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Giving face takes on a whole new meaning with the credit card company's plans to authorize mobile payments using facial recognition technology.
Millennials: Why Customer Service Will Never Be The Same

Millennials: Why Customer Service Will Never Be The Same

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Will selfies replace fingerprints and passwords for authentication? One of the nation's largest credit card providers is taking the leap into facial recognition technology for mobile payments.

MasterCard plans to begin experimenting this fall with facial scans as an added security measure for consumers paying for purchases with a smartphone. "The new generation, which is into selfies ... I think they'll find it cool. They'll embrace it," said Ajay Bhalla, MasterCard's president of enterprise security solutions, in an interview with CNN Money.

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Massive Bee Attack Kills Texas Man

A Texas man died last week when he was attacked by a massive swarm of bees when he hit a pipe containing their hive. According to ABC News, the man fled nearly a hundred meters before being overwhelmed.

54 year old Raul Zuniga had been operating a tractor in his field when he struck an irrigation pipe. The pipe, contained “15 to 20 feet of honeycomb”, and its inhabitants swarmed and attacked him. It took exterminators hours to contain the hive and neighboring ones after the incident.

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Terminator: Genisys is a special effects-based action movie, no doubt. Terminators are slammed through walls, helicopters hurdle through the air, and the new Terminator can break into sand-like granules before reforming. One of the movie’s strengths is that it puts on of the best special effects of the film right in the first act: the re-creation of 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger that gets in a fight with an old-man version of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Though both Terminators are technically the same model robot under the human skin covering, the older Terminator has been protecting Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) since the 1970s and his skin covering has aged.

To pull off the recreation of the Griffith Observatory scene from the original Terminator, the special effects team for Terminator: Genisys decided to create what visual effects supervisor Sheldon Stopsack calls a “synthespian,” a visual effect that recreates an actor when they were younger.

De-aging and fully digitizing humans is the final frontier of big blockbuster CGI. Tron: Legacy was the last film to attempt it, pitting an older Jeff Bridges against his old digital avatar Clu, a de-aged version of Bridges. Tron: Legacy required the actor to perform both roles, sometimes opposite an actor playing Clu just for body reference.

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'Minecraft' for Windows 10

Microsoft and Mojang don't just have a story-based Minecraft game to show at Minecon 2015 -- they're also revealing a beta version of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. This release will ditch the less than ideal Java code of desktop versions in favor of native Windows code, and shares some roots with the Pocket Edition you typically find on phones. You'll even get to build worlds with those mobile players through an update that should hit "soon" after the beta arrives. And to no one's surprise, the construction title will do a lot to take advantage of Windows 10's many Xbox tie-ins, such as 8-way multiplayer (both locally and on Xbox Live) and game video recording. The beta will be ready on July 29th, and it'll be free if you already have the existing PC version. If you're new to all this, it'll cost $10 to get in during the test phase.

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Bubble Wrap is great for protecting fragile items in shipped packages, insulating windows during the winter, and popping in your hands – that is, until now. Chronic Bubble Wrap poppers, lament: Sealed Air Corp. is updating its beloved packaging material so it’s more space efficient, and one of the outcomes of the revamped approach is that the bubbly material doesn’t pop.

The revamped Bubble Wrap, called iBubble Wrap, is shipped in flat plastic sheets that shippers can fill with air from a custom-made pump sold by Sealed Air for $5,500, according to The Wall Street Journal. A roll of iBubble Wrap takes up about 1/50 as much space as a roll of traditional Bubble Wrap, which is shipped pre-inflated.

Related: Amazon now offers free shipping for “small and light” items, no minimum order

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The Solar Impulse 2 is a solar-powered plane that has been flying around the world since March. Back in May, it was set to make its most ambitious journey yet, a 5,061-mile trip from Japan to Hawaii. Unfortunately, though, Pilot Andre Borschberg's initial attempt was unexpectedly cut short (as has happened before), this time due to inclement weather. Now, several weeks later, he's finally accomplished his mission. Borschberg landed in Kapolei, Hawaii on Friday, following a five-day, 118-hour flight from Nagoya -- the longest-ever solo nonstop flight. The previous record was 76 hours.

HE MADE IT! @andreborschberg just touched down in #Hawaii after a record-breaking flight! #futureisclean @b... https://t.co/WQWsRKiCEi

As @solarimpulse is safe on its hangar, partners, photographer, press & web teams thank you for your kind comments! pic.twitter.com/To8aPQefyN

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Miami2SMSDFL participants attend the Atlantico Rum After-Party atop the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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For the sixth annual time, Social Media Day was celebrated by thousands of people around the world on June 30.

