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Global tablet shipments totaled 44.7 million units in Q2 compared to 48 million during the same period the year prior. Shipments slipped nearly 4 percent compared to just last quarter.

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14 best TV shows to watch while you're stoned

The last thing anyone wants to do when attempting to find TV to watch is fight with Netflix or Hulu. Sure, dramas are great forms of TV, but not always welcomed when your stoned senses are their most vulnerable.

Can Superman Get Sued for Trashing Metropolis?

“If [Batman] is acting for the government, then all the restrictions the government has on its own power have to apply to him, things like: how he’s interrogating, how he’s breaking into people’s houses, how he’s not reading anyone their Miranda rights. But at the same time what he’s actually doing is he’s really working for the Gotham City police department. I mean, they’re shooting a signal into the sky saying ‘help us,’ and then having him do all the stuff for them that they’re not allowed to do, and then they reap the benefits. And that’s something that really wouldn’t work in the real world. And the other thing that James writes about, which is great, is testifying in costume. You’re going to need Batman to show up in costume and testify, and you really can’t have someone testify in costume under the Confrontation Clause in the Sixth Amendment.”

Microsoft's HoloLens will ship to developers 'within the next year'

Nevertheless, Nadella's remarks do give us our best sense yet of how and when HoloLens will leave Microsoft's labs and become a shippable product. Earlier this year, Nadella tempered expectations that HoloLens would be a major gaming product when released. He told ZDNet , "I want us to push a lot more of the enterprise usage ... In general Microsoft's approach will be always this dual-use focus, or this multi-focus. What we can uniquely do is bridge consumer to enterprise. That's in our DNA." Nadella built on those comments in this week's BBC interview, adding that "We will have developer versions of it first and then it will be more commercial use cases and it will evolve."

Where Microsoft Is Losing Ground to Apple and Google

Ever since Apple launched iLife—included software for handling music, photos and videos—people just expect that their computers come with such apps, free of charge. Google provides free downloads that are equally competitive, not to mention offers compelling alternatives to Microsoft’s popular (but increasingly outdated) Office suite and Web browsers. In this three-way battle, which we’ve laid out in handy chart form, Microsoft is having a hard time keeping up. ( Click the image to enlarge. )

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T-Mobile will give you a free upgrade to the next iPhone if you buy an iPhone 6

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is  doing the unthinkable . Starting today, T-Mobile customers who buy an iPhone 6 on the company's $15-a-month Jump On Demand phone leasing plan can swap the phone out for the new iPhone when it comes out without paying for anything more. Just pick up the new phone and keep paying as usual. In Legere's own words:

Cecil the Lion's death opens question of why illegal poaching of protected animals is still so common

Cecil the lion, a popular safari attraction in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park for tourists and locals alike, was lured out of his protected habitat with bait before American dentist Walter Palmer shot him with a bow and arrow on July 1. Cecil survived for 40 hours before he was shot with a rifle, skinned and decapitated. It was an opportunity for which Palmer paid $55,000.

Humans Renewed for Season 2 - IGN

“We’re so pleased to announce a second season of Humans and extend our terrific partnership with Channel 4, Kudos and the stellar cast, crew and writers Sam and Jonathan,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and Sundance TV. “As one of the year’s top new cable series, Humans has been embraced by fans and critics across the U.S. and UK. We’re looking forward to continuing this very captivating story and further exploring the show’s parallel, Synth-filled world that hits so disturbingly close to home.”

Intel's new storage chip is 1,000 times faster than flash memory

The limitations of the new memory class are still unclear, but its earliest applications are likely to be in real-time data analysis, where fast access to large datasets is at a premium. Intel singled out fraud detection and disease tracking as likely early applications, but said the chip could also be used to power more immersive gaming experiences if brought to the PC. Because the memory is durable and non-volatile, it's likely to be used primarily for long-term storage, but executives at the keynote said fast access to that long-term data could enable entirely new applications for everyday services.

Show Your Support For Cecil The Lion… With a $2,500 Phone?

