Robocars and Hyperloops: 10 Tech Predictions From VCs
Five venture capitalists vied Thursday night in front of an audience of about 500 people to predict the future, in an annual event that shows Silicon Valley at its silliest and most prescient.
Deal Alert: Get a $100 iTunes Gift Card for only $80
So if you buy the $100 Gift Card, it’s equivalent to getting $20 worth of apps, games, or music free. That makes it the best deal available on the iTunes Gift card currently.
The top 12 tablets you can buy right now
It's true, we don't review quite as many tablets around here as we used to, but that doesn't mean slates have gone the way of the dodo. Microsoft's new Surface 3 is as much a budget PC as it is an iPad competitor, while Dell's sleek Venue 8 7000 reminds us that there's still a place for high-end tablets. Whether you're looking to update your own slate or pass one on to someone behind the curve, you'll find a summary of our top picks in the gallery below or you can head to our complete buyers guide for a full rundown.
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Game of Thrones: "The Gift" Review - IGN
And Jonathan Pryce was particularly excellent this week. His scenes with Olenna and Cersei were standouts. Olenna wound up winning this week, but not on her own. She had to reunite with Littlefinger. Her chat with the High Sparrow, like her sit down with Cersei last week, did not go as planned. She thought she smelled another crooked fear-monger, but the High Sparrow wound up being someone far more frightening: A true believer. An uncorrupted servant of the Seven. A nice twist for a show like Game of Thrones. His angle is he has no angle. And so Olenna used that to get Cersei tossed in a cell! Freakin' fantastic.
One place you won't find the Steve Jobs trailer: Apple's site
The film is scripted by Aaron Sorkin, based on Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Jobs, and is scheduled to hit theaters on October 9. Originally a Sony Pictures property, a number of big names have been associated with the project before dropping out, including David Fincher, Christian Bale, and Natalie Portman.
Orphan Black: "Certain Agony of the Battlefield" Review - IGN
Despite treading some water (namely the STD reveal), this week's Orphan Black finally gave us some insight into Project Castor and what Dr. Coady has really been after with all her crazy experiments. This ultimately led to a big moment for Paul, who gave his life to save Sarah and hopefully take down some of Castor with him. Meanwhile, Delphine and Rachel had more to this week, particularly the latter, who may still be of some use after all. Then of course there was Alison and Donnie's storyline, which brought some much-needed levity to the proceedings.
Get a load of Yamaha's four new affordable V79 series network receivers
Yamaha has unveiled a quartet of new AV receivers in the company’s affordable, yet feature-packed RX-V79 series. The latest in the series starts with the price-conscious 5.1 channel RX-V479 for under $500, and moves up the ladder with the 7.2 channel RX-V579, RX-V679, and RX-V779, all of which pack a heap of features like 4K passthrough, wireless connectivity, all the latest surround codecs, and high-resolution audio compatibility to make your home theater hum.
Analyst: Apple could unveil iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in August, followed by the launch in September
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has a good track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s future product plans based on his sources in the supply, claims that Apple could unveil the next generation iPhones, unofficially dubbed iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in August, followed by the launch in September.
Should you worry about malware on your phone? We asked the experts
Davis says that this year alone there will be some notable instances in how malware spreads on mobile. Intel Security predicts that ransomware, or malware that threatens users and asks them to pay money to fix their system, will be targeted more and more toward smartphones rather than PCs. “If you look at how malware writers are creating their wares, it seems to be that’s where they’re going next, and that makes us a little bit nervous,” he says. “Mobile writers in malware are going to start kitting their software, and this is something that goes on quite a bit on the PC side.”
Gaming with guidance: How to set up parental controls on modern consoles, handhelds, and computers
The family that plays together stays together, but as every parent knows, you can’t always be around when the kids want to enjoy a quick game of Madden or Super Smash Bros. Video games have grown over the past few decades to the point where they now encompass a wide variety of genres, themes, and audiences. While for a long time the classic image of a “gamer” was a young, early-mid-teen boy, the fact of the matter is the average age of the video game audience is now 31 years old, about 52% are female, and, increasingly, much of what’s available on store shelves and for download reflects this. In order to make sure your children are playing the games meant for them, it’s important to monitor their gaming habits to ensure their safety. There’s also a pretty good chance, given the current average audience for games, that you’re a parent who owns a console which is also used by your children, and you want to be sure that the mature games you may enjoy — say, Call of Duty or The Last of Us — and access to things like online stores and chat functions are restricted to your kids.
