How to Get Employees To Work Harder Without Paying Them More
In a survey of 413 students in Hangzhou, China, academics got output to increase by telling a group of study participants that their data-input work was of great importance to a research project. Another group was told the work was just a quality check that would probably never get used. The performance of those told that their work was of great importance ranked about 15% higher in the data-entry task.
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In 2016 we are hosting our biggest conference so far, and we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to experience it.
Jury finds Google’s implementation of Java in Android was fair use
Software developers can breathe a massive sigh of relief — a jury found today that Google’s implementation of 37 Java APIs in Android qualified as fair use. However, Oracle attorneys have already indicated that they will appeal the decision.
Facebook and Microsoft Are Laying a Giant Cable Across the Atlantic
The fact that these Internet giants are laying their own cables—at their own expense—shows just how much data these giants must move. Consider the services they run: Google offers its eponymous search engine, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Maps, and so many more. Microsoft offers Bing, Office365, and its Azure cloud services. Facebook has its social network along with Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. The data moved by just a few online giants now dwarfs that of most others, so much so that, according to telecommunications research firm Telegeography, more than two thirds of the digital data moving across the Atlantic is traveling on private networks—namely networks operated by the likes of Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. That’s up from 10 percent just a few years ago. “It’s a tremendous change,” says Telegeography analyst Tim Stronge.
Marie Curie: an Inexhaustible Energy - OpenMind
The nineteenth century had one final surprise left for science. Physicists and chemists were finally comfortable with their basic laws, which were able to explain anything, until in 1896 the French physicist Becquerel accidentally discovered an entirely new phenomenon. He left a package of uranium salts on top of a roll of photographic plate in a drawer, and days later found that the plate had darkened as if it had been exposed to light; he thought that these salts had emitted penetrating rays that were able to pass through metal. However, Becquerel lost interest in the topic and passed it on to a Polish student who hadn’t yet chosen her doctoral thesis topic. She, Marie Curie, investigated more thoroughly these stones that constantly emitted so much energy and didn’t seem to be consumed, and she baptized this phenomenon as radioactivity .
Salon talks to the former "Friends" star about class, race and his new post-"People v. O.J." show, "Feed the Beast"
Watch Edward Snowden Teach Vice How to Make a Phone ‘Go Black’
OK, that’s a bit hyperbolic, but you catch our drift. People immediately sought ways of securing their data and protecting their gadgets from prying eyes. Now, Snowden is here to help. On tomorrow’s episode of Vice , the man himself shows correspondent Shane Smith how to make a smartphone go black by removing the cameras and microphones so they can’t be used against you. Find out how to do it yourself in the clip above from Vice , which airs tomorrow at 11 p.m. on HBO.
Facebook starts selling offsite ads targeting non-users too
With more than 1.6 billion active users who share a range of personal information through its service, Facebook has built a formidable advertising business that enables companies to drill down into granular detail when targeting the audience they want to reach. That’s changed the game for generating interest in websites, services, app downloads or really anything online. While Facebook’s Audience Network has enabled it to extend that reach outside of Facebook to let advertisers find Facebook users while they are not inside the social network, today’s subtle move could hand advertisers the power to reach even more people.
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The Real Problem With Fusion Energy
Last week, I visited the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory to tour the recently-upgraded National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX-U), the most powerful “spherical tokamak” fusion reactor on Earth. An 85 ton beast of a machine shaped like a giant cored apple, the NSTX-U uses high energy particles to heat hydrogen atoms to temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius, hotter than the core of the sun. To contain this super-hot plasma, winding copper coils generate a magnetic field 20,000 times stronger than that of the Earth. All of this so that for a few magic seconds, atomic nuclei will collide, fuse, and release energy.
