Oculus Execs Believe Controllers Are The Missing Link In Virtual Reality | TechCrunch

During the Q&A I asked what the execs thought were the advantages and disadvantages of different input devices like dual-wielding nunchuks, motion tracking, and gloves, and which is each of their favorites. Luckey responded that a great device for guns is not the same as a great device for swords is not a great device for productivity apps. He said there will need to be a device that’s good for generally interacting with virtual worlds, though. With so many different use cases for VR and different corresponding input devices, it leads me to believe that Oculus will build a platform for connecting third-party input devices to its headsets. This would leave controller fragmentation to the developer community so Oculus can focus on generalizable problems and opportunities that exist across VR apps.

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How Vkontakte and Mail.ru overcame lawsuits, drama, and intrigue to reach a happy ending

“All the parties have achieved their respective goals: Mail.ru Group will consolidate 100 percent in VK; Durov will be able to fully control and develop Telegram; and UCP as a financial investor is quite pleased with the return on investment,” said Nafisa Nasyrova of the UCP’s press service in an exchange with East-West Digital News.

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Frank Sinatra Has a Cold

In the winter of 1965, writer Gay Talese arrived in Los Angeles with an assignment from Esquire to profile Frank Sinatra. The legendary singer was approaching fifty, under the weather, out of sorts, and unwilling to be interviewed. So Talese remained in L.A., hoping Sinatra might recover and reconsider, and he began talking to many of the people around Sinatra -- his friends, his associates, his family, his countless hangers-on -- and observing the man himself wherever he could. The result, "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold," ran in April 1966 and became one of the most celebrated magazine stories ever published, a pioneering example of what came to be called New Journalism -- a work of rigorously faithful fact enlivened with the kind of vivid storytelling that had previously been reserved for fiction. The piece conjures a deeply rich portrait of one of the era's most guarded figures and tells a larger story about entertainment, celebrity, and America itself. We're very pleased to republish it here.

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TGS 2014: The New Silent Hills Concept Trailer is Sick - IGN

It will be immediately familiar to anyone who played Kojima's 'playable trailer', utilizing the same eerie environment, but with additional balloons, bloody handprints, sentient children's toys, and a large monster that wants to eat you. Check it out below.

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18 Witty Signs and Costumes From the People's Climate March

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.

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Uncovering Hidden Text on a 500-Year-Old Map That Guided Columbus | WIRED

But that’s about to change. A team of researchers is using a technique called multispectral imaging to uncover the hidden text. They scanned the map last month at Yale University and expect to start extracting readable text in the next few months, says Chet Van Duzer, an independent map scholar who’s leading the project, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Middle-School Dropout Codes Clever Chat Program That Foils NSA Spying | WIRED

Brooks, who is just 22 and a self-taught coder who dropped out of school at 13, was always concerned about privacy and civil liberties. Four years ago he began work on a program for encrypted instant messaging that uses Tor hidden services for the protected transmission of communications. The program, which he dubbed Ricochet, began as a hobby. But by the time he finished, he had a full-fledged desktop client that was easy to use, offered anonymity and encryption, and even resolved the issue of metadata—the “to” and “from” headers and IP addresses spy agencies use to identify and track communications—long before the public was aware that the NSA was routinely collecting metadata in bulk for its spy programs. The only problem Brooks had with the program was that few people were interested in using it. Although he’d made Ricochet’s code open source, Brooks never had it formally audited for security and did nothing to promote it, so few people even knew about it.

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How Social Good Summit Is Unfolding on Social Media

Press: Press credentials will be given to press and bloggers from around the world for all Social Good Summit sessions and the Digital Media Lounge (DML). The DML is a fully wired workspace at 92Y to report out of, network with fellow members of the media and self-organize interviews and exclusive content from Social Good Summit sessions. The DML will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. To apply, please fill in the form here .