Senate blocks USA Freedom Act on data collection reform
The main aim of the new Act was to clarify some of the contentious issues in Section 215 of the Patriot Act — it’s that latter piece of legislation that the NSA has been accused of exploiting in its mass collection of phone records and other associated metadata. The USA Freedom Act states that data must be collected on a case-by-case basis and records should be handled by telephone companies rather than government agencies.
Build your own arcade machine this weekend! We'll show you how
The shell is the term used to refer to the basic interface of the operating system, in the case of Windows, it includes the start menu, desktop, and Windows Explorer. By setting the system not to start up Explorer on login, you’ll just see the Windows boot screen and then the Steam Big Picture Mode interface. In order to do so we’ll have to edit your registry, which is basically the table that your computer stores a lot of pertinent information in, like who the user accounts are, where programs are stored, and the settings for pretty much every part of the operating system. It’s important to be very careful when tinkering with your registry, as editing the wrong value can force you to re-install Windows completely.
These Millennial Innovators Are Riding The Rails Across America
"The idea is that we get to see America as it could be," Dowd said, referring both to the optimistic, international, and racially diverse group that makes up the this MTP expedition, as well as the wide range of social innovation spaces the riders are each exploring—from apps for better nutrition during cancer therapy, to building a more robust network for ongoing discourse around Black Lives Matter, to expanded access to maker spaces across the country. These young innovators each raised thousands of dollars to participate in this excursion. Ideas scribbled with Sharpies on sticky notes pepper the train windows. Throughout the journey, mentors and guests from Ideo, Stanford, City Year, the U.S. Border Patrol, Craigslist, and advertising agency GMMB will help MTP participants shape their core ideas, their design thinking, and their strategic narratives.
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If cavemen ate Oreos: How to Paleo your favorite junk food
Even the Paleo diet , which nixes any food unavailable to our Paleolithic era ancestors (gluten, grains, dairy, etc.), can satisfy your savory or sweet tooth. Although the main components of the Paleo diet are meats, eggs, seafood and most produce, a few creative minds out there have devised ways to recreate your favorite processed junk foods.
Here are the 5 must-watch shows to stream online this week
For cord cutters, the anticipation of watching an event live gets transferred over to the weekly dumps of content on the various video streaming platforms. What’s dropping when becomes important knowledge to have, as you organize your queue. If you don’t have time to comb through all the content coming down the series of tubes that make up the Internet, don’t worry — we do. Here are our picks for what you should watch this week.
The anatomy of the Apple Watch font dissected
If you’re a fan of fonts and getting into the detail of what makes different typefaces work (or not), here’s a great project: Designer Wenting Zhang’s Type Detail is dedicated to dissecting a different font every day.
Microsoft's lightweight email app, Flow, revealed in leaked images
That report indicated that Microsoft wanted to focus on a more chat-like functionality for its new app, while still relying on email to get the conversation handled. The app is reportedly called Flow, and now, just one day later, the first images of the app have reportedly been surfaced.
The Void will use reality to transport you to a virtual world
Although Hickman – the illusionist behind the development of this approach – and his partners refuse to speak candidly about their technique for redirecting players, the game will essentially use subtle visual cues and a rotation of the virtual world to make players feel like they are walking in straight lines, when in reality they are moving in circles around a central point within the VR center. This allows the developers to create huge, sprawling dungeons and other sorts of ‘levels’ within a relatively small space measuring sixty feet on a side.
365-Gigapixel Panorama of Mont Blanc Becomes the World's Largest Photo
P.S. There’s technically one photo that’s (much) larger, but it wasn’t even taken here on Earth. In 2014, NASA published a panorama of the Moon’s surface that was captured over four years by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. That image is 681 gigapixels.
How to get San Francisco Font on your Mac right now
iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 are part of Apple’s upcoming releases, and there is much fanfare surrounding the launch. One notable feature however, can be had today, without the need to wait for its official release. The San Francisco Font came with the Apple Watch and is set to be a default font for the latest iOS and OS X versions . If you are tired of the standard OS X font, then you can try Apple’s newest font, San Francisco right now.
First Unboxing photos and video of the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition
The gold Apple Watch Edition comes in a colored leather square shaped box. The Apple Watch Sport comes in a long rectangular plastic box, while the stainless steel Apple Watch comes in a square shaped box as well but made of plastic.
