10 Things You're Doing at Work That Say "I Don't Care"

We’ve all been at a restaurant where the waiter forgets your special request and looks as though he’d rather be just about anywhere else in that moment. Then there’s the grocery store clerk who avoids eye contact and is annoyed with your coupons. Clearly these people don’t care, but is it possible we’re sending similar signals at work without realizing it?

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Kindle Unlimited’s 600,000 Books | Underwire | WIRED

Amazon So, you’ve signed up for Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service and now you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by what’s on offer? That’s OK; it’s not often that you’re faced with the sudden availability of over 600,000 digital books to sample at once. If you’ve spent the weekend scrolling through your reading options in a nervous haze, unsure where to start reading, we’ve come up with five possible methods to get you on your merry reading way. No need to thank us. We know you’ll be too busy curling up with a good book—or several.

Destiny Ghost Edition pulling a vanishing act from retailers

Enjoying the Destiny beta? Hopefully not so much that you feel persuaded to place a pre-order for the game's Ghost Edition, because UK retailer GAME is just about sold out, according to a recent tweet made by the store's official account. PS4 versions of the Ghost Edition are still available to our friends across the pond, but Xbox One copies are, shall we say, somewhat phantasmal. If you're living stateside, your options aren't much better; Amazon, GameStop and Best Buy are no longer offering the collector's edition for North America customers, though none of the above have made an announcement like GAME has. If you're looking to augment your Destiny experience, the Limited Edition, which includes a steelbook case, folio and in-game bonus content still seems to be available. Still, it looks like the Letter of Introduction, Golden Age Relics and Ghost replica afforded by the Ghost Edition will be but myth to many. Oh well, at least we'll always have the moon. [Image: Activision]

Facebook’s $2 Billion Acquisition Of Oculus Closes, Now Official | TechCrunch

Facebook now owns Oculus. The $2 billion acquisition deal  of the virtual reality pioneer announced in March has been approved by regulators and today become official. The FCC’s anti-trust team greenlighted the deal in April. Now it has passed the California Department Of Corporations fairness hearing and will go into effect. The exact price of the acquisition came out to $2,001,985,000.

Xbox 360 Titanfall pilots will be Marked for Death on July 21

Late is better than never, a rule that will be reaffirmed for Titanfall 's Xbox 360 pilots when the Marked for Death mode sets its sights on the console this week. The Titanfall Twitter account tweeted a July 21 arrival date, which is just enough time to string Monday night plans together with your friends and potential targets. If you've yet to try it, Marked for Death hangs a literal target above one member of each team, leaving the remaining members to protect their singled-out pilot while trying to off the other team's. A marked player's target can always be seen, so pilots have a general sense of where to find their prey. Killing a marked pilot earns a point for your team and places the target above different pilots for the next round. Marked for Death started singling out players a few weeks ago on Xbox One in an update that also added 14 burn cards and Titan insignias.

7 Hilarious Email Signatures to Inspire Your Sign-Off

We mostly use email signatures in a professional manner, from stale quotes to "think of the environment before printing this email." Instead, why not spice up your sign-offs with some humor to get a giggle out of your reader?

Bungie Explains Why 'Destiny' Doesn't Have Cross-Platform Play

The Destiny beta is in full swing on PlayStation, and I’m sure a number of you have a stable of maxed out characters already, making your Xbox friends jealous. Bungie’s genius idea to give each pre-ordering beta participant three separate codes has likely made this a much larger test than anyone was anticipating, and I’ll be curious to see the final numbers when they’re released.

Business Agility Drives Cloud Adoption

"We're really seeing companies that are making big impacts have a lot of involvement from the top," she says. "I think the conversation about technology is one where the companies that are moving fast and really experiencing digital transformation have a CEO that is really embracing it and pushing it. These companies are having a really strategic conversation, constantly, about what they are doing and what they are targeting with their technology. Those companies who say technology is an advantage for them also say that their CIOs don't just have a seat at the table, they're helping to lead the charge."

