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Inside the mind of a master procrastinator
Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.
Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model.
Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.
TNW Conference Europe 2016
In 2016 we are hosting our biggest conference so far, and we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to experience it.
“The world is in perpetual motion, and we must invent the things of tomorrow… Act with audacity.”
The Best Laptops of 2016
USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 promise extra performance from peripherals like hard drives and chargers. As laptops become even thinner (0.67 inch is a current benchmark), there is less space for large ports like Ethernet and HDMI. As a result, the traditional USB Type-A port is gradually being replaced by the USB-C port (also known as USB 3.1), which is much thinner and lets you plug the cable into the port without having to flip the orientation of the plug. Thunderbolt 3 rides in on USB-C's coattails, using the same plug and socket, with extra circuitry to boost throughput to 40Gbps for humungous data transfers. That's eight times as fast as USB 3.0, and four times as fast as USB 3.1/USB-C. USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are showing up in a lot of new laptops, from $229 budget models to $5,000 mobile workstations. Expect these two interfaces to make their way into even more laptops in the near future.
Someone put glasses on the floor of a museum and people thought it was art
Someone put glasses on the floor of a museum and people thought it was art
The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure
"Great dreams aren't just visions," says Astro Teller, "They're visions coupled to strategies for making them real." The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the "moonshot factory," as it's called, where his team seeks to solve the world's biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X's secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas.
The most mysterious star in the universe
Something massive, with roughly 1,000 times the area of Earth, is blocking the light coming from a distant star known as KIC 8462852, and nobody is quite sure what it is. As astronomer Tabetha Boyajian investigated this perplexing celestial object, a colleague suggested something unusual: Could it be an alien-built megastructure? Such an extraordinary idea would require extraordinary evidence. In this talk, Boyajian gives us a look at how scientists search for and test hypotheses when faced with the unknown.
Microsoft and Facebook are building a giant internet cable in the ocean
And telecoms should be worried, as Microsoft and Facebook aren't the only tech giants looking to control their own infrastructure. Google is already experimenting with its own fiber internet service and its pay-for-what-you-use mobile internet subscription, Project Fi. It wouldn't be surprising to see Google eventually lay its own transatlantic cable.
Reasons to Cancel the Olympics, Ranked
Just before every Olympics, looming doubt starts to surface. Are the cities ready? Has the host country accepted its geopolitical consequences? Will people come?
Foxconn cuts 60,000 factory jobs and replaces them with robots
Overseas, in factories owned by Taiwan-based corporations like Foxconn, the process is accelerating even faster. Proponents of automation say the jobs that will be eliminated first are those that make human workers miserable and that, in the longterm, more valuable positions will open up as more machines replace humans. Notably for Foxconn, which has been mired in controversy for its factory conditions and high rate of worker suicides, robots also present a way to remedy poor public perception without necessarily improving the quality of life of its employees.
Snapchat raised $1.8B in a Series F round; leaked deck reveals revenues, user numbers
The Form D doesn’t reveal how the company is valued, and the valuation chatter we have heard has varied. Sources have told us that some investments were being taken at about a $17.5 billion pre-money valuation. When you add in the $1.8 billion, it gets closer to the targeted post-money valuation we reported earlier this week, of around $20 billion. It’s possible, though unusual, that some investors are getting in at different valuations. We’ve heard that there is also a special purpose vehicle, with a large pool of investors getting access to Snapchat shares that way.
This Huge Camera Rig Busts People for Texting and Driving
We all instinctively know to hide our phones while driving when we see a police car, but that doesn’t make using them any less illegal. (And it’s incredibly dangerous too, by the way.) To catch drivers in the act, traffic services in British Columbia have been using spotting scopes—which feature a distinctive bend to make them more comfortable to use—for years now. Now the police are adding a 24.2-megapixel DSLR to the rig to capture photos of the illegal act.
8 Reasons Why Your Facebook Ad Stats May Not Be Accurate
Have you ever run a Facebook ad to generate website visits? Did you notice a discrepancy between Facebook's reports and your own website tracking numbers?
How Can We Make You Happy Today, Peter Thiel?
