country’s vision for the future. The teachers’ responses show that it really doesn’t matter where you are — certain worries and goals are universal. Note, answers were lightly edited for space and meaning.
IGN's Weekly WWE 2K16 Roster Reveal - IGN
As Roster 3:16 heads into its fifth fabulous week, we'd like to remind you that next week, this party comes to a close with the final round of reveals. It's been a lot of fun, but all good rosters have an end (including this insanely long one). If, like me, this news leaves you feeling a little emotional, why not take a therapeudic look at all the fun we've had over the last month by checking the rest of the pages of this article. I've been where you are, really, and it helped me a lot. When you feel ready, consider moving on to this week's goodies, which includes the entrance video for this swell dude:
What’s Up With That: Why Does Sleeping In Just Make Me More Tired?
If everything’s just fine with your sleep zone but you still can’t get under the eight hour mark, you might need to go see a doctor. It could be a symptom of narcolepsy, which makes it hard for your body to regulate fatigue and makes you sleep in more. Sleep apnea is a potentially more serious disorder where you stop breathing while you slumber. It’s typically caused by an obstructed airway, which leads to snoring. However, in a small number of sufferers, the brain simply stops telling the muscles to breathe, starving the brain and eventually forcing a gasping response. In addition to all the other terrifying aspects of this disease, it’s not doing your quality of sleep any favors.
Americans’ Views on Mobile Etiquette
It turns out that people think different kinds of public and social settings warrant different sensitivities about civil behavior. For instance, fully 77% of all adults think it is generally OK for people to use their cellphones while walking down the street and 75% believe it is OK for others to use phones on public transit. But only 38% think it is generally OK for others to use cellphones at restaurants and just 5% think it is generally OK to use a cellphone at a meeting.
Why I put all my stuff in storage to travel cross-country and listen
I can’t say that I do 100% of the time. Witnessing people being open and honest, expressing their love and appreciation for each other, can be emotional. We keep tissues in our booth — and facilitators use them, too. When I’m hearing a particularly difficult or sad story, I remind myself that my role is not to be a therapist or to try to change the emotions my participants are expressing. My role is to listen and hold a safe space for them.
The troubling reason why vaccines are made too late ... if they’re made at all
It seems like we wait for a disastrous disease outbreak before we get serious about making a vaccine for it. Seth Berkley lays out the market realities and unbalanced risks behind why we aren't making vaccines for the world's biggest diseases.
The power of herd immunity
How do vaccines prevent disease — even among people too young to get vaccinated? It's a concept called "herd immunity," and it relies on a critical mass of people getting their shots to break the chain of infection. Health researcher Romina Libster shows how herd immunity contained a deadly outbreak of H1N1 in her hometown. (In Spanish with subtitles.)
New Nintendo 3DS review
To add to the confusion, there are two different models, a standard New 3DS and the New 3DS XL. Curiously, the smaller version is only launched in Europe, at a price of £150 (around US$240, AU$300). The US on the other hand only got the XL variant, however Nintendo has announced that it will bring the smaller version on Sep. 25 alongside Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. Why did Nintendo decide to stagger the release? One guess is that it's been keeping a close eye on consumer trends and, we assume, determined that everyone else prefers to go large.
The Next Big Thing In Urban Planning? Backyard Cottages
I think the key here, as mentioned, is that it would only work for family units. It's not really urban planning IMO. It's just a rehash of the apartment above the garage or the MIL unit. More weirdly, it could turn into a design-y version of the maid's quarters or a sharecropping shack. Imagine someone renting some small cottage in your backyard. That's a weird class landlord/tenant relationship. I like the idea of cottages as affordable housing solutions in urban places but it actually takes over green space by not advantaging the vertical. Why give up your backyard to a building (unless you have a massive one)? How about you write about affordable housing as the next big urban planning thing?
The Evolution Of Uber
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A visual history of human knowledge
How does knowledge grow? Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches; other times it grows as a complex and interconnected network. Infographics expert Manuel Lima explores the thousand-year history of mapping data — from languages to dynasties — using trees and networks of information. It's a fascinating history of visualizations, and a look into humanity's urge to map what we know.
Apple’s iPhone 6S announcement: what to expect
It's that time of year again. For five years now, Apple has held a big event around September to announce the next iPhone — or, as in the past two years, the next iPhones. This year is no different. Apple is holding a major event on Wednesday, September 9th in one of the biggest San Francisco conference halls it's ever occupied. We're expecting two new iPhones, but the announcements won't stop there.
Gwyneth Paltrow Goes To Market
Of all the activities on Paltrow’s professional pie chart these days— acting, investing, writing cookbooks, expanding her chain of high-end gyms with Tracy Anderson—Goop "is the biggest slice," she tells me over the phone a month later, as she drives her car across Los Angeles. She started the company in 2008 at her kitchen table in her house in London, having reduced her acting schedule to about one film per year in order to spend more time with her children. For years she had been compiling notes on how to live an elevated life. At the same time, she found herself asking questions about food, fashion, health, and spirituality, and not finding a place on the web that answered them. So she decided to start one, sharing tips makeup artists gave her before magazine shoots, restaurants she loved, unique spa treatments in far-flung locations, even advice from her therapists. Paltrow would test newsletter recipes in her kitchen and call to her editor, Eliza Honey—who was working upstairs—when they were ready to taste. "Like many other things in my life," Paltrow says, "I sort of found myself in the middle of doing them before I really understood how I got there.
