YouTube as you know it is about to change dramatically
The way you experience YouTube may be dramatically different before the end of the year. According to multiple sources, the world’s largest video-sharing site is preparing to launch its two separate subscription services before the end of 2015 — Music Key , which has been in beta since last November, and another unnamed service targeting YouTube’s premium content creators, which will come with a paywall. Taken together, YouTube will be a mix of free, ad-supported content and premium videos that sit behind a paywall.
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Facebook's Siri-like personal assistant is called M, and it lives inside Messenger
Facebook has launched its own personal assistant, and you'll find it right inside an app you're already using every day: Messenger. Today marks the introduction of M, which VP David Marcus describes as "a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It's powered by artificial intelligence that's trained and supervised by people." Previous rumors indicated there would be a human component to Facebook's approach.
Android-x86 - Porting Android to x86
This is a project to port Android open source project to x86 platform, formerly known as " patch hosting for android x86 support ". The original plan is to host different patches for android x86 support from open source community. A few months after we created the project, we found out that we could do much more than just hosting patches. So we decide to create our code base to provide support on different x86 platforms, and set up a git server to host it.
Data retention and the end of Australians' digital privacy
The new law does not allow any agency at unauthorised will to tap your phone, read your texts or watch you in real time as you use email, do your online banking or browse the internet. While technology now being implemented by the industry will have this invasive real-time capability, it is not lawful in Australia without a court-ordered warrant. But if the digital footprint you are creating raises suspicion after an examination of your metadata, the retained evidence may be grounds for a digital surveillance or phone tap warrant to be issued. The Telecommunications Interception Act requires all communications providers to have a real time interception capability. So it is one small (lawful) step from metadata collection to interception and continuous surveillance. For obvious operational reasons surveillance warrants issued by the courts are top secret.
12 Of The World's Most Jaw-Dropping Remote Hideaways
Similar to the way 19th-century Romantics reacted to the Industrial Revolution with a more emotional, worshipful approach to the natural world, contemporary architects are building structures that incorporate the wilderness into their designs, inviting it in rather than shutting it out. "Direct connections to water, earth, air, and even fire enhance the power and sense of discovery present within the rural refuge," writes Sofia Borges in Hide and Seek 's introduction. Among these are a mirrored lake cottage that reflects the surrounding forest on its facade and the nook-like Cocoon shelter, made of strips of cedar, which snakes around a series of tree trunks. Here, 12 of the most jaw-dropping contemporary hideaways in the world’s many middles of nowhere.
Until Dawn combines the best of horror films and games on PS4
Until Dawn is one of those experiences that will have people debating what qualifies a game as a game. There isn’t really a challenge, and when you make a mistake it doesn’t impede your progress, it simply changes the story. But whatever you want to call it, it’s worthy horror; it takes the best of both film and games and combines them into a terrifying, heart-wrenching experience. Often when I finish a game or movie like this, I’m left with lingering questions about what really happened. With Until Dawn, the only real question I have is what might have changed if I had been a little bit smarter, a bit quicker to react. It’s such a strong feeling that I’m planning to play the game again, to spend another 10 hours in a creepy, uncomfortable place, just so that I can see if I can save everyone this time.
6 Reasons Hardware Is The New Software
Many of the sentiments in years past around hardware have focused on risks in manufacturing, adaptability, and support. The strongest startups have mitigated those risks through attentive, quick turn manufacturers, robust over-the-air update systems, and comprehensive tools used to know exactly what’s happening across data exchanges. The gap between hardware and software development is closing and the market is ripe for connected devices to take the market by storm.
How Mutant Viral Swarms Spread Disease | Quanta Magazine
The same biological quirks that have contributed to chik’s success are showing researchers how to fight it — and other viruses like it. Chik is an RNA virus, just like influenza, West Nile virus, hepatitis and Ebola, among others. Unlike DNA viruses, which contain two copies of their genetic information, RNA viruses are single-stranded. When they replicate, any errors in the single strand get passed on. As a result, copying is sloppy, and so each new generation of RNA viruses tends to have lots of errors. In only a few generations, a single virus can become a mutant swarm of closely related viruses.
