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25 July

Wired News: Top Stories

Mashable!

  • 21:44
    Self-driving cars are a looming threat to to the human drivers that operate taxis around the world, but in one of the most populated countries, it could take a while before driverless cars start stealing jobs from humans. SEE ALSO: Driverless vans will now deliver groceries in London On Tuesday, India's transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari told reporters that the country's government would resist any new technology that threatened to take jobs away from its citizens, namely driverless cars. “We won't allow driverless cars in India," he said according to the Hindustan Times. "I (...) -- India, Autonomous Vehicles, Self Driving Cars, Automation, Tech
  • 21:40
    Michael Kors is taking a huge (and very fashionable) step forward in the industry. The once luxurious, now ubiquitous fashion company announced via press release Tuesday that it would be acquiring iconic footwear and accessories brand Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion. So our biggest question, of course, is: How many Jimmy Choos would THAT buy you? SEE ALSO: 50 million-dollar business ideas you can launch for cheap (or even free) It's funny you should ask, because while espadrilles on sale from the designer cost a mere $200, many Jimmy Choo items — such as these $4,595 crystal-covered pointy (...) -- Business, Conversations, Fashion, Shoes, Gilmore Girls
  • 21:12
    The design team created two versions: One is made the make the wearer invisible, allowing them to blend into the ocean. The other is a wetsuit that has blue and white stripes, a pattern that is found in nature and tells sharks that the prey is not safe to eat. Shark Mitigation System used the science of sharks in the design process. While the suits aren't cheap, it could mean the difference between life and death.  Read more...More about Watercooler, Mashable Video, Ocean, Diving, and (...) -- Watercooler, Mashable Video, Ocean, Diving, Shark

Boing Boing

MacRumors

  • 20:13
    The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprising Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and other companies, today introduced an upcoming USB 3.2 specification, which will eventually replace the existing USB 3.1 specification upon release. An incremental update, USB 3.2 is designed to define multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices. USB Type-C cables already support multi-lane operation, and with USB 3.2, hosts and devices can be created as multi-lane solutions, allowing for either two lanes of 5Gb/s or two lanes of 10Gb/s operation. With support for two lanes of 10Gb/s transfer speeds, performance (...) -- USB-C, USB 3.2
  • 18:59
    Apple today seeded the third public beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to public beta testers, two weeks after releasing the second public beta. The third public beta of macOS High Sierra is likely identical the fourth developer beta, which was provided to developers earlier this week. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program are able to download the third macOS High Sierra beta through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store after the proper profile has been installed. Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to (...) -- macOS High Sierra
  • 18:55
    Apple today released the third public beta of iOS 11 to its public beta testing group, allowing non-developers to download and test the new operating system ahead of its fall launch. The third public beta of iOS 11 comes two weeks after Apple released the second public beta and it likely corresponds to the fourth developer beta. Beta testers that have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the new iOS 11 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device. Those who want to join the beta testing program can sign up on Apple's beta testing (...) -- iOS 11
  • 18:35
    Adobe today announced plans to end-of-life its Flash browser plug-in, ceasing development and distribution of the software at the end of 2020. Adobe encourages content creators to migrate flash content to HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly formats.But as open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web. Over time, we've seen helper apps evolve to become plugins, and more recently, have seen many of these (...) -- Adobe Flash Player, Adobe, WebKit
  • 16:27
    Apple has sourced Quanta Computer as the primary manufacturer of the Apple Watch since the original wearable device began a production ramp-up in late 2014/early 2015 for its official launch in the spring of 2015. The supplier was again the sole source of Apple Watch manufacturing for the Series 2 models in 2016, and a new article out today by Chinese-language site Economic Daily News has echoed previous reports that stated Apple will yet again keep Quanta as its main Apple Watch supplier for the so-called "Apple Watch Series 3." The move is expected to lead Quanta into a "strong" second (...) -- Apple Watch, digitimes.com, Economic Daily News, Quanta

