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16 août

Google Blog

  • 04:00
    After our open call for startups to apply and pitch to top global investors at Demo Day Asia—taking place this September in Shanghai—we received hundreds of submissions. They came from founders from every corner of Asia-Pacific, across industries as diverse as agriculture, entertainment, and healthcare. While difficult to narrow down this impressive field, after painstaking deliberation, the results are finally in. Out of 305 qualifying applications, the 10 finalists that will take the final stage at Demo Day Asia are... (drum-roll!): DycodeX from Indonesia develops Internet of Things (...) -- Entrepreneurs, Google in Asia,

Engadget

Mashable !

  • 12:07
    It's not often that you look at a photo and get an idea for the next live-action remake.  This is precisely what happened when a fan looked at a photo of Cher and Amanda Seyfried together at the London premiere of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, though. SEE ALSO: Mamma Mia! Here we go again with the memes. Twitter user ⓐceredemonials posted the aforementioned photo alongside a pic of Mother Gothel and Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled. The resemblance is uncanny. WHAT THE FUCK pic.twitter.com/HjD0NXjoes — raquel (ⓐceredemonials) August 13, 2018 WTF indeed.  One person was so struck by the (...) -- Disney, Cher, Culture, Movies Tv Shows, Celebrities
  • 12:05
    There aren't many of us who will ever be famous enough to inspire tattoos of our actual faces on other people's bodies.  Matt Smith is, though. His time playing Doctor Who has meant that he's actually inspired a whole bunch of 'em. During his appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Wednesday, Smith was shown several of these tattoos. It's difficult to work out what's more entertaining, in fact: the colourful tats themselves, or Smith's expression when he tries to work out what to say about them. Read more... More about Uk, Tattoos, Doctor Who, James Corden, and The (...) -- Uk, Tattoos, Doctor Who, James Corden, The Crown
  • 11:52
    In May this year, Google announced Google One, a rebranding of its Google Drive online storage service. It offered cheaper plans, which were automatically enabled for Drive users, but it wasn't opened for sign ups.  On Wednesday, Google opened up Google One memberships for everyone in the U.S. SEE ALSO: Google never really left China: a look at the Chinese website Google's been quietly running Google One is currently not very different from Google Drive; the most important change is the cheaper storage plans.  15GB of storage is still free. 100GB will cost you $1.99 per month, 200GB is (...) -- Google, Google Drive, Storage, Online Storage, Google One
  • 10:00
    It's Summer Lovin' Week here at Mashable, which means things are getting steamy. In honor of the release of Crazy Rich Asians, we're celebrating onscreen love and romance, looking at everything from our favorite fictional couples to how Hollywood's love stories are evolving. Think of it as our love letter to, well, love. Movie love is something that transcends time, space, and international borders. For every classic Hollywood romcom or drama, there's a Bollywood movie in India mashing up multiple genres and telling another story of legendary love.  Whether you know you're a Bollywood (...) -- Entertainment, Movies, Romance, Hollywood, Bollywood
  • 09:58
    Shortly after the iPhone X launched with its notched screen, many Android phone makers started producing... well, similar phones. Devices like the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Vivo V9 had similarly notched screens, but at least there where minor differences: perhaps the notch was a little smaller or the phone was a little thinner.  Enter Moto P30, a phone for the Chinese market that looks exactly like the iPhone X, save for a slightly thicker lower bezel donning the "motorola" logo.  SEE ALSO: Motorola's Moto Z3 is capable of 5G (with a separate Moto Mod attachment) The company even went so far as to (...) -- Smartphone, Motorola, Iphone X, Huawei P20, Moto P30
  • 09:52
