What Windows 7 holdouts will miss: 11 improvements in Windows 10

While Windows 7 and its predecessors left you to fend for yourself, Windows 8 and 10 provide basic protection in the form of Windows Defender, an integrated, easy-to-use version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Windows Defender won’t win any independent testing contests, but it gives you a baseline level of protection sorely lacking in Windows 7—and in Windows 10, it’s smart enough to activate itself if you aren’t rocking active antivirus protection.

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Ask Sean Murray Anything About No Man's Sky - IGN

Despite more details coming out as part of our IGN First , there's still plenty of mystery surrounding No Man's Sky. So, Hello Games' Sean Murray will be answering your questions in an upcoming AMA. Wondering about the inspiration for No Man's Sky's enemies? Challenges during development? What the team's favorite pizza is? Ask away, and Sean will be back to tackle your hard-hitting inquiries.

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation review

Early on in Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation , a grizzled and grandstanding head of CIA (Alec Baldwin) accuses the Impossible Mission Force — the anti-terrorist spy team starring Tom Cruise and a rotating supporting cast — of being a throwback to another era. “Your results look suspiciously like luck,” he decrees, noting that every successful mission is preceded by high-risk hijinks and wanton destruction (cf. the last four Mission: Impossible movies).

How to do a clean install of Windows 10 - CNET

Also note that installing Windows 10 fresh on a computer by booting from the installation media will require you to buy a new Windows 10 license. If you already have a Windows 7 or 8 license and want to take advantage of the free upgrade offer, it's a better idea to install your licensed version of Windows on the new computer first and then do an upgrade as shown above.

Numerous wants to be the ultimate app for numbers geeks

“The world is increasingly instrumented and life is increasingly quantified,” says Numerous co-founder Charlie Wood. “We want people to be able to spend less time checking their phones and more time enjoying life. With today’s launch, Numerous realizes our vision of an end-to-end system that connects people to the numbers that permeate their lives and puts those numbers to work.”

Google rejects French request for broader 'right to be forgotten' rules

Google is pushing back against a request to expand the scope of Europe's "right to be forgotten" law. Last year, the European Union Court of Justice ruled that citizens of its member states could ask Google to delist search results that were irrelevant, out of date, or fit a mix of similar criteria. Google, which says  it's received 290,000 requests since the rule took effect, has responded by removing information from country-specific versions of Google across Europe. But last month, French data privacy agency CNIL requested that the rule apply across all Google search pages.

Satisfaction at work is not a sprint, it's a marathon

The biggest difference is of course, that employee satisfaction is an endless feat. It requires a steadfast training-like dedication to what your company’s employees want and need. Why? People that are satisfied with their role, company policies, work environment, colleagues, and values are more likely to dedicate their bright thoughts and best selves toward the cause.

What data says about doping in the Tour de France

In the recent years and in the light of the drawn out Lance Armstrong doping scandal, the Tour de France has been under pressure to crack down on doping tendencies within the race. Lance Armstrong himself argues that everyone within the cycling culture is using body-enhancement drugs, and that in order to remain competitive in that sport, there’s no option other than to participate in doping.

Top e-learning deals – over 90% off!

These courses and assets over at TNW Deals teach you what you need to know without breaking the bank. Here is a round-up of the best E-learning deals with discounts over 90 percent off and an additional 10 percent off coupon for the OSTraining Bundle Ending Soon!

YourMoji keyboard for iOS lets you create emoji composites with your own photos

YourMoji’s media editor is built into the keyboard so you can mix in your own emojis and stickers from any image. The app comes with a large library of interesting, pop culture and original images — including celebrities, sports, movies, TV shows, animals, and more — which you can use as-is or combine with your own elements. You can even add custom backgrounds and frames by mixing multiple cutouts from your photos and YourMoji’s library.

Multi Forward for Gmail Forwards Emails in Bulk

Chrome: Dealing with a large amount of email will always be a drag. When you’ve got a bunch of messages you need to loop someone in on, it can be tedious to forward them all. Multi Forward for Gmail helps make this process simpler.

