Tom Bernsdorff

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She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away

Her name is ‘Sparkle.’ She operates a drone. She is sick of whiny boys. And she is perfectly OK with dealing out death.<p>Anne crawled out of bed in her …

Al-Qaeda

Social media decoding dictionary launched for concerned parents

Dictionary translates "popular teen chat acronyms", including get naked on cam (GNOC) and age, sex, location (ASL)<p>Parents concerned their children are offering to GNOC and give away their ASL will be able to decode social media using a language guide launched by government.<p>The dictionary translates …

OK, it’s in the Oxford English Dictionary – but do you know what ‘cis’ means?

Are you a man or a woman? Have you always felt like one of the two? Do other people generally tend to agree with you on this point and, if so, was this always the case? If the answer is yes to all three of these questions, congratulations, you’re cisgender. Lucky you. Not that I’m saying your life …

LGBTQI

'Ted 2': EW review

Ted 2<p>We gave it a <b>C+</b><p>Like its 2012 predecessor, Seth MacFarlane’s <i>Ted 2</i> kicks off like a delirious blast of laughing gas. Even though we’re all familiar …

Dutch court: Facebook must turn over user data in sex video case

<i>(Reuters) –</i> Facebook must turn over any information it possesses that could help a young woman find out who published a sex video of her without her consent, a Dutch court ruled on Thursday.<p>The Amsterdam District Court said in its ruling that if the U.S. company cannot comply because it has erased …

Google's testing new self-driving cars in California

Google announced that it’s begun testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving car, which are designed to be fully autonomous without any sort of controls. However, during this testing phase, the cars will have removable steering wheels, as well as accelerator and brake pedals so safety drivers …

Prototypes

QuizUp is trying to reinvent itself by turning into a social network

Now you can ignore all that trivia stuff and just hang out instead<p>One of the strangest things any company can do is suddenly shove a social network in your face. It's even worse when a service you're used to suddenly gets socialized in a way that is unavoidable. A recent example of that is Google …

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Happiness

Google Can Now Tell You If Your Outfit Is On-Trend

Yes, the Google algorithm knows if your outfit is cool or not.<p>The fact that Google knows every single personal detail about you may inspire a healthy dose of Orwellian fear, but turns out there is at least one silver lining. According to a new Google report, the search giant is now using Big Data …

Street Style

The best microwave mug cake recipes to make in minutes

Many of us have succumbed to the lure of the mid-afternoon microwave cake. There is something satisfyingly indulgent about piling spoonfuls of sugar and flour into a mug, then watching a steaming, sweet-smelling perfectly risen cup come out of the microwave five minutes later.<p>These recipes, from …

Dessert

'Avengers: Age of Ultron': EW review

Avengers: Age of Ultron<p>We gave it a <b>B-</b><p>These days, we’re so used to feeling short-changed when we go to the movies that it may seem churlish to …

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk finds fast new company in a Marvel hit that won't quit<p>Captain America actually says "shit." You heard me. "Language," …

Marvel Universe

This Is the Company Behind the Coolest New Star Wars Character

A little-known startup got a big shout-out at this week’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., thanks to Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger.<p>Iger, whose …

If you’re a CEO, it pays to share your wealth. This Seattle boss did

High executive pay creates rampant inequality that hampers economic growth. So hats off to the Seattle CEO who is sharing his $1m salary with his employees<p>Finally, a boss who has the honesty to admit that he doesn’t need his multimillion-dollar package and is prepared to spread it among his …

Employment

Google Says “Vast Majority” Of Ads On Its Platforms Will Be Encrypted By June 30

Google has been gradually moving all of its online services to HTTPS encryption — you may even remember the excitement wayyyy back in 2008, when Gmail switched to HTTPS.<p>In a blog post published this morning, the company says that it’s now working to switch its advertising over as well. …