But it’s also a lesson in the power of design to change the attitude of an product, even if, as in this case, it’s an exercise in re-skinning. Dipped in all-white or -black, the Play:1’s grill look more like a textile than metal, and the soft-touch coating feels like a matte glaze on porcelain. “It’s a little less consumer electronic,” says Tad Toulis, Sonos’ VP of product development. “It begins to feel a little more like a vase or a piece of ceramica.” In keeping with the design’s lower profile, even the logo has been toned down to be, according to Toulis, “subtle enough that it can be seen but not so subtle that’s invisible.”

Apple and BMW could restart talks about an Apple Car partnership at some point down the road

As it stands right now, Apple and BMW don’t have any plans to work together to bring an Apple Car to life. However, the sources suggested that “exploratory talks” could restart at some point down the road. While Apple has manufacturing down for personal devices like the iPhone and iPad, jumping into the car industry would be a big move for the Cupertino-based company. A partnership with the likes of BMW, or another company, would be something the company would have to do, at least to start.

Apple seeds third public beta for OS X El Capitan

Now, one week later, Apple has seeded the third public beta for OS X El Capitan to those within the public beta testing phase. That marks just under three weeks since the first public beta was released, as Apple continues onward with its release schedule. This release follows the fifth developer beta that was released late on Monday , July 27.

7 TED Talks on how to grow clothes, batteries, bones and more

What does it take to regrow bone in mass quantities? Typical bone regeneration — wherein bone is taken from a patient’s hip and grafted onto damaged bone elsewhere in the body — is limited and can cause great pain just a few years after operation. In an informative talk, Molly Stevens introduces a new stem cell application that harnesses bone’s innate ability to regenerate and produces vast quantities of bone tissue painlessly.

Police arrest boss of failed Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange

Although Karpeles didn’t walk off with the full $387 million of lost money, he is suspected of profiting from the exchange to the tune of around $1 million, and stands accused of deliberately misleading users about how safe their money was during his tenure. Lawyers representing Karpeles say the ex-Mt. Gox boss has done nothing illegal, but he has now been arrested and will be questioned by the Japanese authorities.

The 30 Best iPhone Apps for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5

The offline maps are free, but you have to buy one of the packages available via in-app purchase for features such as 3D maps, turn-by-turn navigation, dynamic lane guidance, gives warnings when you exceed speed limits, warning for fixed speedcams in some countries, police trap warnings from other users and more. It also offers premium features such as HUD – Heads up display(at night navigation info is projected directly into the line of sight on the dashboard), BlackBox (a dash-cam that records while you’re navigating), Cockpit (measures the performance of your car). It does not have the best user interface, but the rich feature list compensates for it.

Fully assembled 'iPhone 6s' display leaks in new photos

The photos show the front and back view of the display unit which is expected to be used in the next-generation iPhone, unofficially dubbed iPhone 6s. It is difficult to confirm from the photos if the next iPhone will feature Force Touch technology, but it seems to be slightly different from parts used in the iPhone 6.

Why Netflix is poised to become the biggest TV network in the world

If you’re not in the entertainment business, you might not know the name Ted Sarandos, but as Chief Content Officer for Netflix, there’s a good chance the Hollywood dealmaker has influenced the way you watch TV in some form. Back in the early days of Netflix originals, circa 2013, Sarandos gave a much-quoted response when asked about HBO’s plans to move into streaming. “The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us,” Sarandos quipped — and oh how they laughed. They’re not laughing any more.

GoPro Spherical Gives You Eyes All Over

But it’s also a lesson in the power of design to change the attitude of an product, even if, as in this case, it’s an exercise in re-skinning. Dipped in all-white or -black, the Play:1’s grill look more like a textile than metal, and the soft-touch coating feels like a matte glaze on porcelain. “It’s a little less consumer electronic,” says Tad Toulis, Sonos’ VP of product development. “It begins to feel a little more like a vase or a piece of ceramica.” In keeping with the design’s lower profile, even the logo has been toned down to be, according to Toulis, “subtle enough that it can be seen but not so subtle that’s invisible.”

