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US spy court didn't reject a single government surveillance request in 2015 | ZDNet
The work of the court is shrouded in secrecy. Founded in 1978, the so-called FISA Court was tasked with processing government requests for surveillance against foreign targets. It was this court that approved a number of controversial programs, such as PRISM and the phone records collection program , which were later leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden to journalists.
Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Land On Barge in New 360-Degree Video - IR.net - Virtual Reality News
Since April 8th the science and tech communities have been buzzing, posting videos, and images of the event all over social media. I have probably personally watched the video of the landing two dozen times in amazement, and have sifted through image after image constantly looking for new angles. Well today SpaceX has released the grandaddy of them all, a 360-degree video of the historic barge landing on Youtube for everyone to watch in awe. The video clip, which is just under 40 seconds in length, allows someone on a PC or laptop to scroll within the video itself to change the viewing angle in any direction, allowing one to feel that they are actually experiencing the event from the barge itself. On a smartphone the video is even more immersive in that a user can simply move the phone in any direction and the viewing angle immediately changes to that direction. While true immersive virtual reality via a stereoscopic view is not available for this particular video, I’m sure that in the future SpaceX will begin filming events like this in a VR compatible format.
The Queen and Prince Harry send epic rebuttal video to the Obamas
In the clip, the Queen is seen sitting on the sofa in front of a fire, nodding as Prince Harry explains to her the athletes competing at the Paralympic-style games.
The bizarre story of how hit app Down To Lunch was hit with a human trafficking smear campaign
Viswanathan is the co-creator of Down to Lunch, a simple meet-up app that has become wildly popular on college campuses. The app, which helps people spontaneously "lunch," "chill," or even "blaze" with friends, peaked at No. 2 on the iPhone download charts in the US earlier this month (it has since settled into the 40-50 range).
Board Games That Are Super Fun to Play Solo
A great solo game should also leave you wanting more after each game. You want an experience that will be different each and every time you play. If you use Solitaire as an example, the rules are simple, but no two games are ever the same. The same principle applies to good solo board games. You want that feeling of “I’ll win next time” or “I wonder what would have happened if I used that other character?”
Claude Shannon: The juggling father of the information age who coined the term 'bit'
C laude Shannon is often described as the father of the information age who created the term "bit", short for binary digits. Had Shannon been alive on April 30, 2016, he would have turned 100 (or 1100100 if you prefer his age in binary).
Facebook just got hit with lawsuit over its plan to issue new stock
on Friday in a bid to stop the company's plan to issue new Class C stock, calling the move an unfair deal to entrench Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg as controlling shareholder.
Windows 95 On An Apple Watch
As you might expect, the ’95 installation isn’t running directly on the Watch. In the absence of an x86 processor his complex dev process involved getting the Bochs x86 emulator to compile for the Watch, and then giving that a ’95 image to boot. The result is comically slow, with a 1-hour boot time and a little motor attached to the Watch to vibrate it and stop it going to sleep. It’s not in any way a useful exercise, after all who’d really want to use ’95 on a Watch? Internet Explorer 3 and The Microsoft Network, how handy! But it’s one of those “because you can” exercises, and we applaud [Nick] for making it happen. If you want to give it a try, his Bochs-forWatchOS code is on Github .
North America used to be teeming with bison. But in one century, their numbers plummeted from tens of millions to just a few dozen in the wild after hunters nearly wiped out the continent's largest mammals. Now, the bison is about to become the first national mammal of the United States . The National Bison Legacy Act , which designates the bison as the official mammal of the United States, passed the House on Tuesday and the Senate on Thursday. The legislation now heads to President Obama's desk to be signed into law. At a time of political gridlock and partisan bickering, lawmakers agree on an official national mammal. The bison, which will join the bald eagle as a national symbol, represents the country's first successful foray into wildlife conservation. Lobbying for the official mammal designation was a coalition of conservationists; ranchers, for whom bison are business; and tribal groups, such as the InterTribal Buffalo Council , which wants to "restore bison to Indian nations in a manner that is compatible with their spiritual and cultural beliefs and practices."
