Your words may predict your future mental health
Can the way you speak and write today predict your future mental state, even the onset of psychosis? In this fascinating talk, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman reflects on ancient Greece and the origins of introspection to investigate how our words hint at our inner lives and details a word-mapping algorithm that could predict the development of schizophrenia. "We may be seeing in the future a very different form of mental health," Sigman says, "based on objective, quantitative and automated analysis of the words we write, of the words we say."
No warrant needed to obtain location data held by cellphone carriers, US court rules
Law enforcement officers don't need a warrant to gain access to a cellphone's location data, as long as they obtain it from wireless carriers, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft agree to remove hate speech across the EU
It’s good to see that this issue got escalated and the European Commission was able to come up with a code of conduct quite quickly. Instead of making tech companies deal with every single European country, they can agree on rules for the EU as a whole.
Airbnb’s new site lets neighbors complain about noisy guests
The launch of this portal comes as the company moves forward with its new marketing campaign that encourages you to “live there”: Guests shouldn’t just stop in a city for a split second and leave, but should actually take it all in like a local. And that means being a good community member. To defuse local governments and its citizens putting forth potential regulations, such as what Airbnb faced in San Francisco with Proposition F , it has to show that it’s taking the needs of non-guests and non-hosts very seriously.
Xbox One price drops to $299 ahead of E3
If Microsoft is hoping to quell rumors of new Xbox hardware at E3, it isn't doing the greatest job. The company has permanently cut the prices of Xbox One consoles by $50 across the board, lowering the base price to $299 -- even some of the nicer multi-game 1TB bundles now sell for $319. These are tremendousprices, of course, but they're coming just a couple of weeks before E3. While this could just be an attempt to goose sales during the historically quiet summer, it's only going to fuel talk of a possible smaller 2TB system that would become the new flagship. The price drop is great if you're looking for the most affordable Xbox One possible, but it's otherwise worth holding off a little while... especially if you want to see what Sony brings to the table .
Mophie brings wireless charging to its iPhone battery cases
Wireless phone charging has been around for years, but most consumers wouldn't know it. The fight between different standards and a lack of support from phone makers has made the entire idea of charging your mobile wirelessly a huge mess. Mophie is hoping to bring some sanity to the concept with its new $100 Juice Pack Wireless cases for the iPhone 6 and 6S, which integrate cord-free charging along with an additional 50 percent of battery life.
Facebook Messenger Said to be Getting End-to-End Encryption
Security has become one of the most talked-about elements of mobile devices recently, so it’s perhaps not all that surprising that one of the largest social media networks in the world would be gearing up to roll out its own features. According to a report from The Guardian , citing unnamed sources, Facebook is planning on rolling out end-to-end encryption for Facebook Messenger.
Periscope will ask "flash juries" of viewers to vote on whether comments are abusive
In a novel step to curb harassment on its platform, Periscope said today it would ask viewers of live-streaming broadcasts to evaluate comments that other viewers report as abusive. An update rolling out today will convene "flash juries" of randomly selected viewers whenever a fellow viewer reports a comment for being abusive or spam. Jurors vote with a single tap, and if a majority of jurors find the comment guilty, it disappears — and the offending commenter is given a 60-second timeout from further commenting. If a second comment is found to be abusive, the offending viewer loses their commenting privileges for the duration of the broadcast.
Polaris confirmed: AMD's $200 Radeon card will bring high-end graphics to the masses
AMD says its new Polaris-based graphics cards will deliver performance equivalent to $500 graphics cards from today’s generation. That’s roughly in line with the Radeon R9 390X, GeForce GTX 980, or air-cooled Radeon Fury. Assuming that proves accurate, the massive performance leap stems from the adoption of 14nm FinFET technology in Polaris, a leap forward by two full technological generations for graphics processors. Both AMD and Nvidia (which uses 16nm FinFET tech in its new Pascal GPUs) were previously stuck on the 28nm node since late 2011, after 20nm technology proved to be a bust for graphics cards.