Jawbone is reportedly stopping production on all of its fitness trackers
Jawbone has struggled to gain traction in the fitness-tracking market for some time, despite being one of the first to the market. Now, it looks like the company is ready to cash it in entirely. A report from Tech Insider claims the company has stopped making its Up line of fitness trackers and sold all of its remaining inventory to a third-party distributor. While the door remains open for the company to try again, it certainly feels like it's ready to exit the market.
EU mandates open access for all publicly funded research by 2020
Much EU-funded work under major research frameworks is already required to be open access. However, it can be costly for a researcher to make a paper free to access that would otherwise be paywalled at a major journal like Science or Nature; the cost of doing so could potentially be included in the grant, but how this will be handled at scale remains to be seen. TechCrunch has contacted the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for details on this and other questions.
Jaguar's Formula E car makes its first appearance in the wild
With that in mind, the more powerful draw might be the ability to learn about how electric motors, batteries, and drivetrains behave under the extreme conditions the cars experience as they race around street courses around the world. With its second season, Formula E began to allow manufacturers to partner with race teams to develop some of these components, and the move has attracted a fair amount of industry interest. Jaguar will join Citroën DS, Mahindra, Audi, Renault, and McLaren, all of which now have deep ties in the series. BMW and Nissan are rumored to be in talks to join the young racing series as well.
Facebook Ads now Tracks you, Even if you don't have an Account
There's nowhere to hide across the web, especially from the marketing and advertising companies.
If you are paranoid about your privacy, you may get upset to know that Facebook will now track and deliver targeted Ads on other apps and websites for everyone, even if you do not have Facebook accounts.
Until now, Facebook was showing targeted ads only to its users, but now the social networking giant says it needs extra data to make its ads better.
Facebook announced on Thursday that the company is expanding its Audience Network , allowing publishers and developers to reach more people through Facebook advertising.
"We've designed these updates so that we continue to comply with EU law. In particular, we reflected feedback from people who use Facebook, including a variety of privacy experts across Europe, about improving our cookies policy and obtaining informed consent from people," Facebook’s deputy chief privacy officer Stephen Deadman said.
The X-Men Are Hollywood’s Most Under-Appreciated Heroes
The X-Men movies, which began in earnest in with X-Men in 2000, have never really been built like a franchise in the sense that we understand them now. There are no Marvel Studios-eque narrative phases to them. With the exception of the Wolverine movies—which, we concede, have shredded through their welcome—no one in any X-Flick is there to serve as spinoff fodder. ( Ladies and gentleman, Psylocke! Coming to theaters in 2019. ) While this difference may look like a lack of cohesion, it’s actually the franchise’s greatest strength. It allows each movie a looseness that other mega-franchises rarely get: Where Avengers: Age of Ultron suffered under the narrative burden of setting up the overarching premise of MCU’s Phase 3, X-Men: Days of Future Past was able to just concentrate on its own story. That same freedom also allows for a left-field entry like Deadpool to get into the fray without disrupting the natural order of the universe.
The First X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer Is an All-Star Evil Team-Up
Captain America: Civil War Is Fantastic, But Not Because of Captain America
Avengers: Age of Ultron Ain’t Perfect, But You’ll Love It
Apocalypse , meanwhile, saunters in with a white-hot (if largely underused) Oscar Isaac as the titular big bad, a handful of new X-Kids, and a full-on J.
Here’s What’s Inside Those Magical Stain-Erasing Pens
It’s inevitable: After a wine tasting, spaghetti dinner, or spirited rib-eating contest, your white shirt will look like the fledgling stage of a Jackson Pollock painting. A more dignified alternative to wearing a bib? The Tide To Go stain releaser pen, a handy detergent highlighter you rub on blotches to make them disappear. For this magical weapon of stain destruction to tackle an array of food threats, the chemists at Tide enlisted ingredients that attack different stains in different ways, working in combination to erase everything from coffee to ketchup. Out, damn spots!
Samsung created a Batman-inspired S7 Edge to prove die-hards will buy anything
If you’re a fan of the caped crusader, or just generally have an affinity for cool logos on expensive flagship phones, Samsung is about to make you really happy.