RadiumOne Issues Not-Quite-Apology For Ousting CEO Who Pled Guilty To Domestic Violence | TechCrunch

After being fired, Chahal vowed that he would seek vengeance against RadiumOne, explaining “ You have left me with no other options but to seek legal recourse. And, now will have to face severe legal consequences individually for this in the court of law.” Today’s statement indicates he’s no longer suing. That could mean that RadiumOne agreed to settle with Chahal. With the company trying to go public, it may have thought it was better to remove uncertainty and quash the legal attack with a cash or stock settlement rather than letting it loom over the IPO.

Samsung brings Tizen to original Gear smartwatch - CNET

While the change is optional, the switch conveys the South Korean company's interests in bolstering Tizen so it can reduce its dependence on Android. Samsung is the undisputed leader of Android smartphones, but it still needs an alternative system that gives it more control over its own future. Also, by offering Tizen to more Gear users, Samsung could be creating a bigger audience on the operating system, providing an added incentive for developers to make more apps for Tizen.

Report: League of Legends hacker made $1,000 a day

If being a jerk on the Internet is a competition, Shane "Jason" Duffy might be in the champion's running. Police raided the 21-year-old's room regarding a League of Legends security incident in 2011, which Riot eventually addressed in 2012, and Duffy's online activity while on bail earned another visit from police in 2013. In an interview with The Daily Dot, Duffy claimed involvement for brute forcing League accounts, selling character skins from accounts for $200-$800, leaking League of Legends: Supremacy through a Riot employee's Twitter account, and creating a service that could knock League players out of games in exchange for money. Duffy told The Daily Dot in November that his group had scored access to millions of accounts, which he claims were harvested via a senior Riot employee's account. Duffy says that despite Riot noticing a breach and telling staff members to change their passwords, this employee did not, allowing Duffy's group to set up backdoor software on Riot's servers. By the time Riot realized what was happening, Duffy claims they had grabbed information for 24.

How Monsieur Shook Up Disrupt SF With Its Bartending Robot | TechCrunch

In a phone call this week, Monsieur’s chairman Paul Judge told TechCrunch that the company has completed a pilot at Philips Arena in Atlanta, and has been showcased by the National Restaurant Association, which has led to a surge in orders from restaurants and hotels. At the moment, Monsieur has several million dollars of orders in the pipeline in addition to the Kickstarter orders, and is on track to ship upwards of 1,000 units.

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Giant ants are infesting the Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery in London is swarming with giant ants. The massive insects are on the ceiling and on the walls. They teem in the corners, their bodies pressed so thickly together that it is almost possible to imagine that they might be guarding a nest. Rafael Gómezbarros' sculptures measure 50 centimeters (20 inches) in length, and are put together from materials like resin, fiber glass, and human skull casts. Entitled Casa Tomada (Taken House), the skin-crawling exhibit is meant to depict the plight of immigrant workers across the world. It is also a tribute to his countrymen whose lives have been affected by the Colombian conflict, which has been raging for half a century now.

Former Autonomy CFO Seeks Rejection of HP Settlement

“The lawyers who spent more than a year documenting the errors and misrepresentations of HP executives in their acquisition and integration of Autonomy have been bought off by the promise of tens of millions of dollars. HP and its executives, who squandered billions of dollars and produced a report whitewashing the whole affair, avoid answering a single question. And the shareholders who have borne the losses get nothing, and learn nothing about what really happened. Three years on shareholders deserve more than this, they deserve answers.”

The Black Entrepreneur Trying to End Startup Racism Is Almost Out of Cash

Because of its broad-based approach, D.C. Challenge has been successful in attracting at least one potential participant who is not African-American: Erik Kugler, the white co-owner of a local bike shop called Bicycle Space. Kugler, 49, seems to be the team’s most promising prospect of the four groups they met on Wednesday (the remaining three comprised African-Americans); he confidently describes the research he has already done on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and says he is also considering both platforms to host his campaign for custom, high-end bicycles. Interestingly, Kugler found D.C. Challenge appealing precisely because of its connection to minorities.

