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New Proof That We're Not As Busy As We Think

There are 168 hours in a week. If one works roughly 40 hours a week and sleeps 8 hours per day (56 per week), that leaves 72 hours for other things, so it’s no surprise that Americans find time for leisure. On an average day, 96% of Americans found some time for leisure activities such as watching TV. Indeed, we watch quite a bit of TV: 2.8 hours a day, which is just a bit under 20 hours per week. On average, we’re not too stressed about the housekeeping, it seems, or at least the male half of us. To quote the BLS: "On an average day, 20% of men did housework—such as cleaning or laundry—compared with 49% of women. Forty-three per cent of men did food preparation or cleanup, compared with 69% of women."

Last chance: Pay what you want for the iOS Designer Bundle

If there’s one thing the world’s most popular mobile apps have in common, it’s that they look great. Designing the perfect interface takes time and requires skill and practice – and our bundle includes everything you need to shape a beautiful iOS app .

Space Shuttle Wreckage Fills This Heartbreaking NASA Exhibit

One day before the unfortunate SpaceX launch failure —which proved once again that space is hard—a new, deeply saddening but inspiring exhibition was opened at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

Humans: "Episode 1" Review - IGN

AMC's new 8-part sci-fi series Humans, premiering Sunday, June 28th (it debuted a couple weeks back in the UK), may not exactly be a fresh take on artificial intelligence -- at least not in this first episode -- but it still fits nicely within our present day Black Mirror technology, anthology TV world. A world where subtle aspects of humanity's desire to both create and replace life can be analyzed and dramatized via separate stories involving different modes of robotic assistance.

Automatic bug repair

Remarkably, the system, dubbed CodePhage, doesn’t require access to the source code of the applications whose functionality it’s borrowing. Instead, it analyzes the applications’ execution and characterizes the types of security checks they perform. As a consequence, it can import checks from applications written in programming languages other than the one in which the program it’s repairing was written.

New WikiLeaks Documents Reveal NSA Spied On Top French Companies

The second document also states that the NSA could share this information with its closest allies — the U.K., Canada, New Zealand and Australia. It’s unclear whether the NSA is still actively spying on French companies. Today’s news is particularly interesting as it proves that the NSA is not only a geopolitical intelligence agency. It also plays an important role when it comes to economic intelligence.

Inputting+ for Android lets you undo or redo your typing with a tap

Third-party keyboards have been available on Android for years, but most of them lack the tools you’re used to while typing at your desk.

AOL Takes Over Majority of Microsoft’s Ad Business, Swaps Google Search For Bing

Microsoft isn’t exiting the ad business entirely – it will continue to sell search ads. The dramatic scaling back of its ambitions has been years in the making. Back in 2006, then-Chief Executive Steve Ballmer declared in a famous speech that advertisers, not software developers, were the backbone of the company. The following year Microsoft shelled out $6.3 billion to acquire the online advertising firm aQuantive, which was aimed at helping it compete with Google.

Final Fantasy VII Remake - Teaser Trailer - Rewind Theatre - IGN Video

Marty and Zach scrub through the teaser for Square Enix's long awaited remake.

One Driver Explains How He Is Helping to Rip Off Uber in China

While there are no reliable estimates on how prevalent the scams are, interviews with Uber drivers, equipment vendors and reviews of postings on dedicated online forums suggest at least some of the $1 billion that Uber has pledged to spend to expand the service in China this year is being siphoned off by fake bookings. The scams may be counted among the number of trips Uber claims in China, a figure the company said reached almost 1 million per day in a letter this month to shareholders.

Uber executives taken into police custody following French taxi strike

Today's interrogations are not explicitly connected to last week's protests, though French officials have toughened their stance following the strike. France's interior minister has called on Paris police to enforce a ban on the service, threatening to arrest drivers and seize cars. Earlier today, the ministry  announced that 200 police had been deployed across Paris to patrol the streets for UberPop drivers. In March, French police raided Uber's Paris offices as part of the investigation, in an act that Uber at the time described as a "disproportionate action."

Microsoft sends display ad business to AOL

Microsoft sends display ad business to AOL Bing search engine will also deliver search results and advertising on AOL properties. Check out this story on

Dealing With Data Privacy in the Cloud

“Unless your data is in such an amorphous state that you cannot remodel it to fit the new standard without teams of data scientists and alchemists, the move to a cloud strategy may be a sensible and cost-effective approach to doing it all in house,” said McMahon. “Any well-governed cloud vendors should already be on point to restructure their applications and services accordingly to accommodate said changes with many being ready a long way before you can make your own internal changes.”


