New Proof That We're Not As Busy As We Think
There are 168 hours in a week. If one works roughly 40 hours a week and sleeps 8 hours per day (56 per week), that leaves 72 hours for other things, so it’s no surprise that Americans find time for leisure. On an average day, 96% of Americans found some time for leisure activities such as watching TV. Indeed, we watch quite a bit of TV: 2.8 hours a day, which is just a bit under 20 hours per week. On average, we’re not too stressed about the housekeeping, it seems, or at least the male half of us. To quote the BLS: "On an average day, 20% of men did housework—such as cleaning or laundry—compared with 49% of women. Forty-three per cent of men did food preparation or cleanup, compared with 69% of women."
Universal Two-Factor Authentication Just Got More Universal
If I tell you my email password and you use it to log in, do you become me? Of course not. Which shows that authenticating identity using a password is ridiculous. Authentication using a security token or other physical object is much more secure. A million people might learn my password, but since they don't have my security token they can't do a thing with it. This kind of two-factor authentication is a hot topic these days, and a new release from the FIDO Alliance suggests it's getting even hotter, as the group's U2F (Universal Two-Factor) specification expands to include Bluetooth and NFC.
Last chance: Pay what you want for the iOS Designer Bundle
If there’s one thing the world’s most popular mobile apps have in common, it’s that they look great. Designing the perfect interface takes time and requires skill and practice – and our bundle includes everything you need to shape a beautiful iOS app .
Google uses this robot to test lag on Android and ChromeOS
Google uses a cool little robot to touch the screens of Android and ChromeOS devices to test their lag times.
Pond5 launches major update of its video plug-in to Adobe Premiere Pro
With the free plug-in, editors can import watermarked comps into their projects, add effects and test their clips. Once the videographer is ready to purchase, a single button automates the process of buying, downloading and replacing low-resolution previews with high-resolution files.
The future of water sports is Flyboarding, Hoverboarding, and Verruckt
We traveled to Kansas City to experience Verruckt, the tallest waterslide in the world. It stands taller than Niagara Falls and takes about five exhausting minutes to climb its 264 steps. The experience lasts about 18 seconds from start to finish, and riders reach speeds of up to 50 mph. If you ever find yourself out in Kansas City — and you’re comfortable with being very high up — consider a day at Schlitterbahn Water Park.
Inputting+ for Android lets you undo or redo your typing with a tap
Third-party keyboards have been available on Android for years, but most of them lack the tools you’re used to while typing at your desk.
Samsung's Tizen may launch on more smartphones this year - CNET
The lower-end of the space where Tizen lives, however, could prove important to Samsung. A gold rush of sorts is developing in that end of the space with competitors like Google's Android One vying for consumers in emerging markets. By launching more devices, Samsung could be planning to expand its Tizen footprint and make the operating system more readily accessible across the world's emerging markets.
Shido bot for Slack lets you outsource tasks to freelancers from within your channel
Shido is the latest product from freelancing marketplace Speedlancer and it works by connecting you with people who can carry out assigned tasks within 4 hours, directly within your Slack channel.
Final Fantasy VII Remake - Teaser Trailer - Rewind Theatre - IGN Video
Marty and Zach scrub through the teaser for Square Enix's long awaited remake.
One Driver Explains How He Is Helping to Rip Off Uber in China
While there are no reliable estimates on how prevalent the scams are, interviews with Uber drivers, equipment vendors and reviews of postings on dedicated online forums suggest at least some of the $1 billion that Uber has pledged to spend to expand the service in China this year is being siphoned off by fake bookings. The scams may be counted among the number of trips Uber claims in China, a figure the company said reached almost 1 million per day in a letter this month to shareholders.
Apple Releases iTunes 12.2 With Apple Music and Beats 1 Support
Apple today released iTunes 12.2 for OS X Yosemite users, introducing desktop support for the new Apple Music service. Launched today as part of iOS 8.4 , Apple Music lets iTunes users to listen to on-demand music, create playlists, find music suitable for every activity, and more. Apple Music is also accompanied by Apple Music Connect, Apple's new artist-centric social network, and the Beats 1 24/7 live worldwide radio station .
iTunes 12.2 can be downloaded immediately through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Apple has also released a new version of iTunes 12.2 for Windows users. This update includes:
For You. Get playlist and album recommendations you'll love, selected just for you based on your musical tastes. The more you listen, the better For You gets.
New. Discover the best new music, handpicked by our music editors. Explore mixes created just for activities like exercising, or find great handcrafted playlists in a wide variety of genres. With Apple Music, you'll always have the perfect soundtrack for any occasion.
Connect. A single place to connect with your favorite artists.