Softbank to sell $7.9 billion of Alibaba shares
Thomson ReutersA sign of Alibaba Group is seen at CES Asia 2016 in Shanghai Softbank Group said it will sell at least $7.9 billion of shares in Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba Group Holding as it looks to raise capital.
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EU cautions governments against banning Uber, Airbnb
BRUSSELS/LONDON European Union governments should not ban services like home-rental site Airbnb or ride-hailing app Uber except as a last resort, the EU says in new guidelines, seeking to rein in a crackdown on the "sharing economy".
Elon Musk: Tesla Model 3 owners won’t get free Supercharging for life without paying extra
The best thing to do with an electric car is to charge your car where you charge your phone. Would you really take your phone to a gas station? … Driving to a Supercharger, in order to get $5-worth of electricity, and spending half an hour of your time, you’re like, maybe barely at minimum wage. So it’s just not the best thing for people, but you know, they kind of do it out of habit.
A closer look at that $14,000 Android phone
The system works like this: By default it's a beefy, ultra-masculine Android smartphone with a skin that looks like it was designed by the prop department of a spy movie. But once you've flicked the tiny toggle on the back of the device, it'll switch into a secure mode with a green and white, 8-bit skin. In this mode, all but the most essential sensors are disabled, and both calls and text messages are encrypted, only to be read by trusted devices carrying the Solarin Friend app. In this environment, your data is protected by 256-bit AES encryption, backed up by security firms Zimperium and Koolspan. There's even a secure concierge service that monitors the state of your phone and warns you of incoming attacks.
Instagram's Business profile and tools are here, and they look just like Facebook Pages'
With more than 200,000 companies using Instagram to promote their businesses, it was inevitable that Facebook would unveil tools to help these users. The tools even look like Facebook’s own page insights tool, which displays reach and impression numbers alongside fan growth rates. It’s clear that Facebook assumes its business users would use both Instagram and Facebook, since the tools are so similar.
Hedy Lamarr's FBI File Is Shockingly Slim
Hedy Lamarr lived an extraordinary life. She was an actress who pushed boundaries, an inventor who went unappreciated in her time, and a sex symbol who was very much appreciated in her time. And given the life she led in the 1940s you might expect her to have a rather thick FBI file. But you’d be wrong.
Twitter Shuts Down Russian Parody Accounts, and the US Government Is Pissed
Twitter parody accounts are the second worst thing on Earth. What’s the worst thing? When Twitter shuts down parody accounts because they might offend public figures. That’s what Twitter has been doing recently with accounts that poke fun at Russian politicians, such as @DarthPutinKGB. And the American government isn’t happy about it.
Simply Hired is shutting down June 26, reportedly as part of an acquisition
Simply Hired, a technology company based in Sunnyvale, California, operates job search engines in 24 countries and 12 languages. With more than 30 million unique visitors per month, the company provides job seekers access to millions of job openings across all job categories and industries, reaching job seekers on the web, mobile devices, email, and via thousands of partner sites including The Washington …
Bruges Built an Underground Beer Pipeline to Improve Traffic
Digging though all that history—even for beer’s sake—was a tricky proposition. The planning included some serious historical research “to find what is under the ground,” Vanneste says, and avoid it. Then he called in the engineers. Alain De Pré, with the engineering firm Depys, usually works on pipelines for moving gas, oil, and chemicals. Beer was a new one for him, but the technicalities were the same: using a computer-guided drill to create a 1.3-foot wide hole in the ground, burrowing deeper when Bruggian underground architecture demanded it, and knowing when to stop Bruges traffic.
This Bizarre Gunshot-Plugging Device Just Saved Its First Life
The femoral artery and vein were transected and damage to the femur and soft tissue left a sizable cavity in the leg. After a self-applied tourniquet stopped the bleeding, the patient was transferred to an FST for evaluation and treatment. After proximal and distal control of the vessel was achieved, several hours were spent by the team trying to control residual bleeding from the bone and accessory vessels. Throughout the course of the roughly 7-hour surgery, multiple attempts at using bone wax and cautery on the bleeding sites were unsuccessfull and the patient received multiple units of blood and plasma. Eventually, the FST team opted to use XSTAT and applied a single XSTAT device to the femoral cavity— resulting in nearly immediate hemostasis. The patient was stabilized and eventually transported to a definitive care facility.
