Attention, YouTube: Facebook offers first video ad split

“Mobile advertisers have truncated their ads to 15 seconds for mobile, but that’s too long,” she said, advising that mobile advertisers should be prepared for video ads in the single digits of seconds. These are being driven by YouTube’s allowance of a skip on a video ad after seconds, she said, and by the ability to “pass through [native] ads as quickly as content.”

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How to keep track of Beats 1 playlists even when you're not

Even if you decide not to sign-up for Apple Music, you can listen to Beats 1 for free. But if you don’t want to bother with booting up iTunes 12.2 to listen on your PC or Mac, you aren’t ready to upgrade your iOS device to iOS 8.4 (or you have an Android phone, which won’t get Apple Music until the fall), or you just want an accessory to keep track of what the radio station is playing, here are a few tools that can help.

3 JS: The Right Way

For many front-end developers, JavaScript was their first taste of a scripting and/or interpretive language. To these developers, the concept and implications of loosely typed variables may be second nature. However, the explosive growth in demand for modern web applications has resulted in a growing number of back-end developers that have had to dip their feet into the pool of client-side technologies. Many of these developers are coming from a background of strongly typed languages, such as C# or Java, and are unfamiliar with both the freedom and the potential pitfalls involved in working with loosely typed variables.

How the director of Terminator Genisys recreated James Cameron’s 1984

The best thing was we had this huge comfort level, because I’d stood around in Malta with her semi-naked, holding ridiculous stuffed green toys for dragons, back before whether we knew whether it would work or not. So we’ve been through the trenches and feel safe with each other. I think I came into this sort of naively thinking "Oh, well she’s been the warrior queen, now she’ll just be a different kind of warrior queen." But it’s a completely different ballgame. She had to work so hard. Changing her hair color was part of the work, but doing the accent — that’s a constant thing you have to keep one eye on. And then weapons training, stunt training, physical training, all the stuff to get to where she could actually be a kinetic warrior in the trenches, not just someone standing off to the side giving orders, which is what she does in Game of Thrones quite a lot. So I think she really had to create this person. And it felt great, but it was touch and go, because again, it’s scary for me to step into Cameron’s shadow — it’s scary for her to step into Linda Hamilton’s shadow. And I think she is more well-adjusted than I am, so she had enough sense to sort of shirk it off, and say, "Okay, I’m not gonna watch that stuff, I’m not gonna think about it.

Millions Of Instagram Users Are Just Spambots

These bots are fake accounts that interact with other users. Businesses or celebrities often pay money for phony accounts to increase their social media prestige, but even people who don't purchase followers might find a host of spammers bloating up their follower list. Fortunately, it's not too hard to figure out which accounts are fake.

The Week in iOS Apps: Tweetbot, Snapchat, Hangouts get big upgrades

This week’s roundup of iOS includes fresh upgrades for some of your favorite apps—plus a few new apps for those of you impressed by novelty.

Emoji83+ enables the hidden Spock emoji on your iPhone [Jailbreak tweak]

If you send these new emojis to anyone with an iOS 8.3 or higher device, they will be able to see it even if they are not jailbroken. The reason is that Apple has built these Emojis into iOS 8.3 but hasn’t made them available yet. The Vulcan salute emoji works with iOS 8.3 and above devices only whereas the flags have been tested to work with iOS 8.1 as well.

As Big Data Hype Increases, CIOs Will Need to Manage Expectations

It’s easy to get carried away by all the hype surrounding hot topics like big data and predictive analytics. Emerging cloud-based services and tools give organizations better ways to collect, store, clean, prep and analyze massive quantities of data from myriad new sources. But don’t confuse the ability to do something with actually deriving business value from it.