BlackBerry Names New COO, Marty Beard, ex-CEO Of Enterprise Cloud Startup LiveOps | TechCrunch

BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion) is a Canadian designer, manufacturer and marketer of wireless devices and solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. The company is best known as the developer of the BlackBerry smart phone. Blackberry technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity …

Could this battery-powered, Wi-Fi camera show chip startups how to find a market?

The second thing any wireless, Wi-Fi camera has to deal with is the radio. Wi-Fi is a power-intensive protocol, able to send huge data files quickly because it has a lot of capacity. Immedia’s has integrated its image processing chip with the lowest power Wi-Fi chips around and has also tweaked its software so the Wi-Fi radio only sends the video files when the video is done recording. This doesn’t stream data — instead it sends it in a quick, powerful burst and shuts back down to save power.

J.J. Abrams gives first look at 'Star Wars' X-wing fighter - CNET

It's the last week for the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, which gives "Star Wars" fans the chance to appear as an extra in "Star Wars Episode VII" and meet some of the cast and crew on set. To mark the occasion and plea for additional donations, J.J. Abrams released a special video message from the set, where he appeared next to an X-wing fighter that will appear in the movie.

Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony Launches Venture Firm | TechCrunch

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in technology,” Anthony said in a statement. “We are actively looking for ventures with strong leaders creating breakthrough products that resonate with consumers. I particularly have my eye on companies that are involved with wearable technology and connected devices. These will be huge areas for the future.”

This Little Box Hijacks Your Chromecast, Rickrolls Your Living Room | TechCrunch

Once a prankster has hijacked the host seat, they could send the Chromecast videos, or songs, or do whatever else you normally might as the legitimate operator. The nasty part: unless the prankster gets bored or goes out of range, there’s no easy way to get the Chromecast back under your control.

An iPad App To Make All Your Selfies Go 3D | TechCrunch

While the app is designed for iPad, a good hacker will be able to rig it for use on any iOS device, including a smartphone. It can technically hook up with any iOS device that has a Lightning dock connector. Occipital is also considering making a sensor to fit specifically on phone cameras so users can make 3D models of any object on the go and then upload that to the cloud to, say, 3D print it at a later date. While Structure Sensor will be required to scan images, users can still download Itseez3D to view sample models.

The Hackable Office Furniture Of The Future Lets You Create Any Office You Want

The company's Metaform Portfolio, a system of stackable blocks, boundaries, work surfaces, and tools designed largely with a strong, lightweight plastic, is intended to allow employees to easily mix, match, and configure their work spaces based on the needs of their current projects. Once those needs change, the workspace can be easily rearranged. That could mean project teams setting up large tables of team meeting spaces that adjoin a whiteboard and later re-arranging the same furniture grouped into small clusters or even in an arc or circle. Later, the space can be put back into cubicles, with sitting or standing desk, when people need to plug away at their individual work.

Netflix ends Q2 with 50 million members, survives price hike without blemishes

So why is this relevant today? Because Netflix announced its first price increase since the 2011 debacle with its last earnings in April . This time around, the company grandfathered existing subscribers into the old price, reducing the risk of mass cancellations. However, the fact that the company also saw 1.69 million new subscribers across its domestic and international markets also shows that the moderate price increase — new members pay $9 instead of $8 per month for the company’s most popular plan — didn’t really discourage many to sign up. Or as CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells put it in their earnings letter to shareholders :

A North Korean Architect’s Crazy Visions of the Future | Design | WIRED

All the creations have an innocent, retro-futurist vibe. They could pass as concept art for the Tomorrowland section of Disney’s theme parks. This isn’t necessarily surprising. As Bonner points out, many of the buildings in North Korea, erected after the destruction of the Korean War, were similarly influenced by the futuristic leanings of that era. And though the idea with this project was to emphasize local materials and traditional techniques, the buildings are a distinctly local product in another sense: the architect who created them has never left North Korea. “The images are likely to have had only a minor influence from the outside world,” Bonner says.

