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If you want to teach your kid about ecology, sustainability, or the future of interactive education, take them to the New York Hall of Science and head for the giant virtual waterfall.
The massive digital faucet feeds the ecosystems of Connected Worlds, a cutting-edge installation that aims to teach youngsters about environmental science by immersing them in it. It’s an interactive simulation big enough to walk around inside—virtual reality that’s not piped into a headset but projected onto a real physical space.
Kids can shape the environment through a clever combination of physical and digital interaction. The waterfall sits between two walls, which stretch out into the museum’s cavernous Great Hall like a giant’s arms moving in for a hug. Projected on the walls, and on the floor between them, is a lush virtual world comprising different ecosystems, all dependent on water from the towering falls. When a kid standing in a particular ecosystem puts her hand to the wall, a Kinect mounted above the space triggers a projector, which makes a digital seed materialize above the youngster’s palm. She can opt to grow a small plant, which doesn’t require much water, or a large tree, which does. To make sure the ecosystem is getting the resources it needs, she must route water from the falls and other sources by arranging giant foam logs on the floor. As kids elsewhere plant their own flora, the water demands of the different areas change dynamically.
Nokia finally sold its Here maps division to a group of German car makers. Daimler, Audi and BMW Group are shelling out just over $3 billion for the unit (they beat out Baidu and Uber), and the technology will remain available for current customers like Amazon and Microsoft.
[Ina Fried | Re/code]
Many so-called "sharing economy" startups are in legal battles with regulators over everything from taxes to paying benefits to workers. Enter Ex-Bloomberg campaign manager and Uber advisor Bradley Tusk, who is launching a political consultancy to work exclusively with such companies.
[Dino Grandoni | The New York Times]
Last year the New York Times thought it could sell 200,000 subscriptions to its NYT Now app; instead it sold 20,000. Now the Times is giving the app away for free, and experimenting with free content via outlets like Facebook and Apple.
[Lukas Alpert | The Wall Street Journal]
Windows 10 isn’t the only free operating system you can install on your computer. Linux can run from just a USB drive without modifying your existing system, but you’ll want to install it on your PC if you plan on using it regularly.
Installing a Linux distribution alongside Windows as a “dual boot” system will give you a choice of either operating system each time you start your PC. It’s the ideal way for most people to install Linux, as you can always get back to a full Windows system with a reboot.
2015-08-03 09:08:16 UTC
If you want the final, terrifying piece of proof that machines are rapidly taking over the planet and we're all completely doomed, just head down to the sleepy English village of Clifton in Derbyshire.
As YouTuber TheModernIdiot discovered when he was passing through a car park outside the village pub, the local 'store' in Clifton is actually a huge, completely automated vending machine – selling everything from tea bags to breakfast cereals and essentials like milk and eggs.
This isn’t a dirty, peeling sticker but a scientific first. Researchers have been able to make complex 2D and 3D structures using nanoparticles for years—but they’ve never before been able to curve or fold a flat sheet of them like this.
Now, researchers from the University of Chicago, the University of Missouri and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a way to do it. These images show a series of membranes of gold nanoparticles coated with organic molecules, that have curled up into tubes after being hit by an electron beam.
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If you were anywhere near the internet in late July, you probably read the news: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, two security researchers who specialize in hacking cars, figured out how to remotely take control of a Jeep.
Well, AT&T didn't waste any time.
Fresh off of closing its acquisition of DirecTV last month, the nation's second-largest wireless carrier unveiled its first bundle of mobile and television services. The company is offering four wireless accounts with 10GB of sharable data and television service with high-definition video and digital video recording capabilities for four televisions for a promotional rate of $200 a month for the first year. The bundle will launch on August 10.
In life we always have the flip side of a coin. In analogy I mean that one group of well trained individuals with a different mind set will have a different approach in the ways that they do things to achieve certain goals.
Today we have marketing artists vs. marketing scientists.
I am trained in both worlds as I am a artist who deals with various artistic traits such as designing and educated as a information system scientist who utilizes analytics, Google adwords, and Excel. Where both parties think that their effective route of getting the job done is the right way, my feelings are that we need to mix both worlds of thought together to be much more effective in reaching our marketing goals....
It has come time that you have the opportunity to buy a business. One in which you can still foster your passion and continue to profit wisely and abundantly. The reason that this opportunity has come along is due to the business owner getting older and that they have decided to sell the business to qualified buyers. You want to buy it since you have worked with the business owner for years and you both figure that with your experience the business will grow and command a higher price as the years go on....
Heading back to school can be stressful, whether you’re worried about your overwhelming course load or simply loading up the car. However, finding the right laptop to use during class or tote to the library for late-night cram sessions can be just as a big a concern, especially when you’re likely devoting the bulk of your cash to housing, books, foods, and other common expenditures associated with pursing a a higher education.
Thankfully, there’s currently an abundance of solid, budget-based laptops on the market that won’t leave you scrounging around for the nearest pack of ramen. Each of the laptops featured below retails for less than $500, and while they may not set any speed records, they offer a resounding amount of productivity for the price. Just try to keep Netflix and House of Cards to a minimum!