Solar-powered plane completes five-day journey across the Pacific

The Solar Impulse 2 is a solar-powered plane that has been flying around the world since March. Back in May, it was set to make its most ambitious journey yet, a 5,061-mile trip from Japan to Hawaii. Unfortunately, though, Pilot Andre Borschberg's initial attempt was unexpectedly cut short (as has happened before), this time due to inclement weather. Now, several weeks later, he's finally accomplished his mission. Borschberg landed in Kapolei, Hawaii on Friday, following a five-day, 118-hour flight from Nagoya -- the longest-ever solo nonstop flight. The previous record was 76 hours. HE MADE IT! @andreborschberg just touched down in #Hawaii after a record-breaking flight! #futureisclean @b... — SOLAR IMPULSE (@solarimpulse) July 3, 2015 As @solarimpulse is safe on its hangar, partners, photographer, press & web teams thank you for your kind comments! — SOLAR IMPULSE (@solarimpulse) July 3, 2015 Stuffed inside a single-seat aircraft, Borschberg survived on 17,000 solar cells, using stored energy to continue flying after dark.

Fearless girl rips out own tooth with a slingbow

The 11-year-old removed her own tooth with a slingbow while her dad filmed the creative extraction in slow-motion. Alexis looks nervous as she pulls back the bow, but in an instant, the tooth comes flying out of her mouth and she lifts her arm in amateur dentistry victory.

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8 TED Talks to help you claim your independence

As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was “the best on the planet.” It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope — and a powerful reminder of those who face constant danger, even when the border is far behind.


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Love is roasted: Writer live-tweets couple's terrible coffee date

Toronto-based writer Anne Thériault overheard a first coffee date between a woman and a guy who thinks he looks like James Franco. Thériault live-tweeted the awkward meeting in entertaining detail for all to enjoy and cringe at.

This is scientific proof that summer movies were better 30 years ago

There are times when the gauzy lens of nostalgia distorts how we think about movies, music, and TV shows of years past, tricking us into thinking they're better than they were — and then there are times when we're presented with cold, hard facts that things simply were better. Take, for example, the state of summer movies in 1985.

Watch as Coney Island hot dog-eating champ defends his 8-year title streak

NEW YORK — Joey Chestnut gave it all he had, but it simply wasn't enough in Saturday's Coney Island hot dog-eating contest. Matt Stonie, who placed second last year, won by downing 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Chestnut ate 60.

Samsung and Oppo sued over bloatware in China

The commissions biggest complaint is that neither company informed consumers about the number of apps pre-installed on the handsets and that consumers are not offered any information on how to uninstall those which they don’t want. The legal case is seeking a ruling that would require Samsung and Oppo to label the apps on packaging and to provide instructions on how to remove said apps.

The 17 best smartphones in the world

Here's our ranking of the best phones you can buy right now in the U.S. based on factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price. We've included the approximate unsubsidized cost for each.

A Tour of Minecon 2015 in Just Over 60 Seconds - IGN Video

Fairground attractions, toys, exhibits, and of course, lots of Minecraft merch. If you're not at Minecon, here's what you're missing.

Security News This Week: Your VPN Probably Isn't Private | WIRED

The more things change, the more they stay the same, right? The Freedom Act may have signaled an end to the Patriot Act’s bulk collection of American phone records, but not so fast: its demise will be postponed for a bit. A FISA court approved the government’s request to renew the illegal dragnet surveillance program for what is to be a six-month transition period. The only irony is that the program already shut down amidst congressional feedback, so restating it after its lapse seems rather silly…but here we are. The eventual good news is that records will need to be requested from phone companies on an as-needed basis, and with permission from the FISA Court, once this “transition period” is over. Senator Wyden, one of NSA’s biggest critics, said it best: “This illegal dragnet surveillance violated Americans’ rights for fourteen years without making our country any safer. It is disappointing that the administration is seeking to resurrect this unnecessary and invasive program after it has already been shut down.”

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In pictures, Greece votes "yes" or "no" in austerity referendum.

How to turn off Apple Music's auto-renewal before your free trial ends

Free trials are very nice — especially when they last three whole months. Sign up for Apple Music, and that's exactly the deal you'll get. If you start streaming from Apple's new $9.99/monthly service today, you'll be charged for a month's subscription on September 30th. That's pretty far away, and it's very easy to forget about renewal dates. Admit it: you probably paid for a month of HBO Now even if you didn't mean to.