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell on why life is 'a game' - BBC News

When Mr Bushnell decided to sell Atari to Warner Brothers in 1976 for an estimated $30m (£19m), (a move intended to expand the firm's offerings, but one Mr Bushnell says he now regrets), he carved yet another path, becoming the first of a still-growing list of 20-something Silicon Valley millionaires.

Don't get fooled into clicking phony Windows 10 upgrade emails

A post published to Cisco Systems’s company blog  outlines how scammers are taking advantage of Windows 10’s launch to push ransomware onto unsuspecting PC users.  At first glance, the emails look reasonably legit: Cisco notes that scammers are spoofing the sender’s email address to make it look as if the message is from Microsoft. Also, the blue-and-white color scheme used in the message nearly matches the colors Microsoft is using for Windows 10 marketing materials. So unless you look carefully, you could get fooled into thinking the email is actually from Microsoft.

See every app's shortcuts with Cheat Sheet for Mac

A shortcut gets you from Point A to Point B in a shorter amount of time than it would if you did not take the shortcut. Pretty simple premiss right? But when it comes to shortcuts on your Mac, it might take even longer just to find or remember what that shortcut even is. Since every program and application has its own set of shortcuts it takes a while to get everything memorized. But with CheatSheet, memorization is no longer a requirement.

Key factors driving cloud analytics in healthcare

While there are several advantages to deploying cloud-based solutions, the most important concern around the use of cloud models is information security. High profile data breaches at Anthem, Premera and other healthcare organizations have made CIOs understandably nervous about cloud hosting. Here’s a checklist of what to consider when deploying a cloud model for analytics.

The first trailer for Zoolander 2 was briefly posted to YouTube before being pulled

Forget Star Wars — the world's most anticipated sequel is unquestionably Zoolander 2 . And the first trailer is here. Sure, most of the trailer is some weird science-themed graphics with a narration by Stephen Hawking (we assume), but before long Ben Stiller's making the Blue Steel face and everything is all good. Check out the trailer above — Zoolander 2 will  arrive in February of 2016 .

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Apple expands Watch sales into Best Buy; 100 stores, 10% of total, to carry Watch starting Aug. 7. …

Complementing Hadoop at Yahoo: Interactive Analytics with Druid

Over the last decade, Yahoo has been a pioneer in the data infrastructure space and staunch supporter of the open source developer community. It has been incredible for us to witness the growth of the “big data” space and the technologies that have evolved in the ecosystem. We are especially proud of the growth of Hadoop, a project that was first developed and open sourced at Yahoo. To this day, we still run some of the world’s largest Hadoop clusters, and use it for everything from clickstream analysis to image processing and business intelligence analytics. Additionally, our developers continue to act as good open source citizens, and contribute all our Hadoop developments back to the community. While Hadoop still solves many critical problems in our business, as our needs have grown, we’ve come to realize that Hadoop is not the end all, be all solution to the entirety of our data problems.

EVE helps you learn your Mac's hotkeys as you work, for a price

There’s a reason that there are so many productivity apps: people are time-poor and need to squeeze a million different tasks into each day, and given that so many people’s working lives are spent at a computer, learning all the hotkeys to navigate it can really save you some time.

After Windows 8 debacle, OEMs wax rhapsodic over Windows 10

In particular, the company worked to make the voice-aided Cortana feature as usable as possible. With Windows 10, users can ask the system to carry out tasks such as open a program or look something up on the Internet. Dell developed a set of voice recognition algorithms and audio software that can pick out a user’s voice in a noisy environment.

Microsoft Partners With Jasper To Up Its Game In The Internet Of Things


Best new apps, app updates and more in the iOS App Store (July 27-31)

Each week, a new round of apps and app updates land in the iOS App Store. This week is no exception with the debut of Angry Birds 2 and a huge update to Fantastical 2 for iPhone – Calendar and Reminders . These titles are only a sampling of what is available. Read on for our picks of the best new apps and app updates this week that you shouldn’t miss.

Destiny: What We Expect From Gamescom - IGN's Fireteam Chat - IGN Video

The Fireteam Chat crew is going to Germany for Gamescom and here's what they expect.