Activist investor pushes EMC to spin off VMware

Elliott Management Corp. has taken a stake of more than $1 billion in EMC Corp. and plans to push the data-storage giant to break itself apart, according to people familiar with the matter.

Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event” | TechCrunch

I confirmed with Microsoft that the decision has no impact on Build, the company’s other developer event. That’s hardly surprising. It would have been odd to see Microsoft lower its load of developer outreach at a time when it is scrambling to grow developer mindshare in certain product categories, and preserve where it already retains buy-in.

Apple's eighth annual UK iTunes Festival to kick off in September

Among this year’s featured artists are Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Blondie, and many more. Tickets are, as ever, free, but are available only via contests, either those run by the company’s partners like Global Radio and the London Evening Standard , or by entering ballots on iTunes.

New iPhone 6 Photos hint at light-up Apple logo for Notifications [updated]

These photos have fueled speculation that the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone could light up when you receive new text messages, phone calls, emails or other notifications. It is possible that Apple could extend the feature to developers to implement in third-party apps.

Facebook Explains Why It Wants to Be a Retail Store | Business | WIRED

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg and company started testing a “Buy” button inside the News Feed posts and ads that turn up on the world’s most popular social network, letting users instantly pay for goods and services from other merchants without leaving Facebook. The button provides an added level of convenience for those who spend so much of their time on Facebook already, and it marks the beginning of a new stage in the company’s evolution into a significant money-making machine.

In China, Mobile Becomes Number One Way of Going Online

As mobile becomes the number one way for internet users in China to go online, dissecting what they use the platform for is definitely going to be key for companies to figure out how to retain users, and it seems like we can expect the rivalry between Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent to heat up going forward.

Italy gives Google 18 months to change data use practices

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's data protection regulator has given Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data, bringing to an end an investigation that is part of a European drive to reform the internet giant's privacy practices.

New official Star Wars VII video teases full sized X-wing on set

A new J. J. Abrams' Star Wars VII video shows a new version of the X-Wing starfighter. It may look like a Z-95 Headhunter because it doesn't appear to have the classic s-foils that open to give it it's X attack shape, but this official tweet says it's the real thing. So, ladies and gentlenerds, behold the X-wing Mark II!

Meeting Mobile’s Growing Demands and Challenges

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Music data startup Senzari unveils new engine for better music analysis

For example, using the MusicGraph.ai, customers can perform complex types of analysis like triangle counting, in which the system can look at all artists that a user wants analyzed and from there determine how artist A is connected to artist B who is connected to artist C, and so on. From this type of analysis, Bellumio said, a user can learn who is the most connected musical artist of all time (it’s apparently Frank Sinatra, by the way, according to a demonstration of the engine by Senzari).

'Mighty Kacy' Demolishes 'American Ninja Warrior' While Making Show History

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4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again

This is a warning cloaked in a love letter. Our shot over the bow aimed at Disney and the team behind the upcoming Star Wars films. This is our chance to redeem Star Wars. JJ Abrams, please don't mess this up. Watch Prescott and Robert talk about what it took to make the "4 Rules" video, including concept art, early renderings, and bad ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7867... Voice your support at www.dearjjabrams.com #dearjjabrams Produced by Sincerely Truman www.sincerelytruman.com

Top 10 Jobs With the Highest Work-Life Balance

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

8 Places for Thrifty Bookworms to Download Free E-Books

From romance to mystery to drama, this website is a good source for all sorts of e-books. When you're making a selection, you can go through reviews and ratings for each book. If you're looking for a wide variety of books in various categories, check out this site.