Nichelle Nichols, on the set of the original Star Trek series, and at the 2013 Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona.
During an IAmA on reddit last week, actor Nichelle Nichols—known to many as Communications Officer Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek—revealed she's preparing to fly on an official NASA mission at the age of 82. She won't be going into space, however. The television pioneer will instead work with the SOFIA mission, NASA's initiative involving the world's largest airborne observatory.
"SOFIA does not, sadly, fly into space," Nichols told fans during the online Q&A. "It's an airborne observatory, a massive telescope mounted inside a 747 flying as high as is possible. I was on a similar flight, the first airborne observatory, back in 1977. It's an amazing experience, you get a totally different perspective than from Earth. I do hope someone gets some great pictures."
2015-08-02 22:56:02 UTC
Inside Derek Zoolander's brain, Einstein's theory of relativity swirls, mocha frappuccinos float, synapses sputter and the word "Eugoogly" is very clearly defined.
The new teaser for the sequel to Zoolander also explains the most pressing question some fans may have: Why isn't the movie called 2oolander. Puns are just too much for Derek to wrap his head around. Actually, the phrase "wrap your head around" probably wouldn't make much sense to him, either.
Mac: The emoji search in OS X is just fine, but if you’re looking for something a little smoother, Mojibar is a menubar based emoji app that makes typing in an emoji quick and easy.
Once it’s installed, you can load up the app with Ctrl+Shift+Space. From there, you can quickly search through emoji, then drop emojis into text with either the unicode or the emoji code.
It was an eventful week in tech news, beyond the usual quarterly-earnings hubbub. Uber, Stripe and other big-name startups inked major deals, and Google began winding down its one-time would-be Facebook killer. Here are the details:Uber raised another $1 billion (giving it $5 billion total) round that set the company’s value at more than $50 billion, the investors reportedly including Microsoft and Times of India owner Bennett Coleman and Co. Uber is planning to invest $1 billion in India, whose startup market is heating up as Alibaba, Foxconn and SoftBank just plunked down $1 billion to invest in Indian Amazon competitor Snapdeal. Microsoft may be scaling back its smartphone hardware ambitions, but the company is making a big bet on its operating system with Windows 10. The new software is much more competitive with Mac OS X, and Re/code’s Walt Mossberg likes it, but whether Microsoft will get developer love for its non-desktop devices is far from certain. Google may have Internet balloons, but Facebook built an unmanned aircraft that it aims to use for connecting people to the Internet. Speaking of sky-high, the company beat Wall Street expectations this week with a surge in mobile ad revenue. Oh, and Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl. Google Express delivery workers are trying to unionize, Google Glass is relaunching with a focus on enterprise applications, and Google+ isn’t dying quietly so much as it’s being shoved out the door. The company is making its push for home services after acquiring Homejoy earlier this month. Visa is investing in Stripe, in a deal that values the digital payments startup at $5 billion (there are other investors, none of whom are putting in more than $100 million each); the two are also signing an agreement that further wrap up the companies’ businesses in one another. Interim CEO Jack Dorsey was brutal and unsparing when talking about Twitter’s disappointing growth numbers on the earnings call this week, which sent Wall Street into a tizzy. The exit of three major product executives probably won’t calm the Street’s nerves. NBCUniversal plans to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed at a $1.5 billion valuation, and it’s also putting an undisclosed amount into Vox Media (the owner of Re/code), which puts the company’s value at $850 million. Yelp’s stock plummeted earlier this week, and the company says a “unicorn bubble” is sapping it of revenue and talent. Don’t expect Yelp to be the only major tech company to blame the rise of privately backed startups. This week on the Re/code Decode podcast with Kara Swisher, Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon talked about startups, the tech bubble, and niche fields like virtual reality and bitcoin. Walt Mossberg talked about Windows 10, and Ina Fried explained the recent car-hacking drama. Snapchat is a secretive company, and the lack of publicly available information makes it tough to figure out the innards of its business. Here’s a number: Revenue could reach $50 million this year (the startup was last valued at $16 billion), and it’s ramping up its CFO search as it looks to grow the dollars-and-cents end of its business.
Last year, the Obama Administration unveiled its plan to curb climate change with some of the stiffest environmental regulations yet. Tomorrow, President Obama will reveal the final rules, with targets that are even more aggressive than the draft regulations.
The new regulations focus on limiting carbon pollution from power plants across America. Specifically, the 600-plus coal-fired power plants across the country are targeted by the regulations — it's said that the new policies will shut down hundreds of such plants, which are among the largest producers of greenhouse gases. The regulations are also designed to halt the production of new coal power plants, and will encourage the development power plants based on renewable sources.
The White House published a video on Facebook to announce the news and, Obama hopes, spread the word. In it, Obama calls the new rules "the biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," and he proclaims that "Climate change is not a problem for another generation, not anymore." Obama will make an official announcement tomorrow from the White House.