This founder launched a $14,000 smartphone immediately after laying off employees at his other startup
This founder launched a $14,000 smartphone immediately after laying off employees at his other startup
4 Ways to Win at Local Content Marketing
It’s no mystery why Facebook, Twitter, and others want to encourage brands to use their paid options; they favor those over organic posts. Effective social media marketing is no longer free. Another important point is that paid social media is really quite affordable, even for small businesses. All the platforms have small minimum advertising investments and give you complete control over how much you’re willing to spend for impressions, engagement, clicks, etc. These platforms have a plethora of super-specific demographic information. They put the most relevant promoted posts in front of the right audience. Just take a look at what Facebook Audience Insights can tell you about your target audience based on location, age, interests, Facebook behavior, purchasing behavior, and more. A lot of what makes content great doesn’t have to do with business type. But if you want to be optimally effective at content marketing to local customers, there are some strategies you should follow that apply to your unique situation. Take advantage of the advice in this post to jumpstart your efforts to engage with local customers effectively.
PayPal to halt operations in Turkey after losing license, impacts ‘hundreds of thousands’
“Our suspension of services is a result of new national regulations overseen by the BDDK that require PayPal to fully localize our information technology systems in Turkey,” he spokesperson said. “We respect Turkey’s desire to have information technology infrastructure deployed within its borders, however, PayPal utilizes a global payments platform that operates across more than 200 markets, rather than maintaining local payments platforms with dedicated technology infrastructure in any single country.”
Over 1,500 TSA Agents Have Been Reassigned to Political Rallies Since April
In the latest figures provided to Gizmodo, we see a staggering number of TSA agents being temporarily reassigned to non-transportation related activity over the past two months. In April and May the US Secret Service asked for over 1,520 TSA agents to assist at various campaign events for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. But a TSA spokesperson says that they’re not concerned.
Leaked photos suggest the next MacBook Pro keyboard will be part touchscreen
Where the function keys on the keyboard usually go, there's a cutout, which suggests that it will be replaced by a touchscreen pad, as has been rumored.
Instagram officially announces its new business tools
Instagram this morning officially announced the launch of its tools for business users, including new business profiles, analytics and the ability to turn Instagram posts into ads directly from the Instagram app itself. The launch comes following a series of leaks and reports of the tools’ imminent launch, and largely confirms details we already knew — like how the profiles would be structured , and what sort of insights on posts and audience demographics would be available.
Periscope Goes After Trolls With Comment Moderation
Here's how it works: While watching a broadcast, viewers can now report offensive comments and, after doing so, will no longer see messages from that commenter for the remainder of the stream. When someone reports a comment, the system will randomly select a few viewers to vote on whether they think it's spammy, abusive, or looks okay.
Nearly 1 in 4 people abandon mobile apps after only one use
Apple’s iTunes App Store is home to over 1.5 million apps and Google Play hosts over 2 million, but the number of apps that actually get installed and used on consumers’ devices is still quite small. We already knew that people only interacted with a small handful of third-party apps on a regular basis, and now, according to a new study on mobile app usage , we learn that about one in four mobile users only use an app once.
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Massive alligator takes an afternoon stroll on a golf course
A massive gator was spotted at the Buffalo Creek Golf Club in Palmetto, Florida, last Wednesday, though the footage finally started to take off this weekend.
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Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League
More than that, these tech-enabled owners have helped turn the NBA into North America’s most forward-thinking sports league. Other leagues struggle with aging fans and restrictive views on intellectual property; the NBA has the youngest TV audience of any US league and lets its content flow through the wilds of the Internet. While the other US leagues struggle to build international interest in their games, the NBA has leveraged social media and new technology to build a huge global following. If the league has its way, the Golden State Warriors’ three-point-shooting machine Stephen Curry won’t be merely an ambassador for America’s most exportable sport. He’ll be the biggest star of the biggest league on the planet.