Everything we know about Ultra HD Blu-ray, the sharpest way to watch at home
In the year 2000, we began ditching our VHS tapes for DVDs. In 2006, Blu-ray brought high-definition video to flat-screen TVs everywhere. Now we’re about to take another step forward with the arrival of Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and players. That’s right: Come holiday time, there’s going to be a whole new format to embrace – and it’s going to be awesome.
Android M rumored to include update guarantees for supported devices
The rumor comes courtesy of Android Police , one of the more reliable tipster sites out there: Apparently Nexus devices with Android M installed are going to be guaranteed to get major system updates for two years and security patches for three years. That means if you buy a Nexus with Android M, you know you’ll get all system updates for 24 months.
Pac-Man Turns 35, Gets Updated iOS App
But there are nearly an infinite number of ways to celebrate this special day. You can make a Pac-Man cake some of which are very elaborate, and some of which are
struggling, to put it nicely. You could go change in a $5 bill, head on down to that local corner store that still has an ancient copy of Pac-Man to play, and give it a whirl. Or, if you're feeling lazy, you could just play one of the many different versions of Pac-Man via a Web-based emulator . It's too bad you can't still play Pac-Man within Google Maps , though you can at least check out the interactive Google Doodle the company made for the game's 30th anniversary .
Sex and Romance - The Witcher 3 Wiki Guide - IGN
Throughout the previous Witcher games, Geralt's main love interest has been Triss Merigold. Time and again he has saved her from peril, and she's returned the favor in kind. She even helped the Witcher recover his lost memories, which proved difficult for their relationship when Geralt regained his feelings for his former lover Yennefer. Geralt and Triss reunite in the city of Novigrad during the Witcher's hunt for his ward Ciri.
Does the Apple Watch Sports go the distance for runners?
Apple Watch owners have had their new smartwatches for only a short time, but the early indications are the Apple Watch could be a run-away hit for some serious runners and running on empty for others.
Ireland overwhelmingly approves same-sex marriage in historic vote
Irish political parties backed the Yes campaign, although opposition to the new constitutional amendment came, in part, from the Catholic church. However, support for same-sex marriage in Ireland was so clear on Saturday that prominent "No" campaigner David Quinn conceded defeat on Twitter before the official vote count came in:
How Does BB-8 Work?
The first known sketch of BB-8 was revealed during Star Wars Celebration 2015 (we don't know who drew it but it certainly isn't a Ralph McQuarrie). The idea was cool but complex. How do you bring alive a droid like that? CGI would have been the logical choice, but J.J. wanted a real prop. The Pinewood Studios' Creature Shop took on the challenge and eventually succeeded at building and puppeteering BB-8 in the film.
Last Chance To Get the Bobine Flexible iPhone Dock and iDrive Cloud Backup Bundle [Deals Hub]
You need some flexibility when it comes to your iPhone, and the Bobine Ultra-Flexible iPhone Mount provides just that. It’s the perfect accessory for providing versatility to your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus when it’s not in your pocket. The extremely flexible stand allows you to display your screen however you need it, while the cable itself serves to charge and transfer your files so you can always make the most of your iPhone.
Android stock browser vulnerable to URL spoofing
The browser patch for Chrome was distributed to Android Lollipop users through Google Play, but the fix for Android 4.4 (KitKat) will require an OS update whose availability will depend on device manufacturers and carriers, said Tod Beardsley, security research manager at Rapid7, via email.
Weekly Roundup: 10 new and noteworthy Jailbreak tweaks of the week (May 24)
In case you were busy last week and didn’t get a chance to take a look at Cydia , don’t worry as we have compiled a list of all the new tweaks that were released in the week which are worth checking out. The jailbreak community has progressed at the same pace as last week as it saw the release of only 10 new jailbreak tweaks.
The newly released tweaks range from providing a better experience while using Siri to bringing an amazing new look to the media controls on the Lock screen.
Researcher who exploits bug in Starbucks gift cards gets rebuke, not love
The versions of events as described by Homakov don't reflect well on Starbucks, but they don't reflect well on the researcher either. Yes, $1.70 is a small amount of money, and he attempted to credit it back to Starbucks even before he reported the vulnerability. But ultimately, Homakov did create a fraudulent balance on a gift card and he used it to make a real purchase. As a professional penetration tester, Homakov knows better than most people that hackers should never access someone else's computer network or account without explicit permission.