Sphero BB-8 teardown reveals its robot tech inside the rolling 'Star Wars' droid - CNET
What really sets this robot apart from earlier Sphero products is the new Sphero BB-8 app, available on iOS and Android. Using the app, you can drive the BB-8 just like you would a regular Sphero, issue voice commands, have the unit follow pre-programmed commands (such as patrol) and even record as well as play messages that the app makes look like the holographic communications used in the Star Wars movies.
How to separate fact and fiction online
By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.
How to make creative cities -- from buildings to buses
The greatest project of all is day-to-day life. “We realized in a moment of navel-gazing that the biggest project we’ve had is the studio itself and how our work and approach has evolved over 20 years,” Heatherwick says. “We’re not experts at anything, but we’re experts at not being experts, and we’ve developed a system to do this.” That means thinking large and then zooming in close, doing research and analysis, hunting down the real problem to solve, and asking questions and breaking that down “until the real thing is discovered.” At the studio, designers test and experiment with materials to see how people respond to its touch and feel. “There is a great responsibility, because some of the things we create are among the biggest objects made by we wee humans,” he says.
See How The Most Celebrated Female Bodies In Classic Paintings Would Look With A Photoshop Slimdown
Lauren Wade of lifestyle blog Take Part has started taking the same Photoshop tactics that make models look like even more extreme specimens and using them on famous paintings from the Renaissance and Impressionist eras. While the painters of these periods appreciated beauty as we do, their subjects were actual women of varying shapes and would generally not, as Wade notes on the Take Part site, fit into a size zero. But with the slimming software in place and the bodies newly unblemished, Botticelli's babes are now way more bodacious.
Google’s self-driving car didn’t hit a duck-chasing granny
Google says it teaches its cars how to handle the more fundamental aspects of unpredictable road behavior instead of implementing specific directions for particular cases, like how to deal with a duck-chasing wheelchair rider. That way, the car gets practice in broader range of situations. Most of the time, however, the best solution is to just slow down, Google says. For instance, Austin is notable for having a rather healthy population of deer, some of which like to hurl themselves into traffic. Google says its self-driving Lexus RX450h SUV is learning not only to detect the deer in the road, but also differentiate between them and inanimate objects like mailboxes when the deer are hanging out in the shoulder. That way, it can slow down when appropriate.
East Palo Alto: Life on the other side of Silicon Valley's tracks - CNET
East Palo Alto serves as a stark illustration of the growing divide caused by the tech boom. The Palo Alto side of the creek is flush with tech money -- and it's not unusual for people to throw down millions for a single-family home -- while nearly a fifth of East Palo Alto residents live below the poverty line. With the tech industry raising the cost of living and pushing folks out of other cities, East Palo Alto is one of the latest communities to attempt the balance between gentrification and preserving its roots.
Firefox creator writes an unofficial, on-point episode of 'Silicon Valley'
This isn't the sign of an impending career change. Ross tells our TechCrunch colleagues that he'd be happy to write Silicon Valley , but that's as far as it goes right now. However, this isn't necessarily a one-and-done project. Ross is hoping for feedback to see which dialogue works, and he may even write an entire unofficial season before the real show resumes in 8 months. Think of this as one of the more ambitious, informed pieces of fan fiction you'll ever see -- it's authentic enough that it wouldn't feel out of place on TV.
The next Apple TV puts company in rare role: Playing catch-up - CNET
In the last three years consumer demand and competition have sparked an explosion in both top-notch streaming video and the number of devices that deliver that video to your TV. Companies like Roku, Amazon and Google have introduced new products or upgraded them regularly, all while Apple TV largely sat on the sidelines. If new features for Apple TV, such as gaming, voice commands, universal search and a store with apps, feel like deja vu, that's because you can already find them in other products. Given the rumored price of $150 for the new Apple TV, rivals may also sell devices with similar bells and whistles at cheaper prices.
Huawei is the new Samsung
Samsung's meteoric rise as a smartphone maker began with the Galaxy S, a 2010 Android handset with some high specs and more than a passing resemblance to the iPhone. That formula of pushing the limits of specs and the boundaries of Apple's intellectual property is now being reprised by Huawei. But the Chinese giant, better known for its telecom equipment, isn't limiting itself to Apple — it's taking inspiration and borrowing ideas from every device maker around, while still finding ways to distinguish itself with unique specs in an already oversaturated Android phone market.
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."
Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks
Others, though, simply let you mold some of Windows 10’s new features into the shape you see fit. Here are some of the most useful Windows 10 tweaks, tricks, and tips we’ve found. Be warned: Some of these may break as the operating system evolves, given Microsoft’s new “Windows as a service” mentality, though we plan to update this article over time. Got any tricks of your own? Share them in the comments!
Epic Fail: Tech Tricks Are No Fix for Developing-World Problems
It seems like it should work. Around the globe, technology is changing the way people shop, travel, communicate and entertain. Tech crusaders spread the good news through power-point presentations and TED talks. And every year another group of do-gooders with the latest gadget, software or app, shows up in India to do a pilot project that will prove how smartphones, drones or social media are going to change the developing world.
Rights groups want Twitter to reverse ban on political-watchdog tool - CNET
Earlier this week, the coalition issued an open letter to Twitter, demanding the company restore access to its service for Politwoops, a Web tool maintained by the Netherlands-based Open State Foundation. Politwoops collects tweets that politicians have posted to the social network and then deleted, allowing transparency organizations worldwide to publish them.