The story behind this love message found on a €20 note is surprisingly poignant
Leech went on to explain that they eventually broke up and Megan met someone else. "After I saw the €20 note on a FB post, I called her," he said. "She told me she had written it on a note she used to pay into one of my gigs about 6 months ago. I didn't know she was there. She told me she thought I'd get the cash directly but I obviously didn't. She took it that I didn't want to talk.
British medical journal blasts e-cigarette safety study
The paper was written by former U.K. government chief drugs adviser David Nutt and his colleagues. It was based on a panel of experts who tested different nicotine products and concluded that cigarettes were the most harmful, at 99.6%. E-cigarettes were judged to have 4% of the relative harm, and this is where the 95% figure came from.
Rebekah Brooks set for comeback as News UK chief exec, reports say
LONDON — Rupert Murdoch protege Rebekah Brooks will be returning to News Corp in a high-profile role, a year after being cleared of all charges related to a phone-hacking scandal, reports said.
Razer is making its own customizable Xbox One controller
The Xbox One already has an expensive controller tailor-made for competitive gamers , but Razer believes there's room for another one. Today at PAX, the company announced its new $150 Wildcat controller for Microsoft's latest console. Razer says that it built the controller under the direction of competitive gamers, something that led to a 25 percent weight reduction over the standard Xbox One controller. The controller also has four additional buttons that can be remapped in any way you see fit and a "quick control" panel along the bottom of the controller to let you quickly switch profiles, adjust chat volume or muting audio.
Mozilla CEO threatens to fire person responsible for anonymous hate speech on Reddit
Beard said the remarks indicated a discomfort with diversity that he would not tolerate. It's an issue that is particularly sensitive for Mozilla, whose previous CEO resigned last year amid outrage he had donated to groups that oppose gay marriage. "If that's not actually hate speech, it's pretty damn close," Beard said of the Reddit comments. "We are not going to walk that line as Mozilla. So if and when we identify who this person is, if they are an employee, they will be fired. And regardless, either way, they are not welcome to continue to participate in the Mozilla project. It is not who we are."
7 workers at Chinese paper mill die from exposure to poisonous gases
BEIJING — Seven workers were killed and two injured after exposure to poisonous gases at a paper mill in central China, authorities said Saturday, in the latest in a spate of deadly accidents to strike the country involving dangerous chemicals.
Watch this self-healing material handle a bullet
NASA-funded research has created a material that could self-heal in seconds. Two layers of solid polymer sandwich a gel that with an ingredient that solidifies on contact with air (i.e. when one or both of the outer layers is damaged). This differs from other approaches that rely on a mostly-liquid compound , or similar, slower techniques . The protective applications in space craft (like the ISS) are obvious, and could add a vital line of defense against dangerous debris. The ISS already has shields to protect it, but reactive armour in the event of damage would be even more reassuring. Back down here on earth, the same material could be used in cars, pips, containers and even phones ( beyond scratches ). Watch the material get shot and self-heal in the video below.
Sarah Palin flies off the rails in bizarre Facebook rant against ESPN
Sarah Palin had some things to get off her mind about ESPN , of all targets. So, like your crazy aunt, she took to Facebook to air her grievances in a post of Tolstoyan proportions.
Hey Uber, Welcome To China
Even though Uber claims over a million rides per day in China , which it said will overtake its U.S. business, the company believes the WeChat block is curtailing its potential. It’s easy to see how this situation frustrates Uber — which, by the way, is currently raising funding for its China business; Bloomberg said Michael is leading that charge — since WeChat has such a huge following in China, where the majority of its 500 million-plus active users are thought to be based.
MobileFusion: Create 3D scans with your mobile phone
MobileFusion is a research project that turns ordinary mobile phones into 3D scanners without any additional hardware. The resulting 3D scans are detailed enough for 3D printing or use in augmented-reality games. Read more: http://blogs.technet.com/b/inside_mic...
This Australian Startup Is Building A Solar Car That Runs Indefinitely
The car—or, at least, the promise of a car, because it's still just a concept—comes from EVX , a startup in Melbourne, Australia. It has 75 square feet of solar PV paneling and goes from 0 to 60 mph in about seven seconds. Once charged from a wall socket, it will run continuously as long as you drive consistently at 37 mph. Between 50 to 90 mph, the range is down to a mere 340 miles, says CEO Barry Nguyen.