Breaking down Bran's bizarre vision from the latest 'Game of Thrones' epsiode
Finally, the day of reckoning came. Robert Baratheon marched on the capitol after his victory at the Trident. But my father went first with the whole Lannister army at this back promising to defend the city against the rebels. I knew my father better than that. He’s never been one to pick the losing side. I told the Mad King as much. I urged him to surrender peacefully. But he didn’t listen to me. He didn’t listen to Varys who tried to warn him. But he did listen to Grand Maester Pycelle—the great sunken cunt. “You can trust the Lannisters,” he said. “The Lannisters have always been true friends of the crown.” So he opened the gates and my father sacked the city. Once again I came to the king begging him to surrender. He told me to bring him my father’s head. Then he turned to his pyromancer.
Iran orders all Messaging Apps to store its citizens' data within Country
Last year, Iran blocked Telegram and many other social networks after their founders refused to help Iranian authorities to spy on their citizens.
Now it looks like Iranian government wants tighter controls on all foreign messaging and social media apps operating in the country that will give the authorities a wider ability to monitor and censor its people.
All foreign messaging and social media apps operating in Iran have one year to move 'data and activity' associated with Iranian citizens onto servers in Iran, Reuters reported .
In order to comply with the new regulations, the companies would need to set up data centers in Iran within one year, but apps may lose a larger number of users by moving data onto Iranian servers.
However, transferring data to Iran servers might not be enough, as some of the most popular messaging services like WhatsApp , Apple iMessage , and Telegram are offering end-to-end encrypted communication i.e. nobody in between, not even WhatsApp can read the content of your messages.
Just two weeks back Iranian authorities arrested eight women with involvement in online “un-Islamic” modeling photographs without wearing the compulsory headscarf, and their Instagram page has been shut down, along with Facebook pages and business websites.
Sirin Labs' Solarin is today's most ridiculous $16,000 Android phone
Converted into US dollars and with tax added in, the Solarin costs an amusing $16,666. I have to draw amusement from its price as consolation for putting up with the incredibly pretentious presentation about the phone itself. "Our customers are very, very smart people" was a line seemingly extracted from a Donald Trump marketing guide. Sirin Labs' "core customers are international business travellers, entrepreneurs, and partners in financial firms." These people who communicate a lot have very high security needs, and that's where Solarin steps in, featuring partnerships with security firms Koolspan and Zimperium to secure the phone and your data on it.
Recently confirmed Myspace hack could be the largest yet
That allowed Time, Inc. to date the data breach to some extent, as the site was relaunched in June 2013 with strengthened account security, including double-salted hashes to store passwords. It also confirmed that the breach has no effect on any of its other systems, subscriber information, or other media properties, nor did the leaked data include any financial information.
‘Unusual’ Doesn’t Even Begin to Describe This Exhibition
Progressland pays particular attention to space exploration. There’s a packet of tomato seeds that spent most of the 1980s on a space shuttle, a NASA thermal blanket, and a vintage Russian spacesuit glove. Each is classified as an artifact of human achievement. Zuckerman found these items scouring “weird auctions” in Texas and Florida, where astronauts’ families often unload space paraphernalia, including a canister of film from an Apollo 17 lunar mapping project. Zuckerman stitched the images together to create a tableau of the moon that doesn’t look quite right. “It’s not a powdery gray,” he says. “It’s an astrological feel, like stars. It elicits wonder.”
Krita 3.0: The Animation Release | Krita
Krita 3.0 is finally here! Releasing round version-number releases is always exciting for any kind of project. It’s like the start of a new beginning! And 3.0 presents a lot of new beginnings to us as well: First, we have now our own repository, for our code, as well as our own wiki, for the manual! So we started this release with a Spring-cleaning: Porting to Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5, necessary to keep Krita easy to maintain in the future. But also cleaning out the code. We removed lines of dustbunny code and reorganized all the files. We also started work on making OSX a first-class platform for Krita, but though we’ve already done lots of work, that is still a work in progress.