Did you know Peter Thiel is so great that Chaka Khan once sang an entire song about Peter Thiel? This happened at Jeff Bezos’ 50th birthday party, which took place in space. The party’s theme was “Omniscience,” and the dress code was “Plutocracy Casual.” Anyway, Chaka Khan—a great singer, though surely not as good a singer as Peter Thiel!—sang a version of her 1984 hit “I Feel For You,” and then changed the lyrics to “I Thiel for you.” Peter Thiel loved it so much, he didn’t secretly bankroll a lawsuit against Chaka Khan , nor did he secretly bankroll a lawsuit against Prince , who wrote the original “I Feel For You.”
Report: Next Apple TV might be an Amazon Echo competitor
That same source says Apple has also given up on the idea of building a Bluetooth speaker to focus on its next set-top box, and it's also considered upgrading the current Apple TV with more Siri smarts. I wouldn't count out an Apple speaker just yet -- it makes plenty of sense for it to dive into that burgeoning market, and it could also co-exist with a new Apple TV. A speaker could also be an easy way to bring Siri into your bedroom (ahem) without having an Apple TV nearby.
The Force Awakens Soundtrack on Vinyl Has Spinning Holograms Etched Into the Records
As with most 2D holograms, you’ll need to find just the right angle, with the perfect amount of light (its creators suggest using your smartphone’s LED flash) for the wireframe versions of a TIE Fighter and the Millennium Falcon to leap off the vinyl. But when the effect works, it’s a neat way to convince yourself this vinyl set was worth the investment, even if it sounds like John Williams totally phoned in the actual soundtrack.
Google wins trial against Oracle as jury finds Android is “fair use”
There was only one question on the special verdict form, asking if Google's use of the Java APIs was a "fair use" under copyright law. The jury unanimously answered "yes," in Google's favor. The verdict ends the trial, which began earlier this month. If Oracle had won, the same jury would have gone into a "damages phase" to determine how much Google should pay. Because Google won, the trial is over.
Twitch Clips share your favorite stream moments
Twitch viewers know the problem: you've seen something amazing on a stream that you're dying to share, but you'd rather not make friends watch the whole stream (or remember the exact time) to relive the moment. What to do? After today, it should only take a few clicks. Twitch is rolling out a Clips feature that creates a shareable video capturing the 25 seconds before you tap the button, and 5 seconds afterward. After that, you get a web link that takes people directly to the broadcaster; if the feed is no longer live, you'll go to the exact moment the clip began in the finished video.
Stop Worrying About Spoilers--They Actually Help You Enjoy the Story More
Christenfeld acknowledged it was an interesting question. “We do know that the reason spoiled stories in our experiment were preferred was not based on readers’ nostalgic memories of the first unspoiled reading, since the first time they read them was with us [and they were spoiled],” he told Gizmodo. “So it does seem that if you are going to read a story once, it should be spoiled. However, if you are going to read it many times, it is still possible that you should make one of those times unspoiled”—just for variety.
Microsoft is banning your stupidly easy-to-guess passwords
No matter how many times we tell you to change your passwords and make it anything but your birthday, “123456,” or “password,” many still aren’t taking the efforts to make their accounts more secure. So Microsoft is actively doing something about it by banning weak passwords entirely.
New Evidence Suggests a Fifth Fundamental Force of Nature
We all know about the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong forces between atoms. But could there be a fifth force still waiting to be discovered? A new experiment performed in Hungary suggests this may very well be the case.
Patent troll VirnetX demands shutdown of Apple’s FaceTime and iMessage
VirnetX can be fairly characterized as a patent troll — that is, it hoards patents and, rather than using them in commerce, goes after companies that it thinks infringes on them for huge sums of money. VirnetX has been saying for a while that it intends on using the patents to market a range of products, however for now that remains to be seen, and its income comes not from products but from court cases it has won. VirnetX as a company only has around a dozen employees, who work at a small office in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, according to recent financial statements . From the outside, it hardly looks like a company developing marketable products. In the past, VirnetX has gone after Microsoft and Cisco too.
This Is Why Billionaire Peter Thiel Wants to End Gawker
And, later on: “It’s terrible for the Valley, which is supposed to be about people who are willing to think out loud and be different.” He would repeat this sentiment a few months later, in August 2009, when he met former Gawker editor Ryan Tate at Terroir, a wine bar in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood. “See?” he told Tate. “I’m willing to negotiate with terrorists.” In other words, he viewed Gawker’s coverage not in terms of particular individuals working in the technology sector—he wouldn’t have met with Tate if he did—but as an all-out attack on the idea of Silicon Valley itself.