Mashable started Social Media Day in 2010 as a way to reflect and honor the growth of social media and the digital revolution. Now in 2015, this holiday encompasses hundreds of in-person events around the world, along with thousands of tweets, Instagram photos and Facebook posts commemorating #SMDay.

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unnamed.jpgSolar Impulse co-founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are reunited in Hawaii on Friday. Solar Impulse | Revillard | Rezo.ch

Hawaii always looks good, but perhaps never as good as it looked to pilot André Borschberg, who broke records Friday after landing a completely sun-powered plane after an arduous five-day flight.

"Just landed in #Hawaii with @solarimpulse! For @bertrandpiccard and I, it's a dream coming true," Borschberg tweeted upon landing, referring to Bertrand Piccard, with whom he is piloting the Solar Impulse 2 around the world.

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Eminem dropped an epic music video-cum-short film for his latest single "Phenomenal" on Friday as an Apple Music exclusive fraught with product placement courtesy of Apple Watch and iPhone.

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Coming in at over seven minutes, chock-full of martial arts derring-do, special effects and cameos from Dr. Dre, actor Randall Park and a chow mein-eating John Malkovich, Eminem's "Phenomenal" is more action-packed movie than music video. We even see Em beat down two henchmen with a prodigious fish.Along with today's fresh catch, Apple product placements are scattered throughout the film. One of the first shots shows Em glancing at his Space Black Apple Watch, a device that pops up again later on the wrist of Dr. Dre. The iPhone 6 also gets some love in a humorous chase scene with Park. It's not uncommon to see branded tech in music videos — Beats products are almost mandatory at this point — but with such prominent placement, and Apple Music exclusivity, it feels like Shady and Apple struck a sweet deal. The video's release comes days after Eminem participated in an inaugural Beats 1 interview with DJ Zane Lowe, which itself represented the thawing of a cold war with Apple. Eminem and company filed suit against Apple in 2004 after his song "Lose Yourself" was used in an iPod ad without permission. A second lawsuit dealing with distribution rights was lodged in 2007 and later settled out of court.Em's recent Apple collaborations are likely thanks to a long-standing relationship with mentor Dr. Dre, founder and CEO of Shady's label Aftermath Entertainment. Dre and legendary record producer Jimmy Iovine's company Beats was purchased by Apple for $3 billion in August 2014."Phenomenal" is the lead single off the Shady Records-produced soundtrack for Antoine Fuqua's upcoming film Southpaw. Em was initially tapped to play the film's lead Billy Hope, a boxer striking out on a hard-won comeback, but chose to focus on his music instead. Fuqua ultimately signed Jake Gyllenhaal for the role, with Eminem brought on to executive produce the accompanying album.
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Make a Three-Tier Wedding Guest List to Prioritize Invitations

When you’re getting married, you don’t want anyone to feel left out. But you can’t invite everyone you’ve ever met either. List your guests under “Must”, “Want”, and “Should” to ensure the right people make it.

In their guide to making a wedding guest list, Shutterfly suggests first deciding a number of guests and sticking with it. Remember, simple things like transportation for guests can add unexpected expenses. Once you have the number, make the lists:

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One of the more challenging jobs the auto industry has right now is explaining to consumers that the future isn't going to be like the past. We desperately need to reduce vehicle carbon emissions in order to avoid turning the planet into a hellscape, and that means turning to cars with some kind of energy storage other than hydrocarbons we've dug up from the ground and then distilled. That's where people get confused and the message stalls, a problem laid out in a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences.

For many decades cars have been simple things with internal combustion engines. They burned gasoline or sometimes diesel and occasionally even liquified natural gas. Sometimes they had turbochargers or superchargers to ram more air into the combustion chamber, and very occasionally that combustion chamber was something odd like a Wankel rotary engine. Now, the need to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality means many more options when it comes to a vehicle's powertrain.

The array of options can be bewildering, says the National Academy of Sciences' report. Commissioned by Congress, it examines the hurdles to adopting plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The Academy splits PEVs into four classes: Long-range battery EV (BEV)s like the Tesla Model S, short-range BEVs like Nissan Leaf, range-extended plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV)s like the Chevrolet Volt (which drive on electric power most of the time), and minimal PHEVs like the plug-in BMW i8 (which can perform short trips on battery power alone).

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PicoBrew is a beer-centered startup in Seattle, founded by brothers Bill and Jim Mitchell (Bill being an ex-Microsoft executive) and Avi Geiger. It is, in short, magical.

The machine at the heart of their operation is the Zymatic — an apparatus that simplifies one of the main steps in beer making by reducing the need to monitor the cooking process of creating wort (unfermented beer). This web-connected device provides temperature data about each step of the brewing process and automatically transfers wort to and from kegs with the intention of letting you “set it and forget it.”

