Hands On: Narbis
Narbis (which is the word ‘brains’ scrambled) is a pair of glasses with electrochromatic shades that sync up with the brain wave data collected by three sensor clusters, which are positioned on top of your head and at the end of either ear piece. These sensors are gold-tipped for greater conductivity, and must make good contact with your skin to accurately measure your brain activity. If you’re focused, the lenses will be clear, but if you’re daydreaming or losing concentration, they’ll go dark. The goal is to keep those lenses clear, and it’s way harder than you’d think.
How Selerity reported Twitter’s earnings—before Twitter did
The process of obtaining earnings press releases immediately after publication isn’t very hard—which is a good thing since these are intended to be easily accessible to everyone. Good open source Web scraping libraries and third-party Web scraping services abound and don't require especially powerful computers to run on. Selerity's scraper that downloaded the Twitter earnings report runs on a two-year-old commodity Dell server. We've routinely run the same scraper on Amazon EC2 instances that anyone can rent for around $100/mo so it’s clearly not a big barrier to entry. And of course, if you’re willing to spend the time, you can do it all by hand with a Web browser—just keep clicking "refresh."
CEO Bastian Lehmann Says Postmates Could Be Profitable In 2016, As It Hits 2 Million Deliveries
The concept of same-day delivery is not entirely dissimilar to Kozmo, a delivery company that went under during the dot-com boom. But the business model for Postmates is quite different — and instead of having operators directing couriers, Postmates can do it digitally with algorithms and mobile phones, significantly reducing the lag and overhead required to route deliveries. Still, Lehmann said Kozmo was also ahead of its time.
Can Macs get viruses and malware? We ask an expert
The reputation Mac OS X has for security is also not entirely undeserved. Mac OS X does have safety mechanisms built-in. You don’t have root privileges over the machine, you have to enter your password to reconfigure the system, and there’s a gatekeeper sub-system that doesn’t allow you to install files unless they are digitally signed by Apple. Of course, none of that means you can’t write malware for Mac OS X.
What can businesses do to make innovation happen? | ZDNet
"But we also know that in many ways employees have to see how it's going to benefit them, this use of new technology. Things like smart machines and analytics, by the way, can be very threatening to the employee community. So we want to be able to introduce this new technology in a way that employees can really see how they're going to benefit and it's going to promote their engagement levels," Cain added.
10 houseboats that will make you want to give up land forever
With oceans, lakes, and rivers taking up a major chunk of the earth’s surface, it was only a matter of time before structures typically reserved for land began to make their way to the water. As far back as the early 1900s — and likely earlier — the concept of creating a house on water began taking shape, popping up in water-friendly cities like Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Over the years, countries like Zimbabwe, India, and Laos have utilized houseboats to entertain tourists, travel from city to city, or simply enjoy some time spent off land.
Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron Has Second-Biggest Opening Weekend of All Time at Domestic Box Office - IGN
Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron Has Second-Biggest Opening Weekend of All Time at Domestic Box Office
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' cast celebrated on Vanity Fair cover - CNET
Han Solo and Chewbacca hang out with new characters in Annie Leibovitz's latest "Star Wars" portraits for Vanity Fair magazine. Plus J.J. Abrams reveals his Jar Jar death fantasies.
4 People Share Their Risky Career Moves That Paid Off
From putting a resume on a billboard to quitting high-paying jobs, these people found new careers by thinking way outside the box.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Adam Driver's Character Revealed - IGN
Girls actor Driver has been the favourite to play Kylo Ren for some time now. Right now, very little is known about his character beyond the lightsaber he carries and his attire, as spotted in The Force Awaken's first teaser trailer. Last month, an unofficial image of Kylo Ren's masked face surfaced on a Spanish fan site.
Swarm 2.3 Feels Like The Old Foursquare, Looks Way Better
The old foursquare (before the split) had a dedicated user base that were addicted to and obsessed with badges and mayorships. With the split, that addictive fun was stripped away and many of the most loyal users of the original app were highly disappointed. Foursquare says it’s been listening to that feedback, and the update actually achieves a lot of the same surprise and delight as old Foursquare. Still, flip-flopping between utility and ‘fun game’ raises questions over whether or not Swarm knows what it wants to be.