32 Windows 10: Nine things you need to know - CNET

Windows 10 beefs up Snap, the function that lets you quickly arrange apps side by side, with a new quadrant layout that lets you split your display up among up to four apps. There's also support for multiple virtual desktops (finally), so you can keep all your work apps in one place and quickly slide back to the desktop with your blogs and Reddit once your boss walks away. And then there's the task view button that lives on the taskbar. Click it, and you'll get a quick look at all of your open files, windows, and desktops.

Security News This Week: United Airlines Can’t Catch a Break

But that’s just the beginning. Each weekend, WIRED rounds up the security vulnerabilities and privacy updates that we didn’t break or cover in depth this week, but which deserve your attention nonetheless. As always, to read the full story linked in each post, click on the headlines. And be safe out there!

'Fantastic Four' stars awkwardly laugh off offensive interview questions

Fantastic Four stars Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell were in an interview with the Rock 100.5 Morning Show in Atlanta when things got off to a weird start.

Businesses can rent a Pepper robot for customer service

Folks in Japan might find themselves chatting with Pepper robots in business establishments these coming years. The enterprise version of the gentle-looking humanoid machine will be available for pre-order starting on October 1st, 2015, and businesses in the country can rent one directly from SoftBank. The carrier's robotics division is offering a $444-per-month, 3-year contract to interested parties, which means they'll end up paying around $16,000 within that period. Sadly, they'll have to return the unit once the contract's over.

Get Deals on Password Protectors, USB Chargers, and More Before They're Gone [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. When you need a boost to your battery while you’re in the car, you can count on theMpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger. It comes equipped and ready to charge your device with three separate USB ports. Get it for just $13.99.

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Amazon opens up Alexa voice technology: Army of third-party devices incoming

Opening up the technology to third parties is significant step that could help propel its technology forward against more established competitors in the voice search realm like Google and Apple, which have kept their respective voice assistants completely contained to proprietary products.

9 incredibly popular websites that are still blocked in China

China has since let some sites like LinkedIn come back online, but here's nine popular websites that are still blocked from regular access in the country.

This aquarium is 82 feet high and has an elevator inside it

It's 82 feet high and holds more than 1,500 fish . It has a glass elevator that runs up and down the center of the tank. It is so big that it has to be cleaned by divers, three or four times each day. The AquaDom is inarguably the most badass aquarium in the world.

Microsoft has made Solitaire free-to-play on Windows 10

Solitaire comes pre-installed on Windows 10 machines and is free to play, but you'll need a subscription to remove its 30-second video ads, get more 'coins' for completing daily challenges, and play additional game modes.

How to see if your emails are being tracked in Gmail before opening them

Flickr/Brian Klug You might not realize it, but there are now email-tracking tools that make it easy for people to see when you open an email, what you click, and where you're located.

Memphis police name suspect in officer's killing

On Sunday evening, Memphis police officials named a suspect in Saturday's shooting death of MPD officer Sean Bolton and released more details around the incident.

What adults can learn from kids

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

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Musicians launch campaign to save the bassoon as shortage threatens orchestra

A campaign called Save the Bassoon now aims to remind the public of the importance of this engaging member of the woodwind section and to encourage young musicians to take it up. Using the “endangered species” model employed by the World Wide Fund for Nature, campaigners are highlighting the scarcity of bassoonists and paving the way for the promotion of some other orchestral instruments that are under threat, such as the oboe, French horn, viola, trombone and double bass.

Can we all "have it all"?

Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her 2012 article, "Why women still can't have it all." But really, is this only a question for women? Here Slaughter expands her ideas and explains why shifts in work culture, public policy and social mores can lead to more equality — for men, women, all of us.

Windows finally has a good web browser

Browsing in Edge can be a joy: pages load quickly, scrolling is smooth, and rendering issues are far less common than they were with Internet Explorer. On a Surface Pro 3 with 8GB of RAM and a Core i5 processor, Edge actually beat the latest version of Chrome in both the Sunspider and Peacekeeper benchmarks. Microsoft is employing a bunch of tricks to make this happen, including pre-fetching websites before you get to them, but the end result is all that really matters, and it is mostly good. It has also built Adobe Flash support right into Edge, and says it is working closely with Adobe to make sure performance is high and security is a priority. Still, there are times where Edge struggles and it becomes clear this is a version one product, such as when it offers to kick you to Internet Explorer if it’s having trouble with a particular site.