July 9, 2015 at 1 pm ET/10 am PST The role of the CMO is more complex than ever before, and the battle to win over the customer can appear daunting. With over 120 digital marketing channels to choose from, and more than 2,400 products available to manage them, it is inevitable that marketing technology takes a driving seat. More technology means the CMO has now set up camp in the CIO's territory. But this doesn't have to lead to the next office battleground (we all remember the Great Sales & Marketing Wars of the '90s, right?); there is a way forward. We'll explain how marketing and IT executives can make cross-functional, cross-methodology teams work, without fisticuffs. We'll cover best practices to reduce fire drills, manage resources, and drive productivity. Those siloes that are in the way? Look out because we're going to bust 'em. Like peanut butter and chocolate, the CMO and CIO can work together to deliver awesome, tasty, results - we'll show you how that begins. After this webinar, you'll: * Identify problem communication areas within your organization that can lead to internal war * Learn how to speak fluent CIO, and discover your inner process junkie * Discover new, exciting acronyms, and find out why they're deadly important to your continue growth * Find out why fluidity will be the next big thing in executive circles It's time to sign up to avoid a war, not create one.

PayPal Updates User Agreement Following Backlash Over Robocalls And FCC Complaints

“I commend PayPal for taking steps to honor consumer choices to be free from unwanted calls and texts.  The changes to PayPal’s user agreement recognize that its customers are not required to consent to unwanted robocalls or robotexts.  It clarifies, rightly, that its customers must provide prior express written consent before the company can call or text them with marketing, and that these customers have a right to revoke their consent to receive robocalls or robotexts at any time. These changes, along with PayPal’s commitments to improve its disclosures and make it easier for consumers to express their calling preferences, are significant and welcome improvements.”

PayPal dials back on robocalling - CNET

Earlier this month, the digital payments company faced a torrent of criticism for adding new language into its user agreement that people feared could give it the broad ability to blanket users with autodialed marketing calls and texts. The Federal Communications Commission and the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman quickly weighed in, calling on PayPal and its parent company, eBay, to provide more information on their robocalling policies.

Two Uber execs in France held by police as tensions mount

Two senior Uber executives have reportedly been taken into custody in France, as pressure mounts on the company to cease the ride-sharing element of its service.

Apple Music launching at 11AM ET tomorrow

Apple Music will launch at 11 AM ET tomorrow with the release of iOS 8.4. The first Beats 1 radio broadcast will begin one hour later, at 12 PM ET. Apple had previously said the new services would launch on June 30th, but Ian Rogers, senior director of Apple Music, announced the exact time in a  blog post published over the weekend. Rogers later removed the specific time from his post, but not before  MacRumors reported it . Rogers later  tweeted that Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show would begin at 12 PM ET.

Amazon will offer loans to encourage new sellers in China and 7 European countries

Amazon is launching a program which will provide loans to new businesses. The idea is to help them get started and gain market share.

Digitizing The World Could Be Worth $11 Trillion By 2025

Creating the "Internet of Things" by connecting everyday objects like factory machines, vehicles and buildings to the web could be worth between $3.9 trillion and $11.1 trillion by 2025, according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute.

Wine Sulfites Are Fine, But Here's How to Remove Them Anyway | WIRED

Sulfites comprise a range of sulfur compounds—particularly sulfur dioxide (SO 2 )—that are a natural by-product of the fermentation process that work as a preservative against certain yeast and bacteria (which will quickly destroy a wine if they start to multiply). But fermentation alone doesn’t produce enough sulfite to preserve a wine for more than a few weeks or months in the bottle, so winemakers add extra in order to keep microbes at bay. Sulfites aren’t just in wine. Many, many foods ranging from crackers to coconut contain sulfites. Anything that’s at all processed is likely to contain at least some level of sulfites.

Samsung's Tizen may launch on more smartphones this year - CNET

The lower-end of the space where Tizen lives, however, could prove important to Samsung. A gold rush of sorts is developing in that end of the space with competitors like Google's Android One vying for consumers in emerging markets. By launching more devices, Samsung could be planning to expand its Tizen footprint and make the operating system more readily accessible across the world's emerging markets.