Cool Tools

  • 18:51
    I used to have all my guitars and basses on stands — it only takes two or three and suddenly a whole side of your room is taken up by them. Then I remembered these hangers that guitar stores use. They take guitars down and put them back up over and over again, and the hangers they use have mechanism inside. The way they work is they have a saddle, a U-shaped design, and when you put the guitar in the saddle and then lower it, the weight of the guitar causes a mechanism to grab onto the guitar and swing its arms around it and hug it and then now it’s securely in place in the wall. Then when (...) -- Play

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Daring Fireball

  • 21:25
    The New York Times: Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her findings was published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Of the 202 players, 111 of them played in the N.F.L. — and 110 of those were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. […] The set of players posthumously tested by Dr. McKee is far from a random sample of N.F.L. retirees. “There’s a tremendous selection bias,” she has cautioned, (...)

hack a day

  • 20:30
    Sometimes you run into a few problems when developing your own hardware, and to solve these problems you have to build your own tools. This is exactly how [KC Lee]’s USB Packet Snooper was created. It’s a small device that allows for capturing and analyzing Full Speed USB traffic to debug one of [KC]’s other Hackaday Prize entries. [KC] is building an HID Multimedia Dial for this year’s Hackaday Prize. It’s kind of like the Microsoft Surface Dial or the ubiquitous Griffin PowerMate that has been on the market for the better part of two decades. This multimedia dial is bitbanging USB with an (...) --
  • 19:01
    In the mid-1970s, if you had your own computer, you probably built it. If you had a lot of money and considerable building skill, you could make an Altair 8800 for about $395 — better than the $650 to have it built. However, cheaper alternatives were not far behind. In 1976, Popular Electronics published plans for a computer called the COSMAC Elf which you could build for under $100, and much less if you had a good junk box. The design was simple enough that you could build it on a piece of perf board or using wire wrap. We featured the online archive of the entire Popular Electronics (...) --
  • 18:01
    Nurse your hangover by having Breakfast at DEF CON with Hackaday this Sunday. You’re invited to our yearly ritual by marking the beginning of the end with coffee and pastries at 10:30 am. Choosing an exact location in advance is always tricky (anyone who’s been to DEF CON understands). We’ll pick a place once we hit town later this week. For now, head over to the Breakfast at DEF CON event page and hit the “join the team” button on the bottom left so we can let you know when we’ve found the perfect location for the breakfast meetup. Extra internet points go to those who bring some hardware to (...) --
  • 17:00
    While we’ve covered light box builds and other DIY photography solutions, general picture-snapping tips and tricks are a bit out of the purview of what we normally write about. Nevertheless, [Alain] just put up a great tutorial for taking pictures of PCBs. This is a great skill to have — no one cares about what you’ve built unless you have a picture of it — and the same techniques can be applied to other small bits and bobs of electronic equipment. As with all matters of photography, light is important. [Alain] built a DIY light box using two cheap outdoor square LED panels and some scrap (...) --
  • 16:00
    The electrical grid transmits power over wires to our houses, and our Bryan Cockfield has covered it very well in his Electrical Grid Demystified series, but what part does the earth ground play? It’s commonly known to be used for safety, but did you know that in some cases it’s also used for power transmission? Typical House Grounding System Grounding system normal case A pretty typical diagram for the grounding system for a house is shown here, along with a few of the current carrying conductors commonly called live and neutral. On the far left is the transformer outside the house and on the (...) --

Wired News: Top Stories

Mashable!