The nine best new features in Windows 10

Windows 10 is officially out today. It’s the biggest update to Windows in years and represents a number of new directions for Microsoft’s premier software product. Windows 10 replaces Windows 8 and 8.1, and serves to attract those Windows 7 users that never bothered to update to Windows 8. There are a host of new features in Windows 10, ranging from updated interfaces to new apps and services. For all of our in-depth thoughts on the new platform, be sure to check out our full review .

How America's justice system failed our children

Charlie had been slowly stroking his mother’s hair, desperately hoping that she would open her eyes. The blood from her head had saturated the towel and was spreading onto Charlie’s pants. Charlie thought his mother might be dying or was maybe even already dead. He had to call an ambulance. He stood up, flooded with anxiety, and cautiously made his way to the bedroom. Charlie saw George on the bed asleep and felt a surge of hatred for this man. He had never liked him, never understood why his mother had let him live with them. George didn’t like Charlie, either; he was rarely friendly to the boy. Even when he wasn’t drunk, George seemed angry all the time. His mother had told Charlie that George could be sweet, but Charlie never saw any of that. Charlie knew that George’s first wife and child had been killed in a car accident and that was why Charlie’s mom said he drank so much. In the eighteen months that George lived with them, it seemed to Charlie that there had been nothing but violence, loud arguments, pushing and shoving, threats, and turmoil. His mother had stopped smiling the way she used to; she’d become nervous and jumpy, and now, he thought, she’s on the kitchen floor, dead.

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52 10 Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Windows 10
53 Betting on the Ponies: non-Unicorn Investing
54 How to go to space, without having to go to space
55 The math behind basketball's wildest moves
56 The first secret of design is ... noticing
57 What You're Really Saying With Your Office Fashion Choices
58 Tickets to Earth 'cousin' Kepler-452b now on sale - CNET
59 Does the media have a "duty of care"?
60 The art of meaningful conversation
61 Let’s try emotional correctness
62 World's cutest male spider does embarrassing dance to impress cutest female spider
63 The DEA's new boss says heroin is probably more dangerous than marijuana
64 Dashcam catches off-duty cop threatening to put 'hole in head' of driver - CNET
65 The Banach–Tarski Paradox
66 7 Router Features You Should Be Using for Better Wi-Fi
67 76 Years Later, Lost F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Sees The Light Of Day
68 These disposable vapes let you huff your caffeine instead of drink it
69 Victory's $19,999 Empulse TT electric motorcycle can go 140 miles on a charge
70 ‘China’s Airbnb’ Raises $300 Million in Funding Round
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72 Oolu Is Bringing Solar Energy To West Africa’s Off-Grid Population
73 Uber Valued at More Than $50 Billion
74 57 Ways to Spread Kindness and Brighten a Day
75 Facebook is testing out LinkedIn-style profile tags
76 The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it
77 Hacker shows he can locate, unlock and remote start GM vehicles
78 Take a self-guided virtual tour of the International Space Station - CNET
79 Canon's new $30,000 video camera can see where you can't
80 I ate crab bisque cooked by a robot chef
81 5 ways to look super fly in one perfect pair of culottes
82 Reg Saddler on Twitter
83 Tech industry's persistent claim of worker shortage may be phony
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85 KFC limited-edition chicken bucket doubles as a Bluetooth photo printer - CNET
86 The 10 most painful places to get a tattoo
87 Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by ... you
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89 Amazon launches its second mini-store for hardware startups
90 There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help
92 Saving faces: A facial surgeon's craft
93 Review: Straight Outta Compton finds new humanity in rap legends
94 Here come the K-Cup drunks
95 A new app wants to teach total novices the basics of coding — even when their phones have no internet connection
96 Forget Windows 10: Remember when Windows 95 was new? - CNET
97 World's best whisky is being sent to age in space
98 Reg Saddler on Twitter
99 Faster booting, smaller footprint make Windows 10 an easy upgrade for old PCs
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