Why we laugh

Did you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of cracking up.

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Nintendo shares plummet after investors realize it doesn't actually make Pokémon Go

Nintendo shares have  skyrocketed since Pokémon Go 's release and instant transformation into global cultural phenomenon, but they fell dramatically today after investors realized that Nintendo doesn't actually make the game. Nintendo put out a  statement after the close of trading on Friday pointing out that the bottom-line impact will be "limited" as it only owns 32 percent of The Pokémon Company, and that revenue from the game and its Pokémon Go Plus smartwatch peripheral have been accounted for in the company's current forecasts.

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Michelle Obama lights up Trump at the DNC without once uttering his name

Cook wouldn't say whether the company planned to start generating its own content, something that streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have done. But earlier today, Variety reports , Apple Music won a bidding war for James Corden's viral video series "Carpool Karaoke." The series, which features late night host Corden singing in the car with a spectrum of guests, has been known to spur sales and streams of songs that appear on the show. The plan is for Apple Music to make the series available to users on the platform in 100 countries.

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Solar Impulse - Around the world to promote clean technologies

Spread the word A clean future will not happen without you. Invite friends and family to join the cause and get involved in the discussion. Apply clean technologies to your life, and encourage others to do so. Help us raise awareness about clean techs in schools by helping us to finance our educational activities.

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‘Carpool Karaoke’ TV show will be an Apple Music exclusive | Cult of Mac

The viral segment has been a breakout hit of 2016 thanks to appearances from the likes of Adele, Justin Bieber, Michelle Obama, Elton John and dozens of other stars who drive around Los Angeles singing popular songs. Now fans will be able to get their karaoke by streaming full episodes every week.

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Scientists create glasses-free 3D for the movie theater

You won't get to forego the unwieldy eyewear for a while. The prototype is only slightly larger than a pad of paper, and uses 50 lens/mirror combos to achieve its 3D effect. You'd need a far bigger and more intricate system to make it work at the local movie house, which might make it prohibitively expensive. However, it's imaginable that a future, optimized version might find its way into theaters and spare you from one of the biggest hassles in modern moviegoing.

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Microsoft just made it way easier to write a research paper with Word

If you've used the last few versions of Word, you'll know it's really hard to pinpoint exactly what's changed. Word might feel feature complete right now, but Microsoft isn't giving up on adding new and interesting features. This month, Microsoft is adding a new Researcher feature to Word. As the name implies, it's designed to make research paper writing a lot easier.

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BlackBerry DTEK50 is the world's most secure Android smartphone

BlackBerry has a brand new smartphone, which may come as a bit of a surprise as the Canadian firm continues to struggle in the choppy hardware waters, and the BlackBerry DTEK50 harnesses a more traditional approach in an attempt to steady the ship while claiming to be the world's most secure Android smartphone.

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Apple crushed expectations across the board, and the stock is way up

5:28:  ON DIDI CHUXING: "It was an unusual investment, we don't have a long history of doing a lot of these, we invested in ARM in the early days, we invested in Akamai, so it wasn't the first. One great financial investment, some strategic things the companies can do together over time. We think we'll learn a lot about the business and the Chinese market." - Tim Cook.

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Olympics Committee Says Non-Sponsors Are Banned From Tweeting About the Olympics

The US Olympics Committee has gone off the deep end, when it comes to intellectual property. It’s willing to sue anyone to protect their trademarks, even when the use is no real threat. But the committee’s latest claim is an entirely new level of absurdity.

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T-Mobile’s Binge On service now includes more than 100 streaming partners

And it remains as popular as ever. In July, T-Mobile customers streamed more than 765 million collective hours of Binge On-eligible video (up from 500 million in June and 377 million in May), the carrier said, and a “majority” of customers now watch twice as many hours per day than they did when Binge On launched in November 2015. That’s tangible momentum that T-Mobile’s partners apparently appreciate: According to T-Mobile’s July satisfaction survey, 80 percent of Binge On partners reported “seeing customers watch longer [and] watch more frequently” on smartphones. In addition, 45 percent of services with premium offerings — i.e., paid subscriptions — “expect to sell more” because of Binge On.

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Apple iPhone sales fall 14.9% to 40.4 million in Q3 2016, iPads and Macs also down

Q3 2016 industry estimates for iPhone sales ranged between 39.83 million and 40.86 million. Estimates for iPads ranged between 8.89 million and 8.97 million while for Macs the 4.34 million and 4.36 million. Apple thus managed to fall in the middle of iPhone estimates, but below both iPad and Mac estimates.

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It's time to take a serious look at Tim Cook's leadership of Apple

Apple's earnings report for the quarter that ended on June 30 beat Wall Street's expectations , sending the stock up about 7% after-hours. Apple is still the most valuable company in the world, and earns more profit in a quarter than most other tech companies do in a year.

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Microsoft's Researcher for Word Will Help You Write That Term Paper

Subscribers can tap into new features for Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint to help you get things done.

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Twitter warns that advertiser demand is falling and the stock is crashing

Twitter is trying to rekindle its growth and prove that it can be a mainstream online service to rival Facebook, rather than a niche product. Twitter's monthly active users have stalled over the past year, even as younger rivals such as Snapchat and Instagram are growing rapidly.