8 Ways To Improve Your Focus
Our attention spans are dwindling, but focus is a muscle that you can build if you work on it. Pay attention: Here are eight ways.
This is the worst password from the Ashley Madison hack | ZDNet
After cracking 4,000 passwords, one decrypted password floated to the top of the list. And it's not for the first time.
How To Stop Managing And Start Actually Leading
The work of true leaders adds something to the world they work in. As author and business coach Ruth Schwartz has pointed out , the call to "give back" through socially beneficial activities outside of work implies that the work we do doesn't do much good on its own. It's true that most commercial efforts don't have the same sorts of goals as charities and nonprofits, but the best companies still contribute something of value. If you're leading a team or organization that doesn’t add more to the world than it takes, it’s time to step back and consider where and how you’re leading.
The Cannabis Chemist
Most Americans live in a state where medical marijuana, in some form, is legal. But all marijuana isn’t the same. Different plants have different chemical compositions, and different compositions are better at treating different diseases.
Inside Runtastic’s $239M Adidas acquisition
Runtastic brought in a partner to help manage meetings with various interested companies but by the end there was only one real contender. “We figured that Adidas is a very good strategic fit for Runtastic — we saw the German culture, and they’re just three-and-a-half hours away from our HQ by car,” said Gschwandtner. “And there’s this common understanding — building something big, German engineering, that was just a really, really good fit.”
Capturing the Gulf Coast’s Culture as It Slips Into the Sea
The problem has created a sense of foreboding in southern Louisiana. Widmer rarely visited the bayou without meeting someone who worked in the oil and gas industry, or didn’t have a relative who did. Longtime residents were well aware of the impact our reliance on fossil fuels is having on their state, but saw no alternatives. “It’s this crazy catch-22, where people know their way of life is going to be gone within a generation, but everybody is desperate and needs to make a living today,” he says. “You get a shrug from people and they’re like, ‘Well, that’s just the hand we were dealt.'”
Boeing's portable drone-destroying laser uses an Xbox controller
It's not the most powerful weapon in the defense contractor's arsenal though. The idea is that an operator would use it to quickly burn a small, targeted spot on the UAV. In theory, this would be enough to deter the drone's pilot, or maybe cause it to crash without damaging all of its internal parts. (You could then track it down and potentially find out who was flying it in the first place.) Another upside is its potentially unlimited magazine. Unlike missile systems, which have a finite amount of ammunition, a laser can be used as long as there's a suitable power source. It can be hooked up to a standard 220 volt outlet, a generator or a battery pack. The latter sounds perfect for a laser like this, although Boeing's solutions reportedly have enough charge for just a few shots right now. If you're still intrigued like we are though, check out the video below to see it all in action.
Is Twitter dividing its userbase over hearts and stars?
The star has also lead many to use the “Favorite” tool in different ways, as stars aren’t entirely tied to a human emotion. You can fave something on Twitter to tell someone you read their tweet, that you like their tweet, or just that it’s worth saving for later. These myriad intentions could diminish with the introduction of the heart or something similar, specifically because there’s emotion and intention tied to the heart. It means you like something. You can’t hate-fave something if you’re giving your enemy a heart.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Review - IGN
Moment to moment combat in Gears is fun, responsive, and challenging. Guns roar with power, and bullets really do hurt -- both for you and your enemies. A shotgun at close range will turn you into bloody beef slabs before you can yell “Reloading!” Gears looked and felt great before, but at 1080p and a solid 30 FPS, the action is smoother than it’s ever been, even when the bodies really start to pile up. In particular, animations look nice and crisp, and your war environments, which looked phenomenal on last-gen hardware, still impress with their new coat of paint.
How An Hour Of Meditation Transformed My Workday
To test out the possibilities of meditation as a path to creativity, I enlisted both some professional help—Tatum Fjerstad, who I knew through my yoga studio and who has hosted many meditation workshops in the past—and some support—several of my Fast Company colleagues would be joining me in an hourlong session in a conference room before starting our workday. Fjerstad promised that the workshop would help "unveil your purest, most authentic voice while building a belief system around your ability to be creative and build work and the life you love."