Microsoft sends display ad business to AOL
Microsoft sends display ad business to AOL
Bing search engine will also deliver search results and advertising on AOL properties.
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Google May Be Hurting Users By Manipulating Search Results, Says Study
Wu's research used a plug-in developed by reviews site Yelp—one of Google's biggest rivals—which replaced its native results with the external listings that the search engine had actually deemed "most relevant". Through A/B testing, the study presented participants with two different versions of a local search results page, both of which featured the "Local OneBox," which usually displays seven Google+ results pinned to a Google Map. The version created with the plug-in showed only results from Yelp and other third-party services in the Local OneBox, while the native Google page featured the standard Google+ fare.
Dealing With Data Privacy in the Cloud
“Unless your data is in such an amorphous state that you cannot remodel it to fit the new standard without teams of data scientists and alchemists, the move to a cloud strategy may be a sensible and cost-effective approach to doing it all in house,” said McMahon. “Any well-governed cloud vendors should already be on point to restructure their applications and services accordingly to accommodate said changes with many being ready a long way before you can make your own internal changes.”
The mystery of Kawasaki disease
“The peculiarity of the following case lies in the age of the patient. William Shrosbree, aet. 7, died in Mark on October 20, 1870, in consequence of scarlatinal dropsy with inter-current pneumonia and meningitis. The pericardium was natural. The heart natural in size, and the valves healthy. The coronary arteries were dilated into aneurysms at three places, namely, at the apex of the heart a small aneurysm the size of a pea; at the base of the right ventricle, close to the tip of the right auricular appendix, and near to the mouth of one of the coronary arteries, another aneurysm of the same size; and at the back of the heart, at the base of the ventricles, and in the sulcus between the ventricles, a third aneurysm the size of a horse bean. These aneurysms contained small recent clots, quite loose. The aorta near the valves, and the aortic cusp of the mitral valve, presented specks of atheroma.”
PayPal Updates User Agreement Following Backlash Over Robocalls And FCC Complaints
“I commend PayPal for taking steps to honor consumer choices to be free from unwanted calls and texts. The changes to PayPal’s user agreement recognize that its customers are not required to consent to unwanted robocalls or robotexts. It clarifies, rightly, that its customers must provide prior express written consent before the company can call or text them with marketing, and that these customers have a right to revoke their consent to receive robocalls or robotexts at any time. These changes, along with PayPal’s commitments to improve its disclosures and make it easier for consumers to express their calling preferences, are significant and welcome improvements.”
Paul Feig reveals design for the new 'Ghostbusters' proton packs
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Two Uber execs in France held by police as tensions mount
Two senior Uber executives have reportedly been taken into custody in France, as pressure mounts on the company to cease the ride-sharing element of its service.
Digitizing The World Could Be Worth $11 Trillion By 2025
Creating the "Internet of Things" by connecting everyday objects like factory machines, vehicles and buildings to the web could be worth between $3.9 trillion and $11.1 trillion by 2025, according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute.
Wine Sulfites Are Fine, But Here's How to Remove Them Anyway | WIRED
Sulfites comprise a range of sulfur compounds—particularly sulfur dioxide (SO 2 )—that are a natural by-product of the fermentation process that work as a preservative against certain yeast and bacteria (which will quickly destroy a wine if they start to multiply). But fermentation alone doesn’t produce enough sulfite to preserve a wine for more than a few weeks or months in the bottle, so winemakers add extra in order to keep microbes at bay. Sulfites aren’t just in wine. Many, many foods ranging from crackers to coconut contain sulfites. Anything that’s at all processed is likely to contain at least some level of sulfites.
What The Starbucks Race Together Campaign Actually Got Right
Business improved, the coffee chain saw an uptick in how the brand was perceived, and its CEO stood up for values employees care about.
Amazon will offer loans to encourage new sellers in China and 7 European countries
Amazon is launching a program which will provide loans to new businesses. The idea is to help them get started and gain market share.
Square Adds Payroll To Its Ever-Expanding Offerings For Small Businesses
Square Payroll, which has been tested with 600 merchants of varying size, will initially be available to California-based businesses only, though the company’s intent is to make it available across the country, said Myrick. The focus, she added, will be on the small business owner who hires hourly employees, a demographic that accounts for most of the nation’s 6 million businesses. Three out of every five workers in the U.S. today are paid hourly, while 90% of businesses have less than 20 employees, according to Square.
Facebook tweaks News Feed again to serve up videos you’ll actually watch
Now if a user turns the sound on for a video in their News Feed, expands it to full screen, or watches it in HD, Facebook will take that to mean the user liked the video. However, that may not be the most accurate representation of the kinds of videos a person wants to be served. For instance, I may watch a clickbait exposé on the realness of Kylie Jenner’s lips, but that doesn’t mean I want videos of the Kardashian family flooding my feed. Just because a video may pique someone’s interest initially doesn’t mean it will either hold their interest or be indicative of the content they actually like.