#LoveWins, The Soundtrack: Here's Your SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Party Playlist

"It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."— Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

What The Starbucks Race Together Campaign Actually Got Right

Business improved, the coffee chain saw an uptick in how the brand was perceived, and its CEO stood up for values employees care about.

U.S. Panel Aims to Shield Planes From Cyberattack

U.S. aviation regulators and industry officials have begun developing comprehensive cybersecurity protections for aircraft, seeking to cover everything from the largest commercial jetliners to small private planes. A high-level advisory committee set up by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration—including representatives of plane makers, pilots and parts suppliers from around the globe—was scheduled to meet for the first time this...

If Your Enemies From Your 20s Were Bosses From 'Mega Man' Games

If you at all experienced childhood in the 80s and 90s and didn't play Nintendo, specifically the Mega Man franchise, it could be argued that you, in fact, had no childhood. (You can spitefully share this article with your parents later and say something like, "Did you guys really love me at all?!")

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Real velociraptor claw is way better than a 'Jurassic World' toy - CNET

The ultimate "Jurassic World" collectible isn't sold in toy stores. You can buy a real velociraptor claw fossil from a specialty dealer.

Twitch viewers watched nearly 12 million hours of E3 coverage (infographic)

Amazon-owned Twitch today revealed an infographic sharing some numbers from its coverage of the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show in Los Angeles. It shows that Twitch is still on an upward trajectory, with over 21 million unique viewers this E3 compared to 12 million in 2014 and around 9.5 million back in 2013. Those 21 million viewers together watched nearly 12 million hours of E3 content.

Lexus video teases a 'real' magnetic hoverboard

The website explains that it's magnetic, with liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets, made with a Lexus grille and natural bamboo -- but stops there. We've seen a $10,000 magnetic hoverboard before , but it required a special metal track to ride on, and this teaser appears to show the board on regular ground ( Update : We got in touch with Lexus, and confirmed that like the other examples we've seen, there is a metal surface underneath the skate park shown here -- it's real, but you won't be riding this thing just anywhere). That seems rather unlikely, but we'll have to wait to find out more. Lexus says it will bring regular updates in the coming weeks about its "real, rideable hoverboard" but for now all we have is a teaser video to watch and speculate about.

The Run-Down Arctic Mining Town Putin Wants to Be a Resort | WIRED

The photographer didn’t have much else to shoot during his repeated trips to the town and the surrounding region, as Barentsburg offers few distractions. There is a restaurant and a bar, but it accepts only Norwegian kroners. Miners are paid in rubles, but they can use them only in the supermarket and canteen. Most people are too tired after work to socialize, so they spend their days at their jobs and at home. There’s nothing to do outside the village, and venturing beyond the outskirts requires carrying a rifle for protection against polar bears. To get off the island, people must take a snowmobile ride overland or a ferry across the water to the nearest airport. No one wants to stay very long.

Flag drops, BS stops: Cars Technica’s favorite rides from a Watkins Glen weekend

As one might expect, there were some extremely cool racing cars at the track. On top of that, Watkins Glen is just dripping in motorsport history, and there were lots of cool street cars to gawp at as well. We've assembled the gallery above to share some initial highlights, but we'll have more from Watkins Glen in the coming week. Hopefully these sights can satisfy your petrol appetites in the meantime—you might even see one of the gaming industry's superstars among the motorheads.

Cool Off by Watching Bentley's New SUV Play in Some Snow | WIRED

Of course, just because Bentley is calling its new vehicle an SUV doesn’t mean that buyers will pay $300,000 to take it rock crawling. It’s much more likely to spend some time on a country lane with some pesky leaves on it, or, at worst, on a snow-covered road leading up to a ski chalet. It’s for that daunting prospect that Bentley has taken the Bentayga to Sweden for cold weather winter testing.

Here's what Jailbreakers should do when iOS 8.4 is released

This would be the ideal situation as you will not only be able to jailbreak your iOS device, you will also be able to check out Apple Music, Apple’s streaming music service which goes live along with iOS 8.4. iOS 8.4 is also expected to fix the Wi-Fi issues and the effective power text bug. We also hope it fixes the battery life issues reported in iOS 8.3.

Study Suggests Google Harms Consumers by Skewing Search Results

BRUSSELS—New research by two U.S. academics suggests that Google Inc. is harming Internet users and violating competition laws by skewing search results to favor its own services, a potentially significant twist in Europe’s long-running antitrust investigation of the U.S. search company.