How To Survive The Cascadia Tsunami

“At least a dozen people near Maullín, Chile, survived the 1960 Chilean tsunami by climbing trees. However, others perished when the trees they climbed were toppled by the tsunami. Ramón Ramírez, 15 years old at the time of the tsunami, survived by climbing into the branches of a cypress tree (photo at right) on a plain west of Maullín. While Mr. Ramírez stayed safely in the cypress, the waters of the tsunami swirled about the tree. The water crested at 15 feet above sea level, reaching several feet above the tree’s base. In nearby Quenuir, at the mouth of the Río Maullín, Estalino Hernández climbed an arrayán tree to escape the tsunami’s waves. While he clung to the tree, the waters of the tsunami rose to his waist. Not far away, the onrushing water covered land 30 feet above sea level. Although Mr. Hernández survived the tsunami, he lost his 13-year-old son to the waves. Quenuir had 104 other victims, most of whom took to boats just after the earthquake and were caught by the first wave of the tsunami.”

Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2016)

Still a Star While Kaspersky Antivirus (2016) looks a little different from the 2015 edition, it remains a very impressive antivirus. It scores well in my hands-on tests, and its scores in the more-significant independent lab tests are through the roof. Add to that world-class phishing protection and a raft of bonus tools that are actually useful, and you have an antivirus superstar. Kaspersky Antivirus (2016) is an Editors' Choice for commercial antivirus, sharing that honor with Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 and Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus (2015).

Imperial Spherificator gizmo turns virtually any food into caviar-size pearls - CNET

As strange as that sounds, as you watch Canada-based inventor Naor Cohen go through a few recipes in his fundraising video, you realize that the gadget could actually bring a huge amount of fun and creativity into cooking -- and cocktail making. Cohen uses the device to make onion and vinegar pearls to go on oysters, tomato pearls to go on mozzarella discs, mint pearls to go in a mojito, and coffee liqueur pearls to go atop some kind of creamy delicious-looking dessert. It's the kind of thing that's been around for years in the molecular gastronomy type of cuisine, but this Kickstarter promises to make it simpler to do at home.

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Researchers awed by Polar Bear dive, shattering the previous record by about 2 minutes. The ability to hold its breath for so long may indicate the initial development of a significant adaptation for living and hunting in its marine environment.

16 Iterate faster on Google Play with improved beta testing | Android Developers Blog

Kabam is a global leader in AAA quality mobile games developed in partnership with Hollywood studios for such franchises such as Fast & Furious, Marvel, Star Wars and The Hobbit. Beta testing helps Kabam engineers perfect the gameplay for Android devices before launch. “The ability to receive pointed feedback and rapidly reiterate via alpha/beta testing on Google Play has been extremely beneficial to our worldwide launches,” said Kabam VP Rob Oshima.

88,000 Nvidia Shield tablets recalled due to heat risk

As is typical for gadget recalls, the problem lies in the 8-inch tablet’s battery. Nvidia has received four reports of overheating, and two of those reports included damage to flooring as a result, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission . All told, the recall affects around 88,000 tablet units sold in the U.S. and Canada, the CPSC says.

18 Why Mozilla calls this Windows 10 feature 'very disturbing'

Mozilla's Beard said that he reached out to Microsoft's Windows team when it discovered that Edge was automatically set to the default browser, but that meeting "didn't result in any meaningful progress." Although Beard said he appreciates that it's still possible to choose a different default browser in Windows 10, he laments that the settings "been changed to make this less obvious and more difficult."

13 historical Lolcats from YouTube (with shareable GIFs!)

“Buckinghamshire, where a family of pretty unusual cats live. They’re a rare breed from Turkey called Van cats. A Van cat loves to swim, and when fully grown they’re completely at home in water as out. Though they soon may be recognised as a pedigree breed over here, they won’t touch mice.”

The top 10 'Star Wars' sidekicks, ranked. Who should be No. 1? - CNET

The team posted a new video in its "The StarWars.com 10" YouTube series Thursday revealing the top 10 "Star Wars" sidekicks ranked by personality, loyalty and impact. They focused on sidekicks from the six "Star Wars" films, as well as those from "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Star Wars Rebels." They excluded Jedi and Sith apprentices, as nobody who the Force is strong with should ever be considered a sidekick.

