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John Oliver Goes Off On An Epic, Fact-Checked, Mic-Dropping Rant For 13 Minutes That You Need To See

Ok folks. This is your moment. Go to the FCC website. And say something. NICELY.<p>And then, in the spirit of freedom and dingos, you could share this. …

This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works

Every year since 1998, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been posing a single grand question to some of our time’s greatest thinkers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, then collecting the answers in an annual anthology. Last year’s answers to the question <b>“What scientific</b> …

How to spring-clean a PC that has problems booting

I have a six-year-old HP DX2250 running Windows Vista Home Basic, which I tend to keep on all the time, just putting it in sleep mode when I'm not using it. Of late, if the machine has to shut down (eg to complete the installation of Windows updates), it won't get past the blue "HP Invent" screen. …

This Brilliant App Lets You Swap Lives With A Stranger For 20 Days

We’re all too obsessed with our own small social circles. 20 Day Stranger, a tool to build empathy and awareness, lets you anonymously share your life with a random person.<p>A new app makes it possible to anonymously live the life of a stranger for 20 days, seeing where they go and what they do–not …

We’re on the cusp of deep learning for the masses. You can thank Google later

Google (s goog) silently did something revolutionary on Thursday. It open sourced a tool called word2vec, prepackaged deep-learning software designed …

Google went down today. The Internet went bananas.

We wouldn’t normally write about a mere few minutes in down time, but when it’s Google, it’s notable.<p>Google.com, Google’s search product (you may have heard of) went down between 23:52 and 23:57 BST according to Search Engine Land. Not since 2009 has Google Search experienced any downtime.<p>Hard …

San Francisco foodies steal the best restaurant reservations using coding skills

It should be easier than ever to book a reservation for date night thanks to websites like OpenTable and Urbanspoon. But in San Francisco, a number of food aficionados and coders have apparently used their technical skills to grab the best tables all for themselves. Diogo Mónica, who works as an …

Google prototyping real-time translation technology with 'near perfect' results

Google is currently prototyping a real-time translation technology that could revolutionize the way people communicate when abroad. Android VP Hugo Barra offered some details on the initiative — which exceeds the scope of Google's current translate services — to <i>The UK Times</i>. "We've got tons of …

Going, going... Chromecast sold out online, but not everywhere

If you've got your hands on Google's red-hot, priced-to-move streaming media stick, the Chromecast, consider yourself among the lucky early adopters. The $35 HDMI device-to-display bridge is currently sold out on all three official online retail outlets -- Best Buy, Amazon and the Google Play store.<p>…

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware comparisons: More meaningless than ever

The truth is that Sony's RAM requirements should come as no surprise.<p>If you wanted to play games on a less memory-intensive OS, you'd be a PC gamer.

Now We Know Why Googling 'Pressure Cookers' Gets a Visit from Cops

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same …

10 Things I Learnt from Daily Shooting

A Guest Post by David Powell from Shoot Tokyo Here are a few lessons I have learnt from daily shooting… I hope you enjoy. 1. “Do or Do Not…. There is …

Hand-Crafted Leather Camera Bags that Won’t Break the Bank

Leather messenger bag-style camera bags don’t come cheap. A cursory search on B&H Photo will reveal prices that often run in the $300+ range for …

Evolution Punishes Selfish People, Game Theory Study Says

How long can you get ahead by screwing other people over?<p>Contrary to our Darwinian inclinations, evolution may not be as dog-eat-dog of a world as we thought it was. The selfish can survive for a while, but according to new game theory research, long-term survival requires cooperation.<p>Game …

A Freudian analysis of sexting

<b>Sigmund Freud, Sydney Leathers (Wikimedia/Reuters)</b><p>Sexting isn’t a poor imitation of sex — it’s a whole different form of it<p>Sand Avidar-Walzer<p>August 1, 2013 11:00pm (UTC)<p>What is a fantasy, exactly?<p>As we might expect, the question shows up frequently in the work of Sigmund Freud. In their 1968 essay …

Violence will rise as climate changes, scientists predict

Long before scientists began to study global warming, author Raymond Chandler described the violent effects of dry, "oven-hot" Santa Ana winds gusting through the city of Los Angeles.<p>"Every booze party ends in a fight," he wrote in his 1938 story "Red Wind." "Meek little wives feel the edge of the …

FBI can remotely activate Android and laptop microphones, reports WSJ

Last month, we discussed whether the new Microsoft Kinect could be used as an NSA spying tool. When it comes to the microphones in Android cell phones and laptop computers, though, surveillance might not be a theoretical question. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that the FBI can already remotely …

A Tour Of Microsoft's Truly Gigantic, Sprawling Headquarters

It's gigantic, it's sprawling, and when you set foot on campus, you feel much more optimistic about Microsoft's future than people outside the campus.<p>Microsoft is a complicated company.<p>Unlike Apple, which is really just an iPhone and iPad company, Microsoft has 12 different divisions that generate …

This Anti-Beer, Pro-Marijuana Ad Will Run During A NASCAR Race

Beer-loving NASCAR fans are in for quite the surprise when they enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400 this weekend.<p>A pro-marijuana legalization ad — laced with anti-beer and alcohol messaging — will play 72 times over three days on a huge screen by the race's entrance gates, …

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Life of a Traveling Landscape Photographer

Many aspiring landscape photographers dream for the chance to travel the world and take photos for a living. Lars Schneider was one of those …

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in August

TravelIntelligent Travel<p><b>There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in August:</b><p>Where can you find more than a million people celebrating Caribbean culture…in England? Head to the <b>Notting Hill Carnival</b> (August 25-26) to savor the …

A Hundred Little Lies

When you think of it, that no one knows who said it is kind of perfect.<p>Even Wikipedia can't agree. It notes that radical journalist Henry Du Pré …

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What great writing can teach us about Trayvon Martin

<b>Protester holds an image of Trayvon Martin at a rally in Miami, Florida (Reuters/Andrew Innerarity)</b><p>The best authors do what racists can’t — cut through stereotypes to each person’s particular humanity<p>Karen E. Bender<p>July 15, 2013 11:21pm (UTC)<p>One issue I like to address with my writing students is …

5 DIY Photography Projects to Save You Money

Professionals and hobbyists alike realize that photography equipment is expensive. The high costs of gear and accessories is a fact of life for pros …

Comeback Kids

Ten teams went 6-10 or worse last year. Which ones are making the playoffs in 2013?<p>Football is coming! Teams are going to be breaking out and …