Takata airbag inflator recall expands to include 12 million more cars - Roadshow
You know what is the most popular time to drive around America? Memorial Day weekend. You know what's not great before embarking on a road trip? Finding out your airbags might function as improvised explosive devices. Eight automakers have announced that they're recalling 12 million vehicles for Takata's faulty parts, so, um, you might want to drive with additional caution or rethink your plans altogether.
'PrisonBae' mugshot locks up the Internet's heart
Sarah Seawright of Arkansas found Internet fame after her near-perfect mugshot popped up all over Twitter alongside the hashtag #PrisonBae .
Why Amazon is the king of innovation: Kindle's clout | ZDNet
Amazon's innovation here was to combine vertical integration with the willingness to allow users to read on whatever device they wanted to read on. Nearly my entire book library is now on Kindle. Yet I don't personally use a Kindle device, because I still don't like them. I like reading on my phone. Had Amazon tried for lock-in, which so many other vendors do as naturally as they breathe, I never would have replaced my paper books with Kindle books.
Ever Wonder What Hand Models Look Like? Sure You Do
No matter how lovely their hands, agencies subject a model’s mitts to rigorous inspection under a magnifying glass. And of course they need different hands for different jobs. Long, slender fingers are best for rings, because they make diamonds look bigger. Strong, masculine hands are perfect for power tools, firm handshakes, and other manly things. Although many models appear in advertisements, some land roles as doubles for the likes of Kate Moss and David Attenborough.
Amazon puts Alexa in the browser with Echosim.io
Amazon’s Alexa is able to answer basic questions around information, weather, news and music and control other gadgets in the home. But since launch, one of the real differentiators for the Echo has been integration with third-party developers.
OS X 10.12 release date, news and rumors
Apple's Time Machine has been around for quite a while, enabling Mac users to back up data to an external hard drive (USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt), to a network's Time Capsule or OS X Server, or to an external drive connected to a network's AirPort Extreme base station. However, Mac users want something newer and better to manage loads of large files, such as HD movies and personal videos.
Chinese users blast Microsoft's assertive Windows 10 upgrade op
Earlier this month, Microsoft began another push to boost adoption by pre-scheduling the free Windows 10 upgrade. On-screen notices warned users of the impending upgrade, but limited the cancel option to an easily-overlooked, one-word link in the notification's text. And clicking the red "X" in the upper-right corner of the dialog box -- by convention a last resort for users wanting to cancel an operation -- instead authorized the upgrade to begin at the allotted time.
How a failed education startup turned into Musical.ly, the most popular app you've probably never heard of
Lately, Musical.ly has also seen a rising tide of demand from the traditional music industry. It's been proactive about working within the music industry — an area where a lot of startups ignore the complicated rules about legally licensing music. The company has a number of deals in places with major players in the music industry, says its VP of North America Alex Hoffman, and a third party provider provides the music and tracks everything to make sure the company is following the rules, he said.
Facebook shut down in Vietnam during Obama's recent visit
And if Obama’s visit really was the cause of Facebook’s Vietnam shutdown, it would explain the high-level joke from Bourdain’s tweet where he doesn’t mention the President once.
Acer reveals Intel Skylake laptops with fingerprint readers
The laptop in the image above, however, is part of Acer's 2-in-1 budget line for students. There are two models in the series -- the Switch V 10 and the Switch One 10 -- both of which transform into 10-inch tablets when you detach them from their keyboards. They're powered by quad-core Intel Atom processors and will ship with Windows 10, though the V 10 also has a USB Type-C port. The tablets will be available in both 32GB and 64 GB configurations, but the keyboard dock adds 500GB of storage. The One 10 will come out in North America in July, with prices starting at $199. Acer doesn't have an exact release date for V 10 yet, but it's also coming in the third quarter and will cost you at least $249.