Mars is emerging from an ice age that ended about 400,000 years ago
Today’s study was based on predictions that 400,000 years ago such a shift in the planet’s axis took place. The researchers used radar instruments onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a NASA spacecraft that’s orbiting Mars. They analyzed the radar images of the ice deposits within the planet’s polar ice caps, looking out for signs of erosion and other features, like so-called spiral troughs that are created by the wind. Tracing these features can reveal how ice accumulated and retreated through time. The researchers confirmed that around 400,000 years ago an ice age ended. Since the end of that ice age, about 87,000 cubic kilometers of ice accumulated at the poles, especially in the north pole. That’s exciting, because 400,000 years is pretty recent when talking about planets in the Solar System.
HP goes big on gaming with new Omen laptops and desktop
HP gave us a brief taste of the legendary Voodoo PC gaming brand with its Omen laptop over nearly two years ago. Now, the company is bringing the Omen name to all of its gaming hardware -- a new lineup of laptops and desktops, as well as a 32-inch quad-HD monitor. On the laptop side, HP is going is going for more aggressive pricing, starting at $899 for the 15.6-inch model ($980 for the 17.3-inch model). And with its new Omen desktop, HP is aiming to be VR ready with enough power to run the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
A Harry Potter Theory That Both Explains Harry's Tiny Class and Will Ruin Your Day
This theory can be further expanded to include the epilogue to the series, which takes place 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. In the epilogue we see Teddy Lupin—like Harry, born during the end of a war with Voldemort, and likely also part of a tiny class. James, Harry’s oldest son is already at the school by then, and his class might very well be a giant boom class.
The 20 Scariest Horror Movies of the Last Decade
Ethan Hawke plays a crime writer so desperate for inspiration that he moves his family into a house without telling them that a gruesome murder happened there (and rather recently at that). He also doesn’t tell them about the mysterious home movies that he finds in the attic. As is usually the case in horror movies, holding back a big secret or two is guaranteed to cause major problems down the road. Like, for instance, an ancient demon might start stalking you and everyone you love.
Report blasts U.S. for controlling nukes with floppy disks, but it’s not all bad
A new report released by the Government Accountability Office condemns the use of legacy computing equipment by federal agencies. In the fiscal year 2015, the United States government spent around 75 percent of its budget for IT spending on operations and maintenance, rather than modernization and enhancement.
Mark Zuckerberg should put his money where his mouth is and throw Peter Thiel off Facebook's board
Gawker has written a lot of nasty, personal stories about people over the years. Denton himself admitted today in an open letter to Thiel that the publication has sometimes "overstepped the line" and swung into "snark." The courts are hearing a number of cases against Gawker, and it might lose one or more of them on appeal.
PlayStation 4 Tops 40 Million in Sales
"We are truly grateful for the enormous support from our fans and partners … which helped us achieve this significant milestone in such a short span of time," Andrew House, president and global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said in a statement.
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Tonight's SpaceX rocket launch: start time, live stream, and what to expect
SpaceX will attempt its fifth rocket launch of the year this evening. The company will use its flagship Falcon 9 rocket to deliver the THAICOM-8 telecommunications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). GTO is a high-elliptical orbit more than 20,000 miles above the Earth, and a common parking spot for communications satellites. Liftoff is scheduled for 5:40PM ET, and you can watch the live stream above.
Google and HTC nix the Nexus 9
The 8.9-inch Nexus 9, which released at the tail-end of 2014, has enjoyed a relatively long and fruitful life on the shelves. Its strengths include the stock Android operating system, its unique 4:3 aspect ratio and powerful speakers packed inside.
James Blake rudely discusses how perfect unreleased Frank Ocean music is
Blake is working with Ocean on the follow up to his debut album, which came out many lives ago back in 2012, and he says Ocean's unreleased material had a huge influence on his latest work.
Product Hunt joins the automation game with its first Slack-based bot
Called Kittybot , the tool helps Slack teams keep up with news and trends in their industry. For example, you can subscribe to categories like Smart Home or Developer Tools and Kittybot will bring up new Product Hunt posts that may interest you.
Four Lessons On Work Culture That I Learned At Google
Inspired by my experience at Google, this model has proven smart so far for a handful of reasons. Everyone knows real estate is a local game. Local lenders have a much better understanding of their local market than a centralized system ever will. They also have relationships with the best repeat borrowers, who know how to quickly and efficiently rehabilitate a property. In this industry, that's a signal of experience and a good proxy for quality. We can then focus our own resources on creating value for investors by surfacing higher-quality investments and making it easier to diversify. In other words, we let the fishermen fish, then partner with the boats.