    Okay, there's good news and there's bad news. The bad news is Ariana Grande's Carpool Karaoke never does answer the question of how exactly Grande managed to injure her hand during filming. (When the episode starts, she's already bandaged up.) The good news? The whole episode is awesome. Ariana Grande is a stunning singer, the harmonies her and Corden cook up are truly goosebump-raising, and there's an entertaining segment where the two pop into a cafe for a snack. Definitely an A+ episode all-round. Read more... More about Uk, James Corden, Ariana Grande, Carpool Karaoke, and The Late (...) -- Uk, James Corden, Ariana Grande, Carpool Karaoke, The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • 09:30
    Last month, Silicon Valley's Alice Wetterlund — who played engineer Carla Walton — accused co-star T.J. Miller of being "a bully and petulant brat." Miller, who didn't have the most glowing review of his on-set conduct by those behind the HBO show, denied Wetterlund's claims on the Jim Norton & Sam Roberts show Wednesday. "I play an asshole on TV, but I'm not a bully in real life, ever," he told the radio show.  SEE ALSO: Disney won't change its mind on James Gunn and 'Guardians of the Galaxy': report When asked about his relationship with Wetterland, Miller admitted that he "felt (...) -- Entertainment, Tv, Hbo, Silicon Valley, Tj Miller
  • 08:17
    Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding told Jimmy Fallon that he "tried not to audition," for the lead role of Nick Young. In one of the most delightful interviews you'll see for an age, Golding talked to Fallon about the fact that he didn't have a single acting credit to his name before being cast. "They tracked me down. As much as I tried not to audition for this, they really like, Jon [M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians director] pretty much sent the hounds on me," he said. How did they manage to drag Golding into a role in a film that already has 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes? It was all (...) -- Interview, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Fallon, Crazy Rich Asians, Henry Golding
  • 07:21
    James Gunn will not be coming back to Guardians of the Galaxy. As first reported by Variety, Disney and Marvel will not reinstate Gunn as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, despite significant pressure from stars of the film and the public. SEE ALSO: At Comic-Con, mixed feelings on James Gunn's firing from 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' The decision reportedly came nofollowing a meeting between Gunn and Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn. Sources told Variety the meeting was "civil and professional," but Horn stood by his decision despite the push for Gunn to be given a (...) -- Entertainment, Movies, Disney, Marvel, Guardians Of The Galaxy
  • 03:26
    A pirate radio station which served as Alex Jones' flagship outlet has been shut down by the Federal Communications Commission. Liberty Radio was broadcasting on 90.1 FM without federal consent, according to The Austin American-Statesman reported that with the FCC accusing the station had done so since 2013. SEE ALSO: #DeactiDay: The growing Twitter movement urging users to delete their accounts over Alex Jones FCC agents managed to trace the station's signal to an apartment block in East Austin, nofollowing a complaint, according to the agency's lawsuit filed against Liberty Radio. The (...) -- Politics, Radio, Austin, Infowars, Alex Jones
  • 02:55
    It's 11:15 p.m. on a Friday night and a man in a white button-down shirt named Joey just ordered me a shot of Fireball. It's a little hard to hear him over the music blasting from the other side of the velvet ropes, but the club's director of services leans in close to make sure I can hear him.  "Excellence and hospitality in the crypto world," Joey says in response to my request that he describe just what, exactly, is going on here.  SEE ALSO: Crypto-rich make it rain magic internet money in Vegas I'm sitting on a spacious couch in a private club, inside of another nightclub, inside of (...) -- Bitcoin, Las Vegas, Def Con, Ethereum, Cryptocurrency
  • 01:43
    No shoes were removed, no toiletries put into separate clear bags, and there was no need to arrive two hours before the flight.  As part of flight-sharing app Blackbird's media flight, we walked right onto the tarmac to the door of our plane at the small but busy San Carlos Airport. San Francisco International is just 10 miles away, but this tiny airport would end up being much more efficient for a quick jaunt down the California coast. SEE ALSO: Behind the scenes with the vans and, yes, tricycles that make bike-shares ride smoothly We then climbed aboard a Pilatus PC-12, a pretty (...) -- Startups, Airplane, Air Travel, Tech