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Creating a 'Bitcoin Island' just off the English coast - Telegraph

The Isle of Man is selling itself as a global hub for crypto-currency startups with low taxation, 'pragmatic' regulation and high-speed internet. But it could be its thriving gambling industry which helps to create 'Crypto Valley', says Matthew Sparkes

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10 Important Historical Moments Told Through Text Message

If you're struggling to recall some of history's most important and influential moments, look no further than these imagined conversations, covering world history from the Cretaceous period right up through the 20th century.

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How To Protect Yourself Against Hackers

Let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. If a hacker — a real hacker, not someone with a set of easily available hacking tools — really wants your information, they will get it. The same can be said for the NSA or any other state-sponsored organization.

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14 Apple Devices, 1 Clever Music Video

What happens when a band gets its hands on six iPhones, four iPads, one iPod and three MacBooks? Ukrainian musicians Brunettes Shoot Blondes used their collection of Apple hardware to tell a story about an adorable big-eared creature jumping around the screens to catch up with a girl who doesn’t seem to be very fond of him — at first, at least.

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How to improve battery life on any mobile device - CNET

Reducing the brightness of your display will help to improve battery life. You should also avoid using automatic brightness settings. This mode utilizes the phone's sensors, which, because they're in use all the time, actually drains your battery more rapidly than adjusting your brightness manually. Auto mode will also sometimes leave your display at a level that is far too bright for your environment.

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Scotland's Leader: Voters 'Tricked' in Independence Referendum

LONDON — The debate over Scotland 's future fizzled amid a bitter war of words Sunday, with Scottish leader Alex Salmond claiming his countrymen were "tricked" into rejecting independence in a referendum, and Britain's three main political parties bickering over how to take political reform forward.

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Why We're More Likely To Remember Content With Images And Video (Infographic)

Videos can be harnessed in all manner of ways, from convincing buyers that your product is worth the investment to learning a new skill. YouTube alone sees more than 1 billion unique visitors a month and has made stars out of everyday people .

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The Future of Travel Has Arrived: Virtual-Reality Beach Vacations | WIRED

Obviously, only companies with deep pockets can afford to create installations like the Teleporter; it took three months to create a 90-second experience, making it one of the most labor-intensive entertainment experiences out there. But for Marriott, the expense—which no one would disclose—is well worth it, especially as the first step toward using virtual reality for other purposes. “We’re seeing a lot of potential applications,” says Dail. “We’re considering what it means for in-room entertainment. And behind the scenes, it’s a great opportunity for training your sales associates how to enhance the guest experience—it’s almost like a dress rehearsal module.”

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Productivity Hack Of The Week: Keep A More Organized Notebook

Next, whenever you takes notes make a mark on the edge of your notebook in line with where the relevant tag is in the back of the notebook. So if you took notes during a meeting that involved discussions on writing, social media, and CMS issues, you would mark the edges of that page in line with where your writing, social media, and CMS tags are in the back index.

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One Thing Well

You can use this to set environment variables, define functions, and run post-login commands. It’s that simple, and it won’t impact other users on the server - even if they use sshrc too. This makes sshrc very useful if you share a server with multiple users and can’t edit the server’s ~/.bashrc without affecting them, or if you have several servers that you don’t want to configure independently.

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Why Cisco Has Showered These 3 Men With Billions Of Dollars

Like the others, he's known as a very nice human being. Because both he and Mazzola are Italian, so are a handful of other engineers that have worked with MarioPremLuca since the beginning. (We're told the offices of a MarioPremLuca spin-in feel like stepping into Italy and they serve the best-tasting coffee in the Valley.)

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To Solve Prison Crowding, Norway Goes Dutch

About 550 Belgians are already housed in Dutch prisons under a program started in 2009. Belgium pays about $52 million annually to rent the detention space, according to the Dutch Ministry of Justice. The Dutch Parliament would need to approve a bilateral treaty with Norway before any transfer could occur, but lawmakers appear open to a deal. “If the Netherlands can keep jobs this way, we support the plans,” says Gerard Schouw, a member of parliament for the liberal D66 party.