The Japanese space agency JAXA said its recently launched X-Ray observation satellite Hitomi has been destroyed . After a successful launch on February 17, contact with the satellite was lost on March 28. Off the 10-year expected life span, only three days of observations were collected. Preliminary inquiry points to multiple failures in design, hardware and software. After the launch it was discovered that the star tracker stabilization didn't work in a low magnetic flux area over the South Atlantic. When the backup gyroscopic spin stabilization took control, the spin increased instead of stopping. An internal magnetic limit feature in the gyroscope failed, causing the spin get worse. Finally, a thruster based control started, but because of a software failure the spin increased further. The solar panels broke off, leaving the satellite without a long-term power supply. It seems that untested software had been uploaded for thrust control just before the breakup. This is a major loss for astronomical research. Two previous attempts by Japan to launch a high-resolution X-ray calorimeter had also failed, and the next planned sensor of this type is not scheduled until 2028 by the ESA.
98 lifestyle and work resources for digital nomads
If you work best with a pen and paper, there’s no need to try and adopt a digital tool that doesn’t feel right for you. Just because your peers or someone you admire uses one or the other tool, you shouldn’t force it on yourself.
Apple exec says we should 'never pluralize' product names
Have you ever wondered how to note a friend has too much iStuff? An Apple executive is setting the record straight on how to properly refer to multiple Apple-branded devices.
The beautiful MIN7 speaker is about $500 too expensive
As far as looks are concerned, the MIN7, by Minfort, is one of the most beautiful speakers I’ve ever laid eyes on. Each model is handmade using recycled hardwood from old furniture.
Triby: First non-Amazon product to feature Alexa | ZDNet
Called Triby , it aims to be the hub for all things digital. It's a digital assistant, an internet radio, a connected speaker, a hands-free speakerphone, and connected message board all rolled into one. And thanks to the power and flexibility offered by Alexa, users have hands-free voice control to access information from Wikipedia and the web, weather, timers and alarms, news, shopping/to-do lists, sports updates and scores, smart home features, calendar entries, IFTTT, and much more.
How to Build a Better Target Audience for Your Facebook Ads : Social Media Examiner
Darryl, excellent comment and ideas, I totally agree. One shift for me as a SEM guy to social was understanding you do not have the same “intent” as you do with a keyword search on social platforms. (Maybe we will get there someday with Graph Search). Social is more about Awareness then Conversion, which is a bit of a mental shift from SEM. No doubt re-targeting plays a huge part in keeping those people in your funnel. You can also use Like’ing as well to keep that audience readily available.
Thanks for sharing, great comment!
How to Watch the White House Correspondents' Dinner Online, No Cable Required
Tonight, the White House will host the last Correspondents’ Dinner of President Barack Obama’s administration. Here’s how to watch it online, even if you don’t have cable.
Marko Kloos On Turning His Military Service Into Kickass Space Adventures
But you don’t make waves because the dumb staff sergeant in charge has the power to turn your life to crap if you do, so you salute and carry on. For example, the NCO in charge of our supply group got a raging case of blustering self-importance when the 1991 Gulf War kicked off, and some peace protester called in a bomb threat to the base. Now, this is a huge base, with several battalions of troops from various branches of the army stationed there. Attack helicopters, a battalion of armored infantry, a regiment of army aviation—lots and lots of troops, a sprawling facility. And his supply group was housed in a building near the center of that huge base. But he was so wound-up and self-important that he had his entire on-duty personnel complement search the basement for bombs. (They never found any, of course, and the “threat” didn’t keep him from going home twenty minutes early as usual.) Dozens of man-hours wasted on stupid stuff because the guy with the most thread on his shoulderboards wants to feel like he’s making a personal contribution to the war.
io9 Was Founded on the Idea That Science Fiction Belongs to Everyone
When I started working on io9 in 2007, we didn’t have a name for the site yet. We hadn’t come up with any real plans for how we were going to cover science fiction, science and futurism. But there was already a central idea that the site was based around: That science fiction is for absolutely everybody who enjoys it.