Engadget

Techmeme

Seth’s Blog

  • 11:28
    “Knock, knock…” That’s not a coming attraction. It’s an invitation. An opening. A bit of tension in terms of closure. A coming attraction, on the other hand, gives it all away. It says, “here’s a bit of what we’ve got, and the rest of it is just like this, but almost as loud and almost as shiny.” In the short run, coming attractions work faster. They get you a certain kind of audience and they lead to less disappointment. But the alternative, the hard work of creating tension and then delivering on it–that’s where our best path lies. It requires trust, not proof, and the patience to find an (...) -- Uncategorized

hack a day

  • 10:01
    [Theo Jansen] has come up with an intriguing wind-powered strandbeest which races along the beach with surprising speed and grace. According to [Jansen], it “doesn’t have hinging joints like the classical strandbeests, so they don’t get sand in their joints and you don’t have to lubricate them.” It’s called UMINAMI, which appropriately means “ocean wave” in Japanese. There are only videos of it in action to go on so far, but a lot can be gleaned from them. To make it easier to keep track of just a single leg, we’ve slowed things down and reddened one of them in the banner animation. Those legs (...) -- means “ocean wave” in Japanese
  • 07:00
    We always enjoy [w2aew’s] videos, and his latest on zener diodes is no exception. In it, he asserts that all Zener diodes are not created equal. Why? You’ll have to watch the video below to find out. Zener diodes are one of those strange items that have several uses but are not as popular as they once were. There was a time when the Zener was a reasonable way to regulate a voltage inexpensively and easily. Unfortunately the regulation characteristics were not very good, and the power lost was very high. But that was sometimes a reasonable trade, compared to putting a pass transistor and (...) -- Parts, avalanche, voltage reference, voltage regulator, w2aew, zener, zener diode
  • 04:00
    This past weekend, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe took off for a journey to study our local star. While its mission is well covered by science literate media sources, the equally interesting behind-the-scenes information is a little harder to come by. For that, we have Science News who gave us a look at some of the work that went into testing the probe. NASA has built and tested space probes before, but none of them were destined to get as close to the sun as Parker will, creating new challenges for testing the probe. The lead engineer for the heat shield, Elizabeth Congdon, was quoted in the (...) -- Space, exploration, heliophysics, nasa, satellite, solar, solar wind, space, space exploration

BetaNews.Com

  • 10:51
    Facebook and Google have struck a deal that benefits WhatsApp users. Starting later in the year, users will be able to store WhatsApp backups on Google Drive without using up any of their storage space. The new arrangement means that WhatsApp users now essential have unlimited storage space available to them free of charge. But the company has also issued a warning that people need to take action if they want to avoid backups being deleted. See also: Facebook denies asking banks for your financial details If you're looking for love, Facebook Dating is on the way Facebook API changes… (...) -- [Continue Reading]
  • 10:29
    Although it is the children of today who have never known a world in which mobile phones do not exist, it is the parents of these children that are causing serious problems -- and not just by using phones while driving. The German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) has warned that children are dying because of their parents' phone usage. The organization says that rather than keeping an eye on their kids as they swim, parents are "fixated by their smartphones" and fail to notice when their youngsters get into trouble. The DLRG's warning comes after over 300 people drowned in Germany,… [Continue (...) -- [Continue Reading]