Watch: How to survive a free-falling elevator - CNET
Frank said that the best course of action would be to lie flat on the floor to distribute the impact across your whole body. And he specifically said not to bend your knees or brace yourself (two pieces of advice given in the Lonely Planet video) because "at high G-forces, your legs would simply not be able to support the weight of your body. Even the weight of your own head would be too much for your neck to support."
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You’ve never seen sound quality quite like you’ll find in the Earjax Lyrics Noise-Isolating Headphones. They manage to pack studio-quality sound into these earbuds so every time you plug in it’ll be like you’re getting your own personal concert. You can get the Earjax Lyrics Noise-Isolating Headphones on sale from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub for just $34.95.
SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg Dies Suddenly at 47
“We are deeply heartbroken to say our CEO and friend, Dave Goldberg passed away last night,” a SurveyMonkey spokeswoman said.
How I Hacked My Way From TC To YC
I had only started going to hackathons about 6 months prior — I wasn’t a CS major in college and had missed out on the collegiate hackathon scene, so I tried to immerse myself in the NYC hackathon scene as much as I could. The month before TC Disrupt I had even organized a hackathon out in Red Hook to bring together professional devs, college students, and even high school/college dropouts who had never touched a line of code. Initially I started going to hackathons in search of a new job. But eventually I was going to seize all the opportunities available at a hackathon: picking up a new language or framework with the help of actual people not online tutorials, learning to think about the minimum set of features necessary to ship something functional, hanging out with people smarter than I was, and the list goes on. The prizes were nice, but the knowledge, soft skills, and connections were prizes in themselves.
Twin Cities-born JamStik guitars a hit with educators, Apple fans
The instructor had planned to give his eighth-graders fairly standard audio-production training on classroom iPads this year. Then Strand stumbled on an exotic alternative: a kind of mini electronic guitar that connects to the tablets, yet plays like a real guitar because it has real strings and frets.
Apple Watch review: Beautiful form, frustrating function
Siri. Raising your arm should wake your watch (if it doesn’t, go to Settings on the watch and look for “Activate on wrist raise”), and then you can say, “Hey, Siri.” But I’ve found this a little hit and miss. Sometimes nothing happens. Sometimes Siri comes up and waits for me to ask something. Sometimes Siri pops up but immediately jumps to processing what I said, but I didn’t say anything, so I just have to wait until she realizes I didn’t say anything and asks me for a command. Pressing and holding the Digital Crown has been more reliable. (Some righties are even reorienting the watch’s display so the Digital Crown is on the bottom left instead of the top-right, just to make it easier to press with the right thumb.)
All the best new apps and app updates to land in the App Store this week [April 27 – May 1]
Each week, a new round of apps and app updates land in the iOS App Store. This week is no exception with the debut of Jurassic World™: The Game and a major update to Airbnb . These titles are only a sampling of what is available. Read on for our weekly picks of the best new apps and app updates that you shouldn’t miss.
Aston Martin Is Making a Luxury SUV Just Like Everyone Else | WIRED
Rural areas of Russia or the Middle East or China are burgeoning with wealthy folks who might not think of buying a traditional Aston for practical reasons. An SUV could win them over. As Clarke points out, China doesn’t really have a sports car culture like we have in the US or Europe, though it is developing—and a luxury crossover could be Aston’s ticket in.
With Timeful Acquisition, Google Aims To Supercharge Its Apps' Time-Management Smarts
Though Timeful and Sunrise both bring fresh thinking to the challenges of time management—along with other apps such as Tempo, X.ai, and Wyth— Timeful's approach is unique. You can enter conventional schedule items if you want, but you can also simply tell it about ongoing projects or even habits such as going for a run three times a week—and then let it use artificial intelligence to identify appropriate days and blocks of time. Once you've added a task, it gently monitors your progress on an ongoing basis. And the more you use the app, the smarter it gets at managing your time in a way that fits your style.