Zaibatsu Planet on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Microsoft launches Snip for Windows to help you capture better screenshots
If you’re tired of sharing boring old screenshots from your computer, Microsoft might just have the answer.
Babolat and PIQ team up for a pair of wrist-worn tennis wearables
Babolat and its development partner PIQ (which specializes in sports sensors) expect the Pop to ship in the US this fall for $90. In addition to the tennis-specific Pop, PIQ also announced the $179 "Babolat and PIQ" -- a more advanced model that uses the latter company's multisport sensor. Like the Pop, the "Babolat and PIQ" comes in the form of a wristband-mounted sensor that records your stats in real time. PIQ says its multisport offering tracks data using 13 different axes and includes NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy and a built-in display. Despite the differences in price and features, PIQ says both models will share the same user community.
Babolat and PIQ
A New View of Life, Close Up and In Action | MIT Technology Review
The Nobel work involved the use of fluorescent molecules that tag different parts of the cells. But doing so exposes cells to much more intense light than they evolved to function under. “That harms cells, kills cells, and in the worst cases, actually vaporizes the cells,” Betzig said. The new technique, SIM, pushes the limits of time resolution while going easy on the cells.
Supercharge your Mac with 9 killer apps for $39.99
High quality apps can seriously streamline your workflow. The Supercharge Your Mac Bundle offers nine of the best
How Methods Videos Are Making Science Smarter
To Pritsker, the most significant obstacle to the successful replication of experiments is the outdated text format of traditional journals: it simply can’t cope with how elaborate experiments have become. “Complexity was always an issue,” he said. “Even when biology was a much smaller enterprise, it relied on a degree of specialized craft in the laboratory. But, since the end of the nineties, we’ve seen a huge influx of new technologies into biology: genomics, proteomics, technologies like microarrays, complex genetic methods, and sophisticated microscopy and imaging techniques.” With every innovative technique, application, or new vender selling a similar but slightly different technology or reagent, the potential for experiment-spoiling variation rises. Nathan Blow, the editor of the methods journal BioTechniques , agreed. Video, he said, can be a useful way of recording a precise recipe.
The Overlooked Architecture That’s Hip Again in New Orleans
Take the Chartres Street house: From the front, it’s a carefully restored relic of midcentury New Orleans. But it has more space, modern conveniences and greater protection from the next flood. The same idea of looking ahead while acknowledging the past applies to new construction as well. It’s seen in the Lowerline house, which Mouton calls, “a really extreme project” that his firm has taken on. The residential building is newly minted, top to bottom, but sits on a block of older, pre-storm houses. Still, Mouton carefully considered how to merge the old and the new. The front of the Lowerline, though new, mirrors the shotgun structure and fits on a narrow lot. Towards the back, Mouton designed a three-story home—a rarity in a city of low-slung houses. The design makes the most of a small lot and provides yet another elevated haven in the event of a storm.
Karadsheh is a member of Jordan’s minority Christian community. He had trouble finding a location for his brewery because some conservative Jordanian property owners did not want to rent to a brewer. He found a site on a winding road near the Christian village of Fuhais overlooking an olive grove. He encountered the same obstacle as Hajjar and craft brewers the world over: Most beer drinkers think of beer as only the light lager style championed by the brewing world’s giants: Anheuser-Busch InBev, South African Breweries-Miller, Heineken, and Carlsberg. They have to be educated to appreciate the rich flavors of the craft beer world—pale ales, hoppy IPAs, porters, stouts, dark lagers, bocks, and Belgian-style singel, dubbel, and tripel ales.
The 20 Most Infamous Cyberattacks of the 21st Century (Part II) | MIT Technology Review
1. June 2010: computer security researches discover a computer worm called Stuxnet designed to attack programmable logic controllers in industrial machinery. The worm is thought to have been created by the U.S. and Israeli cyberwarfare teams to attack Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment plant. The worm seems designed to alter the speed of uranium enrichment centrifuges in a way that generates vibrations strong enough to destroy them. Other reports suggest that Stuxnet damaged around 1,000 centrifuges, reducing the number in operation in Iran from 4,700 to 3,900.