SpaceX's next rocket launch and landing is just minutes away
Update 2 : And...yet another successful landing! The rocket is back on earth, standing on the I Still Love You droneship. The video feed dropped out just as the rocket came in, but came back just after the rocket touched down. That makes three successful sea landings in a row for SpaceX, while also launching cargo to orbit.
Twitter awarded bug bounty hunters $322,420 over two years
Not to mention, the microblogging website has a standing offer of $15,000 for anyone who discovers a vulnerability that leaves it open to remote code executions. Twitter says it hasn't received any yet, but that's good news for the company. Besides talking about all the money that changed hands for the program, Twitter also revealed that only 20 percent of fixed bugs have been publicly disclosed. It says the company only discloses flaws "after they've been fixed, at the request of the researcher." If you're wondering what kind of vulnerabilities bounty hunters come across, Twitter lists some of the researchers' most notable finds in the same post.
'Battleborn' turned gaming cinematics into high art
"I'm interested in seeing game art styles evolve and take us to new places visually," Kester says. "We have an obsession in the gaming world to keep trying to replicate reality, and there's nothing wrong with that, but I'm more interested personally in making things that let me escape this world. Let's show people styles and places I could never visit in real life."
Twitter for iOS gets 'Peek and Pop' 3D Touch gesture support, Google adds AMP integration
Ubiquitous microblogging service Twitter on Friday released an updated version of its iOS app with native support for in-app "Peek and Pop" 3D Touch gestures, while Google refreshed its flagship search app with integrated Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology.
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New algorithm performs complex DNA origami
Researchers from MIT, Arizona State University and Baylor University have developed a new algorithm that promises to simplify the arduous and complex task of assembling DNA into structures other than a double helix. These structures could eventually be used as everything from DNA storage modules to delivery vehicles for CRISPR enzymes and other medicines, but until now the process of creating them has been prohibitive.
Big changes coming to the MacBook Pro, claims analyst | ZDNet
One reliable analyst claims that Apple is getting ready to make some big changes to the MacBook Pro later this year, changes that go way beyond making it thinner and lighter.
Checking in with pop's B-list: Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, and Meghan Trainor
Beyond the " Worth It "-aping opener "That’s My Girl" and effervescent Prince knockoff "Not That Kinda Girl," 7/27 leaves that subject matter in the past: this is a straightforward collection of songs about love and lust, one made with the help of some heavy-hitting producers and songwriters. Ty Dolla $ign heads up lead single "Work from Home," celebrating all the fun you can have turning your bedroom into an office for a day. Tinashe’s bubbly work on "The Life" and "Scared of Happy" make it harder to stomach the fact her own LP seems to be caught in label purgatory. And you can thank a bunch of Norwegians for the album’s best tracks: veteran duo Stargate and EDM prince Kygo come together for "Write on Me" and "Squeeze," songs that take advantage of tropical house’s relaxed pace and silky bounce. You can argue these songs are already a little dated — listening to them in a few years will feel the way revisiting this decade’s early dubstep-pop hybrids feels now. (Have you listened to " Hold It Against Me " or " I Knew You Were Trouble " lately? It’s like cracking open a time capsule.
Is America's Strongest Biometric Privacy Law About To Be Gutted?
It seems the amendment's backers are trying to pass it through quietly; Notice how this is all happening on the eve of a holiday weekend—the amendment was introduced today and the vote could happen as early as tomorrow. What's more, the Illinois legislature is about to go on a break this Monday. The amendment is tacked on a law that focuses on unclaimed property, not biometric data—which means legislators might not even realize that they are voting for the BIPA amendment, too. It should be noted that the author of this change, Senator Terry Link, was one of the original lawmakers behind BIPA.
PRSS launched at TNW USA 2013, now its founder wants to help you get acquired by Apple
Sitting down over rijsttafel — an Indonesian rice dish (the word literally translates to “rice table”) — in Amsterdam, Jochem Wijnands begins to explain diversity in the Netherlands and how this small Dutch country now has some of the best Indonesian food in the world.
