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Popular Reddit forums back online following day-long blackout

Popular Reddit forums back online following day-long blackout Key Reddit employee abruptly leaves, and popular subreddits go private in protest. Check out this story on

First Minecraft: Story Mode Details Revealed at Minecon - IGN

Owen Hill, Chief World Officer at Mojang, said regarding the collaboration: "The interactive storytellers at Telltale are giving players the chance to explore their own unique interpretation of the Minecraft universe. They've crafted a story that follows the logic of Minecraft, but still manages to feel original. It's actually pretty funny too. And the pig is adorable. We're super excited about players digging deeper into the world of Minecraft: Story Mode later this year."

Amy Review - IGN

Amy – the documentary that charts the meteoric rise and similarly rapid fall of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse – is a film that straddles multiple genres. It starts out as the entertaining account of a charismatic singer breaking into the music industry. When she hits the big time there are elements of comedy and romance as Amy wisecracks her way through interviews and finds love in all the wrong places. But then proceedings turn dark, the dream transforming into a nightmare as alcohol and drugs take hold. And as the end nears, and Winehouse’s death at the age of 27 approaches, the horror turns into tragedy that breaks the heart.

Google has removed Nazi concentration camps found in Ingress

Ingress , the augmented reality game from Google, has come under fire for having Nazi concentration camps as points of interest. Google apologized for the inclusion of the camps and has removed them.

OvaScience, One of the 50 Smartest Companies, Hopes to Bring Egg-Boosting Technology to U.S. | MIT Technology Review

One in six couples worldwide struggles with infertility, and unfortunately, the standard of care, which is IVF, often fails. Our goal is to address the root cause of infertility and the reason treatment fails, which is frequently unhealthy eggs. We now know that women have egg precursor cells in the outer lining of our ovaries. We are developing several treatments that use these precursor cells. In one treatment, which is now on the market, we add mitochondria to eggs. In another approach, which is still experimental, we move egg precursor cells to the middle of the ovary so that they grow into eggs during IVF. In a third treatment [also experimental], we take the precursor cells and grow them into eggs outside the body.

iOS 9 beta 3 will come with Apple Music; will be released 'early next week'

However, if you’re not able to use Apple Music on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 beta, then you’re not alone. Many users have reported, Apple Music doesn’t seem to work with iOS 9 beta.

What's Inside Fireworks: Glitter, Starch, and Gunpowder | WIRED

The rockets’ red glare as fireworks burst in air is simple chemistry: luminescence! As pellets containing metal salts inside the payload heat up, their electrons get excited and release excess energy as light. The amount of energy each substance produces when burned determines the color you see. Want red, white, and blue? Burn strontium carbonate, magnesium alloy (not a salt), and copper chloride. For greens, oranges, or yellows, use barium chloride, calcium chloride, and sodium chloride.

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.”

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.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - "The Serpent's Pass" Flashback Review - IGN

Of course, the thing that made this episode so great, at least for the Gaang, was that each member of the group got their moment(s) to shine. For Sokka, this meant coming to terms with the loss of Princess Yue in Book One and moving on to better things with Suki. In my opinion, this was one of the series' finer moments in terms of romances, as it handled Sokka's Suki/Yue dilemma really well. Though Sokka felt the need to protect Suki -- especially after what had happened with Yue -- Suki proved once again that she could hold her own when she saved Toph from drowning.

Her Story Review - IGN

In Her Story, what you don’t know is as important as what you do. You’re not even told exactly who you are; you’re logged into a 90s-looking police computer as “AUTH_GUEST.” For reasons I don’t want to spoil, it’s clear you’re looking through these videos long after the murder investigation has finished… so what’s the purpose of it all? From the start, there’s an unshakeable air of mystery that permeates and enriches the entire experience.

Sakti3, One of the 50 Smartest Companies, Tries to Make Batteries Smaller, Lighter, and More Useful | MIT Technology Review

The advanced battery market has seen many companies stumble in recent years. Startups with promising technologies for storing renewable energy or powering electric cars failed to find customers quickly enough (see “ Why We Don’t Have Battery Breakthroughs ”). But Sakti3, the maker of a novel solid-state battery, got a big boost this year when the British appliance giant Dyson said it would invest $15 million in the company and incorporate Sakti3’s batteries into its products. Because it dispenses with the liquid electrolytes used in most batteries, which can cause chemical reactions that lead to overheating, a solid-state battery doesn’t require bulky cooling systems and thus can deliver the same amount of energy in a much smaller package. Given that this could lead to electric cars with longer ranges than the ones available today, Sakti3 — one of this year’s 50 Smartest Companies — also counts General Motors as an investor. Founder Ann Marie Sastry spoke to MIT Technology Review ’s senior editor for energy, Richard Martin.