U.S. Panel Aims to Shield Planes From Cyberattack
U.S. aviation regulators and industry officials have begun developing comprehensive cybersecurity protections for aircraft, seeking to cover everything from the largest commercial jetliners to small private planes. A high-level advisory committee set up by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration—including representatives of plane makers, pilots and parts suppliers from around the globe—was scheduled to meet for the first time this...
If Your Enemies From Your 20s Were Bosses From 'Mega Man' Games
If you at all experienced childhood in the 80s and 90s and didn't play Nintendo, specifically the Mega Man franchise, it could be argued that you, in fact, had no childhood. (You can spitefully share this article with your parents later and say something like, "Did you guys really love me at all?!")
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Google given more time to reply to EU antitrust charges
The company was earlier told to respond by July 7, sources told Reuters. Neither the company or the EU competition authority had given the first deadline, but Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso confirmed the extra time given to Google.
Real velociraptor claw is way better than a 'Jurassic World' toy - CNET
The ultimate "Jurassic World" collectible isn't sold in toy stores. You can buy a real velociraptor claw fossil from a specialty dealer.
Uber executives taken into police custody following French taxi strike
Today's interrogations are not explicitly connected to last week's protests, though French officials have toughened their stance following the strike. France's interior minister has called on Paris police to enforce a ban on the service, threatening to arrest drivers and seize cars. Earlier today, the ministry announced that 200 police had been deployed across Paris to patrol the streets for UberPop drivers. In March, French police raided Uber's Paris offices as part of the investigation, in an act that Uber at the time described as a "disproportionate action."
Twitch viewers watched nearly 12 million hours of E3 coverage (infographic)
Amazon-owned Twitch today revealed an infographic sharing some numbers from its coverage of the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show in Los Angeles. It shows that Twitch is still on an upward trajectory, with over 21 million unique viewers this E3 compared to 12 million in 2014 and around 9.5 million back in 2013. Those 21 million viewers together watched nearly 12 million hours of E3 content.
Apple Music Is Here, But Is Streaming Right For You?
Streaming services aren’t just jukeboxes. Apple’s strategy is to combine all-you-can-eat tunes with software that watches what you’re playing, and also when and where you’re playing it. On top of that, humans (DJs and musicians alike) recommend their own choices through radio stations like Beats 1, which you can add to your own collection with a tap. The end result should be playlists based on your tastes and moods, plus a little serendipity, though on its first day, Apple Music’s recommendations for me weren’t great. (Neither was its interface, which we’ll discuss at length in a full Apple Music review to come.)
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Social Life Management launches its service so nobody thinks you’re a dog
If there’s something offensive up there — a photo of a particularly embarrassing night in college, for instance — a Takedown service can contact the site or the site’s ISP on your behalf for $80 per instance, whether or not it succeeds. Social Life reports a removal rate of 85 percent.
The Run-Down Arctic Mining Town Putin Wants to Be a Resort | WIRED
The photographer didn’t have much else to shoot during his repeated trips to the town and the surrounding region, as Barentsburg offers few distractions. There is a restaurant and a bar, but it accepts only Norwegian kroners. Miners are paid in rubles, but they can use them only in the supermarket and canteen. Most people are too tired after work to socialize, so they spend their days at their jobs and at home. There’s nothing to do outside the village, and venturing beyond the outskirts requires carrying a rifle for protection against polar bears. To get off the island, people must take a snowmobile ride overland or a ferry across the water to the nearest airport. No one wants to stay very long.
Two Uber France executives to go on trial September 30
Uber said in a statement later on Tuesday that it wanted to "continue constructive talks with the government" on transport regulations and that it hoped France's Constitutional Council would give its view on the 2014 law by the end of September. It did not comment on the trial.
Flag drops, BS stops: Cars Technica’s favorite rides from a Watkins Glen weekend
As one might expect, there were some extremely cool racing cars at the track. On top of that, Watkins Glen is just dripping in motorsport history, and there were lots of cool street cars to gawp at as well. We've assembled the gallery above to share some initial highlights, but we'll have more from Watkins Glen in the coming week. Hopefully these sights can satisfy your petrol appetites in the meantime—you might even see one of the gaming industry's superstars among the motorheads.
Cool Off by Watching Bentley's New SUV Play in Some Snow | WIRED
Of course, just because Bentley is calling its new vehicle an SUV doesn’t mean that buyers will pay $300,000 to take it rock crawling. It’s much more likely to spend some time on a country lane with some pesky leaves on it, or, at worst, on a snow-covered road leading up to a ski chalet. It’s for that daunting prospect that Bentley has taken the Bentayga to Sweden for cold weather winter testing.