Get PhoneClean and More on Sale Before These Deals End [Deals Hub]

There are so many great offers in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub that it’s easy to miss one. We try to alert you to all of the best deals around, and this is your chance to catch those savings that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks. Take a look at the best deals of the week from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. You’ll be glad you did, and your wallet will thank you, too.

Podcast Unlocked 201: Xbox Bosses Past and Present Share Stories, Secrets - IGN

We don't believe three generations of Xbox leadership have ever been brought into the same room before to share secrets and stories of Xbox history. Until now. In a once-in-a-lifetime episode, Xbox creator Seamus Blackley, Head of Xbox during the 360 launch Peter Moore, and current Head of Xbox Phil Spencer talk for 90 minutes about all three Xbox consoles, including beating Sony in the living room, where the Duke controller came from, how Gears of War influenced a critical decision for the Xbox 360 hardware, and so much more!

Ellen K. Pao: Step down as CEO of Reddit Inc.

Ellen K. Pao is a lawyer and the chief executive officer of the Internet company Reddit Inc . After Pao lost her gender discrimination case against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins she was appointed CEO of Reddit Inc and Reddit entered into a new age of censorship. A vast majority of the Reddit community believes that Pao, "a manipulative individual who will sue her way to the top", has overstepped her boundaries and fears that she will run Reddit into the ground. Alternative sites to have sprung up and have received vast amounts of traffic within the recent months.

Destiny: Skolas' Changes Make Him Better! - IGN's Fireteam Chat - IGN Video

Destin and Jose talk about the changes made to Skolas and how they've impacted the game in a positive manner.

Hyundai sees hydrogen fuel cell cars as the future

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles emit only water vapor as exhaust. They also have remarkable advantages over all-electric vehicles, such as the Tesla Model S, in that they can travel 300 miles on a tank of fuel and can refuel in just five minutes. By comparison, a Tesla using the company's so-called "Superchargers" requires at least 20 minutes to achieve a half-charged battery. A full charge will provide a range of up to 265 miles. Toyota's RAV4 electric vehicle can go a maximum of 125 miles on one charge.

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Back in 2000, the CIA made 8 predictions on what life would be like in 2015

Back in 2000, just before George W. Bush became president, the CIA published a 70-page report on what the world would be like in 2015.

What’s wrong with the lean startup methodology?

For the uninitiated, the Lean Startup methodology is a practice for developing products and businesses based on ‘validated learning’, getting customer feedback quickly and often. The process was proposed by Eric Ries in 2011. The objective is to eliminate uncertainty in the product development process. This practice has transformed the way companies are developed.

The unbelievable story behind the 'Back to Back World War Champs' tank top

that features an American flag accompanied by a simple slogan "Back to Back World War Champs." The success of the tank top spurred Grandex to slap the slogan on a plethora of items including koozies, hats and posters.

The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

The intriguing thing about both neodymium and cerium is that while they’re called rare earth minerals, they're actually fairly common. Neodymium is no rarer than copper or nickel and quite evenly distributed throughout the world’s crust. While China produces 90% of the global market’s neodymium, only 30% of the world’s deposits are located there. Arguably, what makes it, and cerium, scarce enough to be profitable are the hugely hazardous and toxic process needed to extract them from ore and to refine them into usable products. For example, cerium is extracted by crushing mineral mixtures and dissolving them in sulphuric and nitric acid, and this has to be done on a huge industrial scale, resulting in a vast amount of poisonous waste as a byproduct. It could be argued that China’s dominance of the rare earth market is less about geology and far more about the country’s willingness to take an environmental hit that other nations shy away from.

A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think)

Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.

Stephen Colbert just interviewed Eminem on a public access cable show in Monroe, Michigan

I'm going to be honest with you: I don't know what to say here. I almost didn't believe this video was real, except that it's hosted on an  official YouTube account (albeit unlisted and somehow  found by this Michigan Redditer ). So let's set the stage here. At some point very recently , future CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert filled in as host of Only in Monroe , an  actual public access cable television talk show in Monroe, Michigan ( population just over 20,000 ). It's a full show, too, at over 40 minutes long, titled "July 2015."