Social Life Management--Can It Save Your Online Reputation?

Social Life Management’s toolbox is large, and it takes a second to grasp the power at your fingertips. You start by identifying who you are on the Internet—i.e. which pages are you, and which happen to be people with your same name, along with alerting Social Life Management’s AI about pages that negatively portray you. Social Life Management tallies up your online presence, including social media accounts, and gives you your Social Life Score. Then the platform opens up, with services falling into two camps: passive image maintenance included with the monthly subscription and pay-per-action. The included services make up the bulk of what beta testers have used Social Life Management for: passively tracking your name and mentions of your social media accounts as well as a CMS suite to post content on those social media accounts. The pay-per-action options are more surgical, from paying for written content to paying for Social Life Management to draft up DMC takedowns if you find your work illegally copied online. But perhaps the most intriguing for-pay option lets you bury content that shows you in a negative light.

J.K. Rowling: Seriously, guys, the new 'Harry Potter' play isn't a prequel - CNET

In case there was still any doubt left, Rowling posted a tweet on Monday with a promotional image for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" that contains a pretty perfect warning. Alongside the image is a big red circle with the words "Warning: It is not a prequel," and it's a pretty perfect way to end this confusion once and for all. You can see that image at the top of this post.

Google's adorable self-driving cars are now on public roads

Google announced last month that it'd be putting its prototype self-driving cars on California roads this summer, and  now they're here . When they were first announced last year, the cars were shown without any driver controls at all, but these are a bit different — there will still be a qualified driver and manual override controls available at all times, just in case a car gets out of its element. ( Data so far suggests the challenge might be with self-driving cars being too safe, not the other way around.) In this way, the cars are similar to the many self-driving Lexus SUVs that Google already has driving on and around its Mountain View campus.

True Detective: "Night Finds You" Review - IGN

Their interplay feels real. As yet, it’s not about one vying to outsmart the other, but each looking for an open door to an honest exchange. For her part, Bezzerides is legitimately invested in solving this murder and doesn’t express a pat dismissal of Velcoro as a dirty cop. Though she most certainly realizes that he’s filthy and compromised to the core. They’re sizing each other up, but their interplay registers as human. There’s a sense of, at the very least understanding, and at best respect. One gets the idea that because they’re in over their heads there’s a desire for trust despite the fact that trust is impossible for them - given the circumstances. The scenes between Velcoro and Semyon are more mannered, but there’s a cat-and-mouse edge that works, though I do hope they become more charged as things move along.

Engineers Just Broke the Capacity Limit For Fiber Optic Transmission

As the world’s collective Internet demand continues to skyrocket, electrical engineers have been keeping pace by upping the signal that passes through our fiber optic cables, allowing us to send and receive more juicy data faster. But optical fiber transmission has certain physical limitations. If you boost the power too much, the beams of laser light that carry data start interfering with one another, until eventually, the signal degrades and information is lost.

With Bots Like These, Who Needs Friends? | WIRED

“We have no grand plans for this thing,” Baker says. “We launched it about a month ago, and it was an idea that was tossed around for the longest time. We didn’t know the proper form to give it. We started with, well, what’s the Web experience? And we had a bunch of funny ideas like would you have to slur to get in. At one point, we had built a Captcha that you had to get wrong in order to get in. But doing it through a website never really felt right.”

iOS 9 Low Power Mode Cuts Performance by 40 Percent

You can't have it all. And by that, we mean that it's often difficult to reconcile lots of battery life against a device's performance. That's the exact trade-off some iPhone users will have to make once they're given the option to put their devices into a Low Power Mode—a tweak that will arrive with iOS 9 this fall.

Google given more time to reply to EU antitrust charges

The company was earlier told to respond by July 7, sources told Reuters. Neither the company or the EU competition authority had given the first deadline, but Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso confirmed the extra time given to Google.

Jazz Up Your Facebook Photos With Text, Filters on iOS

You can also tap the magic wand button in the bottom left corner to access a number of other editing tools, including the same set of filters, a text button, stickers, and the ability to crop and tag the photo.

Salem: "The Witching Hour" Review - IGN

Salem took a couple steps closer to becoming hell's new capital on Earth in this fun, pulpy season finale filled with death, rebirths, and more death. Way more than last season's finale, the show felt confident - despite its single town setting - to shake things up and twist the status quo.