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8 Misses In iOS 8

Apple’s Dropbox competitor seems to work fine, but please don’t use it. Why? Because unless you have Yosemite on your Mac (and you likely don’t), it will break functionality with your existing iCloud document files. Those are the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers file you likely have in iCloud, which will suddenly become unusable on your Mac. Ugh! Apple hasn’t announced a date for OS X Yosemite to even roll out yet, so while this will be fixed, you can’t even know when. In the meantime, just don’t activate iCloud Drive. Why Apple allowed people to when it has wisely delayed the rollout of several other features is totally unclear.

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Nvidia's Onslaught Continues: GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970 Maxwell Cards Launched

Nvidia has taken the wraps off their latest flagship PC gaming graphics cards today, now known as the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970. In the high-end PC graphics arena, there are halo products that are built to lay down the gauntlet for the competition. And of course, Nvidia and AMD have been in a perpetual slugfest for many years, in an effort to claim the biggest, baddest 3D graphics engine on the planet. Sometimes graphics cards even push the boundaries of stable system power capacity with their light-dimming, pixel crunching, horsepower; though even in this juggernaught product segment, there are certain efforts made toward efficient computing. And that’s what these new graphics cards from Nvidia, based on their latest Maxwell GPU architecture, are all about.

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The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years | TechCrunch

Our intent with this analysis was to use data to determine the challenges and opportunities surrounding the European entrepreneurial ecosystem. European companies raise smaller rounds at each stage versus their U.S. counterparts and make that funding last as much as eight months longer before securing the next one. A clear funding gap remains in Europe at the Series A stage and there is a more aggressive Series B crunch, as well.

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The Trailer For Tim Burton's New Film Isn't Even A Little Bit Goth

Adams and Waltz play Margaret and Walter Keane, the painters who, in the 60’s, became famous for both the depictions of big-eyed children in Walter’s work, and Margaret’s claims that she was the actual artist behind much of the material. The film, out Christmas Day, looks like a fascinating--if still quirkly--real-life story about creativity and creative ownership that should be a nice departure for Burton.

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Cognitive Warming: Brain Training For High Pressure Decision-Making

Action and adventure sports provide an environment perfectly designed for risk rehearsal. All day long, you do nothing but take risks. Make hot decisions. Get immediate feedback about the quality of those hot decisions (make a bad one and you crash). And, eventually, learn to make those heated decisions like they were a whole lot cooler.  And, as we know from the neuroscience of plasticity, those hot skills hardwire new neural networks that then cross disciplines—the better we get at making hot decisions coolly in an action sports environment, the better we get at making the in the boardroom.

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Design Debate: Is A Digital Camera Without A Screen A Good Idea?

I take concert photography on a regular basis. I tell you, some stage pits can get really wild and youn need good tactics down there. I use the detachable lcd on my camera (It's a Sony Alpha) to vary the composition of my work. Say, for example, the frontman is right next to me; I detach it and lift the camera just a bit to get a good side portrait, or if the security is light, I can get right up front and put the camera on the stage floor, then, I check the lcd to dodge the band monitors on the floor, frame the guy up there, and snap some really cool shots. You know, tricks like that.

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Lauren Hockenson of BitTorrent: We Can Still Live In A World Where Privacy Is Achievable

I'm a digital strategist who helps globally recognized companies, advertising agencies, and non-profit organizations solve business problems. I've designed socially powered customer service platforms for newly-paywalled newspapers; built data-driven email programs for some of North America's leading restaurant chains; and created grassroots initiatives that empowered a generation of men to think differently about testicular cancer. I write about technology's impact on business and culture for Forbes. "How I'm Informed" is a series where I feature the reading habits of innovative people from different industries to understand how they learn. You can follow me on Twitter: @kaviguppta

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Minecraft role for British Museum

Ed Barton, who researches gaming for the analytics firm Ovum, told the BBC the British Museum's move to Minecraft would help it be "perceived as something fun", and would serve as an effective educational tool among a younger demographic.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Review: Sony Improves On Its Vision Of A Perfect Smartphone

Announced at the Berlin IFA  earlier this month, Sony’s latest flagship mobile is the Xperia Z3. Building on the Xperia Z1 and Z2 handsets, the Android-powered Z3 improves many areas of Sony’s older handsets. Existing Xperia owners may not find enough here to merit an immediate upgrade, but anyone looking for a new handset should seriously consider this Japanese smartphone.