  • 21:01
    Nintendo isn't making the NES Classic anymore, but ThinkGeek has a small hoard of them, ready to sell. There's just one catch: the $60 price tag is no more. ThinkGeek is bundling its entire NES Classic stock with an assortment of Nintendo swag, with prices ranging from $139.99 to $219.99. SEE ALSO: Want to pre-order a Super NES Classic? Watch these websites For the sake of comparison, let's take a look at the aftermarket NES Classic community on eBay. With the exception of some outlier listings from China — which may or may not be knock-offs — most new-in-box Classics are selling for (...) -- Entertainment, Gaming, Nintendo, Thinkgeek, Nes Classic
  • 20:57
    A pot shop in Gardiner, Maine is offered up residents a free bag of weed in exchange for a little bit of community service.  “Bring us back the full trash bag, and we give them a gift of cannabis,” Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana in Gardiner told USA Today. Inspired by a similar tactic used in Colorado, Meehan and his family are attempting to help clean up the town, while simultaneously putting a good face on the newly formed cannabis industry in Maine.  SEE ALSO: Innovative weed pipe has a built-in cereal bowl. Whhhaaaaa? Speaking on the town in Colorado that did (...) -- Marijuana, Cannabis, Maine, Culture, Drugs
  • 20:53
    Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. In the quest for the smallest Bluetooth device possible, Origami Labs may be leading the pack The Hong Kong start-up that builds voice-enabled hardware just launched their first Kickstarter project, the ORII ring, a Bluetooth-enabled ring that uses bone conduction to transmit audio to the fingertip. SEE ALSO: Charge on the go with these solar powered bags Bone conduction means that sound is transmitted via vibrations through the bone, making it easy for sound to travel via the finger (...) -- Kickstarter, Smartphone, Crowdfunding, Ring, Bluetooth
  • 20:47
    Are you a verified Twitter user? Congrats, there is now a new way to find love among your fellow VIPs. BLUE is a new premium version of the existing dating app Loveflutter, and it promises to let you into an exclusive world full of “celebrities and other Twitter blue tick holders.” That is, if you're verified yourself. This may either sound amazing or like a total nightmare, depending on how you feel about the people of Twitter Loveflutter has actually been around since 2013, but they recently relaunched as the first dating app to rely on your tweets to find you matches. Their mission is (...) -- Twitter, Dating Apps, Verified, Twitter Verification, Culture
  • 20:33
    Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Somewhere inside your lazy bones, there waits a hyper-productive, highly motivated version of you ready to be unleashed upon the world. All you need is a little guidance to let that go-getter out. That's what the Ultimate Productivity Bundle was made for. It includes eight courses covering a variety of skills that'll help you work smarter and live life to the fullest.  With more than 27 hours of instruction, this training suite will help you gain confidence, practice self-discipline, (...) -- Ultimate Productivity Bundle
  • 20:20
    Jared Kushner put on his big boy pants yesterday and headed to the Senate to courageously testify in front of the public — sorry, I meant: speak not under oath behind closed doors. Monday was one of the first times anyone in America has heard Kushner speak, and boy were they treated to a show. Kushner began his brief public statement with the opening sentence: "My name is Jared Kushner," which is how I often began my penpal letters as a second grader. The internet couldn't restrain the urge to meme. SEE ALSO: Jared Kushner finally speaks and we cannot unhear it Here's Twitter's (...) -- Watercooler, Memes, Jared Kushner, Culture, Web Culture
  • 20:05
    If you want to make your dreams come true, it's never too early to start. Evie Mitchell from Bellshill, Scotland, has launched a career as a budding famous makeup artist at just 5 years old by creating her first tutorial. Although it's her first one, she pretty much has the lingo and the format down pat. Evie's mom Stephanie Menzies uploaded her tutorial to Facebook, which, according to Evie, she's been waiting to do for "hundreds of years." Menzies captions the video with, "Evie has been desperate for me to share this with everyone. It's her first makeup tutorial, so she said everyone (...) -- Watercooler, Kids, Cute, Makeup, Artist
  • 19:59