The mobile device disconnect
. . . But PCs are the preferred devices for real work. This is where things get interesting. When asked which device they would prefer to use for a set of applications, such as email, internet browsing, office productivity tools (think Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.), and more, PCs again won out…and by a wide margin! As an example, 91% of information workers said they prefer using a PC for office productivity suites compared with only 4% that prefer a mobile device. This may seem obvious, but similar results for other apps as well: 76% prefer using a PC for browsing the internet vs. 22% that prefer a mobile device and 58% prefer a PC for email, while only 39% prefer a mobile device. So, despite an overall preference for mobile devices when not at an office deck, the reality is the PCs still are preferred when it comes to getting work done.
Ohio patrolman acquitted of manslaughter in deaths of 2 unarmed people
CLEVELAND — A patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted Saturday in a case that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the city police department had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights.
New NSA documents reveal plans to deliver malware through the Google Play store
Once the path to those servers was established, the NSA could intercept traffic before it reached the servers, injecting malware to specific users through a man-in-the-middle attack. The files would appear to come from a trusted app store, but they would really be coming from the NSA. From there, the NSA could deliver tools from its extensive catalog of surveillance programs , including pulling a user's contact list or reporting their location in near-real-time. Both Samsung and Google employ TLS encryption to protect against man-in-the-middle attacks like this, but cryptographers have been speculating for years that the NSA has found a way to break or circumvent those protections.
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Baseball fan catches flying bat — and still manages to hold on to his beer
At a St. Paul Saints game on Thursday, a baseball bat went flying into the crowd — where it was caught, one-handed, by a fan with ridiculously good reflexes. The best part? The spectator still managed to hold on to his beer while making the impressive catch.
The Flash: "Fast Enough" Review - IGN
Just about every actor was on their A-game in this episode as Barry and friends wrestled with the situation and its many implications. Carlos Valdes enjoyed one of his strongest episodes yet as he dealt with the lingering trauma of his death, his loss of faith in Wells, and the realization that he may have a grander destiny than he ever imagined. Tom Cavanagh continued to achieve that delicate balance with Wells/Thawne. For all his villainous deeds, there was still a clear sense of why Wells did what he did and what he was trying to achieve (even if we never did learn exactly how his hatred for Barry was born). Most importantly, the script reinforced the fatherly connection Wells feels for both Cisco and Barry. Jesse L. Martin (who, to be fair, is always on his A-game) was terrific during his multiple scenes with Grant Gustin as his character confronted the idea that he’d lose the only son he ever had and urged Barry forward anyway.
Top 10 most annoying characters of this past TV season
As you might have guessed, we've rounded up the 10 most annoying characters of the 2014-15 TV season, making this one of the most aggravation-fueled lists you'll see this year. Of course, what gets our goats might not be the same thing that gets yours, and there are undeniably dozens more that could have made this list. So you might even see one of your favorite characters on here, and if that's the case, we probably shouldn't be watching TV in the same room together. Enjoy and look out for general spoilers throughout.
Thanks, OpenTable, But I Like Being an Anonymous Diner | WIRED
For users who make payments via the mobile app, OpenTable reserves the right to share its customer dossier with the restaurant “for its own purposes.” Keeping notes on patrons is not a new phenomenon in the hospitality industry, but this formalizes the process of categorizing customers and treating them accordingly. While I love the notion that eateries will automatically be warned of my tree-nut allergies, I’m less enthused about them knowing my salary or how much cash I typically drop at dinner. Restaurants have always doled out preferential treatment to the “best” customers—but now, they’ll be able to brand them with a specific dollar sign the second they walk in the door.
Why you should care about the Josh Duggar accusations
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4 unfair reasons why you aren't getting called back for that job interview
Yeah, this one is kind of a bummer. It's illegal to discriminate based on race or gender, but it doesn't stop people from letting their subconscious — at least I hope it's subconscious — biases influence their impressions of job candidates. This information isn't usually revealed in an application, but often times a name is plenty to work off of. There's not much a lone job searcher can do about this, but consider it a bullet dodged. You don't ever want to work for a company that wouldn't hire someone based on his or her race or gender.
Best Deals Of The Week: 35% Off The Edge iPhone 6 Battery Powercase plus other discounted iPhone Cases [Deals Hub]
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The key to success? Grit
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
Don't regret regret
We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.
This Experiment Shows What Happens To Your Body When Everything You Eat Is Organic
This is an article which educates people about the benefits of choosing to eat organic. It is an article opens up your eyes to say 'don't be ignorant and hide your head in the sand. If you can grow your own organic food then go ahead and do it. The more you demand organic food there will be more of a supply and the prices will come down! You have a choice! Poor doesn't mean you cannot think. You sill have a choice if you want to grow your own even if you are poor.