The ISS’s New Space Module Fails Its First Inflation Attempt
“We faced a lot of design challenges, primarily because this is a one-of-a-kind, first-of-its-kind technology,” says Rajib Dasgupta, who led the project. Also because, as we have said so many times before, space is hard. Beyond developing all new tech, Dasgupta’s team had to deal with normal space stuff like ensuring everything is airtight and protecting against radiation. Oh, it also had to make sure nothing about BEAM messed with the space station. “We had to be very careful that too much load would not be transferred to the ISS during expansion, and that we didn’t contaminate the ISS—all of the fabrics in BEAM will be off-gassing at first.”
Google Dodges $9 Billion Bullet
Google just won a major court battle with software giant Oracle over Google’s use of elements of Oracle’s Java programming language. If Google had lost, it could have held major ramifications for the ways in which almost all software is developed. Oh, and Google would have had to cough up $9 billion in damages.
Here's what's in Lego Star Wars 7's Season Pass
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Season Pass also adds five new playable characters, which you can see below. The Pass sells for $10, and also comes with the "exclusive" Jedi Character Pack, which will be available at launch on June 28. Timing for the launch of the three other DLC packs, which can be purchased individually for $3, will be announced later.
Samsung unmasks Batman-inspired Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung hopes the Caped Crusader would pick the Galaxy S7 Edge, so much so that it has created an Injustice Edition of the flagship handset. The limited-edition phone comes in black with gold accents, including the familiar Batman seal on the back.
Get out of here! Seriously. We’ve got the 15 best hiking apps to help you do it
With 50,000 trail guides in the U.S. and Canada alone, it’s not too difficult to work out why the AllTrails app has more than 1.5 million users. It’s an easy way to find trails near you, whether you want a gentle hike, a bone-rattling mountain bike track, or a great spot for some fly-fishing. You can create your own trails with GPS tracking, photos, and text, and save them for later or share them with others. If you are willing to splash out $30 per year for a membership, then you get the pro version, which takes advantage of a partnership with National Geographic Maps, and gives you the ability to print and edit maps. There are also events, such as the World Elevation Challenge, which lets participants to compete and track their progress in real-time as they scale Matterhorn, Kilimanjaro, Mount McKinley, and Everest.
How to Install Chrome OS on Your Windows Laptop
Eager to try out Chrome OS , but not ready to ditch Windows entirely? Thanks to the latest software package from Neverware , you can have both. By installing the company’s CloudReady software, you can turn your Windows laptop into a Chromebook, and it’s also possible to set up a dual-boot system using both operating systems.
Snapchat raises $1.81 billion in new funding round
(Reuters) — Messaging app Snapchat Inc has raised $1.81 billion in an equity offering, indicating strong investor interest in the company despite concerns that it is struggling to attract advertisers.
Apple reportedly considered buying-out Time Warner
Given its high-profile assets – including HBO, Warner Brothers and Turner – buying-out Time Warner will allow Apple to catch up with peers Amazon and Netflix when it comes to original content.
The easiest way to revolutionize your computer’s audio
Great audio is hard to sell because it doesn't lend itself to benchmarking or obvious prettiness like, say, a better graphics card might. To appreciate it, you have to immerse yourself in it, give it time to reveal itself and to reward you. With that being the case, it's no surprise that most of us have grown habituated to so-so Realtek audio chips spliced into motherboards like an unimportant afterthought. Some people think we're used to terrible music because of the compressed MP3 format, but I reckon it has a lot more to do with the sources from which we listen.
Ripple is a Silicon Valley-based startup making milk from peas
The Bay Area fosters a culture of forward thinkers and new ways to solve problems in our world, including in our food system . Ripple Foods is one such startup in Silicon Valley hoping to disrupt the dairy industry with pea protein.
News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016
It is also useful to see how, when combined with the sites’ total reach, the proportion of users who gets news on each site translates to U.S. adults overall. Facebook is by far the largest social networking site, reaching 67% of U.S. adults. The two-thirds of Facebook users who get news there, then, amount to 44% of the general population. YouTube has the next greatest reach in terms of general usage, at 48% of U.S. adults. But only about a fifth of its users get news there, which amounts to 10% of the adult population. That puts it on par with Twitter, which has a smaller user base (16% of U.S. adults) but a larger portion getting news there.