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The best things to do in spring in NYC

The best things to do in spring in NYC require you to spend some much-needed time outdoors. (No complaints here.) There’s no shortage of delightful …

Cherry Blossoms

Here's what to expect from CES 2015

With 2014 now firmly in the rearview mirror, the tech industry is gearing up to start 2015 off with a bang as it gathers for the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This grand-scale exhibition of the near future attracts thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of attendees every …

L'Oréal

First Day Hikes planned in 50 states on New Year's Day

If one of your New Year's resolutions involves working out and getting outdoors, consider going on a First Day Hike on Jan. 1. The hikes scheduled at state parks in all 50 states are designed to expose more people to these lesser-known gems -- without going it alone.<p>Now in its fourth year as a …

National Parks

New Year's stampede leaves 36 dead, 47 injured in Shanghai

SHANGHAI (AP) — Grieving relatives identified the bodies of loved ones a day after a stampede during New Year's celebrations along Shanghai's historic waterfront area killed 36 people. Some families lashed out at authorities, accusing them of being unresponsive to their plight and failing to …

China

What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015

Shortly before 9/11, officials foresaw a fundamental shift in the nature of power.<p>Nine months before the September 11 attacks—and just days after the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush—U.S. intelligence officials published an 85-page prediction for …

How to Fund Your Travel Lifestyle

The biggest excuse for not traveling more often is because we think we don't have enough money.<p>Chances are slim that you'll win the lottery, strike it rich in a hot technology IPO, or have trust funds waiting for you to cash in. Most of us are in the grind of earning and burning with no end in …

World Trade Center reopens for business

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center is again opening for business — marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the United States as a whole.<p>Publishing giant Conde Nast will start moving Monday into One World Trade Center, a …

Pennsylvania manhunt ends as Eric Frein 'had no choice but to give up'

For more than six weeks they scoured the Poconos woods in northeastern Pennsylvania, working extra-long shifts in pursuit of Eric Frein, the man charged with killing one of their own.<p>So on Thursday night, when news came from the field that the focus of their manhunt was in custody, a cheer rang out …

Report: Amazon Is Working On A New Kind Of Computer Chip

Now Amazon is apparently trying to create its own home-grown computer server chips, according to job postings, new hires and some unnamed sources unearthed by Stacey Higginbotham at Gigaom.<p>That means it could be looking for a faster, cheaper, lower-power alternative to Intel's chips. It would …

Computer Science

Is SPD Prepared for May Day ‘Ruffians?’ Who Knows?

The Seattle Police Department held a series of media briefings today in anticipation of a May Day that, as my colleague Kelton Sears tells us, is …

First Look: OnePlus One Smartphone Equals Nexus Killer?

One of this summer's hottest Android smartphones may not come from Samsung or HTC.<p>You’ve probably never heard of the company OnePlus before, but it’s a name you might be hearing more often if its upcoming Android smartphone delivers on its promise to be a “flagship killer.”<p>Launching in mid-June, …

Gaming advocacy group: The average gamer is 31, and most play on a console

Gamers are getting older, and more of them are women than ever before.<p>Industry advocacy group the Entertainment Software Association, which operates the Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow and lobbies on behalf of publishers and developers, revealed a number of facts and figures about the …

Minecraft PC reaches 15M copies sold, total sales approaching 50M

Mojang has now sold 15 million copies of the original edition of <i>Minecraft</i>, creator Markus "Notch" Persson announced today on Twitter.<p>The Java-based <i>Minecraft</i> alpha debuted on Linux, Mac and Windows PC in May 2009. By the end of the year, Mojang was charging €5 for premium accounts. In mid-January …

Amazon Debuts A Storefront Just For Wearable Tech

Online shopping giant Amazon wants to get out ahead of the curve with wearable tech – hence the launch of its new Wearable Technology store today. The store is a subsection of its Amazon.com e-commerce portal, with a focus on devices like the Misfit Shine, Jawbone UP24 and Narrative Clip, to name …