Storage wars: Patriot introduces 2TB solid-state drive at Computex
Patriot has lifted the lid on its latest expansion of the Ignite solid-state drive (SSD) range at this year’s Computex event. Offering more storage than you would normally find for a SATA III SSD is the new Ignite 2TB model, which features strong but traditional levels of SSD performance in a compact 2.5-inch form factor.
Amazon Japan adds 12 new original series to Prime Video
Amazon isn't wasting any time making good on its original programming plans for Japan. As part of its Prime Video service, which launched in September of last year, the company had announced plans to offer about 20 original shows tailored to that market. And today, Amazon Japan has unveiled a slate of originals detailing 12 new series that span a variety of genres, including documentaries, dramas and children's shows.
Fable gets a second chance as a digital card game on Kickstarter
“We are close to the finish line, but it is going to be impossible for this small indie studio to complete and launch the game without your valued support,” Flaming Fowl notes on the Kickstarter page. “It takes a lot of resources to not only launch a game like this but to continue to support and develop it. Microsoft have helped us by giving us the license for Fable Fortune, but they are no longer investing in the project. We need to secure the remaining funds ourselves to complete development. To be clear, all the funds we raise on Kickstarter will solely be spent on the development of the game.”
There's Little Energy In Congress For Making Encryption Law
Burr-Feinstein is now languishing in the Senate Intelligence Committee that Burr chairs and Feinstein co-chairs. The two sponsors have the power to bring the bill up for discussion in the committee, but can't force a vote on the Senate floor. The bill, in its current form, wouldn't have the votes needed for passage in the Senate, sources say.
Apple may finally update its old ass Thunderbolt Display | Cult of Mac
Thunderbolt Display stock is limited or unavailable at several Apple Stores in North America, Europe, Australia according to a new report. It’s been over five years since Apple updated its standalone monitor, and while we haven’t heard any rumors that an update is coming, it appears that the long-awaited refresh is finally on the way.
Dramatic Photos Show Some of the Worst Flooding Texas Has Ever Seen
Southeastern Texas is no stranger to flash floods, thanks to an unfortunate combination of geology, geography, and infrastructure. The region’s proximity to the Gulf of Mexico makes it a convergence zone for polar and tropical air masses, which tend to produce heavy rainfall when they meet up. In the Hill Country region that encompasses both San Antonio and Austin, shallow limestone bedrock impedes the flow of water, resulting in rapid runoff that quickly overflows narrow creek beds. Meanwhile, in sprawling metropolitan Houston, natural geological barriers give way to an artificial one—concrete—that leads to even more overland flow.
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How to prepare yourself for Witcher's Blood and Wine expansion video
GameSpot's Rob Handlery offers his Witcher 3: Blood and Wine to-do list before the new Toussaint DLC launches. From the new mutagen skill tree to armor options, see what made the list.
It's convertible season, so what are you waiting for?
Buying a summertime convertible is one of the most underrated things you can do in the car world. Anyone who can’t appreciate a drop-top during the span of warm months either has no levity in their heart, or no adventure in their soul. Macho car guys may make snide remarks, and the light-skinned or the overly coiffed will worry about sunburns and mussed hair. Ignore the boors and aid the anxious by tucking sunscreen and a baseball hat in the glove box.
The Best Photo Album Apps You've Probably Never Heard Of
If you’re still using the default photo management options that come pre-installed on your phone, you’re missing out. There are a ton of innovative third-party album apps out there, all of which are designed to make managing and sharing your photos easier. Here are the ones that impressed us most.
The entire mass of the Milky Way, measured
We don't really have specific numbers or language to express the number, but the best we can do so far is to say that the mass of the galaxy is 7 times 1,011 solar masses, or the mass of the sun multiplied by 700 billion. In case you're wondering, the sun has a mass of 2 nonillion (2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) kilograms, which is 330,000 times the mass of Earth.