The Ikea VR experience, now with the meatball update you've been waiting for
The fans have spoken. You can now interact with virtual meatballs in the Ikea VR experience.
We Might Now Know Why Ebola Keeps Popping Up In West Africa
While the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has officially ended , isolated cases have appeared in Sierra Leone and Guinea earlier this year, prompting worries that the virus will likely have a constant presence in the region. A new study brings up some additional concerns: the virus might lie dormant in survivors longer than expected.
How SpaceX's Red Dragon could change the way we land on Mars
The Red Dragon's landing will be way less complex than Curiosity’s. Once it enters the Martian atmosphere, it will mostly just need to fire its engines on the way down to the ground. "It's one phase of flight, one technology," said Braun. "It’s much less complex, and it should be over time much more reliable than the way we do landings now." Braun also said that the system can be scaled up easily, eventually landing up to 20 metric tons on Mars. "Most people think we’re going to need close to 40 to 80 metric tons of payload when we send humans to Mars," said Braun. "Sending that down in 20 metric-ton chunks is a pretty easy way to go."
Here's How Spacecraft Dashboards Evolved, and Where They're Headed
When you drive, the second most important thing you should keep your eyes on is the dashboard of your car (the first thing being the road). In space, however, it’s the controls that are the most essential for navigating and operating your spacecraft. From Gagarin to Scott Kelly, here’s a brief visual history of the human-spacecraft interface.
8 things I learned in 7 years writing for The Next Web
Life doesn’t work out like that though. Sure, I got increasing amounts of email – and given the way the tech industry has expanded in recent years I’m willing to bet that I receive more now than MG got back in 2011. The difference for me, though, is that I have a weird passion for dealing with email – I enjoy deleting spam and archiving threads that are finished. I even enjoy responding to people who I’m not going to write about to tell them why. I don’t do that all the time, but sometimes it’s valuable feedback that those people can learn from.
Kenya burns vast piles of elephant tusks as it seeks ban on trade
NAIROBI Kenya's president set fire to thousands of elephant tusks and rhino horns on Saturday, destroying a stockpile that would have been worth a fortune to smugglers and sending a message that trade in the animal parts must be stopped.
12 Novel Adaptations That Should Get a Do-Over Reboot
We’ve all been there: a favored book is snapped up for adaptation, with a whole lot of potential behind it: solid cast, crew, production values, etc. When it hits theaters, you walk out wishing that they’d done everything differently.
After 4 days, Doom creators pull plug on Blackroom Kickstarter to work on a demo
After 2,287 pledged $131,052, developer Night Works Games has canceled the funding for its Blackroom crowdfunding project on Kickstarter , according to a message it sent to backers on the site. Night Work founders John Romero and Adrian Carmack, creators of the classic shooter Doom at id Software, revealed that they want to finish a demo for the arena shooter in order to comply with Kickstarter’s policies . A demo could also potentially increase the excitement for the game, which may help it raise funding at a much more rapid pace than Blackroom. While crowdfunding has helped raise millions of dollars for games, Romero’s game was not on pace to smash through its $700,000 goal.
BackBlaze jams 480TB into 6th gen Storage Pod | Chips | Geek.com
For drives, BackBlaze has 8TB monsters from both Seagate and HGST deployed in their datacenters. Loaded up with 60 of their current highest-capacity drives, the new Storage Pod will set you back roughly $22,600. That might seem like a pile of money, but it’s actually an incredibly good price for that kind of capacity. It works out to just $0.47 per gigabyte.
