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Dutch police are training eagles to take out drones

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4 Here are the best Super Bowl 50 commercials

Armed with nearly infinite money -- one Super Bowl commercial will cost $170,000 a second in 2016 -- the advertising industry has trotted out all of its best ideas to capture your attention while you're watching the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers.

Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 15% of iPhone battery life

Using an iPhone 6S Plus for a week without the main Facebook app installed, I recorded the battery life at 10.30pm each day for a week comparing it to a daily average taken from a week with the app. I charged the phone overnight, taking it off the charger at 7.30am, and used it normally. I accessed Facebook for the same amount of time, and for the same purposes, using the social network’s excellent mobile site within Safari, as I had done using the app. I also left the Facebook Messenger app installed.

Instagram now lets you switch between multiple accounts

The process is pretty simple. You add new accounts from the settings menu, and once that's done, just tap your username at the top of your profile to move between them. Your profile photo will be placed more prominently throughout the app so that you never lose track of which account is active. Instagram first tested account switching on Android in November, with iOS following a couple months later. As of this week, everyone is getting the new option on both platforms.

People are being super mean to Tim Cook about his blurry Super Bowl photo

Tim Cook, who runs one of the world's most important companies and does not need this crap from any of you, is getting roasted after  posting a wild, out-of-focus shot on Twitter tonight at the end of Super Bowl 50. Presumably shot with an iPhone, the photo shows what appears to be the aftermath of Super Bowl 50, in which people on the field are being showered with confetti, or maybe nerve gas. It's not totally clear.

India bans Facebook’s Free Basics: Law targets ‘discriminatory tariffs’ and supports net neutrality

“Our mission is to give everyone in the world the power to share what’s important to them and to connect every person in the world,” explained Zuckerberg at a Townhall Q&A at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), back in October. “And India is the world’s largest democracy. There are a billion people in India who do not have access to the Internet yet, and if we care about connecting everyone in the world, you can’t do that if there are so many people who don’t have access to basic connectivity.”

8 Ways to Optimize Facebook Ad Targeting : Social Media Examiner

Always create a new ad set . Don’t tweak an existing one. The previous results always affect the current results. For example, if you had an ad with a low click-through rate that caused a higher cost per click, even if you improve it, it’s likely to be more expensive than the same ad on a new ad set.

Google CEO Pichai Receives Record $199 Million Stock Grant

Google Inc.’s Sundar Pichai is poised to become one of the highest-paid executives of a publicly traded company this year after parent Alphabet Inc. awarded him restricted stock worth about $199 million.

Getting 2GB more Google Drive storage today is easy – here's how

And while Google offered the check up in exchange for storage for about a week last year, the company hasn't revealed yet how long it will run this year. So if you've got a few minutes, we recommend completing the checkup soon, and then hoping Google runs it again next year to keep boosting your cloud storage space.

Facebook ordered to stop tracking logged-out users in France

The company previously ran into trouble in Belgium last year on similar grounds — a court in the country issued Facebook an ultimatum to stop tracking users who aren’t signed in or risk a fine of €250,000 (nearly $270,000) for every day that it violated the order.

Every child deserves opportunity

Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science

Amazon Lumberyard

Amazon Lumberyard is integrated with Twitch so that you can build games that engage with the more than 1.7 million monthly broadcasters, and more than 100 million monthly viewers on Twitch. With Amazon Lumberyard's Twitch ChatPlay, you can use a drag-and-drop visual scripting interface to create gameplay features in as little as minutes that let Twitch viewers use chat to directly impact the game they are watching in real-time. And, the Twitch JoinIn feature within Amazon Lumberyard helps you build games that let Twitch broadcasters to instantly invite their live audiences to join them side-by-side in the game, with a single click, while others continue to watch.

The Pirate Bay now lets you stream torrents from your browser

The best-known torrent site in the world now streams pirated content too. The Pirate Bay has added support for  Torrents Time , a plugin that lets users stream torrents directly inside their browser. There's no need to download the torrent itself, or a BitTorrent client, or even the actual content — then lets the whole process run inside Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Chrome, on either Windows or OS X. The system is currently in beta, and has all the usual problems of pirated torrents (namely bad image quality and the need to wait for peers to seed the content), but it's still an extremely simple system.

