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The next outbreak? We’re not ready

In 2014, the world avoided a global outbreak of Ebola, thanks to thousands of selfless health workers — plus, frankly, some very good luck. In hindsight, we know what we should have done better. So, now's the time, Bill Gates suggests, to put all our good ideas into practice, from scenario planning to vaccine research to health worker training. As he says, "There's no need to panic ... but we need to get going."

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.

Facebook's Free Basics service has been banned in India

Facebook's free-but-restricted internet service, Free Basics, has been  banned in India after the country's national telecoms regulator ruled that the program and others like it infringe the principles of net neutrality. The ruling was not directly aimed at Free Basics, but the general practice of zero-rated internet services — those that let users access certain apps and websites without eating away at their mobile data.

Here's the moment Beyoncé almost fell over during her Super Bowl halftime performance

During an extra energetic "Formation" dance sequence, Bey seemed to almost topple backwards, but, because she is Queen, she caught herself in a jaw-droppingly impressive jump. In heels.

Chris Martin is the Super Bowl's biggest loser, according to the Internet

On Sunday night, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars joined Coldplay for the Super Bowl 50 halftime show and, frankly, ruled the show.

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.

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.

9 Here are the best Super Bowl 50 commercials so far

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.

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 blocks Zuckerberg's free net app - BBC News

India's telecoms regulator has blocked Facebook's Free Basics internet service app as part of a ruling in favour of net neutrality.

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.

'Red Dead Redemption' pays a brief visit to the Xbox One

Ever since Microsoft announced backwards compatibility for the Xbox One , gamers have campaigned for the inclusion of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption . The open-world western is yet to grace Microsoft's 100+ strong list of available games , but the probability of it making an appearance was given a massive boost after it briefly appeared on the Xbox One marketplace for a few hours over the weekend.

Apple drops El Capitan 10.11.4 beta update on developers | Cult of Mac

Apple has unleashed a huge batch of beta updates today for all of its platforms today, including a new beta build of OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 that promises to squash more bugs and bring better performance than ever to your Mac.

A Twitter Algorithm Won’t Ruin Anything

In January of last year, Twitter introduced “While you were away…”, a feature that greets people who’ve been away from the service for a while with a handful of select tweets they might have missed. It’s an innocuous way to get caught up on things you would otherwise not see, unless you’re willing to scroll for an hour through digital chaff to get there. Anecdotally, it’s not perfect; my roundup tends to include at least one tweet from the same two or three people, and they’re often tweets I wouldn’t have minded missing. (Which, honestly, are there any tweets you’d really mind missing ?).

A better sounding (and much cheaper) alternative to pricey sound bars

Moving onto the wired analog connection on the LP7498E amp, and digital audio via HDMI to the W Studio sound bar, the B6 was more refined and clear sounding. The B6 also produced a wider and more spacious soundstage than the W Studio. The subwoofer's bass on the latter was more powerful than the B6's, but not by all that much.

Pirate Bay adds ability to stream torrents in your web browser | Cult of Mac

To use the new feature you’ll have to install the Torrents Time plugin. It works on both Windows and OS X with support for FireFox, Internet Explorer, and Chrome (sorry, Safari lovers, you’re out of luck). Once the plugin is installed you’ll see a ‘Stream It’ option when you browse files on Pirate Bay. Be warned though, Torrents Time is definitely not legal and should be used at your own risk.

Here's Tim Cook's ringing endorsement for iPhone photography

Granted, he probably got caught up in the festivities and was more interested in looking at real-life than his screen, but the internet isn’t a forgiving place and people are having a field day berating Cook’s photographic skills today.

Live From Inside Chipotle's Unprecedented 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.

Google Adds Peer-to-Peer Connections to Hangouts

"To improve audio and video quality, Hangouts calls use a direct peer-to-peer connection when possible. This allows Hangouts to more efficiently route your call directly to the person you're talking to, rather than connecting the call through one of Google's servers," reads Google's description.

World's fastest mobility scooter hits record 107.6 mph

It must've been a slow week at an Isle of Man bodyshop when mechanics David Anderson and Mathew Hine decided to "tweak" a mobility scooter for a bit more speed . The garden-variety Days Strider model was designed to go 8 mph, so naturally the pair added an 80-horsepower, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled Suzuki motorcycle engine. That made the chassis and tires woefully inadequate, so they also redesigned the frame and added go-cart wheels. "But that's not really a mobility scooter anymore," you may say.

How Apple is trying to solve some of the world's major health problems

Its potential is powerful when you think about it: ResearchKit allows doctors and researchers to collect more data from more patients than ever before, which could lead to findings that were impossible before doctors could collect study data daily through a smartphone.

Verizon Said to Enlist AOL CEO Armstrong to Explore Yahoo Deal

Armstrong’s outreach picks up on conversations he had in 2014 with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at the Allen & Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, according to another person familiar with the situation. This was a year before Verizon acquired AOL and when Armstrong was exploring a deal to combine the two former Web portal giants. He has known Mayer for years. Both were executives at Google before they left to head up their respective Web companies.