Watch SpaceX’s Rocket Explode on the Way to the ISS | WIRED

Today, in the eternal war between SpaceX’s reusable rockets and SpaceX’s robot boat, the rockets lost again. Elon Musk’s company loaded up a Dragon capsule full of supplies this morning in what would have been its seventh mission to the International Space Station—and its third attempt to salvage the capsule’s rocket, Falcon 9, by landing on an autonomous barge. But the poor thing didn’t even get the chance to try. Less than three minutes into flight, the rocket and its cargo exploded, their disintegrating parts cloaked by a huge cloud of smoke.

'Top Gun 2' will pit Tom Cruise against drones

Cinema always reflects our anxieties back onto us, so it's no surprise to see that the Top Gun sequel will involve unmanned aerial vehicles. Producer David Ellison told Collider that Tom Cruise will return to the series that made him famous, with a story where Maverick tries to out-maneuver a fleet of drones. It appears as if the flick will depict "the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots" as the world's powers switch over to remotely-flown , computer-aided flying death machines.

Singapore teaches kids to form start-ups

Singapore teaches kids to form start-ups Creating an entrepreneurial culture is deemed so crucial to this nation's future that the government is matching venture capital investments and teaching kids in grade school how to start their own companies. Check out this story on

Apple Watch patent would have you sharing files with a handshake

Wondering how you'd exchange info between smartwatches when their displays are so small? Apple thinks it has an easy answer: make the same gestures you already use to greet your friends. The tech firm has applied for a patent on a system that exchanges data between wearables (presumably Apple Watches ) whenever both people make a similar greeting gesture, such as a handshake, bow or fist bump. The watches would only need to use their motion sensors and short-range wireless to tell that you're getting cozy -- you wouldn't need to tap the screen at all. Devices could also swap different kinds of data depending on the exact gesture and how well you know the other person, so you'd only share contact info if you're grabbing hands for the first time. There's no guarantee that Apple will roll this feature into the Watch any time soon, but it strikes us as a very logical (and, dare we say it, handy) upgrade.

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54 From Intel Capital, Hyatt And More Pour $40M Into Onefinestay, A High End Airbnb Rival
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56 Facebook Is Probably Tracking All Those Rainbow Profile Pictures
57 Apple to increase iTunes Match limit to 100,000 songs with iOS 9
58 Google's search practices come under scrutiny from leading academic Wu | ZDNet
59 Uber Executives Detained by Police in Paris
60 Apple reportedly begins iPhone 6s production featuring Force Touch
61 Penny Dreadful: "And Hell Itself My Only Foe" Review - IGN
62 Facebook for Android still lets you send messages without installing the Messenger app
63 The Ad Industry's Best: See All 18 Grand Prix Winners From The 2015 Cannes Lions
64 Taylor Swift's 1989 is coming to Apple Music
65 Samsung's next-gen tech could spawn smaller, supercharged batteries
66 Uber acquires mapping tech and talent from Microsoft as it prepares to take on Google
67 U.S. top court declines to hear Google appeal in Oracle Java fight
68 Automakers Tackle the Massive Security Challenges of Connected Vehicles
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72 Falcon rocket explosion leaves SpaceX launch schedule in tatters
73 'Kitten Rentals' Are The Purr-fect Way To Get Your Cat Fix And Help Homeless Animals
74 Microsoft is reportedly handing over its ad business (and 1,200 jobs) to AOL
75 Zane Lowe's first Beats 1 interview will be with Eminem
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77 comScore CTO shares big data lessons
78 Some Evil Genius Built a Tourbillon Ride That Twists In Every Direction
79 Who’s winning the mobile payments war?
80 Top chef explains how to make the perfect prime rib
81 Stretchy conductive ink puts computing power on your clothes
82 Out of the shadows, China hackers turn cyber gatekeepers
83 YC-Backed Instant eSports Is ESPN for Competitive Gaming
84 Crazy Contraption Is Part Architecture, Part Water Filter | WIRED
85 Main Quests - The Elder Scrolls Online Wiki Guide - IGN
86 Slice Intelligence: Fitbit is outselling the Apple Watch
87 Apple Music Is Coming to Sonos Speakers
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90 Is Skynet real? 'Terminator: Genisys' stars agree: We're screwed
91 When A Promotion Is A Bad Thing
92 The best Daily Show jokes about Greece's financial troubles
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94 As Competition With YouTube Increases, Facebook Overhauls Its Video Analytics
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