Apple is letting developers use its Swift benchmark suite as open source toolkit

TNW's West Coast writer in the PNW (Portland, Oregon). Nate loves amplifying developers, and codes in Swift when he's not writing. If you need to get in touch, Twitter or email are your best bets.

SpaceX shoots for another sea landing February 24

No time window has been set, and the company did name a backup date of February 25 in case weather or other indeterminate variables push back the launch. It’s also likely we will be seeing much more activity from SpaceX in 2016, as it continues to test the many pieces it needs to embark on larger, more complex missions.

Apple releases new beta builds for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS for developers

Apple’s tvOS 9.2 beta 3 brings Live Photos to your TV screen, as well as full support for iCloud photo library (not just your shared album). There’s also a “conference room display mode” and the ability to put your Apple TV apps into folders.

Twitter is setting up a safety council to tackle abuse

If there's one thing that's hampering Twitter's adoption in the wider world, it's that it's become a pretty toxic place for some people. The firm has decided to tackle this problem by announcing the formation of the Twitter Trust and Safety Council, a group tasked with reforming the service. The council's stated intention is to ensure the social network is a platform where "anyone, anywhere can express themselves safely and confidently." The site's head of global policy, Patricia Cartes, revealed that the body has recruited advocates from a wide network of advocacy groups. There are more than 40 listed contributors, many of which are legitimate anti-abuse organizations like GLAAD , the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Samaritans .

Kickstarter just hit 100,000 successfully funded campaigns

Kickstarter hit a big milestone overnight: the successful funding of  a 100,000th campaign . It's taken Kickstarter nearly seven years to reach 100,000 funded projects, but the rate at which projects are being funded is much faster than it used to be. In a blog post, Kickstarter says that it took 121 days for a first 100 projects to be funded back in 2009; its most recent 100 funded projects took only three days. In total, Kickstarter says $1.9 billion in successful funding has gone through its platform, with just over one-third of campaigns making it to their goal.

Snapchat and Viacom extend global advertising deal

Under the deal, Viacom will have the right to sell against its own content on Snapchat as well as Snapchat’s U.S. owned and operated advertising inventory, a Snapchat spokesman told Reuters.

1Password for Android jumps to version 6, adds Material Design, fingerprint sensor support

To bring 1Password to version parity with apps on other platforms, the Android version is jumping to version 6 from 4.5.3. The most notable difference is a redesigned user interface that embraces the principles of Material Design. Every aspect of the app, including the lock screen, navigation drawer, and settings, has been given a nice Material refresh. Other visual refreshes include a consistent toolbar, refreshed category and settings icons, and a FAB to add new passwords and sites.

Watch The 9th Annual Crunchies, Hosted By Chelsea Peretti, Right Here

It’s a big week for San Francisco. Yesterday, the city played host to the Super Bowl and tonight, we are celebrating the startup ecosystem with our 9th Annual Crunchies award show in the swanky WSF War Memorial Opera House . You can guess which one of those I’m more excited about.

​Check your Google security and get 2 GBs on Google Drive for free | ZDNet

If you're like me, and a billion or so others , you use Google services such as Google Docs, Gmail, and Google search every day. You're probably also concerned about your Google security, but not so concerned that you do anything about it. Well, Google wants to make you a sweet deal to encourage to check your security settings. Google will give you an additional 2GBs of free Google Drive storage just for checking your Google security settings.

Uber shuts down Paris service to protest new regulations

Uber is suspending its service in Paris today to support an ongoing driver protest against new regulations aimed at cracking down on ride-hailing apps in France. The company's French employees are joining a demonstration organized by a group of full-time chauffeurs who have been  protesting against the government for five days now.