    MTV began announcing this year's Video Music Award nominations on Instagram Live for the first time this year, and the changes don't stop there. As with the Movie and TV Awards, MTV is moving away from gendered categories, combining Best Female Video and Best Male Video into Artist of the Year and adding Best Fight Against the System to celebrate the resistance.  Starting today, fans can vote online for eight categories, and additionally for Best New Artist by direct messaging ⓐMTV (starting 8/18) on Twitter.  The top two artists will be revealed during the pre-show, nofollowed by a live (...) -- Entertainment, Music, Mtv, Vmas, Vmas 2017
  • 19:56
    Colin Angle, iRobot CEO and the father of modern robot vacuums, may have some cleaning up of his own to do. In a recent interview with Reuters, Angle indicated iRobot might want to sell home mapping data collected by its Roomba robot vacuums to third party smart home product companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon in the future. SEE ALSO: Live your best life with the help of these 9 robots Angle said the Virtual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (VSLAM) data its popular Roomba vacuum uses to learn the dimensions and layout of your rooms and home could someday be used by other (...) -- Privacy, Robots, Robot, Roomba, Irobot
  • 19:52
    The old glasses-as-disguise trick just isn't cutting it for Clark Kent anymore. The internet's decided that a nice, brawny mustache would do much better for good old Superman. Inspiration for the latest Superman meme comes thanks to news that actor Henry Cavill's mustache will be digitally removed from his scenes in November's Justice League.  Cavill, who's doing re-shoots for his role as the Man of Steel, grew a 'stache a few months ago for his role in the upcoming Mission Impossible 6. Superhombre and Superman seen together for the first time! I had the good fortune to visit the Art (...) -- Watercooler, Henry Cavill, Superman, Culture, Web Culture
  • 19:48
    He may be a prince in Wakanda, but in his new Netflix movie, Chadwick Boseman plays a King. Jacob King is on a quest to avenge his sister's death and ends up mired in the criminal underworld of Los Angeles. SEE ALSO: The 'Black Panther' cast watching new footage is all of us The brutal, bloody trailer is full of familiar faces, including Teresa Palmer, Luke Evans, Alfred Molina, and Harry Potter's Tom Felton. Bianca's (Sibongile Mlambo) death ripples disastrously for the men who killed her and for Jacob as he fights for justice. Message from the King starts streaming August 4. Read (...) -- Entertainment, Movies, Netflix, Trailer, Message From The King
  • 19:46
    Netflix is bringing another epic Matt Groening series to our lives. The streaming company announced Tuesday it would be picking up twenty episodes of Disenchantment, a new adult animated comedy fantasy series from Matt Groening. You likely know Groening as the brilliant mind who brought the world some of its most beloved animated series like The Simpsons and Futurama, so seeing what he stories he tells in Disenchantment's "crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland" should be pretty entertaining. SEE ALSO: 'Simpsons' creator Matt Groening leads chant against Trump at Comic-Con According (...) -- Entertainment, Conversations, Netflix, Streaming, Animation
  • 19:42
    How many puny men would it take to stand up to a single, lightsaber-wielding Jedi? More than 200, apparently. The latest madcap virtual war cooked up by the gaming gift that keeps on giving, Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator, pits a battalion of 300 "Laser Knights" against an ever-growing legion of sword-swinging footmen. Again and again, the Laser Knights prevail. The final showdown cranks the footmen army up to 60,000. It lasts for about 10 minutes and some of the Jedi do fall... but it's still no contest. Steel, flesh, and bone just aren't a match for swords that shine with the burning (...) -- Entertainment, Gaming, Star Wars, Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator
  • 19:42
    Girl Scouts of the USA rolled out 23 new badges in STEM and the outdoors on Tuesday, putting scouts one step closer to their eventual destiny of saving the world and everyone in it. "The new Girl Scout programming builds girls' skills and encourages their interest in STEM and environmental conservation from an early age—areas girls are not typically encouraged to explore outside Girl Scouting—increasing their confidence in an all-girl, girl-led environment where they feel comfortable to try new things, take appropriate risks, and learn from failure," the organization said in a statement. (...) -- Stem, Girl Scouts, Women In Tech, Stem Gender Gap, Culture