Drugs, chicks and travel: What we know about Phil Walsh's son

“In a selfish way, I taught my daughter to surf, and that’s my release, so when I go surfing, I take her. Now I’ve got my son into it as well and that’s what I should’ve done a long time ago," he said. "A couple of months ago, we all went surfing together at Middleton and it was almost the best day I’ve had."

15 Quadcopters Up for Grabs in Wings, Wheels, and Propellers Contest

That’s all you need to do to be considered. But there’s a lot you can do to help improve your chances of winning. We love to see images, so make sure you have a least one picture in the main gallery. Start your project documentation with a clear and concise description of what you’re doing with the project and how you plan to accomplish that. And a components lists is always helpful!

How Andela is helping Africa beat the developer shortage

“With the largest population in Africa and a 55 per cent youth unemployment rate, Nigeria served as an excellent place to begin our work of training Africa’s best and brightest to become world-class software developers. Also, one of our co-founders Iyinoluwa “E” Aboyeji, is a Nigerian serial entrepreneur, and he helped us get off the ground quickly,” he says.

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.

Slack, one of the 50 Smartest Companies, Wants to Put All Your Work Communiques in One Spot | MIT Technology Review

Usually within a single organization there will be many, many different means of communication. There’s this huge value in bringing all those together. So if you can provide a tool that works for both ends of the spectrum—like “I’m going to be five minutes late to the meeting” but also “Here’s an important change to our benefits policy that all employees must be made aware of, and you have until June 30 to file some form,” or something like that—if it works for all of those and all the use cases in between those, then it will either consolidate or replace many other forms of communication. The fact that there’s only one place, one tool that you have to check, one record of all the conversations, and the fact that it’s searchable, makes a huge difference.

Dick Costolo is right about what Twitter has done for free speech

But despite all of that, the service is still an incredible tool for distributing information in real-time, and for empowering free speech by virtually anyone with a PC or mobile phone, anywhere in the world. Dick Costolo, whose last day as CEO of Twitter was July 1, made this point in a piece he wrote that was published in The Guardian , arguing that while the company started as a social tool for Silicon Valley geeks to stay in touch with one another, it eventually grew to the point where it “started to represent the democratic ideal of access for all.”

25 Things to Know About Apple Music

10. The bottom of the Music app will now include a "For You" section. The first time you click it, Apple will ask you about your musical preferences. First, select the genre of music you like best (rock, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) from the floating pink bubbles on the screen, and then some specific artists. Tap twice for those you really love, once for those you like.

Cars designed to be slept in - BBC News

Vehicle design students at the Royal College of Art have been re-imagining the kind of cars that will be possible in an era of driverless transport.

Apple Music: Answers to your Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Apple is preparing to launch Apple Music  alongside iOS 8.4 in a short while from now. The new Music service will include three different services — the Apple Music streaming service, the Apple Music radio station which includes Beats 1 and Apple Music Connect, a social network to link fans with their favorite artists. It’s a new venture for Apple and one that may be difficut to navigate to due to its many parts, so read on for answers to your most pressing equations about this new service.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Microsoft's fast, furious week: Inside new Windows 10 and Office 2016 previews galore

That may sound boring, but it’s an important wrinkle to iron out with July 29 barreling down the pipeline. By all indications, Microsoft is working fast and furious to whip Windows 10 into shape for its grand debut, and Aul says we should expect to see new builds released with greater frequency in the coming weeks—though build 10162 is a candidate for a “Slow Ring” release next week, downloadable ISO and all.

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.

Huge chunks of Reddit are locked after AMA coordinator fired

Reddit moderators  have shut down several of the site's most popular sections in response to the company's dismissal of Victoria Taylor. Acting as the main facilitator for its "Ask Me Anything" question-and-answer sessions, Taylor was one of Reddit's most visible employees when she was fired, a corporate decision that moderators say will make securing and executing the site's signature AMAs much more difficult. In addition to the r/IAmA subreddit, huge default subreddits that appear on the site's frontpage have temporarily switched to private mode, including r/videos, r/gaming, r/AskReddit, r/science, r/history, and r/movies.