Xcode 7.3 beta build adds awesome new Interactive Playgrounds feature for Swift apps

Xcode 7.3 beta build adds awesome new Interactive Playgrounds feature for Swift apps

What We Learned During Chipotle's First Company-Wide Food Safety Meeting

Update 12:03 p.m. ET: During the presentation, Ells (pictured above) noted that the outbreaks likely stemmed from cross-contamination from one food to another at the chain's restaurants. Tomatoes, which caused the salmonella outbreak, will now be diced at a central kitchen—rather than at individual restaurants. This, Chipotle says, will reduce the risk of the ingredients being infected by other foods. Lettuce and peppers will also be prepared at the central kitchens. Chipotle workers will continually test the ingredients for contamination.

Capcom releases the most badass 'Street Fighter 5' trailer yet

Capcom debuted a fully CG trailer for the upcoming Street Fighter 5 release and lo, it is glorious. Each of the game's 16 playable launch characters makes an appearance, M. Bison raises some havoc and Ryu gets super-duper angry. The game hits store shelves next Tuesday, February 16th but you can see the animated trailer after the break.

Firewatch Photos will print and ship your in-game snapshots

The reason the feature isn't available on PlayStation 4 yet? Firewatch Photos is a network service, and Panic's Cabel Sasser tells Polygon that consoles need to be "extra vigilant" about network access. "We are actively investigating what it would take to make this happen on the PlayStation 4," Sasser says. "Sony wants it and so do we!" Polygon 's piece also explores the origins of the mode and how deep the thought process was for the feature. A line of dialogue was rewritten and re-recorded to reflect the fiction's photo processing store after the original bits of script was already in the can, for instance. What's more, the idea of getting physical copies of the photos came up as an off-handed idea amongst the team."When there's an idea that immediately excites us both -- like the idea behind Firewatch in the first place -- it's hard to stop us from doing it," says Sasser. Sounds like PS4 support is a matter of "when," not "if," in this case.

Twitter lets advertisers pay to be at the top of your feed

First View can be booked back to back by advertisers, so that you’re always guaranteed to see video advertising at the top of your timeline — but only one advertiser is allowed to have each 24 hour slot and different advertisers will be shown on consecutive days.

This Lego Paper Airplane Factory Is Wonderfully Over-Complicated

We’ve covered Arthur Sacek’s brilliant Lego creations before, but none have been as wonderfully complicated as this machine that turns a single piece of paper into a folded airplane. The contraption even launches the plane at the end of the assembly line, sending it off on its maiden test flight.

Explore the Martian surface with NASA’s Street View-style 360-degree imagery

Although it’s viewable as a YouTube video, don’t expect a whole lot of action. There isn’t too much happening on the red planet, and anyway, the view is actually a composite of numerous images snapped by the rover rather than the work of a multi-lens video camera.

Watch The 9th Annual Crunchies, Hosted By Chelsea Peretti, Right Here

It’s a big week for San Francisco. Yesterday, the city played host to the Super Bowl and tonight, we are celebrating the startup ecosystem with our 9th Annual Crunchies award show in the swanky WSF War Memorial Opera House . You can guess which one of those I’m more excited about.

This is why Twitter is worth just 25% of what it was in 2013

Things aren’t going so well for Twitter. Back in 2013 — around the time that the company had a flashy IPO offering — the company was worth $40 billion and was one of the biggest unicorns in the tech world. It had potential, and investors were keen on seeing it grow.

India bans Facebook’s Free Basics: Law targets ‘discriminatory tariffs’ and supports net neutrality

“Our mission is to give everyone in the world the power to share what’s important to them and to connect every person in the world,” explained Zuckerberg at a Townhall Q&A at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), back in October. “And India is the world’s largest democracy. There are a billion people in India who do not have access to the Internet yet, and if we care about connecting everyone in the world, you can’t do that if there are so many people who don’t have access to basic connectivity.”

AppLovin will kickstart Apple TV development in spring hackathon

The two-day  AppLovin App Challenge  will be held on April 16 and 17 in San Francisco and offer more than to $40,000 in prizes for the winning and runner-up teams. The the big stakes are in the $25,000 contest that invites developers interested in creating an app in any category to submit their app by the end of March and potentially showcase it onstage in front of the judges. Day-long hackathon participants can compete for two winning spots and earn $5,000 each.