Now 'Game of Thrones' might end after Season 8, says HBO

"The question is how much beyond 7 we're going to do," Lombardo said at the Television Critics Association summer press event in Beverly Hills. "I think [Benioff and Weiss] are feeling there's probably 2 more years after [season] 6. As I've said before, I'd always love for them to change their minds, but I think that's their plan right now."

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SoftBank’s emotionally intelligent ‘Pepper’ robot launches for enterprises on October 1

Pepper can call out to people in the distance, ask opinions, present a product’s benefits (including images), and even play games. It will also be able to analyze the characteristics and emotions of people it interacts with, which SoftBank says can be used for future marketing purposes.


May 28th, 10 am PST/1 pm EST Sponsored by: FollowAnalytics Abstract: If you think MMA is just a toy for small hip startup game companies -- you'd be wrong. From car companies like Kia and Land Rover to banking companies like ING and retailers like Starbucks, Walgreens and Macy's, enterprises are leading the charge in this space -- and winning the fight for marketshare in their verticals. When it comes to mobile marketing automation, the enterprise has a unique problem -- many MMA solutions are built for small app dev houses and don't have a feature set equipped to tackle enterprise-grade demands. VB Insight surveyed 375 mobile developers and 1.8 million apps to uncover the hottest MMA solutions. We also figured out the best bets for the big guys and some best practices from industry leaders. What you'll learn •How top enterprises are using mobile marketing automation to reach their audience •How to MMA can be the x-factor for achieving value back to the organization •VB Insight’s best bets for mobile marketing automation solutio

Facebook’s video ads will kick off a new breed of video networks

A single video on YouTube such as the example I noted above of the “flexing son” received 1.1 million streams at a CPM less than 50 cents within the first 48 hours. It did over 50 million streams on Facebook with unknown CPMs, but it’s safe to presume that, with Facebook’s targeting, it will be even higher once they roll out the ads. On Facebook, the video delivered over 45 times more views in the first 48 hours. If we assume an extremely conservative CPM of $1, it means a 90 times multiple over YouTube, which is an infinitely better payout for Rumble and our creators on one asset alone.

How To Unplug And Take A Real Vacation From The Internet: Updated For 2015

Fast Company columnist Baratunde Thurston chronicled his process of unplugging in 2013, and offered usable advice on how to make it work. How far in advance should you start telling everyone you'll be offline? What kind of away message should you leave on Facebook? Is there a way to dig out from inbox hell when you return from being offline? Yes. Read his process of quitting the Internet for 25 days here .

Catawiki raises $82M to grow its online auction house for collectibles such as dinosaur bones

Catawiki does actually have buyers and sellers from around the world, but Europe is where most of its business takes place for now. Indeed, the company counts 200 employees, all in Europe, and officially operates in its native Netherlands, the U.K., Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and Belgium. The cash will be used to expand in these markets, and to enter new markets in Europe and elsewhere, with a Chinese-language version of the site launching imminently.

Should Body-Cam Footage Always Go Public? It’s Complicated

One big concern is that such videos could potentially infringe on personal privacy, and activists say there is a need to draw a distinction between video that has public value, and video with no public value. “We think that 99 percent of body-cam videos will either be of no importance at all—for instance, a person asking a cop for directions—or will be of only prurient interest, if for example, a drunk person runs down the street naked,” says Chad Marlow, advocacy and policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, and principal author of the ACLU’s model bill for police body cameras . “In these situations, there is no public benefit to be secured by making a video publicly available that would trump privacy interests.”

Latest Apple TV rumor: new box in September, but no TV service yet

If you thought that the lack of a new Apple TV during the company's last developer conference would put a halt to the rumors then... you must not have been paying attention for the last few years. Buzzfeed sources say a revamped set-top box will arrive in September with the previously rumored slimmed-down size, more powerful hardware inside, touchpad (and perhaps TouchID) equipped remote and most importantly, an actual App Store. The third gen Apple TV has gone several years without changes so a refresh is certainly in order, but the other half of the rumor says Apple's long-rumored subscription TV setup will not launch with it. While the folks in Cupertino work out those last few deals and decide if they really want a Sling TV or Playstation Vue-style slim bundle of channels, you can decide if buying a soon-to-be-outdated model is worth keeping access to YouTube .