3 things I learned while my plane crashed

Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time.

Why the Pope's embrace of science matters

Firmly grounded in this science, Pope Francis’ encyclical suggests — in line with our analysis — that planetary stewardship must now be the foundation of our values, beliefs and economic systems. It is a remarkable document on the moral imperative of climate action, as well as a call for a new journey of hope and dignity for all world citizens.

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Michelle Obama lifts the 40-year ban on White House tour photos

The decision was announced in a memo this morning, and Michelle Obama posted a video to her various social media accounts in which she tears one of the White House's "no photos or social media allowed" signs in half. "Effective today, guests are now welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and keep those memories for a lifetime," the memo reads.

This new gadget will revolutionise productivity on your laptop

The team behind the project promises to have several finishes, including leather and wood, based on what we can see on the company's website.

Does the media have a "duty of care"?

In this thoughtful talk, David Puttnam asks a big question about the media: Does it have a moral imperative to create informed citizens, to support democracy? His solution for ensuring media responsibility is bold, and you might not agree. But it's certainly a question worth asking ... (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)

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This is a Selfie Election. And if you're running for president, you have to grin and bear it

America challenges Japan to real-life battle of giant robots - CNET

Now that America's MegaBots and Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industries have both built giant, pilot-controlled robots, it seems obvious what has to happen next.

There’s a dark side to startups, and it haunts 30% of the world’s most brilliant people

"In public, no one wants to go out there. People still look at it as a scarlet letter and they’re just not comfortable talking about it. I don’t think that’s changed," Percival said. "They may be more comfortable talking about it privately with other founders or investors, but I don’t think you’ll see someone going around tweeting ‘I’m depressed. I don’t know what to do.’ I don’t think we’re close to that yet."

The long reach of reason

Here's a TED first: an animated Socratic dialog! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned thinking finally lost its power? Watch as psychologist Steven Pinker is gradually, brilliantly persuaded by philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein that reason is actually the key driver of human moral progress, even if its effect sometimes takes generations to unfold. The dialog was recorded live at TED, and animated, in incredible, often hilarious, detail by Cognitive.

What's Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? | WIRED

According to a 2006 study by the National Research Council, the thermoneutral zone for a domestic cat is 86 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s the range of temperatures in which cats are “comfortable” and don’t have to generate extra heat to keep warm or expend metabolic energy on cooling. That range also happens to be 20 degrees higher than ours, which explains why it’s not unusual to see your neighbor’s cat sprawled out on the hot asphalt in the middle of a summer day, soaking in the sunlight.

How Shark Week screws scientists

Cameron told The Verge that Shark Week is "very juvenile," adding that "sharks are such a crucial species and 100 million are killed each year, you would think that Shark Week would be doing something educational." He also takes issue with the way sharks are shown approaching researchers’ boats. "You need to bait blue sharks for three hours just to see one," he says. "If you don’t do that they have no reason to come up to the boat — that’s the reality of shark diving." But Discovery rarely tells viewers this, he says, and they often omit vital pieces of information, like the fact that many species depicted in the shows never come near humans. "They are taking an extremely skittish, docile, and shy animal like a tiger shark or a hammerhead shark and they are tuning it into a monster."

6 Habits of Successful Social Media Marketers

Thank you so much for the “Keep Money-Making Activities in Sight” portion. The tips on establishing that as a habit was very useful as well. I am a Virtual Assistant, I work with a lot of business owners with their marketing and social media. I always encourage them to re-train their way of thinking when it comes to their consumers. This was SO helpful. I will be sure to pass this information along

A little-told tale of sex and sensuality

“If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms," says Shereen El Feki, who traveled through the Middle East for five years, talking to people about sex. While those conversations reflected rigid norms and deep repression, El Feki also discovered that sexual conservatism in the Arab world is a relatively new thing. She wonders: could a re-emergence of public dialogue lead to more satisfying, and safer, sex lives?

Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks

Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.

The Golden Ratio: Design's Biggest Myth

Devlin says it's simple. "We're creatures who are genetically programmed to see patterns and to seek meaning," he says. It's not in our DNA to be comfortable with arbitrary things like aesthetics, so we try to back them up with our often limited grasp of math. But most people don't really understand math, or how even a simple formula like the golden ratio applies to complex system, so we can't error-check ourselves. "People think they see the golden ratio around them, in the natural world and the objects they love, but they can't actually substantiate it," Devlin tells me. "They are victims to their natural desire to find meaning in the pattern of the universe, without the math skills to tell them that the patterns they think they see are illusory." If you see the golden ratio in your favorite designs, you're probably seeing things.

51 New Horizons enters safe mode 10 days before Pluto flyby
52 Star Wars Battlefront gameplay videos leak out as alpha testing begins
53 Bioluminescent glow worms turn 30-million-year-old caves into alien skies
54 Windows 10’s new WiFi Sense shares your WiFi password with Facebook, Outlook, and Skype contacts | ExtremeTech
55 8 TED Talks to watch when your family is driving you nuts
56 GTA 5 Cinema: Recreating 5 Iconic Movie Scenes - IGN Video
57 David Cameron is going to try and ban encryption in Britain
58 Reg Saddler on Twitter
59 Here's the first pic of Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince in Batman v. Superman
60 Experiential Commerce Is The Next Billion-Dollar Opportunity For Developers
61 How to decide whether switching from Spotify to Apple Music is the right choice
62 With CarPlay and Android Auto, Apple and Google Are Ready to Drive the Future of Cars—If Only the Automakers Will Give Them the Keys | MIT Technology Review
63 The next iPhone could have much faster LTE speeds
64 ‘My dentist saved my tooth, but wiped my memory’
65 The iPhone 6 Plus won't fit Fallout 4's Pip-Boy (and I'm sad)
66 How To Design Products To Last A Lifetime
67 Why we should build wooden skyscrapers
68 Twenty-one was “the perfect wolf”: He was a legend — he never lost a fight, and he never killed a vanquished rival
69 Here's how you can see who deleted you on Facebook
70 Freak out at sea on a zombie-themed cruise - CNET
71 The science of sync
72 12 surprising things to avoid at the beach this summer
73 What Washington really knows about the Internet of Things
74 Was HG Wells the first to think of the atom bomb? - BBC News
75 YouTube Community Development: How to Build a Following With YouTube
76 Yes or no? Greeks vote on high-stakes bailout referendum
77 What I discovered in New York City trash
78 Chicago’s "cloud tax" makes Netflix and other streaming services more expensive
79 Reg Saddler on Twitter
80 10 People More Dedicated to 'Shark Week' Than You
81 Google Engineering Tools: Bug Prediction at Google
82 Groovy! Ash straps his chainsaw back on in first look at 'Ash vs. Evil Dead' - CNET
83 Google's adding railroad crossing data to maps to improve safety
84 Pinterest Buyable Pins: This Week in Social Media
85 XKEYSCORE: NSA's Google for the World's Private Communications
86 TweetSmarter on Twitter
87 How Your Kids Can Learn To Code During Summer Vacation
88 Microsoft launches cheaper Surface Pro 3 with i7 processor and 128GB of storage
89 NW’s restless volcano also holds the world’s newest glacier
90 10 fashionable dogs on Instagram that dress better than you
91 Adidas Knit These Sneakers Entirely From Ocean Plastic Trash
92 New Evidence For Letting Employees Nap At Work
93 Women's World Cup: 10 U.S. stars who will make you proud to be American
94 New images reveal Pluto's mysterious spots - CNET
95 Call Them Hippies, But the Grateful Dead Were Tech Pioneers | WIRED
96 PEER-TO-PEER LENDING: How digital lending marketplaces are disrupting the predominant banking model
97 The best Lightning cable
98 Here's a very unofficial way to listen to Beats 1 on Android devices
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