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Why Microsoft is Investing in Undersea Data Cables

Microsoft is investing in undersea cables to connect its global data centers in a bid to bolster its cloud business capabilities amid fierce competition from the likes of Amazon and Google.<p>The Redmond, WA-based company plans to connect its data center infrastructure in North America with Ireland …

14 laptop bags that are stylish & professional

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Leaving work at work is nice in theory. But is it ever the reality? Our laptop usually tags along on our commute to and from the office …

14 things you didn't know your iPhone headphones could do

Man Takes His Giant Pet Tortoise out for a Stroll through the Streets of Tokyo

If you're not a cat or a dog person, consider the next best thing: a giant tortoise similar to this man's faithful reptile companion. This elderly gentleman has become a familiar sight on the streets of Tsukishima, Tokyo, where he regularly takes his pet African spurred tortoise out for a …

‘Hey Siri’ in iOS 8.3 allows for automatic speakerphone calls

Apple has made a small, but helpful, change in the way that iOS 8.3 can make phone calls via Siri. With the launch of iOS 8.0 last fall, Apple added a feature to Siri that allows users to activate the service hands-free by saying the phrase “Hey Siri” if the phone is plugged into power. However, if …

This App Will Let You Wear The Apple Watch Right Now

Why didn’t Apple release this augmented-reality gem itself?<p>Not entirely sure how the Apple Watch would look on your wrist? A new augmented-reality app called ARWatch allows you to put a virtual version of the smartwatch on your wrist and play around with it. Not only is it pretty cool, it’s also a …

Smartphone use changing our brain and thumb interaction, say researchers | Reuters

Typing text messages, scrolling web pages, and checking your email on your smartphone could be changing the way your thumbs and brain interacts. That’s according to researchers from the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, and University of Fribourg.<p>Dr Arko Ghosh, of the University of Zurich and ETH …

How Pillars of Eternity rewrites the rules for role-playing

You shouldn't have to put in hours of study to roll up a great character, and games shouldn't hinge on your ability to guess what combination of skills designers thought make the most powerful archetypes. The team behind <i>Pillars of Eternity</i> knew they could do better. So they threw out the rules, and …

Dungeons and Dragons

The Bathroom Gets A Starchitect Makeover

Leave it to Bjarke Ingels to try to make you fall in love with your toilet-paper holder.<p>This week, luxury bathroom and kitchen product company Kallista is unveiling a new collection designed in partnership with Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels’s firm BIG and his design consultancy KiBiSi. The Taper …

PS4 2.5 Update, Yukimura, Goes Live Thursday

Sony will commence a global roll-out of the next PlayStation 4 firmware on Thursday, introducing a suite of new features and improvements.<p>System software 2.5, codenamed Yukimura, will supply PlayStation 4 consoles with the long-awaited Suspend/Resume feature, along with hard-drive back-up …

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The PS4 is finally getting promised features thanks to a massive update

Suspend / resume is almost here<p>Tomorrow the PlayStation 4 is getting a big update — and it will include a few features that owners of the console have been waiting for. The update is so big it has a codename: "Yukimura."<p>Chief among the new additions in the 2.50 system update is the suspend / resume …

Earth Has A Layer No One Knew About

Just like onions and cartoon ogres<p>Our perspective of Earth tends to be very shallow--literally. Everything we experience, from the deepest depths of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks, only skims the top of the outermost layer of the Earth, the crust, which is about 4 miles thick under the …

Sony brings a huge update to PS4 tomorrow

A major software update coming to PlayStation 4 tomorrow will bring a number of requested features to the system that Sony says will enhance the social aspects of its console.<p>The update, which is codenamed "Yukimura," includes a new suspend/resume feature that will allow gamers to jump in and out …

Exquisite Pen Drawings Created with Thousands of Tiny Dots

Using thousands upon thousands of tiny dots, Spider Money produces gorgeous artworks that are awe-inspiring in their detail. The Bangkok-based creative wields a mighty Micron pen and draws fancy flourishes with photo-realistic depictions of eyes, noses, and lips. It's in these facial features that …