This Fourth Of July, Meet The American Heroine With The Courage To Bring Down The Confederate Flag

She was arrested as she came down, and charged with defacing monuments on state capitol grounds. She's now out on $3,000 bond, awaiting trial. In the meantime, she became an instant online folk hero. But Newsome, who carefully planned her act of civil disobedience with a group of fellow activists—and calls it an act of "collective courage"—isn't looking for credit. After the hate-fueled killing in Charleston, she just felt that something had to be done. And though people had been calling for the flag to come off state property since it went up in 1938, she couldn't wait any longer. The time was right.

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.

Home cleaning wars: Helpling acquires Hassle to create Europe’s latest ‘super startup’

“This is European collaboration at its best,” she said. “Usually, we wait around to be picked up by the Americans. Now, we’re positioning ourselves as a force to be reckoned with. This is the kind of entity, the European ‘super startup,’ we’ve been talking about creating. Now we’re making this happen, and we should be really proud of this.”

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.

What We Want from the New Spider-Man Standalone Movie - The Superhero Show - IGN Video

The Superhero Show discusses what Spidey should get up to in his upcoming solo adventures. What's left to do? What should be redone?

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.

Kindle Paperwhite review (2015): our favorite e-reader gets even better

It's been years since Amazon's first Paperwhite Kindle hit the scene, and it's a bit surprising how little has changed since then. In fact, if I pulled out this latest one and showed it to you with the screen off, you'd be hard-pressed to spot any differences. That curvy, soft-to-the-touch plastic body? The placement of the micro-USB port, power button and status light? How recessed the touchscreen is? All of these physical particulars have remained the same. In fact, the only differences of note between the 2015 Paperwhite and the original are the logos embossed on the back (they now say "Amazon" instead of "Kindle") and the color of the Kindle logo right beneath the screen. The 2015 Paperwhite's look is a classic case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and even a design snob like me is willing to give it a pass since it's still lightweight and nestles nicely into the hand.

The chemistry behind a firework explosion

The fuel and oxidizer chemicals are used in three different ways. The fuse used to light the tiny rocket is made of very fine gunpowder, which allows the wick to burn at a very controlled rate. This gives whoever lit the firework some time to get out of the way. The burning fuse then lights much larger granulations of gunpowder at the bottom of the firework. That explosion carries the rocket into the sky.

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.

How I grew a startup the hard way

A report from CB Insights points to a number of reasons startups fail, and many of them correlate with an inability to scale effectively. Factors, such as getting outcompeted (19 percent), lost focus (13 percent) and team disharmony (13 percent), all relate to people doing too much work or certain tasks going overlooked. Personally, I’ve learned that as companies grow, they go through a series of phases.

President Obama answers healthcare questions on iPad

President Obama this week used an iPad Air connected to an Apple Wireless Keyboard to answer questions from Twitter users about the Affordable Healthcare Act. Obama has previously been photographed with his iPad, and has been known to receive new models early from Apple.

Mashable on Twitter

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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.

Activating iCloud Music Library in Apple Music can result in lost data

When activating Apple Music for the first time, users are asked whether they wish to take advantage of iCloud Music Library. The feature not only lets you sync playlists across all your Apple devices, but is also used for things like offline caching and remote streaming.

Making your design portfolio stand out in 2015

You know what sets a design portfolio apart these days? It’s not a designer’s experience, beautiful visuals or the number of clients. It’s the way you communicate those things.

Bald Sphynx kittens playfully 'help' human make the bed

A playful group of Sphynx kittens swarmed their owner's bed, creating an adorable obstacle to house chores. The bald cat gang will soon be disbanded when the kittens go to their new homes, so they might as well cause a little group mischief now.

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.

Apple's latest patent filing reveals person-to-person payments through iPhone

In particular, the user interface #700 may display electronic devices that are proximate to the user’s electronic device (for example, the proximate electronic devices may be identified via wireless communication). The user may select one of the displayed electronic devices by touching an icon that represents an electronic device. Next, the user may enter a payment amount (and payment sign) into a displayed window in the user interface. If the user has not already activated or selected a payment applet, the user interface may then display available payment applets (which are proxies for financial vehicles, such as credit cards, associated with the financial accounts), and may receive the user’s selection.

Leaked iPhone 6s motherboard reveals new NFC chip, 16GB base storage, and more

Additionally, it will come with a new NFC chip from NXP. Currently, Apple uses the NXP 65V10 NFC processor inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but for its upcoming iPhones, it will be using NXP’s 66VP2 chip. It is unclear what advantages this new chip has over its predecessor, but it is likely that it will feature an integrated secure element that will eliminate the need for a separate one.

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