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Check out these great Android games (pictures) - CNET

And when you’re ready to take a break from the Baldur's Gate's world of magic, intrigue and elves, feel free to step into  Shadowrun Returns , which is...well, much of the same actually. But in the future! Shadowrun's gritty cyberpunk setting has been captivating folks for years, and its return to video game form on the PC was nothing short of stunning -- the mobile version is pretty great too. Sure, you’re missing out all of the brilliant user-created content that’s coming to the PC, but being able to wander its intricately detailed world and fight heady turn-based battles on a mobile device is pretty awesome. Be forewarned: while the game will likely run on your phone, you're going to have a really squinty time navigating the interface -- best to stick to tablets.

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11 Of The Oldest Living Things In The World

For nearly a decade, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe in search of the world's oldest living things. From the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback to Greenland's icy expanses, she captures portraits of life forms so relentless they've managed to survive eons of planetary change. An 80,000-year-old colony of aspen trees in Utah and a 43,600-year-old self-propagating shrub in Tasmania rank amongst Sussman's unlikely subjects, just two of the many plants, fungi and invertebrates catalogued by her lens.

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Scientists Find That Martian Soil Is Actually Pretty Good For Growing Stuff

Most noteworthy among those results was how well some plants fared on fake Mars. Some seeds germinated after just 24 hours and flowered within 50 days--something Wamelink had never expected. He knew that nitrogen, a key nutrient necessary for plant growth, might not be available in alien soils. But when Wamelink analyzed the Martian soil compared to nutrient-poor sand from the banks of the Rhine, he found that Mars actually had much more going for it than he thought. The Martian atmosphere contains nitrogen, and gusts of gases from the sun charge the nitrogen into a digestible format for plants. The red planet also contains phosphorus, ammonium, and nitrates--all nutrients needed for plant growth. Field mustard and a tough, wild Dutch species called reflexed stone crop produced some of the best results.

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Two Weeks With Dell's First Business Class 2-in-1 With The Intel Core M Processor

Two weeks ago, Dell offered me the chance to try out one of the first Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1s right off the final prototype line. What is significant about Dell’s new business-class 2-in-1 is two fold- it is the first Latitude branded, or commercial grade 2-in-1 they have developed, and also one of the first systems ever to sport Intel’s new 14nm Core M processor. As every product I use eventually bears its soul, the 7000 did, too. This isn’t a product review, but rather my thoughts and implications on the Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 and Intel Core M. Let’s start with a little PC market background first.

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What to do if you lose your Apple TV remote - CNET

To use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to control the cursor on your TV, tap the small button in the upper-right corner with the four arrows, which opens up a screen with the familiar Menu and play/pause buttons from the Apple TV remote. Instead of the four arrow buttons, it provides an area where you can swipe to move the cursor, and you can tap the screen to select an item.

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Scientists Have Simulated Time Travel With Photons | IFLScience

In a quantum regime, the authors say, the paradox of time travel can be resolved, leaving closed timelike curves consistent with relativity. Near a black hole, for example, the extreme effects of general relativity play a role.

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EE to take over 58 Phones 4U stores

EE said its decision to end its relationship with Phones 4U was based on its strategy to focus on its own shops and cut out intermediaries, while Vodafone rejected an suggestion that it had acted inappropriately during contract negotiations.