31 Uber to invest $1 billion in India: FT

Uber said India and China are its priority markets. It had said last month that it would invest more than $1 billion in China this year as it looks to rev up growth in the world's second largest economy.

Yelp, Cord-Cutting, Expensive Eggs, Facebook and 7 Billion Mobile Subscribers - Om Malik

Yelp earnings revealed that the company is struggling to hire salespeople and is blaming it on the ridiculously hot labor market in the Bay Area. What’s causing the problem? High-flying unicorns (a euphemism for private companies with valuations that are at or north of a billion dollars) are offering more-attractive options, salaries and perks compared to companies like Yelp, which as a public company has to maintain some sort of sanity and has stagnant stock. But Yelp isn’t alone in its suffering! The whole Bay Area is seeing inflation in salaries, perks and real estate costs, which are increasing the cost of building startups.

China's Huawei overtakes Microsoft as world's No. 3 mobile phone vendor - CNET

"Global mobile phone shipments grew a lackluster 2 percent annually from 428 million units in [2014's second quarter] to 434.6 million in [2015's second quarter]," Strategy Analytics director Woody Oh said. "Smartphones accounted for 8 in 10 of total mobile phone shipments during the quarter. The 2 percent growth rate of the overall mobile phone market is the industry's weakest performance for two years, due to slowing demand for handsets in China, Europe and the US."

This Video of Protestors Trashing Uber Cars Makes Me Feel Bad for Uber

I don’t like Uber. It’s an apparently evil company that overcharges people and eschews accountability as often as possible. However, seeing an angry mob of cabbies descend upon and destroy a number of Uber cars in Mexico City actually made me feel bad for Uber drivers.

Kim Dotcom: 'I don't think your data is safe on Mega anymore'

But I have to fight because I have such a huge responsibility. First and foremost I have to fight for my five children. They need me. Unfortunately they can’t rely on anybody else. And of course I’m fighting for all of you. If I give up all of you will lose. They will use this case to turn our Internet to shit. I love the Internet. It gave me everything. I believe in Internet freedom, in your right to share, in your right to privacy. With your help and your support I can do it. I want to win this fight for all of us.

BMW paying Bay Area i3 owners up to $1,540 to delay charging - CNET

As part of the trial, the BMW Group Technology Office in Mountain View, California has also taken a large cache of used lithium-ion batteries previously used to power Mini E hatchbacks to create a stationary energy storage unit. The solar-augmented storage will charge in off-peak hours, then push power back into the grid upon request during peak demand times. PG&E will pay BMW for the energy it returns to the grid.

Canon’s new camera can basically see in the dark

The ME20F-SH is ideal for use within specialist applications such as TV productions of nighttime wildlife, deep sea/cave exploration, astronomy and surveillance. The ability to install the camera in a semi-permanent location, with remote control operability also means that for documentary and natural history filmmakers, long term projects and events can be captured with minimum staffing.

Ask Cortana anything: Snarky answers to 59 burning questions

Cortana spits out funny responses on topics ranging from Siri to Surface to Steve Ballmer. She makes jokes and explains her Halo-inspired lineage. Here are 59 of the funniest answers we’ve found while goofing around. (Screenshots were taken from Windows Phone 8.1, rather than Windows 10, hence the stark interface.) And remember: Cortana may be one of the standout features of Windows 10 , but before long she’ll spread her wings beyond Microsoft’s garden, landing in  iOS and Android  later this year.

History of Awesome - The Legend of Zelda - IGN Video

The Legend of Zelda went on to become Nintendo's next success, despite being a big departure from their popular breakout game Mario.

Dear Veronica: Is this the end of portable gaming devices?

Dear Veronica: Is this the end of portable gaming devices?