Chipotle will shut down all its stores today and rivals are rubbing salsa in the wound

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Firewatch Review - IGN

It’s a pair of firework-launching teenage girls that set Firewatch’s story in motion, and you can choose to talk to Delilah at almost any time by bringing up your two-way radio. She’s got something to say about almost everything, whether you need advice on how to handle a given situation or you’re just reporting your progress on a task she’s given you, and she’s so engaging that I found myself eager to call about every little thing I came across. Things get darker – in a figurative as well as a sometimes literal sense – when the teens go missing, and you and Delilah try to piece together the puzzle of their whereabouts while making your own critical (sometimes difficult) decisions. The writing here is simply head and shoulders above nearly every other game I’ve ever played. In fact, Firewatch’s script, unlike most video games, would also make a fantastic novella that’s every bit as gripping as the game is. It’s tense, scary, and funny – sometimes all within a few minutes of each other. Not a lot of games can successfully claim that.

Humble Bundle is funding its own games

That policy isn't going to thrill you if you believe that indie games shouldn't be confined to specific services. However, it could make sense for tiny studios eager to get noticed. After a modest start this fall, Humble Monthly has over 70,000 subscribers -- that's a lot of people who could spread the buzz about a game that might otherwise fly underneath the radar. Even if you don't fork over the $12 per month to get early access, you may find yourself playing more unexpected hits.

9 Instagram Tips and Tools for Marketers : Social Media Examiner

Definitely this is all about experimentation and trying things out to see what works for you and your audience. In my opinion, text overlays all has to do with relevancy. Try adding text that connects to the photo you’re sharing and adds value in some way to what you’re sharing. I’ve found people are turned off by overlays when it is overly promotional, distracts from the photo, or is disconnected from the main message of the post.

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.

Apps To Help You Survive and Conquer Valentine's Day

Crap: It’s the second week of February and you’ve done exactly nothing in preparation for Valentine’s Day. That’s OK—with the remaining time, a few installs can save your day (and maybe night?). Whether you’re celebrating with a long-term partner or even just trying to spare your single self a little heartache, there’s an app to go along with your plans (or lack thereof). Put down your credit card, do not order that stuffed bear. Just, grab your phone.

Titanfall 2 will feature a single-player campaign and possible TV spin-off show

Titanfall 2 will have a single-player campaign and a companion TV show, Respawn Entertainment’s lead writer Jesse Stern told Forbes in an  interview .

Instagram launches account switching on iOS and Android

Facebook-owned Instagram today announced that starting this week, users will be able to switch accounts when using the app on Android and iOS. The feature will be available in version 7.15 of the app, and it allows people to have as many as five accounts logged in at once.

Thousands of FBI and Homeland Security details stolen by hackers

He found the database on the intranet, along with 1TB of data. He managed to download the details of about 30,000 US government employees from the FBI and Homeland Security, as well as 200GB of data. The data includes more sensitive information like credit card numbers and military emails, he said.

Facebook's Free Basics banned in India over net neutrality row

The country first restricted access to the platform last December before the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) restored it. Kevin Martin, Facebook's vice president for mobile and global access policy said at the time the company was "committed to working with TRAI to uphold the principles of affordable and innovative internet access for India in a fair and consistent manner."

Crappy Wi-Fi signal? The White House has that problem too

You might think that being the President of the United States or a member of that family takes you so far out of the realm of normal life that you’d have trouble relating to the minor foibles encountered in the real-world.

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime on the last 25 years of games — and the next 25

The company started in 1991 as Silicon & Synapse, with Allen Adham, Morhaime, and Frank Pearce as its founders. They started out as work for hire, making games for Interplay Productions. But now they’ve grown into a 4,000-employee powerhouse, with $1.6 billion in the 12 months that ended September 30, the leading subscriber online game in World of Warcraft, a 30 million seller in Diablo III, and two growing esports with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (a card battler) and Heroes of the Storm (an online multiplayer strategy game). Throughout the ups and downs, the changes in ownership, a transition in power in which Adham turned the reins over to Morhaime, the company has outlived the competition.

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.”

Google is reportedly releasing a VR headset this year

The same insiders claim that Google is baking VR into Android itself, rather than relying on third-party apps like Cardboard does today. This wouldn't just make support easier, but would fight common VR problems like lag -- the smaller the delay, the less likely you are to be nauseous after a prolonged session. Google hasn't confirmed either the Android VR support or the hardware, but it wouldn't be shocking to get at least a sneak peek at this technology at Google I/O in May.