Their goal is to make it possible for a novice brewer to make a good batch of beer on their very first attempt and through mechanization and standardization.

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I first heard of Consumer Energy Solutions from a non-profit's IT guy who was boasting about how he got them to lease him LED bulbs for their parking lot and the security lights at their equipment lot -- pretty much all their outdoor lighting -- for a lot less than their monthly savings on electricity from replacing most of their Halogen, fluorescent, and other less-efficient lights with LEDs. What made this a big deal to my friend was that no front money was required. It's one thing to tell a town council or non-profit board, "If we spend $180,000 on LEDs we'll save it all back in five years" (or whatever). It's another thing to say, "We can lease LEDs for all our outdoor lighting for $4,000 per month and save $8,000 on electricity right away." That gets officials to prick up their ears in a hurry.Then there are energy service contracts, essentially buying electricity one, two or three years in advance. This business got a bad name from Enron and their energy wholesaling business, but despite that single big blast of negative publicity, it grows a little each year. And the LED lease business? In many areas, governments and utility companies actually subsidize purchases of anything that cuts electricity use. Totally worth checking out.

But why, you might ask, is this on Slashdot? Because some of our readers own stacks of servers (or work for companies that own stacks of servers) and need to know they don't have to pay whatever their local electric utility demands, but can shop for better electricity prices in today's deregulated electricity market. And while this conversation was with one person in this business, we are not pushing his company. As interviewee Patrick Clouden says at the end of the interview, it's a competitive business. So if you want the best deal, you'd better shop around. One more thing: the deregulated utility market, with its multitude of suppliers, peak and off-peak pricing, and (often) minute-by-minute price changes, takes excellent software (possibly written by someone like you) to negotiate, so this business niche might be one an entrepreneurial software developer should explore.

Robin Miller (for Slashdot): This is Patrick Clouden. He is the CEO of Consumer Energy Solutions, but wait don’t you sell mostly to municipalities and such?

Patrick Clouden: No, actually we do sell to municipalities and they are customers of ours around the country, but we also sell to regular commercial businesses and we have a small residential program and of course non-profits, we do a lot of work with non-profits.

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Smelling Cat Urine Turns Baby Mice Into Willing Victims

The war between cats and mice just took a chilling turn, as a team of Russian researchers announces that early exposure to a chemical in cat urine can condition mice not to flee from an approaching cat. This can’t end well for the mice.

Cat urine contains a chemical compound called L-Felinine, and mice have evolved to react to it. When mice smell L-Felinine, their bodies produce a stress hormone called corticosterone, and they flee from the cat.

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Search and online ad rivals Yahoo and Google might be coming closer together, as Yahoo decides to test whether it should let the search engine giant onto its turf.
10 Astonishing Email Habits

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One of Google's biggest rivals -- Yahoo -- has confirmed that it is running tests to see if it should use Google's search results on its websites, something that it previously limited to Microsoft's Bing search engine.

The testing follows a renegotiation in April of the contract between Microsoft and Yahoo, which allows 49% of Yahoo ads to come from other ad firms, such as Google.

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Top 10 Tips for Hosting the Perfect Get-Together

Whether you’re entertaining for a crowd or just having a last-minute get-together with close friends, the right supplies and tools can make your guests and yourself have a great time. Here are our top ten entertaining tips.

10. Tidy Up Quickly

Top 10 Tips for Hosting the Perfect Get-Together

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DFJ, the storied Silicon Valley venture capital firm, has built out a global presence not just through direct investments but through a network of firms that are affiliated with the mothership yet raising and investing from their own funds. Now that network is going through some changes, and with it comes a new role for one of the firm’s founders. The DFJ Network has rebranded to the Draper Network, and Tim Draper is stepping up his involvement and investments in the network’s largest member, London-based Draper Esprit (formerly called DFJ Esprit).

There are three different developments here: the rebranding is the latest stage of evolution in the Network, which was restructured in 2013 to give it more autonomy and remove DFJ’s carry in any deals. And Draper getting more interested in international is the latest stage in his own evolving investment career, after stepping away from an investing role in DFJ in 2013. Meanwhile, Draper Esprit, run by Simon Cook (below right with Draper, left), has seen a lot of personnel changes this year.

Tim Draper.Simon Cook

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Adobe’s PDF file format has been the most popular for delivering documents over internet. Besides, providing better accessibility to users, it also offers additional security on the contents of the document. Owing to the vast usages of PDF documents these days, it has been observed that many users prefer to secure their documents over the internet by putting up restrictions on printing, modifying, copying or extracting by adding passwords to protect such documents.

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