The Adam Carolla Podcast

Boing Boing

Wired News : Top Stories

NYT > Circuits

TechCrunch

Engadget

TechCrunch

  • 06:54
    Facebook marked the first anniversary of its birthday fundraisers by revealing that more than $300 million in donations have been raised through the feature, which lets users mark their birthdays by creating a donation drive for an organization of their choice. About 750,000 non-profits currently have access to Facebook’s fundraising tools (but not every user, since they haven’t rolled out to all countries). The company also said that it is adding several new features based on feedback. These include allowing Pages to create and donate to fundraisers, as well as the ability to add matching (...) -- TC, activism, charity, Facebook, fundraisers, social media
  • 05:19
    Twitter’s API changes won’t come out until tomorrow, but its ramifications are already being felt. Tapbots released an update today to Tweetbot for iOS that loses many of the Twitter client’s most popular or essential features. It also removed its Apple Watch app. In Tweetbot’s App Store release notes, Tapbots explained “on August 16th Twitter will disable parts of their public interface that we use in Tweetbot. Because Twitter has chosen not to provide alternatives to these interfaces we have been forced to disable or degrade certain features. We are sorry about this, but unfortunately this (...) -- Apps, TC, api, developers, Tapbot, tweetbot, Twitter
  • 01:14
    As renewable energy use surges in the U.S. and the effects of global climate change become more visible, companies like Arcadia Power are pitching a nationwide service to make renewable energy available to residential customers. While states like New York, California and regions across the upper Midwest have access to renewable energy through their utilities and competitive marketplaces, not all states in the country have utilities that are building renewable power generation to offset coal and natural gas energy production. Enter Arcadia Power and its new $25 million in financing, (...) -- Funding, GreenTech, TC, Arcadia Power
  • 01:01
    Martin Tripp, the former Tesla employee who was fired from Tesla and then sued by the company, has tweeted a number of photos that allegedly show damaged batteries and flawed practices at Tesla’s battery factory, CNBC first reported. In an attempt to corroborate some of his claims, Tripp has posted photos of vehicle identification numbers that he says were delivered with faulty, punctured battery cells. “As we’ve said before, these claims are false and Mr. Tripp does not even have personal knowledge about the safety claims that he is making,” a Tesla spokesperson told TechCrunch via email. (...) -- TC, Transportation, Martin Tripp, Tesla
  • 00:35
    Shelf Engine’s team While running Molly’s, the Seattle-based ready meal wholesaler he founded, Stefan Kalb was upset about its 28 percent food wastage rate. Feeling that the amount was “astronomical,” he began researching how to lower it — and was shocked to discovered Molly’s was actually outperforming the industry average. Confronted by the sheer amount of food wasted by American retailers, Kalb and Bede Jordan, then a Microsoft engineer, began working on an order prediction engine. The project quickly brought Molly’s percentage of wasted food down to the mid-teens. “It was one of the most (...) -- Startups, TC, Enterprise, food retail, food waste, order management, retail, Shelf Engine

Programmable Web

  • 01:00
    Microsoft's Bing Maps has announced that the Bing Maps Time Zone API is generally available. The API is a set of REST APIs designed to cover a variety of scenarios developers often deal with when it comes to time zones. Among the capabilities of the Bing Maps Time Zone API are find a time zone, convert to local time, and list time zones.
  • 00:50
    Lufthansa's Open API has added new functionality that allows authorized third parties to integrate flight search, selection and direct booking into their applications.

Mashable !

  • 03:48
    A towering, twisting skyscraper with vertical green space and a public rooftop garden is set to become Australia's tallest building. Dubbed the "Green Spine," and set to stand 356.20 metres (1,168 feet) high, the design for the striking cantilevered structure was unveiled for the city of Melbourne on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Luxe Switzerland hotel lets you ski down its zig-zagged face Designed by Dutch architecture firm UNStudio and Melbourne-based Cox Architecture, the structure will sit on Melbourne's Southbank Boulevard and is made up of two buildings clad with vertical gardens and (...) -- Australia, Design, Architecture, Melbourne, Tallest Skyscraper

Techmeme

Wired News : Top Stories

Boing Boing

  • 01:43
    Scheduled for release on October 9th, My Memory of Us is a game that tackles a game that tackles a difficult subject: the lives of Jewish children in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War. Engadget recently spoke with Mikołaj Pawłowski, the CEO of Juggler Games, about how a video game with such a dark backdrop will be presented in a way that respects the grim period of human history in which it’s set, while still making it something that folks might actually want to play. From Engadget: The story tells of a friendship between and boy and a girl in a Jewish ghetto in Poland, made (...) -- Post, Video, juggler games, My Memory of Us, patrick stewart, video games, world war 2