Sesame Offers The Latest, And Perhaps Cheapest, Take On The Smart Lock

The latest variation on the “smart lock”—one that secures your front door until you open it with your smartphone—is here. Candy House’s Sesame adds a few new twists, including an inexpensive starting price (though only for those who snap up the few remaining offers in its Kickstarter), simple …

Home Automation

Biggest U.S. hacking case is tale of gamers’ interrupted vacation

Vladimir Drinkman says he met Dmitriy Smilianets online playing Counter-Strike, a shooter game in which cyber-combatants assume the roles of either terrorists or counter-terrorists: bad guys or good guys.<p>More than a decade later, the two young Russians are both behind bars – Drinkman in the …

At MoMA, How 'Tactical Urbanism' Can Preserve the Future of Cities

As the world braces for a huge population influx into cities, a new exhibit looks at how scaling infrastructure could improve life in the accompanying "unplanned settlements."<p>In the overcast light of a Mumbai slum, six men surround a rectangular frame that has been set on the ground. It is hoisted …

Hackers Now Demand Sony Pull ‘The Interview,’ Which They Call ‘The Movie Of Terrorism’

Sony is still dealing with the fallout from a massive hacking attack last week. Early on, speculation was that the attack could be the work of North Korean agents, angry about <i>The Interview,</i> the Seth Rogen/James Franco film about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un. North Korea denied carrying out the …

Hackers demand Sony cancel release of Kim Jong-un-baiting comedy

Hollywood studio Sony has been told to cancel the release of its “movie of terrorism” – a reference to the Kim Jong-un-baiting comedy The Interview – in a message purporting to be from hackers who recently broke into the company’s systems and stole millions of dollars’ worth of sensitive data.<p>The …

Sony hack snowballs as movie scripts, celebrity phone numbers leaked

Sony Pictures is in full-blown damage-control mode and has called an all-hands meeting following another huge leak of sensitive, confidential info. The new trove of data released by the so-called GOP (Guardians of Peace) includes more private employee info, actor phone numbers and traveling …

How It Feels To Ride A Real Hoverboard

The thin air turns thick beneath your feet. You step onto the Hendo Hoverboard and an invisible force compresses, condensing and coiling like a spring you cannot see. It sinks for just a split-second, slipping closer to the solid copper floor below.<p>But before it can touch, the magnets strengthen …

The secret of Google Maps' accuracy revealed

The maps we use to navigate have come a long way in a short time. Since the '90s we've gone from glove boxes stuffed with paper maps to floorboards …

See 25 Incredible Images of Earth From Space

Alberta, Canada, Oct. 10, 2014.<br>DigitalGlobe<p>1 of 25<p>There's something to be said for being on the ground when news plays out, but sometimes it's the …

Space

Dashlane can now change all your passwords with a single click, and it's amazing

A feature we have been waiting for forever<p>Dashlane, the subscription-based password management service, is introducing a feature today that ought to become standard in every product like it: the ability to change all your passwords with a single click, including accounts with two-factor …

Can We Build a Gaming PC on a Console Budget?

There's no debating that a souped-up gaming PC will outperform an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 any day of the week, but it'll also cost you a lot more at checkout. However, what about a gaming PC that isn't top of the line, say, one that was built for $550?<p>This is the question we put to the test: …

Computer Hardware

These Cute Robots Will Help Your Kids Learn To Program

It's no stretch to say that computer literacy is only getting more and more important if you hope to be professionally mobile nowadays. You can't deny the value of sitting down at a computer and not getting immediately flummoxed by a tiny problem. Imagine what you could do if you could dig down to …

FiLIP, A Watch-Like Phone and Locator for Kids

FiLIP is a basic phone and locator that kids can wear on their wrist like a watch. Parents can call and send short text messages to the device, and …

Acura Takes the NSX Prototype to Mid-Ohio

One step closer to production.<p>Acura made some noise when it announced and showed the NSX Concept. The new mid-engined super car will be powered by a …