Windows 10 passes 14 million installs its first 24 hours

Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi is checking in with a Windows 10 status update, revealing that the OS is already on some 14 million devices. He noted that not everyone who reserved an upgrade has gotten it yet, but says the rollout will continue in phases over the next few weeks. While whether or not you can upgrade to Windows 10 may still be in question, we have information to help decide if you should with our FAQ and review . Of course, if you're one of the millions already in the door, you can just let us know how the new experience is working so far.

More Bad News For Android Users

The bug is apparently able to target Android devices running versions 4.3 through 5.1.1, the current release -- which amounts to more than half of all Android devices on the planet.

Yahoo Will Acquire Fashion Startup Polyvore

Going forward, Polyvore will still be the same Polyvore that you love, but we’ll have more resources to make it even bigger & better. Our mission of empowering people to feel good about their style will stay the same. We’ll continue to add cool new product features and roll out new perks for top members. We’ve accomplished a lot on our own, but together with Yahoo we can take Polyvore to its fullest potential.

Windows 10 upgrade resets your default browser to Edge; Mozilla is very unhappy

Now, there is still an "N" version of Windows 10, but it isn't clear if it treats your default browser choice differently. We have asked Microsoft for clarification but haven't yet heard back. In our own testing, we upgraded a European laptop from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 using an official Windows 10 USB stick, but it still reset the browser default to Edge. This isn't necessarily authoritative, though: even though there have been "N" versions of Windows as far back as XP, OEMs have often just used the standard, full-fat Windows SKUs instead.

Is This The Ultimate Burning Man Tent?

So what is the Shift-Pod? It’s a 55-pound tent with a 6.5-foot ceiling that has room for a queen mattress and sets up in as little as 90 seconds. It's constructed from a three-layer, insulated, UV-reflective nylon that reflects the sun’s rays to keep things as cool they can possibly be in the desert sun. An integrated ventilation system can also filter the dusty air, or even connect to an A/C unit. And six porthole windows unzip for you to gawk at all of the young CEOs who are riding naked through the sand on whatever tetanus-inducing flame machine is the rage that year, enjoying a temporary liberation from the connected world and the unrelenting, flatline DAU ticker that comes along with it.

HBO Boss "Enormously Proud" of True Detective: Season 2 - IGN

"I think Nic is a very bold storyteller," Lombardo continued. "And I mean that in only positive ways. I think he takes risks in how he lays out a story and with the pacing of stories and I think it pays off. We didn't go into business with him - and we never go into business like this - thinking that this was going to be a big hit. I know [his writing] speaks to people though. That doesn't mean [it's] going to speak to you. And I've already called him and said 'Nic, if you want to do a Season 3, let's start talking.' I'm not calling him to say let's talk about Season 3 and here are some rules you need to follow. I think what he's doing on True Detective is so much bolder and braver and, for me, satisfying than what I see in film that i I'd be happy to be in business with him of a long time."

Planned Parenthood reports second website hack in a week

Planned Parenthood said electronic traffic to its websites was snarled by computer hackers on Wednesday in the second cyber attack mounted against the healthcare organization this week amid a controversy over alleged sales of aborted fetal tissue.

Angry Birds 2 flies onto iOS and Android - CNET

In Angry Birds 2, you can choose which bird you want to next hurl at the pigs. But the bird you choose determines how well you fare at crashing into your nemeses. You can even score extra birds if you crash into enough pigs and blocks to fill up the game's Destruct-O-Meter. The pigs themselves have also gotten smarter as they're able to build challenging new towers on Piggy Island, making it even harder to bring them down.

Marine Corps finally declares the F-35B ready for combat

Developed by Lockheed Martin, the F-35B Lightning II is a fifth generation fighter similar to the F-22. The B designates it as the Marine's variant and, as such, is outfitted with a short takeoff and vertical landing ( STOVL ) system. The Marines plan to buy about 340 of these jets (and another 80 of the C models) to replace the outgoing F/A-18 Hornet. The F-35B is expected to engage in "close air support, offensive and defensive counter-air, air interdiction , assault support escort and armed reconnaissance as part of a Marine Air Ground Task Force, or in support of the Joint Force," Gen. Joe Dunford, outgoing Marine Corps commandant, said in a statement.