Wired News : Top Stories

hack a day

  • 01:00
    Generally speaking, we don’t cover that many woodworking projects here at Hackaday. What’s the point? It’s bad enough that wood reminds us of the outside world, but it hardly ever blinks, and forget about connecting it to Wi-Fi. This doesn’t seem to bother you fine readers, so we have to assume most of you feel the same way. But while we might not always “get” large woodworking projects around these parts, we’re quite familiar with the obsession dedication required to work on a project for no other reason than to say you managed to pull it off. On that note, we present the latest creation (...) -- Tool Hacks, giant, scale, utility knife, woodworking

BetaNews.Com

  • 00:59
    Yesterday, Microsoft rolled out its new Your Phone app for Windows 10. Previously only available for Windows Insiders, the app allows Android users to access their photos on a Windows 10 PC. If you’ve been wanting to try out the app, we’ve some bad news for you. You’ll once again need to be an Insider to use it. SEE ALSO: Android users can now view their phone content on Windows 10 [Update] There’s no official reason given for the change of plan but it looks as if Microsoft simply jumped the gun here and released the app before it was… [Continue (...) -- [Continue Reading]

Wired News : Top Stories

Boing Boing

  • 01:34
    This week’s tabloids offer a fascinating glimpse inside the mind of their greatest fan: Donald Trump. The president, who has gone on the record saying that the National Enquirer deserves a Pulitzer Prize, and who is bffs with tabloid publisher David Pecker, can politely be said to view events in a different way than the rest of the world perceives them. So it’s instructive to see this week’s tabloids offer a view of events that offer a unique perspective that some might say, in the manner of Donald Trump, bears little relation to reality as the rest of us understand it. “Tom Gets Suri!” (...) -- Post, fake news

15 août

Mashable !