Watch an amazing onboard video of SpaceX's most recent rocket landing
The landings aren't the only thing SpaceX is getting better at though — just now, the company posted this truly incredible footage of the landing taken from onboard the rocket . At the start, we watch the rocket booster use its metal fins to reposition itself in order to head back to Earth, then we get to see the engines make a controlled burn that slows the rocket's descent. The footage is sped up, so just moments later, the drone ship appears out of nowhere in the ocean while the rocket touches down.
Here's why you shouldn't freak out about that 'cell phones cause cancer' study
So far, the released NTP data show a very weak link between excessive cell phone radiation exposure and the risk of developing some cancers. Specifically, male rats that were exposed to full-body doses of radiation for nine hours a day — from before the time they were born until they were just over two years old — were slightly more likely to develop brain and heart cancers than rats not exposed to that radiation.
Women Speak More Assertively on Facebook Than Men, Study Finds
Women on the world’s largest social network use slightly more assertive language than men in their status updates, according to a new study. That is different than how women act in other settings, prior research shows.
Make your cloud safer: How you can use two-factor authentication to protect cloud services | ZDNet
Two-factor authentication is no longer an optional feature. If you use modern cloud services, this extra layer of security can dramatically reduce the risk of a hostile takeover. Here's how to get started.
The Mountain pulls a 17-ton truck with ease, weaklings
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Twitch’s new 'clips' feature lets you share your favorite streaming moments
The next time you see an amazing goal while watching Rocket League on Twitch, you'll be able to easily share it with your buddies. Today the streaming service is introducing a new feature called "clips," which lets viewers record 30-second snippets of a stream, which they can then share on places like Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit. The tool appears to be pretty simple to use; you click the new clips button in the video player, and it will automatically save the previous 25 seconds of the stream, as well as the next five seconds. You'll then be able to share the clip as a link, which will also connect viewers back to the original broadcaster.
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Stop Selling. Start Sharing. What Social Media&#039;s All About
Kitchen knives come in a variety of blade styles; each blade is designed to perform different tasks. So, talk about them. Talk about knife blades, handles, edges, blade materials that work best for various jobs. Talk about the importance of keeping a knife sharp. Talk about the history of knives. Develop interesting associations with other subjects through your knives. The list is virtually endless and there are endless ways to talk about it all. Think creatively. But keep in mind that social media is a forum for conversation, for imparting information that will teach people something or help them in some way. Give people something to think about. Get them talking. Give them a reason to come back to your site regularly. You’re on social media to make people happy and your ongoing (consistent) presence on social media should be designed to keep them happy.
High Pressure Start-Ups Need Resourceful Front Line Leaders Like Our Vets
Betsy felt somewhat helpless to help Nick transition home after being forced into an unexpected medical retirement. "This was a such a difficult time for us as a family watching the stress of an unchallenging factory night job and frustrated that the business world doesn't recognize contribution equals experience." In Nick's case, he focused, took action, got his college degree and now works in the private sector. It shouldn't have been all up to Nick though. Supporting those that serve with respect for the contributions they can make and qualified experiences that can lead your company to success is more than a thank you, it's a smart pay-it-forward business decision.
Understanding these emojis will turn you into a Snapchat pro
It turns out that these emojis, which range from baby face to grimace, aren't random at all. They can actually tell you a lot about your relationships on Snapchat.
[reddit change] Affiliate links on Reddit • /r/changelog
We’re going to be launching a feature that will automatically rewrite many links to online merchants so that they include a Reddit affiliate code. This feature will go live on June 3, 2016. Reddit will receive a small (generally single-digit) percentage of any purchases after someone clicks a link with one of our affiliate codes. This is part of our overall initiative to transform Reddit into a sustainable long-term business.
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