The Relationship Between Creativity and Mental Illness

Many personality characteristics of creative people … make them more vulnerable, including openness to new experiences, a tolerance for ambiguity, and an approach to life and the world that is relatively free of preconceptions. This flexibility permits them to perceive things in a fresh and novel way, which is an important basis for creativity. But it also means that their inner world is complex, ambiguous, and filled with shades of gray rather than black and white. It is a world filled with many questions and few easy answers. While less creative people can quickly respond to situations based on what they have been told by people in authority — parents, teachers, pastors, rabbis, or priests — the creative person lives in a more fluid and nebulous world. He or she may have to confront criticism or rejection for being too questioning, or too unconventional. Such traits can lead to feelings of depression or social alienation. A highly original person may seem odd or strange to others. Too much openness means living on the edge. Sometimes the person may drop over the edge… into depression, mania, or perhaps schizophrenia.

NewYorker.com Gets A Fresh New Look

It's the the New Yorker --publisher of 13,000-word book reviews and five-part stories on wheat --so don't expect a radical upheaval of the visual identity. However, NewYorker.com has gained a responsive design that makes it easier to read in the mobile age, while maintaining its iconic look. Unlike the old NewYorker.com , the new design features a lot of white space, deemphasizes on navigation elements like sidebars and menus, and has a portal-like homepage that encourages browsing.

NYC Approves Apartment Building With Separate Entrance for Poor People

It would be difficult to come with a more on-the-nose metaphor for New York City's income inequality problem than the new high-rise apartment building coming to 40 Riverside Boulevard, which will feature separate doors for regular, wealthy humans and whatever you call the scum that rents affordable housing.

How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ... (Filmed at TEDxPugetSound.)

Incredible space stone seems like it has a nebula trapped inside

This is just a stone. Not a photo of a stone with a Hubble Space Telescope image pasted over it. Not a hologram made inside some piece of glass. Not a portal to another dimension. Just a stone. It's like a some spacetime wizard captured a piece of the Universe and trapped it inside.

Australian Graphic Design Startup Canva Raises Additional $3.6M | TechCrunch

Canva , a site that lets non-designers create graphics using drag-and-drop tools, has nabbed an additional $3.6 million in funding from Founders Fund and Shasta Ventures, as well as existing investors Matrix Partners, Blackbird Ventures, and Square Peg Capital. This brings its total raised so far to $7 million .

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The Russian Public Has a Totally Different Understanding of What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

T his isn’t an innocent you-say-tomato moment; this is a very problematic development. The result of all this Russian coverage is that Russians’ understanding of what happened is as follows. At best, the crash is an unfortunate accident on the part of the Ukrainian military that the West is trying to pin on Russia, which had nothing to do with it; at worst, it is all part of a nefarious conspiracy to drag Russia into an apocalyptic war with the West. So whereas the West sees the crash as a game-changer, the Russians do not see why a black swan event has to change anything or they want to resist what they see is a provocation. To them, after a few days of watching Russian television, it’s not at all clear what happened nor that their government is somehow responsible for this tragedy. And the more we insist on it, the less likely the Russians are to agree.

Chuck Palahniuk reconvenes his 'Fight Club'

Chuck Palahniuk reconvenes his 'Fight Club' Comic-book sequel "Fight Club 2" picks up 10 years after the ending of Chuck Palahniuk's 1996 book. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1rwiUht

The rise of data and the death of politics

With his belief that algorithmic regulation is based on "a deep understanding of the desired outcome", O'Reilly cunningly disconnects the means of doing politics from its ends. But the how of politics is as important as the what of politics – in fact, the former often shapes the latter. Everybody agrees that education, health, and security are all "desired outcomes", but how do we achieve them? In the past, when we faced the stark political choice of delivering them through the market or the state, the lines of the ideological debate were clear. Today, when the presumed choice is between the digital and the analog or between the dynamic feedback and the static law, that ideological clarity is gone – as if the very choice of how to achieve those "desired outcomes" was apolitical and didn't force us to choose between different and often incompatible visions of communal living.

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