  • 23:49
    The tweet may have become a meme, but the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission isn't laughing at Elon Musk's tweet about taking Tesla private. The electric car company CEO blurted out on Twitter last week that he plans to buy back Tesla from shareholders. He said he had "funding secured." Now the feds are worried about market manipulation and other violations from that seemingly innocuous tweet. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk is serious about taking Tesla private The company nofollowed up with a lengthy blog post from Musk about what it would take to make Tesla private instead of publicly (...) -- Tesla, Elon Musk, Goldman Sachs, Sec, Tech
  • 23:46
    Hypebeasts: You're in luck. Thanks to a new shirt collaboration between a streetwear brand and the internet's encyclopedia, looking cool and doing good just got easier.  In an effort to raise money for the donation-fueled Wikimedia Foundation, the brand Advisory Board Crystals released a shirt emblazoned with the Wikipedia logo across the front. The back reads "INTERNET MASTER" in bold letters surrounding a picture of the site's spherical puzzle logo. SEE ALSO: Ivanka Trump's fashion line is dead ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ "Knowledge is power and awareness is survival," reads the shirt description. "In (...) -- Fashion, Wikipedia, Street Wear, Culture, Web Culture
  • 22:59
    The Apple iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi is on sale at Walmart right now for $299.99. Normally, the tablet goes for $399.99, so $100 off is a welcome discount on the Apple device. SEE ALSO: 6 of the best portable Bluetooth speakers that go everywhere The Mini comes packed with the dual-core A8 chip for processing, so it will definitely deliver the speeds you'd associate with iPads and iPhones. And with 128 GB of storage, the tablet will be able to handle all those apps and games you may want to play while on the train or laying in bed. Saving $100 on any Apple product is great and doesn't happen (...) -- Apple, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Daily Deal, Ipad Mini 4, Shopping Linkshare
  • 22:52
    China, the largest gaming market, has not approved any video game licenses for at least four months due to President Xi Jinping's recent government shake up (read: power consolidation), reports Bloomberg. Although China is notoriously stringent with media censorship, this game licensing freeze is taking the vetting process one step further. SEE ALSO: Google is developing a censored news app for China Unnamed sources told Bloomberg that officials are concerned over sex and violence displayed in these games, and it's been impacting games across all platforms: console, online, and even (...) -- China, Government, Video Games, Block, Tech
  • 22:49
    What's the only thing better than going on shopping spree to Sephora and buying things you definitely don't need? Having a shopping spree delivered right to your house and spending way less than you would in the store for the same amount of stuff. That's right, ya'll, we're talking about beauty subscription boxes. These are a clutch way to discover new brands and decide if you like a product before buying it at full price, especially when you're too lazy to return stuff to the store (raises hand). The best part is that these boxes are always valued significantly more than what you're (...) -- Beauty, Makeup, Subscription Services, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Fun
  • 22:25
    This post is part of Hard Refresh, a soothing weekly column where we try to cleanse your brain of whatever terrible thing you just witnessed on Twitter. We've all tried our hand at making shapes out of pancake batter — a first initial perhaps, or maybe a crude version of a dog that bears closer resemblance to a Rorschach test. But making a pancake that actually resembles anything other than a pancake is difficult. Sometimes the batter is too runny, sometimes your pan is too hot, and sometimes your design gets destroyed when the time comes to flip. But pancake artists have all this down (...) -- Youtube, Art, Pancakes, Hard Refresh, Culture
  • 22:18
    When a massive wildfire erupts in the United States today, it can leap over formidable rivers, produce whirling tornados of flame, and cause tens of thousands of people to flee.  These modern infernos — enhanced by a warming climate that makes for profoundly parched land — are burning over twice as much land than they were in the early 1980s, breaking all-time records.  After flames spread over tens or hundreds of thousands of acres, it can take quite a bit of time for the fire to finally go out. How long, exactly? SEE ALSO: A dead baby orca and the intense grief of animals The length of (...) -- Science, Global Warming, Climate Change, Wildfires, California Wildfires
  • 22:10
    From the half a billion dollars worth of art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to the time an Irish assassin scammed his way into stealing the crown jewels at the Tower of London, none of history's memorable getaways quite compare to the hungry thief in Georgia who got away with a trailer full of ramen noodles.  SEE ALSO: Scott Pruitt's resignation has inspired as many memes as he had scandals According to local TV station WAGA, a trailer parked at a gas station in Fayetteville outside of Atlanta, was hauled away sometime between July 25 and August 1. The station reports (...) -- Food, Culture, Ramen
  • 22:10