Girl body shamed into wearing vice principal's jacket at prom
"She was told she could go in if she wore the vice principal's tux jacket, which mind you, did not cover her chest. She was told by a teacher repeatedly "Us big girls gotta cover up". This young girl was SHAMED for having breasts," Taylor wrote.
AT&T Archives : Claude Shannon Demonstrates Machine Learning
In this film from the early 1950s, Claude Shannon, The Father of Information Theory, demonstrates how "Theseus," a life-sized magnetic mouse controlled by relay circuits, learns its way around a maze.
Footage courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ
In Myke Cole's Javelin Rain, Even Undead Navy SEALS Cope With PTSD
On the other side of the spectrum, the personnel of Gemini Cell, Doctor Eldredge and Afghani sorcerer Jawid are desperately working to bring back Schweitzer: he’s the one success that they’ve had in the program. The other Gemini Cell assets are called ‘Golds’, essentially bloodthirsty, insane Jinn inhabiting dead bodies, used only as a last resort. In the last book, Schweitzer was able to cast out the Jinn inhabiting his body, and they want to replicate that, bringing in an agent from another cell, Dadou Alva, to help figure out the problem, and experiment further.
Microsoft won't let you use new Cortana features without Edge or Bing
In a Wednesday blog post , Ryan Gavin, the Microsoft exec who leads its search team, trumpeted a bunch of cool new things you can do with Cortana, the company's Windows 10 virtual assistant — and then said most of the features won't work well if you use any other browser than Edge or a search engine that isn't Bing.
Huawei P9 review: Smart camera has it snapping at the heels of the flagship titans Review | ZDNet
The dual camera system certainly delivers some nice images: the black-and-white sensor, in particular, is a lot of fun to play with, as is the 'bokeh' effect for images with shallow depth of field (sharp images up close, the background blurred). Although it doesn't seem to be an enormous leap forward, what the camera does is make you more ambitious: while testing out this smartphone I felt much more confident about delving into settings and trying out new things than with other devices, which is an unexpected boon.
Another DC Movie Director Might Be Departing Their Film
Just a day after The Flash lost its director over creative differences , it looks like the DC Cinematic Universe could be losing another director for the same reason: James Wan, who is slated to direct Aquaman .
Shoot & edit like a pro: Adobe Digital Photography Training
You don’t have to spend a fortune to take great pictures. With an understanding of core photographic principles, techniques and editing methods, you can get on your way to snapping like a pro. Get the Adobe Digital Photography Training Bundle today for just $29 on TNW Deals.
The 50 best companies to work for in America
To create the list, PayScale ranked companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list against its salary and survey database, homing in on six criteria: high job satisfaction, low job stress, ability to telecommute, high job meaning, experienced median pay (for employees with at least five years of experience), and whether a company pays above or below market price for their employees. Read a detailed breakdown of the methodology here .
How confidence affects your creativity
He’s a 21 year-old digital native works a busy publishing job. He’s Neil Gaiman’s number one fan, loves reading and always has a head buzzing with story ideas. He’d love to get some of these ideas down but he gets distracted so easily. Harvey has a grasshopper mind, he just never finishes anything and this gets him down. With every story he abandons he doubts his own abilities further. He loves writing but his writing habit slowly grinds to a halt.
The Future of Shopping: Trapping You in a Club You Didn't Know You Joined
Adore Me is among a group of buzzy Internet retailers accused of sometimes placing customers into unwanted and hard-to-cancel retail subscriptions. Several of these companies have been hit with lawsuits alleging unfair business practices, including JustFab (apparel), Blue Apron (food delivery), and Birchbox (beauty samples). Adore Me is currently facing a lawsuit from a disgruntled subscriber. JustFab, which also owns ShoeDazzle and Kate Hudson’s athletic wear shop Fabletics, last year paid a $1.88 million fine as part of a settlement over allegations of deceptive marketing. Stamps.com likewise paid $2.5 million to settle a similar suit. (Blue Apron, Birchbox, and Stamps.com did not respond to requests for comment.)