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Apple is investing in augmented reality, says Tim Cook

It’s Apple earnings day, which means analysts are allowed to ask Tim Cook probing questions about when the new iPhone is coming out and he is allowed to dance around those questions with exquisite grace.

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China’s LeEco to buy U.S. electronics company Vizio for $2 billion

(Reuters) — China’s Le Holdings Co, also known as LeEco, said on Tuesday it would buy U.S. consumer electronics company Vizio for $2 billion.

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Watch the tearful moment between Larry Sanders and his brother Bernie

As the roll call votes rolled in Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders and his brother — yes, he has one — shared a profoundly moving family moment.

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Adobe brings Lightroom to the living room with an Apple TV app

Lightroom for Apple TV doesn’t support Siri search to let you find photos by voice. Instead, you navigate your collection using the remote. The All Photos view lets you see each image with all the latest edits. The Collections view is Adobe’s version of photo albums. The Filmstrip view lets you peruse your collections to find the photo you want. And you can zoom in to 200 percent to see luscious details on your largest screen.

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Obama’s new ‘cybersecurity’ scale is Bush-level stupid

Whereas the Homeland Security Advisory System was at least accountable based on how often we reached a “red” threat level as opposed to how often something actually came of it, the new system is going to operate in the relatively ambiguous space of the internet. For the uninitiated these hacks often take place months before they’re made public — leading to a system that’s largely in place to tell us about hacks that already happened that we really can’t do much about.

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How to Unlock Your Phone’s Trusty Call-Blocking Powers

On Android, it doesn’t send the caller to voicemail when you block them. It just… blocks them. However, you can choose to send all calls from a particular contact to voicemail. You do this in Contacts, or in your Phone app. Just tap that three-dot menu button (which shows up at “More” on some phones) on the contact’s page and choose “All Calls to Voicemail.” The cool thing about this feature is that it flags not just an individual phone number, but the phone contact. So a call from any phone that person owns will get sent to voicemail. Useful for that guy who owns six phones and loves to use them.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook can’t pronounce Pokémon but he still thinks it's incredible

"In terms of AR and the Pokeman phenomenon, it's incredible what's happened there. I think it's a testament to what happens with innovative apps and the whole ecosystem and the power of a developer being able to press a button and offer their product around the word. This certain developer has elected not to go worldwide yet because of the pressure on their servers. [Laughs.] But I'm sure they will over time. It also does show, as you point out, that AR can be really great. We have been and continue to invest a lot in this, we are high on AR in the long run, we think there are great things for customers and a great commercial opportunity. So we're investing, and the number one thing is that our products work well with other developers' products, like Pokeman, and that's why you see so many iPhones in the wild out there chasing Pokemans.

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[TECH TALK] Looking into Tesla's refocused plans for the future: http://bit.ly/2ac33OE  #Tech #News #IoT pic.twitter.com/GXWyr6Lg0g

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[TECH NEWS] US federal self-driving guidelines coming soon...again: http://bit.ly/2a7qris  #Tech #News #IoT pic.twitter.com/2whHbeSLdT

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Even with the price bump, Netflix is still a 3 times better deal than cable

Netflix has a bit of a subscriber growth problem. Increased cancellations last quarter sent the stock into a nosedive when the company announced its earnings earlier this month.

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Michelle Obama just poured her heart out on stage at Democratic convention

"Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States."

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Police and protesters at the #DNC outside the press file

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Researchers Just Figured Out a New Way to Keep Apples Fresh for Weeks

A team of researchers used a specially designed plasma tool, based on one that had been used in hospitals to disinfect wounds, to wipe out the bacteria on the surface of the apple. They found that, when given a blast with this tool, the apples stayed fresh for considerably longer. Their results are published today in a paper in Physics of Plasmas.

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You have 3 days to not be dumb and upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 10 has been available just under a year now, meaning its initial free upgrade promotion is running out.  After 5:59 AM ET on July 30, you’ll have to pay a heft $120 if you want to upgrade. It’s unlikely Microsoft will offer another free promotion anytime soon, if ever.

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Apple earnings, iPhone update - live blog

1:42 p.m . Even with slumping sales for the iPhone, investors seem happy with Apple's results, since the company beat estimates. Analysts had expected sales of $42.1 billion--Apple came in at $42.4 billion, and earnings per share of  $1.42 a share, up from the estimated $1.38 a share.

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PlayStation's Adam Boyes now runs the 'Killer Instinct' studio

As to why Boyes is coming aboard? Iron Galaxy founder Dave Lang says it's all about helping the company spread its wings. Boyes can "expand and evolve" the studio's publishing work, freeing Lang and new Chief Product Officer Chelsea Blasko (an Iron Galaxy veteran) to focus on in-house game creation. You might just see the company become a bigger player in the game business.