Chipotle’s Big Comeback Plan Is Free Burritos

And while free food is usually a fail-safe way to earn back customers’ good will, we imagine that there will be at least a few squeamish folks who will think twice about this offer. After all, loyalty, as Chipotle is learning the hard way, is hard to earn. If you’re worried about a tainted burrito making you sick, free is still too high a price to pay.

The feds are 'blown away' by Smart City Challenge submissions - Roadshow

Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. He started his auto-industry career working as a photographer and social media coordinator for Fluid MotorUnion, a prominent aftermarket parts fabrication garage for late-model European vehicles. That led to a job writing freelance features for "Total 911: The Porsche Magazine." His most recent job prior to CNET was Senior Writer for, where he helped tweak and develop the buying-and-selling site's editorial department, which brings us to today. One day, he'll buy the 1988 911 SC of his dreams. One day. See full bio

iPhone puzzle games are no match for this robot

iPhone puzzle games are no match for this robot

Tech Firms Push Toward a Future Without Passwords

Rohit Paul has seen the future of digital security, and it is free of pesky passwords. Recently, he needed to use a laptop to edit a vacation photo stored in Google Photos. He grabbed his wife’s computer. But the 27-year-old engineer didn’t type in Google credentials. Instead, he tapped a button on the screen of his Nexus 6P smartphone.

Fighting games to fairy tales: The unlikely story of 'Unravel'

Jessica is a professional nerd, specializing in independent gaming, eSports and Harry Potter. She's written for online outlets since 2008, with four years as Senior Reporter at Joystiq. She's also a sci-fi novelist with a completed manuscript floating through the mysterious ether of potential publishers. Jessica graduated from ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2011 with a bachelor's in journalism.

10 Ways to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal

Don't Rely on Obsolete Hardware A lot of the tips so far have been about getting the most out of your existing equipment, but if you are running old hardware, you can't expect the best performance. We have a tendency to subscribed to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality with back-end devices, especially networking gear. If you bought your router years ago, you are likely still on the 802.11g standard. There are still even 802.11b/a routers in the wild. All three wireless standards cap at fairly low bandwidths. Thus, all the tweaking we've outlined above won't get you far, when you consider the maximum thoughput for 802.11g is 54Mbps. Compare that with the more modern 802.11n at 300Mbps, and the latest 802.11ac at 1Gbps. Our list of the  best wireless routers is a good place to start your search.

Hacker Publishes Personal Info of 20,000 FBI Agents

After tricking a department representative into giving him a token code to access the portal, the hacker claimed he used the compromised credentials to log into the portal, where he gained access to an online virtual machine. From here, the cybercriminal was presented with three different computers to access, he said, one of which belonged to the person behind the compromised email account. The databases of DHS and FBI details were on the DOJ intranet, the hacker said.

Irish teenager's short film about cyberbullying has a powerful message

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UC Berkley researchers are testing robot roaches that could save your life one day

Researchers at UC Berkley are building a robot designed to scamper through tight spaces with articulated movement similar to that of a cockroach. This project, partially funded by the US Army, is the first step in creating a highly effective search-and-rescue robot.

Inside the world's most luxurious doomsday bunkers (pictures)

Grab a snifter of fine brandy, relax in your magnificently appointed underground doomsday lounge and watch the world burn.

Kickstarter boasts 100,000 successfully funded campaigns

Upon reaching an impressive milestone of hosting 100,000 successfully funded campaigns on its crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter has published  100 interesting facts about the projects and creators that have tasted success in the past seven years that it’s been around.

An Amazon sommelier just phoned me to recommend wine

Continuing the company's quest to own all aspects of retail and customer service, Amazon has just launched a sommelier service in Japan to help give wine-buying advice over the phone. The service, called Amazon Sommelier, is led by Japanese wine expert Miyuki Hara and employs numerous certified sommeliers; customers leave their phone number by clicking a link on the page for a given bottle of wine (see image below), and wait for a call back. Amazon Sommelier is only available in Japanese and can be used from 12PM to 5PM on weekdays.