Security researchers poke holes in Google's anti-phishing Chrome extension
Google fixed that initial bypass in a new version released Friday, but since then it’s been a cat and mouse game between Google’s developers and security researchers who kept finding more and more ways to defeat the extension.
Can gamification solve enterprises' engagement problem?
Contrary to popular belief, gamification is not about turning everything into a game. Rather, it’s essentially the application of game-design principles in non-game scenarios to solve a problem or engage an audience. “Gamification is really about thinking about what you want in terms of behaviors in the organization and creating incentives to reinforce that,” said Janaki Kumar, head of Strategic Design Services for America in SAPs Design and Co-Innovation Center and co-author of the book, Gamification at Work: Designing Engaging Business Software .
Security research uncovers far flung reach of secret ad tracking sites in Android apps
The research singled out Eurosport Player , which alone connects to 810 tracking sites. While the pervasiveness of the in-app connections aren’t necessarily dangerous on their own, it does highlight how much data exchange is going on behind the scenes when you use a mobile app.
RIP Windows Media Center: Microsoft's HTPC software won't come to Windows 10
With Windows 10, Microsoft is finally letting go of the long-neglected dream of turning the PC into a living room entertainment hub. The notion of connecting a PC to your television always made a certain sense. With a PC running Media Center you had access to all your stored digital media, you could watch and record live television, and play a DVD all in one spot. That ignores the pain of getting everything up and running, but once everything's rocking and rolling, HTPCs work very well.
6 mobile work habits from around the world
Mobile technology has changed the world, but it’s also put workers across the global on call 24/7. Here’s how – and where -- citizens of six countries squeeze in more work thanks to mobile devices. Spoiler alert: Stand, or sit, proud, America.
How to monogram Apple Watch face with custom characters
The Apple Watch allows you to use a monogram on select Watch faces. This feature allows you to add your initials or any other short phrase (4 characters of less) to a selected Watch face. It’s a handy way to add some personality to a Watch face. Not only does the Watch support initials and short words, it also allows you to enter unicode characters such as or ∞, into the monogram field. Read on to find out how you can add these custom characters and make your monogram something truly unique.
We're Answering Your Questions: How To Make Money Doing What You Love
Maybe you're looking for the right platform to sell your products, or trying to figure out the right way to raise seed money. Maybe you've been running your passion project on the side and now you're ready to go full-time entrepreneur but don't know the right way to ramp up your business. Or maybe you're just looking for the right social strategy to present your passion to the world. We're here to help! We're rounding up experts to answer all of your questions to help you turn your passion into profit.
Hackaday Prize Worldwide: Los Angeles - Splash
Build and design with mentors to help. We'll provide lunch. In the afternoon there will be a Show & Tell of what you made.
Dumb ‘Smart’ Gadgets: The Bubble Is Set to Burst
I believe I have identified the one thing in tech that is incontrovertibly in a bubble. To know whether a product or startup is in this category—which I’m confident will see a shakeout leaving few standing—just look for this phrase in their marketing materials: “The world’s first smart...”
Witness Wins The Disrupt NY 2015 Hackathon Grand Prize, Picorico And MoolahMe Are Runners Up
Charlie has a reputation for being early to identifying important companies. Nick Bilton identifies him as an influence on early Twitter investors in his book, Hatching Twitter. Dennis Crowley credits him as having helped kick off the first funding of Foursquare before other VCs had said yes. At First Round Capital, he sourced the firm’s investments in Singleplatform (sold to Constant Contact) and GroupMe (sold to Skype). Charlie discovered GroupMe at the hackathon where the service had been built. He also sourced investments in Backupify (which was an idea he had tweeted to the founder, a friend of his), chloe + isabel, Refinery29, Docracy, and Salescrunch.
Microsoft prepping Continuity-like features for Windows 10 alongside new flagship handsets - report
Microsoft prepping Continuity-like features for Windows 10 alongside new flagship handsets - report
By Sam Oliver
Monday, May 04, 2015, 12:02 pm PT (03:02 pm ET)
Just over a year after closing its acquisition of Nokia's phone division, Microsoft is reportedly set to reenter the high-end handset space with a pair of new Lumia devices that will feature powerful internals and carry the mobile banner for Windows 10. Microsoft's Lumia device lineup currently lacks a high-end flagship.