  • 19:18
    In Silicon Valley, venture capital funding still overwhelmingly favors men.  Male investors often don't fully understand the value of ideas women entrepreneurs pitch them. They throw capital at food delivery service after food delivery service, but ignore ideas that cater to groups they're not part of.  There's one type of funding, though, where women are outdoing men. According to a new study from consulting firm PWC, women are flat-out better at crowdfunding than men.  An analysis of 450,000 campaigns found that campaigns led by women were 32 percent more successful at meeting their (...) -- Kickstarter, Crowdfunding, Women In Business, Women In Tech, Venture Capital
  • 19:17
    Adobe has finally acknowledged what the rest of us have known for years: Flash needs to die.  The software giant plans to stop supporting and updating Flash Player by 2020, according to a  statement from the company. Sites that use Flash will continue to work through 2020, but will no longer work once Adobe "end-of-lifes" the software.  SEE ALSO: How to disable Adobe Flash in your browser Once a standard tool for web development, Flash Player has become something of a pariah in recent years. The software slowed down browsers and posed a near-constant security risk, as vulnerability after (...) -- Tech, Adobe, Apps And Software, Adobe Flash
  • 19:02
    Between Amazon's blitz into the grocery market and its fashion aspirations, you might have missed the shopping juggernaut's entry into the auto world. Car retailers certainly haven't. The company has already built a sizable business selling vehicle parts online, and it could have its sights set on auto services and even car sales down the road. Like most of Amazon's plans, this is no small ambition. Cars and their maintenance are a bigger cash sink for the average American household than even groceries, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While online sales still make up a (...) -- Amazon, Cars, Ecommerce, Retail, Business
  • 18:59
    What do the Handmaid's Tale and The Emoji Movie have in common? Nothing, and yet here we are. In the now-deleted tweet from The Emoji Movie's account, a beaming emoji dressed in red robes appears beside the words "The Emoji's Tale". It's a reference to the Margaret Atwood novel — and now Hulu original series — that depicts a dystopian society in which women have been stripped of their rights. It is, perhaps, the least likely candidate for a fun, emoji mashup. SEE ALSO: 'The Emoji Movie' inserts itself into 'Handmaid's Tale' because brands are dumb And because nothing ever truly (...) -- Watercooler, Culture, Web Culture
  • 18:52
    President Trump has a big, beautiful plan to drain the Boy Scout swamp and replace it with something every child will love: yachts. Trump delivered a speech to the Boy Scouts last night that addressed key themes in Scout history: his electoral victory, the size of his Inauguration crowd and orgies with famous men. As only an outsider like Trump understands, President Obama somehow magically weakened the Scouts — and it's time they learned how to be real men like our heel spurred President.  SEE ALSO: This Trump/Scaramucci supercut proves why they call him 'The Mooch' Below is a list of (...) -- Watercooler, Humor, President Trump, Boy Scouts, Funny List
  • 18:29
    Those mysterious virtual reality gloves Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed off back in February still aren't available to the public, but now we have video of exactly how they work.  SEE ALSO: Marvel VR game for Oculus Rift lets you become Hulk, Captain Marvel, Rocket Raccoon Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash published a blog post on Monday with a few notes from his recent speech at the Global Grand Challenges Summit in D.C., and along with those notes he included video of Zuckerberg's secret Oculus gloves in action.  The post is full of powerful technical insights on current and (...) -- Virtual Reality, Vr, Mark Zuckerberg, Oculus, Oculus Rift
  • 18:04
    Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook is like no tech you've used before. Although it looks like a traditional pen and paper notebook, it holds many more opportunities. This affordable and simple-to-use notebook will transform your handwritten notes into the digital organization you've always dreamed of. The Rocketbook Wave instantly blasts your notes to the cloud using your Apple or Android smartphone.    SEE ALSO: Show off your love for Star Wars with this business casual line for women (...) -- Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook
  • 18:00
    Tampa Bay Rays player Logan Morrison's almost 2-year-old daughter, Ily, knows exactly how to make that boring old base running a little more fun. SEE ALSO: The MLB apparently thinks the 'Overwatch' League logo is too similar to its own After the Ray's game on Sunday, the kids in the park were invited to run the bases in what is a pretty standard tradition among the MLB teams. Ily made it all the way around bases, but not before boogying down to her favorite jam. When you're trying to run the bases but your song comes on. ퟎ LoMo, your little one has got rhythmpic.twitter.com/dzoqz7zey6 (...) -- Watercooler, Mlb, Baseball, Rays, Culture
  • 18:00
    Cell phones have powerful computers inside them. This company is using old ones to save the rain forests. Mashable's new series, A Cleaner Future, highlights the best and brightest innovators working to change our world for the better. Subscribe for new episodes of A Cleaner Future and more: http://on.mash.to/subscribe Read more... More about Mashable Video, Cell Phone, Rain Forest, A Cleaner Future, and Rain Forest Connection -- http://on.mash.to/subscribe
  • 17:59
    Is this what they mean when they say "love hurts?" Texas newlyweds, Hana and Tyler Noland, had a very dramatic ending to their wedding. Early this month, after a lengthy goodbye procession, the happy couple climbed onto the back of a Mercedes. Hana then shouts to the driver "Let's go, Dave!" and boy does he go...And so do they. Luckily the couple is completely fine, and Hana even reassured everyone on Facebook.  This is certainly a moment from their special day that they'll never forget.  Read more... More about Watercooler, Funny, Couples, Weddings, and (...) -- Watercooler, Funny, Couples, Weddings, Fail
  • 17:55
    This daring squirrel might have gotten in over its head, but its tenacity is admirable. It crashed a Canadian Football League game and though its heart is mighty, its body is very very small. SEE ALSO: Squirrel causes chaos on train because humans feel exclusive entitlement to public transport The Roughriders were playing the Stampeders at their home stadium in Calgary when the little guy ran onto the field. The footballers began running their play and the poor creature instantly regretted its decision. Things got a little "squirrelly" in Calgary... A post shared by TSN (...) -- Watercooler, Sports, Football, Canada, Squirrel
  • 17:52
    In a strange way, Game of Thrones has the same magical feel as the Disney universe, just with, you know... WAY more sex and violence. That might be why Greek artist Gregory Masouras dedicated a new project to reimagining the show's characters as beloved Disney favorites. We all remember when Elsa, Mother of Dragons, road her horse to victory with dragons trailing behind her. Or all those walks Rapunzel Stark took with Tyrion Lannister through the garden. You remember that, right? SEE ALSO: Amp up your 'Game of Thrones' cosplay with this DIY Khal Drogo costume Well, if you can't (...) -- Watercooler, Art, Disney, Game Of Thrones, Culture
  • 17:36
    Residents in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, are on high alert for an tiny rodent terrorizing the neighborhood. New York City Health Department warns locals that there is a potentially rabid squirrel on the loose that has attacked and bitten at least five people on separate occasions. Although squirrels rarely have rabies, officials urge those who have been bitten to seek medical treatment. According to the New York Daily News, all the squirrel attacks occurred near the Parkside and Ocean Ave. entrance to the park. Four of the five bite victims have been identified, and authorities want the (...) -- Watercooler, Animals, At, Attack, Squirrel

Google Blog

  • 12:00
    In times of crisis, access to timely, actionable information is crucial. Working alongside trained responders and volunteers on the ground, technology plays a vital role in providing information to help keep you and loved ones safe and informed. SOS alerts is a new set of features in Google Search and Maps to help you quickly understand what’s going on and decide what to do during a crisis. How SOS Alerts WorkDuring a crisis, you may see an SOS Alert at the top of search results when searching for the incident or location. You’ll see maps, top stories and—when available—authoritative local (...) -- Search, Maps,








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