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iPhone 6 Plus Camera Review: Iceland

AE/AF lock is really useful when shooting macro shots like this one but also for high-speed photography or any shot you are lining up and waiting for. For instance, if I'm on the sidelines at a bike race and want to get a shot of a biker whizzing by with perfect composition, I would AE/AF lock on that composition ahead of time and then wait for the rider to cruise through. This is quicker because the exposure and focus have already been chosen and your phone just needs to actuate the shutter. 

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WordPress.com

WordPress.com is the best place for your personal blog or business site.

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Average Destiny Session is 3 Hours, 4 on Weekends - IGN

According to a new post on Bungie.net, we've played Destiny for a total of 100 million hours since its launch, with the average gameplay session lasting three hours (four on weekends when there's more time for shootin').

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http://www.easy2rec.com/

Knowing which applications you use the most for sharing knowledge and know-how we join the main offer and incorporating their use with easy2rec. Thereby enabling the user interacting with the application within the easy2rec. However you can always record your screen for all applications that are not supported.

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Equality isn’t a woman’s issue, it’s everyone’s. In gaming and outside

Equality isn’t a women’s issue, it’s everybody’s issue. It’s not for someone else to sort out — it’s for us to sort out. We can’t let complacency take the place of acting on something we know to be wrong, or unfair. Whether it’s GamerGate, or cat-calling, or a conference line-up with no women, or talking over a woman in that meeting, it all matters. I’m writing this with five minutes to spare before we have to leave for nursery. My son wants me to finish a dinosaur jigsaw puzzle. I’m 100 words short …

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Colin Farrell Confirms He's on Board for True Detective Season 2 - IGN

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Explore The Private Collection Of A Mid-Century Design Power Couple

Thanks for stopping by Fast Company’s Co.Design. Our focus is on highlighting the world’s best examples of design and innovation, working in concert. We started this site with a few simple premises in mind. First, design is a window onto the world at large, and the culture we live in. Designers create objects that meet some unrecognized need. All businesses strive to do the same thing.

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Israel approves Intel's $6 billion investment in chip plant

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's finance and economy ministries on Monday approved a plan by Intel Corp to invest $6 billion in the upgrade of its chip manufacturing plant, in what would be the largest single investment by a foreign company in the country.

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Apple’s dangerous game, part 2: The strongest counterargument

I like this argument. In my initial post, I was assuming that if the government needs to send phones to Apple to break into them, then the passcodes would offer at least some amount of security to its users against thiefs, trespassers, and the like. And even if others can get into the phones, I was thinking, that unauthorized access is going to be quite limited because it requires physical access to the phone. But this may be wrong, it was pointed out to me, and it introduces a cost of Apple’s old approach that I hadn’t appreciated. I still tend see the threat as fairly limited when it requires physical access to the phone. As a practical matter, the requirement of physical access would seem to substantially limit the significance of the vulnerability. But if Apple’s longstanding backdoor works such that the government can’t figure out physical access but hackers can use that backdoor to gain unauthorized remote access, then closing that backdoor adds a security benefit at the same time it imposes the unfortunate cost of thwarting valid warrants.

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22 Million People Were Displaced by Natural Disasters in 2013

Natural disasters such as floods, severe storms and earthquakes displaced nearly 22 million people in 2013, according to a UN-backed report released last week by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC). That's twice as many people as those conditions displaced in the 1970s.

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Interview with Viveka von Rosen on LinkedIn Prospecting - Komfo

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"CoppaFeel" Puts Real Boobs (Maybe Yours) On Display to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Given the fact that half the world's population has breasts--and that 1 in 8 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime-- it's a wonder we're so squeamish about self-checking. Breast cancer awareness organization CoppaFeel , wants to normalize the behavior. To do so, they've launched #WhatNormalFeelsLike, a campaign of billboards across the U.K. that feature women's naked chests along with the one word the subject uses to describe her mammaries. The idea is to understand how your breasts usually feel, so that you can more quickly identify a lump.