Social Life Management--Can It Save Your Online Reputation?
Social Life Management’s toolbox is large, and it takes a second to grasp the power at your fingertips. You start by identifying who you are on the Internet—i.e. which pages are you, and which happen to be people with your same name, along with alerting Social Life Management’s AI about pages that negatively portray you. Social Life Management tallies up your online presence, including social media accounts, and gives you your Social Life Score. Then the platform opens up, with services falling into two camps: passive image maintenance included with the monthly subscription and pay-per-action. The included services make up the bulk of what beta testers have used Social Life Management for: passively tracking your name and mentions of your social media accounts as well as a CMS suite to post content on those social media accounts. The pay-per-action options are more surgical, from paying for written content to paying for Social Life Management to draft up DMC takedowns if you find your work illegally copied online. But perhaps the most intriguing for-pay option lets you bury content that shows you in a negative light.
J.K. Rowling: Seriously, guys, the new 'Harry Potter' play isn't a prequel - CNET
In case there was still any doubt left, Rowling posted a tweet on Monday with a promotional image for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" that contains a pretty perfect warning. Alongside the image is a big red circle with the words "Warning: It is not a prequel," and it's a pretty perfect way to end this confusion once and for all. You can see that image at the top of this post.
Google's adorable self-driving cars are now on public roads
Google announced last month that it'd be putting its prototype self-driving cars on California roads this summer, and now they're here . When they were first announced last year, the cars were shown without any driver controls at all, but these are a bit different — there will still be a qualified driver and manual override controls available at all times, just in case a car gets out of its element. ( Data so far suggests the challenge might be with self-driving cars being too safe, not the other way around.) In this way, the cars are similar to the many self-driving Lexus SUVs that Google already has driving on and around its Mountain View campus.
Apple Music Is Coming to Sonos Speakers
Apple Music is coming to iPhones, iPads and Macs on Tuesday. And before the end of the year, Apple’s new service will be streaming on Sonos systems, too.
True Detective: "Night Finds You" Review - IGN
Their interplay feels real. As yet, it’s not about one vying to outsmart the other, but each looking for an open door to an honest exchange. For her part, Bezzerides is legitimately invested in solving this murder and doesn’t express a pat dismissal of Velcoro as a dirty cop. Though she most certainly realizes that he’s filthy and compromised to the core. They’re sizing each other up, but their interplay registers as human. There’s a sense of, at the very least understanding, and at best respect. One gets the idea that because they’re in over their heads there’s a desire for trust despite the fact that trust is impossible for them - given the circumstances. The scenes between Velcoro and Semyon are more mannered, but there’s a cat-and-mouse edge that works, though I do hope they become more charged as things move along.
One Extra Second In 2015 Could Break The Internet
This June, scientists will add exactly one second to the clock, a seemingly minor alteration that could wreak havoc for computers and websites across the globe.
Engineers Just Broke the Capacity Limit For Fiber Optic Transmission
As the world’s collective Internet demand continues to skyrocket, electrical engineers have been keeping pace by upping the signal that passes through our fiber optic cables, allowing us to send and receive more juicy data faster. But optical fiber transmission has certain physical limitations. If you boost the power too much, the beams of laser light that carry data start interfering with one another, until eventually, the signal degrades and information is lost.
With Bots Like These, Who Needs Friends? | WIRED
“We have no grand plans for this thing,” Baker says. “We launched it about a month ago, and it was an idea that was tossed around for the longest time. We didn’t know the proper form to give it. We started with, well, what’s the Web experience? And we had a bunch of funny ideas like would you have to slur to get in. At one point, we had built a Captcha that you had to get wrong in order to get in. But doing it through a website never really felt right.”
What Is a Leap Second Anyway, and Why Do We Use It? | WIRED
Fast forward to modern times. We now have a better definition of a second— atomic clocks . There are two reasons to use an atom for a clock instead of the Earth’s motion around the Sun. First, the time scale is smaller. Instead of 1 unit of time being a year, one oscillation for an atomic clock is much shorter than a second. Second, the frequency of oscillation for an atomic clock is reproducible. If we state the exact conditions for the atomic oscillation, anyone should be able to create the unit of time. It wouldn’t matter if you are on Earth, Mars or somewhere else. For the current definition of a second we use the oscillations of electron transitions in Cesium 133.
iOS 9 Low Power Mode Cuts Performance by 40 Percent
You can't have it all. And by that, we mean that it's often difficult to reconcile lots of battery life against a device's performance. That's the exact trade-off some iPhone users will have to make once they're given the option to put their devices into a Low Power Modea tweak that will arrive with iOS 9 this fall.