How the 2016 presidential candidates measure up on social media

Social media platforms have become the online soap box for anyone seeking to win the presidency, and some candidates find more of a following than others. With voters in New Hampshire set to cast their ballots, here's a look at how successfully the major contenders of each party have gotten their messages out across various platforms.

$600 buys you an Xperia Z5 in the U.S., but it won't have a fingerprint sensor

The design of the Xperia Z5 has changed only slightly from previous models, with a frosted glass finish and a metallic side frame. It is also waterproof, a feature Sony has stuck to for a few years now. The home button on the side of the device now functions as a fingerprint sensor. It will work through a hard press, similar to Apple’s Touch ID, rather than a swipe like Samsung’s Galaxy S5. Apparently, the U.S. versions of the phone won’t have the fingerprint sensor.

51 The best custom keyboard for the iPhone is now on Android too
52 Google restores ad blocker for Samsung browser to the Play Store
53 StubHub will sell tickets directly, starting with the 76ers
54 Tommy Hilfiger is letting Apple Watch wearers cut in line at Fashion Week
55 Take a virtual tour of Mars with this new 360-degree image from NASA
56 13 Funny Horror Movies That (Thankfully) Didn't Take Themselves Too Seriously
57 Bloodthirsty Ticks Have a Seriously Weird Genome
58 Firewatch review: Into the woods
59 The Many Times Humans Have Almost Been Killed By Meteorites
60 Scientists Found a Way to Control Machines With Your Mind, No Brain Surgery Required
61 Zenefits CEO quits amid regulatory compliance scandal
62 How to secure your Mac
63 From Beyoncé to Dancing Guy: The best memes from Super Bowl 50
64 StubHub wants to be your new box office
65 Amazon launches free triple-A game engine
66 Apple TV is getting badly-needed voice-dictation
67 Inside Nevada’s $1.3 billion gamble on Tesla
68 Amazon's new gaming engine comes with Twitch baked in
69 How to avoid online phishing
70 Hacker doxxed nearly 30,000 government agents while you were watching the Super Bowl
71 Tribe Is A Nifty Walkie-Talkie App
72 It's official: Intel shuts down the cheap overclocking party by closing Skylake loophole
73 It will be ass cold on the East Coast for Valentine's Day weekend
74 iPad magician celebrates Year of the Monkey by annoying chimps | Cult of Mac
75 Yelp's Earnings Report Leaks, Reveals CFO Is Stepping Down
76 Watch the cinematic opening for 'Dark Souls 3'
78 Verizon using AOL's Tim Armstrong to explore purchase of Yahoo: Report | ZDNet
79 Will Smith only has nice things to say about the first Aunt Viv
80 Why Students Are Sending Earth Sounds To Astronauts
81 CBS Says Super Bowl 50 Broke Streaming Records With 3.96 Million Unique Viewers
82 tVOS 9.2 beta 3 introduces App Store search via Siri and dictation support
83 Apps To Help You Survive and Conquer Valentine's Day
84 The Big Problem With LA's New Football Stadium
85 iPhone 'Error 53': What we know | ZDNet
86 How to make 360 videos and photos
87 Kickstarter hits 100,000 funded projects, shares 100 astonishing facts
88 Dealmaster: Get an Amazon Fire tablet with Amazon Underground access for $40
89 Indian soldier miraculously found alive after being buried in snow for six days
90 Classification of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools - TechRepublic
91 TechCrunch on Twitter
92 Adobe Launches Animate CC, Previously Known As Flash Professional
94 Five ways to boost your Android phone's battery life right now
95 Michigan Becomes First State to Welcome Back Sub-$1 Gas
96 Centriphone - an iPhone video experiment by Nicolas Vuignier
97 Two nameless bodies washed up on the beach. Here are their stories
98 A mouse. A laser beam. A manipulated memory.
99 Reuters Live on Twitter
100 I love being a police officer, but we need reform