Ex-Apple designer takes on Ikea
A former Apple engineer is angling to create an empire by disrupting what he calls a sleepy industry — only this time, the incumbent isn’t IBM. It’s Ikea.
How To Never Get A Cold Again
Picking your nose puts the germs on your hands in contact with your membrane, giving those little demons a direct path into your system. The fastest way to catch a cold is to touch your nose a lot or enter your nose with your finger, especially if you’re not washing your hands regularly. If you have an itch, or something you need to remove from your nose, use a tissue, and if one’s isn’t on hand, you’re better off using the inside of the collar of your shirt, sleeve, or bottom of your shirt, but never use your finger. It snot a good idea!
As self-driving cars come to more states, regulators take a back seat
Florida, for one, answered with a stripped-down law: It allowed self-driving cars, and held them to higher insurance requirements. State Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Republican who sponsored the measure, said it was meant to lure the industry with simple requirements that could be fleshed out once the early flashes of possibility give way to a more standardized technology.
Why You Should Focus On Your Second-Best Employees
They execute with just a little direction. B players need guidance, but they deliver once it’s given. They complete tasks on time and at the level that's expected. While their output might not rise above average, it's consistently good enough and has the potential to be even better if they're given more direction. Managers should try to better understand B players' thought processes, even if they made a few mistakes. Were they on the right track? What tripped them up? Did they hesitate at the right moments, even if they didn't know quite how to proceed?
Nasa Mars isolation experiment starting in Hawaii
Six people going into small isolation dome for a year to help Nasa prepare for
Secretary of Defense unveils $75-million investment in Silicon Valley venture
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter landed Friday at Moffett Federal Airfield for his second appearance in Silicon Valley in four months to reassure technology industry leaders that the Pentagon views their work as vital to the future of national defense.
Monster 100W LED Flashlight for Under $10!
It’s actually quite amazing how cheap LEDs are getting. [Julian Ilett] found this 2″ x 2″ LED on eBay for only £4.79 (<$10 USD). It’s rated for 32-34V with a current draw of 3000mA, which works out to about 100W. Its brightness? 7500 lumens. That’s brighter than most home theater setups.
3.0 Edition - Star Wars - Disney Infinity Wiki Guide - IGN
I already own Disney Infinity 1.0 or 2.0, do I have to buy another starter pack? No! The Disney Infinity 3.0 software, which includes the new Toy Box and the ability to use 3.0 Figures, Play Sets, and Power Discs, will be available as a digital download on release day (August 30th, 2015). This means those who already own an Infinity Base will not have to buy a new Starter Pack to play on release day. In the UK you can order it digitally or purchase a standalone disc. The Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set and Figures which are included in the Starter Pack will also be available for stand-alone purchase on release day.
Star Wars Rebels: Season 2 Gets an October Premiere Date and New Clip - IGN
Two episodes of Star Wars Rebels will be shown early to attendees of New York Comic-Con on October 8-11. The entire first season of Star Wars Rebels will be available to purchase on Blu-Ray September 1.
This book next up is an ideal first book. It is entitled, simply, Clojure Programming (O'Reilly) by Chas Emerick, Brian Carper, and Christophe Grand. Clearly a lot of thought went into putting together this eminently readable introduction to the Clojure programming language. There's a similarly-named book—entitled Programming Clojure (The Pragmatic Bookshelf), by Stuart Halloway and Aaron Bedra—which is a good book, so be sure to not confuse the one with the other ;)
For starters, Clojure Programming is replete with tons of high-quality Clojure code snippets which nicely illustrate the point each that those snippets seek to convey—I was able to load the snippets into the REPL in my IDE (IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate) and step through the code without any problem. What I especially liked about the snippets was the thoughtful annotations accompanying them.
I hasten to qualify with a caveat my earlier note about this being an introductory book—while it is definitely that, do note that it picks up pace rather quickly, so you'll need to stay alert and closely read (and re-read, as need be) the narratives.