L'Oréal's Latest Beauty Secret: It's Acting Like A Tech Company

How it all works: For each of the five days that the patch works, it will tell you to take the scan every few hours and you’ll get a graph of how much exposure you’ve had. It will also give you recommendations around products to use as well as lifestyle tips. As Balooch explains, "what are the things that we would recommend for you to do to protect yourself better, like during these hours" of peak sun, "make sure you apply the right amount of sunscreen, make sure you go to the shade. Those can only happen if you truly understand how much sun is really on the person’s skin. With a weather app, you wouldn’t be able to do that, because they have one sensor in the middle of the city that’s assuming you’re out in the same area the whole time."

StubHub takes on Ticketmaster with new platform for both primary and secondary tickets

“For over 15 years, StubHub has been a marketplace that connected buyers and sellers of tickets to live events on the secondary market, but now we are in a position to provide the industry a true end-to-end ticketing solution that combines our experience in e-commerce and secondary ticketing with a set of features that will help our partners sell more tickets,” explained Scott Cutler, president of StubHub. “This new platform signifies the evolution of our company and a revolution in the industry.”

Want the full MS-DOS virus experience? Time for a night at the Malware Museum | ZDNet

With ancient artefacts from the 1980s and 1990s at the Internet Archive's new online museum, you can take a stroll down malware memory lane.

GCHQ reveals solution to its Christmas crypto puzzle

The puzzle came in five stages. The first was a grid-shading challenge in the form of a nonogram that revealed a QR code if filled in correctly. Scanning the code took people to the second part of the quiz and each section had to then be completed to get access to the next stage.

Twitter just hit a new all-time low

The stock dipped as low as $14.91 shortly after the markets opened, surpassing the previous all-time low of $16.08 on February 2nd. The stock's decline came amid a broader market sell off on Monday, in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 340 points in mid-day trading.

Slowdown in Funding Takes Bite Out of India’s Startups

For much of past year, Indian food-delivery startup TinyOwl Technology Pvt. lost money on nearly every order, burning through $1 million a month in investors’ cash in a rush to expand.

Unravel Review - IGN

It’s a shame, as the idea of challenge is well incorporated thematically. Unravel’s idyllic opening locations soon give way to much darker, sinister settings, where nature is overrun by litter, toxic chemicals, and heaps of rusted machinery. Even the scummier aspects of Unravel’s world look great – the garbage is detailed and textured, while the toxic waste possesses an eerie blue glow and violently fizzes should Yarny fall in. Within these darker sections, Yarny encounters fast-moving hazards, such as erratic piston-heads and gauntlets of vicious cogs. By upping the challenge, Unravel articulately conveys the menace of industrialisation, but the message comes at a cost: they’re some of the least enjoyable sections to play. Yarny’s movement speed isn’t well suited for this type of death trap, and sometimes he slips off platforms a bit too easily, or takes a touch too long to gather his own thread and climb to safety. This isn’t the intricate, precise platforming experience you’d find in Super Meat Boy or a good Super Mario Maker level.

AltspaceVR brings its virtual world to Samsung Gear VR

It’s also the first time the virtual world experience has been made available cross-platform using VR headsets, meaning people will no longer need to be tied to a desk and could potentially take their virtual reality friends on a real-life day out using the headset.

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

Why your fitness band might be lying to you video

[MUSIC] If you're using a fitness band and it hasn't been calibrated, you're doing it all wrong. I have some bad news for you. Whatever mileage you track today will [MUSIC] But you might have worked more or less than what [SOUND] your fitness tracker is actually showing you. That's because, by default, trackers calculate the distance by multiplying your walking steps, and walking stride length. And stride length is set by using your height and gender. So if your tracker gets your stride length wrong, then your distance is wrong, too. The good news is that if all you care about is how much you're walking relative to yesterday or tomorrow, then your tracker isn't really letting you down. But if you're like me and you want your fitness data to be exact, then you'll have to calibrate your device. The way you do this depends on what tracker you're using, but here's how to do it for Fitbit. Head over to a place where you know the exact distance, like a track. Now, walk that distance and count your steps. Now you can figure out your stride length by dividing the total distance in feet by the number of steps you took.

Snapchat seemed pointless, but suddenly I love it

The lack of feedback is liberating. It gives you freedom to experiment without worrying about the number of ‘likes’ you’ll get. There’s no real popularity contest in Snapchat. The closest thing is the ‘score’ on your profile, and that goes up the more you share – it’s a participation trophy, not a medal based on how cool you are. The fact that the ability to see how many people viewed your snaps is so downplayed in the UI speaks to this, too.

Gag-filled 'Deadpool' regenerates gory, immature hilarity for grown-ups (review)

"Deadpool" tightly packs every kind of gag, from juvenile dick jokes to '80s referential humour to under-the-radar witticisms, into a shotgun. And once the chambers on that scatter gun approach are out of ammo, the movie then resorts to punching you in the face with seven more kinds of cracking wise. Running gags about Sinead O'Connor and "Say Anything" sit alongside Weasel (TJ Miller) riffing on just how ugly a post-transformation Wade is. It's blunt-force, rapid-fire comedy, and it's unrelentingly funny. (And as always, stay til after the credits.)

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