Google's Nexus phones will reportedly be replaced by premium Android Silver handsets

The Android Silver project, which was rumored earlier this month, has today been corroborated by four fresh sources, all of whom point to a major shift in Google's mobile strategy. <i>The Information</i> reports that the current scheme of offering Nexus-branded handsets with Google's unadulterated vision …

Psst! Wearable Devices Could Make Big Tech Leaps, Into Your Ear

It's early evening on a Thursday and you're at a networking event, balancing a small plate of appetizers in one hand. Someone comes up to you to say hello. She acts like you've met before, but you can't recall where.<p>"It's Jackie Barnes," she says.<p>"Jackie Barnes," you repeat like you remember. "It's …

Mobile Technology

Oculus Rift hack shows dangers of lag in the real world

Lag on the Internet is irritating enough, but what if you experienced a similar delay in real life? A hilarious experiment shows the havoc it could create.<p>That old cliche that it's "all about timing" turns out to be more true than previously thought -- especially when you introduce the concept of …

Microsoft keyboard prototype integrates gesture control

Microsoft Research has designed a keyboard that integrates gesture controls for a more seamless user interface.<p><b>Microsoft Research has designed a</b> …

Microsoft

MIT is about to become the world’s first Bitcoin economy

What would happen if every undergraduate student on a campus got $100 in Bitcoins? And what if that campus was the endlessly inventive MIT?<p>Those questions are behind a new Bitcoin experiment at MIT, which prides itself on pioneering emerging technologies. More than half a million dollars has been …

Netflix pays to play with Verizon, too

After Netflix reached an agreement with Comcast for direct access to its network, several other ISPs lined up with their hands out, and now there's another deal with Verizon. First reported by analyst Walter Piecyk based on a meeting with Verizon's CEO Lowell C McAdam, Netflix's Joris Evers has …

Google: Self-driving cars are mastering city streets

Long a veteran of the highways of rural California, Google's self-driving car is working on becoming safer in the city.<p>Over the past year or so, Google has been fine-tuning how the software running its fleet of automated vehicles handles the complexities of stop-and-go driving in heavily populated …

As Global PC Game Revenue Surpasses Consoles, How Long Should Console Makers Keep Fighting?

We’ve established repeatedly that PC gaming isn’t remotely close to being dead or dying, so perhaps it’s time to redirect that argument to consoles? DFC Intelligence owner David Cole tells PCR that revenue from PC gaming has surpassed that of consoles on a global scale. But beyond the claim, there …

Heartbleed Bug Update

Inside Flipboard / April 9, 2014<p>As soon as we found out about the Heartbleed bug, the team here began working on understanding its implications for …

The Week in Review: Heartbleed Strikes

Inside Flipboard / April 12, 2014<p>Last Monday, news broke that sensitive user information stored by most major websites was vulnerable to hackers–and …

The Week in Review: The Immortal Legacy of Gabriel García Márquez

Inside Flipboard / April 25, 2014<p>Last Thursday, the Colombian author and journalist Gabriel García Márquez died in Mexico City at the age of 87. But …

Cortana can't talk to kids under age 13

Under 13? Cortana won't talk to you. Not yet anyway.<p>Cortana, the voice-activated personal assistant on Windows Phone — named for Master Chief's AI companion in the Halo series — will not speak to anyone under the age of 13 who attempts to use her services, according to a report by CNET.<p>That's …

Is the PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U console war dumb?

One topic that instantly draws the most vehement discussion and irate comments on GameSpot is the so-called "console war." It seems like everyone either wants to sound off on how their console is the best and everyone who disagrees is a mindless fanboy, or comment with equal fervor about how none …

SNES

Mario Kart 7 features red case for North American re-release

You know how Mario Kart 8 comes with a red case? Now its predecessor has something similar going on as well. For the re-release of Mario Kart 7 in …

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS screenshot (4/28/14)

To go with today’s screenshot, Sakurai passed along the following info:<p>The Assist Trophy, Midna! This is the 3DS version. She’s going to grab and …