    Spoilers up to Castle Rock Season 1, episode 6 below. Castle Rock is, as many have noted, a very slow burn of a show. It lobs mysteries wholesale at the audiences and jealousy hoards their answers, doling out only the smallest, barely noticeable clues as the episodes unfold.  When Castle Rock does have big reveals, they usually create as much confusion as they clear up, and Episode 6 of the series pretty much nails that approach with...whatever the hell happened to Henry in the woods.  SEE ALSO: On 'Castle Rock,' The Kid is not all right To recap, Henry Deaver went to the forest around (...) -- Castle Rock, Castle Rock Timelines, Entertainment, Movies Tv Shows
  • 21:58
    It's Summer Lovin' Week here at Mashable, which means things are getting steamy. In honor of the release of Crazy Rich Asians, we're celebrating onscreen love and romance, looking at everything from our favorite fictional couples to how Hollywood's love stories are evolving. Think of it as our love letter to, well, love. Crazy Rich Asians is exactly what it says on the box: a deeply romantic comedy about the crazy, rich, and Asian, and all the eye-popping displays of wealth and sugar-sweet declarations of love that that should entail.  But what makes Crazy Rich Asians special – what makes (...) -- Crazy Rich Asians, Summer Lovin Week, Entertainment, Movies Tv Shows
  • 21:38
    Unless you have special psychic powers, you can't predict when a disaster will strike. You have no way of telling when you'll get in a car accident and go careening off into a lake, or when you'll run out of gas in the middle of the night. While both scenarios are unlikely to happen with any frequency, it doesn't hurt to prepare. For one, the InGear AutoXscape Emergency Multi-Tool is a handy device that could one day rescue you from a life-threatening situation. SEE ALSO: This $20 device is half flashlight, half plasma beam lighter A powerful LED flashlight, a seatbelt cutter, and (...) -- Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Shopping Solo, Emergency Prep, Tech
  • 21:29
    Nintendo isn't afraid to experiment with its consoles. Whether it was the compact design of the GameCube or the motion controlled Wii, Nintendo seems to live and die on its ability to break from tradition.  The Nintendo Switch is just the latest example of that, crossing that bridge between home and mobile gaming. That also means that Nintendo doesn't usually offer deals on its systems, because there's seemingly no need to, so any sale or deal is one to check out.  SEE ALSO: Enhance your senses with these next-level gaming accessories Right now, you can get the Nintendo Switch and (...) -- Walmart, Nintendo Switch, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Skimlinks, Shopping Solo
  • 21:26
    Just like you were tired of hearing your mother telling you to clean your room way back when, you probably think that everyone who says that Excel is worth mastering sounds like a broken record. You can't blame them, though.  Microsoft Excel is one of the most ubiquitous programs in the world, used extensively in offices  across many industries. It's integral to everything from data crunching to organizing contact information to work automation. So really, learning the inner workings of Excel is more of a benefit than a nuisance.  SEE ALSO: This cheap Squarespace alternative will help you (...) -- Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Shopping Solo, Microsoft Excel
  • 21:23
    Bears are doing it all this summer. They've been caught jumping into pools, sneaking sips of margaritas in hot tubs, and now they're going on liquor runs. SEE ALSO: The bears of Alaska's bear cam should have left the river by now. Why are they still here? A black bear was caught on camera strolling into Crazy Bruce's Liquor store in Bristol, Connecticut, on Monday. The bear set off the automatic sliding doors' sensor while walking past, causing the doors to open and allowing it into the store, the Hartford Courant reported.  The liquor store shared security footage of the extremely (...) -- Alcohol, Bear, Liquor, Culture, Animals
  • 21:04
    Since Facebook birthday fundraisers debuted a year ago, users have raised more than $300 million for nonprofit organizations, according to a new post from Asha Sharma, the company's head of product for social good.  SEE ALSO: Facebook's app is now the third-most popular browser in the U.S. More than 750,000 nonprofits can receive donations via FacebookSt. Jude, Alzheimer's Association, the American Cancer Society, Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry, and the ASPCA are among the nonprofits that received the most money since the tool launched.  Celebrities like NBA star Stephen Curry took (...) -- Facebook, Fundraising, Nonprofit, Charity Relief, Social Good
  • 20:41
    A team of researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory made an enzyme that can eat up plastic bottles. They were playing around with a known enzyme made by a bacteria that can break down plastic, and just so happened to make the enzyme even better. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Bacteria, Plastic Waste, Plastic, and Plastic Pollution -- Mashable Video, Bacteria, Plastic Waste, Plastic, Plastic Pollution
  • 20:18
    This week, on Technically Speaking: Elon Musk's Twitter behavior got weird, Trump bans ZTE and Huawei, and Facebook looks to keep Facebook Live alive! Read more...More about Facebook, China, Smartphones, Tesla, and Elon Musk -- Facebook, China, Smartphones, Tesla, Elon Musk