50 Is this the coolest shirt ever?

No matter. The Apollo shirt is designed to keep you warm when you are cold, and cool you when you’re warm. (Gladstone ascribed similar properties to a cup of tea.) The shirt, however, depends on Phase Change Materials, as used by Nasa in space suits. “They act like a battery,” reads the blurb, “storing heat away from you when you overheat, then releasing it back at you when you return to an air-conditioned office.”

51 We played with the worst apps in the world, so you don't have to
52 130,000 Syrian Refugees Reach Turkey, Fleeing ISIS
53 Drone Beat: Google Expands UAV Plans, More Drone-Related Arrests and More
54 Tech Monthly readers' photography project: energy
55 dahlia/awesome-sqlalchemy
56 Mosaic Ventures Launches In Europe With $140M Fund Aimed At Series A | TechCrunch
57 Alibaba IPO Is Officially The Biggest Ever At $25 Billion
58 Solar City and Tesla Combine Manufacturing Plans | MIT Technology Review
59 Explore Black Holes and Destroy Planets in the Awesome New Interstellar Game | WIRED
60 You're invited to join OhLife! It helps you remember what's happened in your life.
61 Destiny is the World's Best-Selling New Franchise Ever - IGN
62 The Top 25 Modern PC Games - IGN
63 What Is It Really Like to Work in Social Media?
64 Francis Bitonti, the dress designer applying architecture to 3D printed couture
65 What Do You Hope Will Still Exist in 2030?
66 7 talks on the struggle of mental health
67 Transformation
68 10 Flawless Moments From Beyonce and Jay Z's 'On the Run' Tour
69 The Challenges of Emotion vs. Data-Driven Marketing
70 You Get 25,000 Mornings: Here Are 8 Ways Not to Waste Them
71 We made weed butter with a 'magical' machine
72 3 Things to Know Before Embarking on an International Job Assignment
73 New York City's 11 Most Accessible Ruins
74 Blogging Nuns, Tweeting Monks, And The Catholic Church's Digital Revolution
75 See the Effects of Climate Change in Side-by-Side Images
76 Apple TV Is Now Armed And Ready To Be The Hub For The Smart Home
77 Silicon Valley’s Contract-Worker Problem
78 Official Plot Synopsis Released for Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron - IGN
79 Everything to do, see, and read this weekend
80 Widespread Android Vulnerability 'A Privacy Disaster', Claim Researchers
81 California Authorities Capture 4 of 5 Jail Escapees
82 With 56 Million Cards Compromised, Home Depot's Breach Is Bigger Than Target's
83 14 Impossibly Chic Cat Houses
84 Terry Gilliam on His Epic New Dystopian Film The Zero Theorem | WIRED
85 The “Oculus Platform” Marketplace For Virtual Reality App Launches This Fall | TechCrunch
86 What Coke Contains
87 NASA Awards Boeing And SpaceX Contracts To Deliver Astronauts To The Space Station
88 Amazon's $200 Kindle Voyage is the Rolls-Royce of e-readers
89 Worried About Nasties On Public Wi-Fi? This Map Might Help You Avoid Hackers
90 R + L = J: 'Game of Thrones' fan theories to chew on - CNET
91 Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists
92 Why Bitcoin Is Poised To Win Big In Las Vegas
93 LOOK: Killer Whale Crashes Surfing Line-Up
94 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
95 How Apple Made Your iPhone 6 Much Less Likely To Be Stolen
96 Oculus Reveals Its New “Crescent Bay” Prototype With 360-Degree Head Tracking And Headphones | TechCrunch
97 5 Happiness Secrets for More Productive Employees
98 Nanotechnologists Discover How to Carve Tunnels Beneath the Surface of Silicon Chips | MIT Technology Review
99 Are You 'The Flash'? Step Into the S.T.A.R. Labs Mobile Unit and Find Out
100 15 Insanely Great Tricks to Master Apple's iOS 8 | WIRED