The Leftovers: Season 2 Premiere Date and Story Details - IGN

After last season’s elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunged Mapleton into chaos, Season 2 finds many searching for a fresh start. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) has retired from his post as chief of police of Mapleton and is moving his new family to Texas. With him is Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), who's discovered new purpose in caring for the baby she found on Kevin’s doorstep and welcomes leaving behind Mapleton and the incredible tragedy she suffered there. Equally eager to leave the town she grew up in and the friends she made there is Kevin’s daughter, Jill (Margaret Qualley).

51 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp's Michael Showalter on Creating a "Serialized Comic Book Reality" - IGN
52 A closer look at the Edge browser in Windows 10
53 Use Windows 10's individual display scaling to perfect your multi-monitor setup
54 Inside Nairobi's Tech iHub
55 Oprah, Katy Perry and others pose as icons throughout history
56 Microsoft: 14 million upgraded to Windows 10 on day one
57 There's (Almost) Nothing You Can Do About Stagefright
58 Handy UV-Busting Visor Snaps Onto Any Bike Helmet
59 Amazon signs Top Gear's Clarkson, Hammond, and May for new show
60 Mr. Robot: "br4ve-trave1er.asf" Review - IGN
61 Inside Spotify's Plan To Take On Apple Music
62 Wikileaks: U.S. Spied On Japanese Officials And Companies
63 Apple patents stylus tech that recreates physical surfaces of objects
64 Putting dollars to charity a la app, with a social twist - CNET
65 Read-it-later app Pocket testing recommendations in public beta
66 10 things Windows 10 failed to fix or flat-out broke
67 Meet Gaming's Most Ruthless Tyrant - IGN Video
68 UK Is Leading The Way To Become A Global Bitcoin Hub
69 LinkedIn hits 380 million members and $71M profit, $712M in revenue in Q2
70 Despite H-1B lottery, offshore firms dominate visa use
71 Uber to Invest $1 Billion in India
72 Hospital Drug Pump Can Be Hacked Through Network, FDA Warns
73 Pebble Time Steel: Preorders ship in August, but you’ll have to wait for the metal band
74 Hammertoss: Russian hackers target the cloud, Twitter, GitHub in malware spread | ZDNet
75 Samsung plots Galaxy S6 price cut, new phones to help business
76 Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Combat System Changes and Star Wars Battlefront's New Multiplayer Mode - IGN Daily Fix - IGN Video
77 Apple seeds second OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite beta to developers
78 Google challenges global 'right to be forgotten' order
79 5 Things Missing in Windows 10
80 Meek Mill's Photoshop skills are worse than his diss track
81 Apple's Campus 2 visitor center will feature a cafe, store and observation deck
82 Japanese distillery will send its whisky to age in space
83 Robot climbing frame looks for fun - BBC News
84 YC-Backed Saida Wants To Bring Short-Term Loans To People In Emerging Markets
85 After 13 Spinoffs, Angry Birds Gets Sequel
86 August now lets you control your front door with an Apple Watch
87 New iPad and Apple TV rumors. Plus, Tom Brady gets an iPhone 6 video - CNET
88 The Best Performance Car For Less Than $30,000
89 Uber opens car-leasing program to lure in more drivers
90 Sony, Samsung Find Strength in Sales of Components
91 Google's New Feature Will Help You Avoid Other Humans
92 Apple TV with Siri and App Store could finally arrive in September
93 HTC Spends Nearly $10M On A 15% Stake In Virtual Reality Platform WEVR
94 Recon Jet smart glasses get the GoPro controller app they deserve
95 The Physics of Some Seriously Awesome MythBusters Stunts
96 Microsoft wants to stream PC games to your Xbox One - CNET
97 World's cutest male spider does embarrassing dance to impress cutest female spider
98 Uber wants to invest $1bn to boost business in India - BBC News
99 Investments For Hearables Surge
100 People Who Text While Walking Are Annoying As Hell, Study Confirms