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DailyDirt: Digging Up The Past

Though replete with accurate models, well-tested theories and millions of specimens, we're still a long, long way from having a complete picture of the history of life on earth. New discoveries can still upend everything or point to entire unexplored aspects of our prehistory — and yet, slowly but sure...
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[Update] Vivendi Tightens Hold On Ubisoft With Additional Stock Purchase, Ubisoft Responds

Update: Ubisoft has commented on Vivendi's continued, incremental acquisition of outstanding shares. The Assassin's Creed publisher has taken a firm stance against the action, issuing a blunt statement regarding Vivendi's latest purchase and its statement on the intention behind it. The full statement, provi...
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Drugs, wine, mushy poops explain gut microbe variation—but just a little

Homogenized fecal matter for transplantationOur guts are teeming with trillions of microbes. They fight, form alliances, gobble our food, spew chemicals, and hack our immune systems. These hidden happenings in our innards hold sway over our health. Yet the key microbial players and their affairs vary conside...
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New Microsoft beta lets workers build their own apps without coding

Employees that need access to certain business data on the go can now build their own app for it using a tool from Microsoft that went into public beta on Friday. The company has announced that it's opening up its PowerApps app creation service to the world, after a private beta period that began last year...
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Snapchat is hunting around for office space in San Francisco

Snapchat may soon have a new recruiting pitch for Silicon Valley talent. The media and messaging startup, which is well-known for its beachfront office sprawl in Venice Beach, Calif., is actively hunting for San Francisco office space, according to multiple sources. A Snapchat spokesperson declined to comme...
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Justin Timberlake reminds us of the inevitable death of all things

Once, there was a meme. At the end of every April, clever people on Tumblr and Twitter would post images from N’Sync’s "It’s Gonna Be Me" video, marked with the caption "It’s Gonna Be May." In fact, they lyric used the word "me," but when sung aloud, it sounded like "May" (the name of the forthcoming month),...
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Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider

New reader mjnhbg1088 cites an article on NPR: A small mammal has sabotaged the world's most powerful scientific instrument. The Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile superconducting machine designed to smash protons together at close to the speed of light, went offline overnight. Engineers investigating the mish...
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Feds say wireless auction off to a good start - CNET

Good news, YouTube fans and Netflix fiends: The government is freeing up a bonanza of new airwaves to get all those streaming videos to your mobile devices.The FCC says the early stage of its latest wireless spectrum auction has been a success with TV broadcasters pledging to sell the maximum amount of spect...
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RESIDENT EVIL 6 PLAYSTATION 4 PS4 BRAND NEW FACTORY SEALED

$14.99End Date: Friday May-6-2016 9:48:36 PDTBuy It Now for only: $14.99Buy It Now | Add to watch list
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AOC’s new TN panel Agon display looks sharp, but is it a solid performer?

Although the spelling is a little different, it feels fitting to talk about the first Agon display from AOC, what with the new season of Game of Thrones running alongside its debut. Part of that Agon range, the AG271QX is a 27-inch display with decent resolution, refresh rate, and response time that is sure ...
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Pimp my desk: Gadgets to make your work life easier

THERE'S AN oft-quoted statistic, probably invented by a mattress salesman, that we spend a third of our lives asleep and that a good bed is important. We'd like to point out at The INQUIRER that a lot of people spend at least another third of their time sitting at a desk. Isn't it about time someone came up ...
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You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (Unabridged) - Jen Sincero

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (Unabridged) Jen Sincero Gen...
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Solar Impulse Flight Makes Silicon Valley Stopover

Bertrand Piccard, the pilot of the Solar Impulse 2 plane that recently flew from Hawaii to San Francisco, says more radical thinking is needed on energy.9 Books Every IT Leader Needs To Read (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Bertrand Piccard, the athletic-looking chairman of the Solar Impulse init...
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Tons of New Details About the Ghostbusters Reboot

The team behind Deadpool 2 talk about Cable’s role in the film. Joe Russo teases Stan Lee’s cameo in Civil War. Gotham teases the return of Fish Mooney. Plus, a new clip from X-Men Apocalypse, a ton of new Civil War stills, and new details on Lego’s next Star Wars series. To me, my Spoilers! ...
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TiVo is getting acquired by Rovi for $1.1 billion

You might not know Rovi, but the company is apparently quite big as it is acquiring TiVo for $1.1 billion in a cash-and-stock deal. Rovi holds a bunch of patents related to the entertainment industry and does a lot of software licensing to set-top box makers and TV service providers. It also manages metadata...
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New Doom contains old Doom levels and textures as easter eggs

id Software has been showing us quite a bit of Doom gameplay lately. First we had the multiplayer beta, and now we’re getting extensive gameplay videos of the single-player experience as the release day draw ever closer. The game looks great, plays fast, and thankfully has a ton of options to tweak to your l...
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Flow is Microsoft's take on IFTTT automation

Flow connects to over 35 services, with more integrations planned. These include Microsoft products like Office 365 and OneDrive; third-party platforms such as Twitter, Dropbox, MailChimp, Google Drive, Slack and Trello; and developer-focused options like Github and SQL. Just like IFTTT, you'll be able to cr...
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We're Going HTTPS: Here's How WIRED Is Tackling a Huge Security Upgrade

LinuxSecurity.com: Today's a big day on WIRED.com. Take a look at your browser's address bar. See that lock icon next to the URL? Starting today, we're making the switch to HTTPS. We're starting on our Security vertical-where many of our loyal readers already know a thing or two about cybersecurity.
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No, a plane's toilet doesn't empty into the sky and onto your head

The plane toilet is a mysterious contraption. Unlike its grounded cousins, it is far louder when it flushes, complete with a giant woosh of air that will freak out the uninitiated. If you've ever been curious as to how plane toilets actually function in the air, the cheery engineers in "The Pee Lab" (seriou...
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New OtterBox 77-50640 Mini Symmetry Series for Samsung Galaxy S5 - Glacier

$9.99   $64.95   (312 Available)End Date: May 04,2016 07:59 AM GMT-07:00
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Epic Foundation’s new app helps donors understand where their money is going

Epic Foundation is a nonprofit aiming to improve charitable giving — an approach that encompasses the way people select, monitor and “experience” their donations. Founded by serial entrepreneur Alexandre Mars (among other roles, he was CEO at Phonevalley, a mobile marketing agency acquired by Publicis Groupe...
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Etsy Is Defying Tech’s Lousy Record on Gender Diversity

SlackFollowing in the footsteps of so many others, Silicon Valley darling Slack, which makes a much-loved chat app for businesses, released its first diversity report today. Also following in the footsteps of so many others in tech, the results aren’t good: A vast majority of Slack’s employees—70 percent—are...
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The Evening Commute Playlist

The work day is over but you’ve still got a long drive home. You need to relax. This playlist can help with some soothing pop jams to take you home. This playlist is curated from Spotify. It features a number of easy-listening tracks from contemporary artists including Ariana Grande, Nick Jo...
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BlockLam Knife

I love a bit of wood. There's something pleasing and warm to it. I am, however, no master craftsman and having tried sculpting (read mascerating!) wood in the past to make a knife handle, I thought there must be an easier way!Whilst perusing a well known auction site, I came across a listing that i...By: Fu...
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There’s A New Lara Croft, And It’s Not Daisy Ridley

Back in March, a report surfaced that Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) was one of many actresses under consideration for the role of Lara Croft. You can put those Indiana Jones/Han Solo comparisons to bed, because another actress has scored the role. Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) w...
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