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Apple narrowly beats revenue expectations in the third quarter

Apple's quarterly earnings report prior to this one  was a particularly rough one , during which the company saw its year-over-year revenue decline for the first time in 13 years. Much of that was attributed to a slowdown in iPhone sales and the fact that Apple hasn't release a must-have new product in awhile. Because of last quarter, expectations were set very low for this one: Apple at the time projected another revenue decline for the third quarter, a 15 percent year-over-year drop.

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The Verge - Timeline | Facebook

Today Facebook has followed through on its promise to open source the design of the Surround 360, its 17-camera array designed to capture video in 360 degrees. The company has also made available...

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Twitter's growth remains flat as its profit continues to dip

Today's report marks Dorsey's first full year as Twitter CEO since re-joining the company he founded. In July 2015, Dorsey took over as CEO from Dick Costolo after the company's April earnings report showed slow user growth on top of net losses for the first quarter of the year. Twitter has historically struggled to attract users and generate profit on the same levels as platforms like Facebook and Instagram . Facebook Messenger, for example, recently topped 1 billion users .

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Microsoft Word gains powerful Editor, Researcher tools to help you write more good

It’s this last bit that Researcher builds on. According to a video demonstration of the feature, Researcher expands the sources available to you, but also allows you to drill down into them without leaving Word. In the video, Microsoft shows how users could explore a topic such as “rainforest,” and then go deeper for related topics, like "biodiversity." A key feature is that users can pull quotes from sources like academic papers, and Word will automatically add a footnote with the correct citation—always a plus for a student cranking away on a last-minute paper.

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The best Chromebook you can buy

The R11 has an 11.6-inch touchscreen display with a resolution a little above 720p. It’s not going to blow you away if you’re used to 4K or Retina displays, but it’s bright, clear, and easy to read — a rarity among Chromebooks, when there are some out there that’ll literally hurt your eyes. The display also flips all the way around so the R11 can be used as a tablet. It’s light enough to do that (for a bit) if you really want to, but the best use here is simply propping the display up in front of you every now and then.

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Facebook Is Building Apartments Anyone Can Rent—But There's a Huge Catch

But there’s a catch. As Facebook slowly wades into the real estate development business, the company is pushing an aggressive PR agenda to convince people that Facebook does not exacerbate income inequality in areas where it develops real estate. Facebook has pledged that 15 percent of the new units it creates will go to low- or middle-income families. Which is great until you realize that 85 percent of the building will probably be ridiculously expensive and probably populated by local tech bros.

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Why you should delete Pokémon Go right now

The more time you put into something, the harder it gets to let it go. The more I bought into the endless grinding, the more I convinced myself it was worth it. I’m scared to think how it feels to hit level 20, or 30 — why would I ever drop something that I put so much time into?

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Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones this quarter, beating expectations but still declining

Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones this quarter, beating expectations but still declining

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This mobile app wants to end awkward conversation (or silence) forever

‘ A Curious Question ‘ wants to help you win the conversation game. The app (Android/iOS) offers up 300 “truly curious questions” designed to spark conversation. In the free version, you get access to 20 of these, but you can grab all 300 for $2.99. Admittedly, they’re not all winners, but in the appropriate time and place just about any of them could work.

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The 'Netflix of China' is buying Vizio for $2 billion

Vizio is one of the most popular TV makers in the US and has 20% of the TV market there, according to the company. It made its name by offering high-end televisions at a lower cost than competitors like Samsung, Sony, and Sharp.

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American Voices on Ways Human Enhancement Could Shape Our Future

As participants thought about this scenario, they often agreed that the promise of gene editing would be healthier, longer-living humans. Some found the idea of protecting their children from a lifetime of disease very appealing. At the same time, people expressed concerns about the long-term impact on society. Some were anxious about the impact on future generations, on the diversity of the human species, on people’s creativity, on core identity issues for recipients and on inter-generational relations. Further, people expressed concern about the use of gene-editing techniques on such things as parents ordering up “designer babies” or abusive tyrants trying to engineer their populations.

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'Destiny' splits off from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 today

If you're still playing Destiny on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, today's update is the last you'll see. That's aside from any emergency fixes, according to a post on Bungie.net . The patch also addresses a number of minor glitches involving loot, gear and quest items. From today forward, though, your progress won't be shared between last-gen hardware, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One . This patch also marks the cut-off for weekly events like Trials of Osiris and the Iron Banner on older hardware, and expansions like this fall's "Rise of Iron ."

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Daft Punk figures with light-up helmets are here to bring 'Da Funk'

These Daft Punk figures will be harder, better, faster, and yep, you guessed it ... stronger than the previous models, because for the first time they will include the group's signature light-up helmets.

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Android phones can beam your location to emergency services

With that in mind, Google has introduced a feature in Android that beams your location to emergency services automatically when you call them. It uses your Wi-Fi, GPS and cell tower information to pinpoint exactly where you are and sends across the data without allowing it to be accessed by anyone else.

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Switch to a "Neutral Grip" to Avoid Elbow Pain During Pull-Ups

Your elbow is a very important but delicate joint that can get aggravated from overuse—and bad-looking pull-ups. Elbow pain sucks, but if you want to keep doing pull-ups for their very real benefits, try a “neutral grip,” where your palms face each other.

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