The new devices — said to be codenamed "Cityman" and "Talkman" — will follow the "phablet" trend with high-resolution displays measuring 5.7 and 5.2 inches, respectively. Qualcomm has been tabbed to supply 64-bit Snapdragon processors for the handsets, according to Unleash The Phones .
The larger Cityman could ship with an 8-core processor, 3 gigabytes of RAM, 32 gigabytes of storage, a 20-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a removable 3,300 mAh battery. Users will be able to expand the internal memory with a microSD card.
Game of Thrones: "Sons of the Harpy" Review - IGN
So that scene between him and Shireen was very touching. More talk of Greyscale, the Stone Men, and -- specifically -- how she came to be afflicted. "You are the Princess Shireen of House Baratheon and you are my daughter." In fact, I liked the scene so much that I'm now worried for both of them. Not that you shouldn't worry about everyone on this show, but revealing, bare one-on-one scenes give me more pause than usual. And since I brought him up already, the same could be said for Littlefinger's scene with Sansa in the crypts of Winterfell. Where he once again motivated Sansa to "play the game" as he bid her farewell with a kiss. Another great moment between two very interesting players that makes me worry for the future. After all, Littlefinger's headed back to King's Landing and we just saw the Faith Militant rip apart his brothel and murder his whores and patrons.
Gwendoline Christie is Captain Phasma: Did 'Vanity Fair' leak its own Star Wars reveal?
Alongside these limited reveals , the magazine asked us to sign up for its email newsletter; if we did so, we'd get an exclusive on Tuesday. "There’s one more big character reveal to come in the June issue," read the blurb on the site. "Sign up for Vanity Fair’s newsletter by eight P.M. E.S.T. for an exclusive first look, and we’ll send the final Annie Leibovitz photograph straight to your inbox on Tuesday at four P.M."
The 10 biggest health food misconceptions, according to nutritionists
But don't stress about your next grocery shopping trip just yet. Mashable spoke to three nutritionists — holistic nutrition counselor Jennifer Schonborn , dietitian Jennifer Calo of Compass Nutrition , and dietitian Lauren Thomas of Nutrition Energy — to get the scoop on which foods are actually not as healthy as they appear, and what to replace them with. Prepare yourself for some major trust issues.
Charge your Apple Watch in style with 10% off the Griffin WatchStand
The dock, which currently has 10 percent off at TNW Deals , has the sleek look of a presentation podium. At the top of the post is a magnetic charging pad, which keeps your Apple Watch available for use while it is taking on juice. Any excess cable is neatly tucked away within the base.
Penny Dreadful: "Fresh Hell" Review - IGN
I suppose before I get hung up on all the explanations and clarifications I hope are on the way, it should be mentioned that the part of this story that resonated the most was how freaked out Vanessa was by the witches. And how she now thinks she's a goner and is refusing everyone's help. Meanwhile, Evelyn is going to try and target both Malcolm and Ethan, who she now knows is a wolf, in order to find a way to nab Vanessa. Evelyn herself seems quite formidable. And the bathtub filled with blood (in a bathroom decorated with an abundance of skulls) was a nice, twisted touch. But most of what we got from her in this chapter was "memento mori" monologuing. Along with the ol' "kill the subordinate who failed you" bit. Not the freshest round.
HP outs new AMD R9 380 and two other unannounced Radeons in new systems
What’s not clear, since AMD hasn’t actually talked about the new GPUs yet, is whether HBM will be used across the entire lineup or only on the top-end parts. It’s entirely possible that the Radeon R9 380 you’ll apparently be able to buy in June may not have HBM in it, or even be a next-gen Fiji core. Those features could possibly be confined only to the Radeon R9 380X or Radeon R9 390X cards at the very tippy-top of the product lineup.