Valve will ban Steam cheaters via their linked phone numbers
Valve knows that players cheating on Steam is a serious problem, and it's taking action to address that in a few new ways. One is offering a matchmaking service for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that's only for folks who've linked their phone number to their Steam account, for two-factor authentication purposes, dubbed "Prime." Any cheating inside that space will result in your number being banned. The next step takes the previous one further and goes platform-wide. Because cheaters tend to have multiple Steam accounts (but typically one phone number), any account associated with a phone number flagged for by Valve Anti-Cheat will be banned for three months. Boom.
13 corny lyrics from 'Views' that prove Drake will never change
13 corny lyrics from 'Views' that prove Drake will never change
Gone for Good is 'Uber for charities'
As someone who spent years not getting around to giving away a load of old clothes to charity, Gone for Good is now on my phone, reminding me to get rid of some of the other things I don’t use and that could instead be doing some good for the world.
You're good to go with these 6 travel and transport startups
Every year, The Next Web holds hundreds of interviews with young startups in order to shortlist the cream of the crop and invite them to Boost, our early-stage growth program at TNW Conference .
Cellphone in missing Florida teens case to be reviewed by Apple
(Reuters) — A recovered cellphone at the center of a dispute between the families of two Florida teens who went missing during a fishing trip last summer will be examined by Apple Inc, the manufacturer, in an agreement reached during a hearing on Friday, according to a local media report.
Microsoft Word Flow Keyboard Lands on iOS
"Whether you're tapping or swiping, Word Flow predicts what you're trying to type and corrects mistakes," Microsoft writes in its App Store listing. "Word Flow intelligently suggests the next word in your sentence, and gets better at it over time. With access to your Contacts, Word Flow predicts the names of your contacts so you can go even faster."
These 1880s photos make you want to move to an English marsh
Photographer Peter Henry Emerson captured distinctly “natural” photos of the Norfolk broads, a flat region of interconnected shallow rivers, marshes and fens in eastern England. The photos' soft tones, peaceful, agrarian scenes and absence of modern symbols would go on to inspire the Pictorialism movement, which rejected the cold scientific realism and posited photography as a way to express emotional intent.
A taboo-free way to talk about periods
It's true: talking about menstruation makes many people uncomfortable. And that taboo has consequences: in India, three out of every 10 girls don't even know what menstruation is at the time of their first period, and restrictive customs related to periods inflict psychological damage on young girls. Growing up with this taboo herself, Aditi Gupta knew she wanted to help girls, parents and teachers talk about periods comfortably and without shame. She shares how she did it.
How Israel is rewriting the future of cybersecurity and creating the next Silicon Valley - TechRepublic
Still, if you're looking for where the next Silicon Valley could coalesce, then Ben Gurion University of the Negev is one of the most important places to watch. The groundbreaking work they are doing in public-private partnerships, the cooperation with the Israeli Defense Forces, the sense of mission and destiny that Israelis have about the Negev, and the determination, urgency, and resourcefulness that have been created by Israel's 65-year existential crisis are creating an environment where technology, cybersecurity, and entrepreneurship are uniquely positioned to succeed.
6 crucial tips to help you crowdfund responsibly for someone else
While wanting to help someone in a time of financial need is admirable, it's crucial to do so in a responsible way. The ethics of crowdfunding for someone are so rarely discussed, so it's understandably tough to know where to begin.
Japan’s leading bitcoin exchange BitFlyer secures $27 million
The company plans to use the funds to strengthen human resources and expand the service overseas, while shoring up its domestic position. As part of these efforts, they have set up a subsidiary in Luxembourg to better cater to the European market. The Tokyo firm recently launched a bitcoin-based payment gateway for e-commerce sites; this follows their launch of a marketplace for investors dealing with Ethereum-based cryptocurrency Ether.