NYT > Circuits

Engadget

TechCrunch

  • 23:57
    The complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smartglasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype “autofocals” from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone lacks the ability to do it on their own. I talked with lead researcher Nitish Padmanaban at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, where he and the others on his team were showing off the latest version of the system. It’s meant, he explained, to be a better solution to the problem of presbyopia, which is basically when your (...) -- Gadgets, Hardware, Health, Science, TC, Wearables, accessibility, disability, siggraph, stanford, Stanford University
  • 23:39
    The long week for Tesla is getting even longer as the company has now been subpoenaed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to multiple reports. First reported by the Fox Business Network and confirmed by The New York Times, federal regulators appear to be interested in Elon Musk’s August 7 tweet regarding his plans for privatizing the electric car manufacturer and his claims to have found investors committed to finance the transaction. From later statements it has become clear that Musk had not actually secured financing, and has only had preliminary talks with investors. (...) -- Automotive, TC, Elon Musk, Goldman Sachs, Martin Tripp, Securities and Exchange Commission, serial entrepreneur, Tesla, The New York Times
  • 23:15
    The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority just announced its plans to become the first city to use portable body scanners in its subway and light-rail systems to help detect the presence of explosive devices. “We’re dealing with persistent threats to our transportation systems in our country,” TSA administrator David Pekoske in a statement. “Our job is to ensure security in the transportation systems so that a terrorist incident does not happen on our watch.” The portable scanners will begin rolling out in a few months, the executive director of security for the LA Metro (...) -- designed by the company Thruvision, has also worked with, 10.1 billions trips taken, like the murder of Nia Wilson
  • 21:00
    While Uber isn’t required to disclose its financial results, Uber has done so for the past few quarters as it gears up to go public next year. In Q2 2018, Uber’s net revenue was up 8 percent quarter-over-quarter, at $2.7 billion. Year-over-year, that’s a 51 percent increase. Uber recorded gross bookings — the total taken for all of Uber’s transportation services — of $12 billion, a six percent quarter-over-quarter increase and a 41 percent year-over-year increase. But while Uber’s gross bookings increased, so did its losses. In Q2, Uber had adjusted EBITDA losses of $404 million compared to (...) -- TC, Transportation, financials, Uber
  • 20:40
    LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social networking platform for the working world with over 500 million users, is making a significant change as it continues to look for ways to make its platform more useful (and used). The company is relaunching Groups by rolling it into its main app by the end of the month after quietly pulling the standalone app earlier this year, and it will be streamlining the service by cutting out several features, including an ability for Group administrators to pre-moderate comments; and a way to email send Group posts as emails to the whole group, while also (...) -- TC, LinkedIn, Microsoft

MobileCrunch

  • 20:59
    Coinbase wants to be Facebook Connect for crypto. The blockchain giant plans to develop “Login with Coinbase” or a similar identity platform for decentralized app developers to make it much easier for users to sign up and connect their crypto wallets. To fuel that platform, today Coinbase announced it has acquired Distributed Systems, a startup founded in 2015 that was building an identity standard for dApps called the Clear Protocol. The five-person Distributed Systems team and its technology will join Coinbase. Three of the team members will work with Coinbase’s Toshi decentralized mobile (...) -- Apps, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Exit, Fundings & Exits, M&A, Mobile, Social, Startups, coinbase, decentralized apps
  • 19:01
    If you’ve made any payments with a chip card, you’ve probably had awkward moments — those long seconds after you’ve inserted the card and everyone behind you is (literally or metaphorically) tapping their foot, waiting for the card to be processed. Well, Square has been working on this problem for a while now. Last fall, for example, CEO Jack Dorsey said the company had gotten the processing time down to under three seconds. Today, the company is announcing that it’s shaved even more time off, and that Square contactless and chip Readers and Registers can now process chip cards in two (...) -- Mobile, Payments, Square

kottke.org

  • 22:48
    For the New Yorker, photographer David Williams visited the 2018 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Bloomington, Wisconsin. Amanda Petrusich wrote about the competition and his photos here. This year's champion, Jared Miller, of Leon, Iowa, took home a customized 2018 Chevrolet Silverado truck to drive for his yearlong reign; he also won six thousand dollars, a world-champion belt buckle, a world-champion ring, a money clip, and a bespoke leather briefcase. In interviews, Miller, like many successful auctioneers, appears personable and polite. When he begins his chant, his mouth (...)

Google Blog

  • 20:00
    Since introducing Google Photos, we’ve aspired to be the home for all of your photos, helping you bring together a lifetime of memories in one place. We offer two options to back up your photos and videos: original quality and high quality. Starting today in the U.S., those of you who back up in original quality and pay for expanded storage will be upgraded to Google One. For the same price or in some cases less, you’ll now have extra space and additional benefits—like 24/7 support from Google experts—to help you get more out of Google. There are no changes to our high quality backup option. (...) -- Google One, Photos,

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