Google+ Collections Feature Begins Its Rollout
Yes - you choose who to put in your circles - so if you decide to stick someone in an Android circle and only share Android stuff with them, that's all they see, with Collections - people choose what collections of yours to follow - so if they also happen to like foodporn as well as Android - they can follow your foodporn collection even though you haven't added them to a foodporn circle.
Microsoft Build 2015 keynote in 9 minutes
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Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge video is strikingly similar to the Apple Watch Edition video
Samsung released a new video on its YouTube channel titled “Designing Possible”, which explains the design process behind its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Why Twitter should think twice before boasting about Periscope’s success
Boasting about Periscope’s live-streaming success puts the company in a somewhat awkward position, however, especially with its existing and potential TV broadcasting partners. Why? Because the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was a pay-per-view event, one with hundreds of millions (if not billions) of dollars at stake, and most of the live streams of the match being shared widely on Twitter were illegal . (There was similar activity on Periscope’s main streaming competitor, Meerkat).
Add custom systems sounds for the most unique iPhone possible
When you select a sound, you will hear a preview. Make sure to have your volume switched ON. You can switch between sounds, or select NONE if you want the sound removed. Repeat this process for each option until you are satisfied with you new iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch sounds.
Weekly Roundup: 10 new and noteworthy Jailbreak tweaks of the week (May 3)
In case you were busy last week and didn’t get a chance to take a look at Cydia , don’t worry as we have compiled a list of all the new tweaks that were released in the week which are worth checking out.
Clear all notifications at once on your iPhone with PullBulletin [Jailbreak Tweak]
The tweak lets you remove all the unread notifications at once with just a single gesture. Normally, you have to remove each batch of notifications one by one by tapping on ‘X’ followed by the ‘Clear’ button.
Jason Thomas 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 looks to empower IT in the cloud
"When we talk about cloud first, it is the cloud backend for all of your devices, all of your data," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a keynote speech. "We will consume data at unprecedented levels … Security, privacy, regulation all matter in the cloud. We are building the intelligent cloud. At the core of that is the backend infrastructure that drives all of your enterprise mobility needs, the agility you need to have new value and new applications."
Wallpaper Weekend: 5 Simplistic iPhone Wallpapers
Clean and simple. For me, I don’t usually have the same wallpaper on my home screen that I do on my lock screen. I feel like the lock screen can have more detail with sharp edges because more of the wallpaper is shown, therefore you have a better visual representation of the wallpaper itself. The home screen on the other hand, demands a little more ambiguity, blur even, because the icons are the focal point once you unlock your device. Here are 5 simple wallpapers for you to check out.
Are You Ready to Take the WIRED Star Wars Challenge? | WIRED
So whaddya say? Are you ready for the WIRED Star Wars Challenge? Good. But here’s the thing: We can’t just take your word for it that you’re with us on this. So as you go along, we’re going to ask for proof. When you complete a task, send us a tweet @WIRED or tag us on Facebook . Got a picture of yourself in action? Post it on Instagram and give a shout to @WIRED in the description. Also, make sure to hashtag everything #WIREDStarWarsChallenge. We’ll give shout-outs to the most worthy challengers out there, so prepare for Internet glory!*
Microsoft to add Windows Update for Business option for Windows 10 users | ZDNet
Windows Update for Business will give IT Pros more control over how and when these features and fixes roll out to their users.With Windows Update for Business, IT pros can decide which machines get updates first and which get them later. They'll be able to deliver patches to branch offices and sites with limited bandwidth via peer-to-peer delivery. And they'll be able to integrate these updates with their System Center and Enterprise Mobility Suite management tools.
How to configure 'Do Not Disturb' on the Apple Watch and use it to control an iPhone
To configure Do Not Disturb on the Watch, you need to open the Apple Watch app on the iPhone and select “Do Not Disturb.” In this menu, there is an option to mirror your settings on the iPhone. When mirroring is enabled, you can use the Watch to control Do Not Disturb on both the Watch and the iPhone. This cross-platform control also works in the opposite direction — when you turn on Do Not Disturb from the iPhone, it also will be enabled on the Watch.