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Polaroid's latest instamatic doesn't use ink to print photos

Engadget - 21 min 8 sec ago
Cubes, unwieldy squares, bulky cameras of yore. Regardless of form factor, when the Polaroid name is on a camera it means you're getting instant photos. With the company's latest shooter, the Snap, you're getting what looks like a pocketable device...

YouTube's first Filipino 360-degree video goes for the feels

Mashable - 1 hour 5 min ago

SINGAPORE — If you're Filipino and working abroad, get ready to feel homesick. YouTube has released what it claims is the first 360-degree video shot in the Philippines, and threw in as much local iconography as it could for good measure.

The video, which features musicians playing an ode to their home country, has been viewed nearly 2,000 times at time of writing. As the performers sing in Tagalog, the viewer can move around the video and find TV screens displaying other Filipinos.

"We invited Pinoys from all over the world to tell us what they miss most about the Philippines, and turned their responses into a song," Google said in a statement Read more...

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MTV's 'Scream' pays tribute to Wes Craven

Mashable - 1 hour 37 min ago

Before MTV's teen horror drama Scream bid farewell to its first season the show paid tribute to legendary director Wes Craven, whose movie inspired the series

Craven, 76, died this week after a battle with brain cancer.

See also: 5 essential Wes Craven movies that everyone needs to see

This is the tribute that aired. Video via E!

You didn't think it was going to be sappy, did you? This is the master of horror we're talking about

While it is well known that Craven was not involved with the show's day-to-day happenings, the spirit of his 1996 film of the same name was very much felt in the series freshman season, earning it praise early on Read more...

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Intel Launches Onslaught of Skylake CPUs For Laptops, Hybrids and Compute Stick

Slashdot - 2 hours 8 min ago
MojoKid writes: Intel is following up on its Skylake launch bonanza by opening the floodgates on at least two dozen SKUs mostly covering the mobile sector. The company is divvying up the range into four distinct series. There's the Y-Series, which is dedicated to 2-in-1 convertibles, tablets, and Intel's new Compute Stick venture. Then there's the U-Series, which is aimed at thin and light notebooks and "portable" all-in-one machines. The H-Series is built for gaming notebooks and mobile workstations, while the S-Series is designated for desktops, all-in-one machines, and mini PCs. Also, the Y-Series that was previously known as simply the Core M, (the chip found in products like the 12-inch Apple MacBook and Asus Transformer Book Chi T300) is now expanding into a whole family of processors. There will be Core m3, Core m5, and Core m7 processors, similar to Intel's Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPU models in other desktop and notebook chips.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

MSI dresses up its gaming lineup with Skylake

Engadget - 2 hours 20 min ago
With Intel's new Skylake processor inbound, it was only natural that gaming notebook manufacturers would jump on board to offer this latest boost to their machines. MSI is no exception, kitting out a few of their existing machines with the 6th-gene...

Run, don't walk, to Australia's Nutella pop-up store

Mashable - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:39pm

Nutella is clearly precious to Australians. The nationwide freakout over a low-level Nutella shortage is strong evidence of that.

Now Melbourne is going to get what is likely the country's first-ever pop up store dedicated to the treat.

See also: Man invents Nutella lock, brings humans one step closer to world peace

The project of partners Paul and Lauren Kristoff of The City Lane, an online food and culture magazine, will serve A$10 bento boxes celebrating the hazelnut spread. Each will contain a Nutella peanut butter s’more, a Nutella salted caramel chocolate truffle and a Nutella and maple syrup tart with smoked hickory Italian meringue. Read more...

More about Australia, Us World, Food, Nutella, and Melbourne

Tech's most famous logo, the NASA worm, gets a second life

Mashable - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:37pm

One of the most iconic science and technology logos, the minimalist NASA symbol, is being honored by having its design bible resurrected by fans

Designed in 1974 by the Danne & Blackburn design firm, the 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual will be offered anew thanks to a campaign on Kickstarter

See also: Google's iconic logo is changing in a big way

Image: the standards manual

The famed logo treatment (widely known as the "worm" font), and the accompanying manual, were meant to unify NASA's design across uniforms, vehicles (earth-bound and space faring) and official internal materials

Championed by designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, the 200-page book will feature high-resolution scans of all the old design treatments that gave NASA a look that would point the way for a number of futuristic logo designs for other technology organizations. The logo also managed to influence a number of science fiction design treatments in film, television and print over the last 40 years Read more...

More about Nasa, Design, History, Logos, and Kickstarter

Facebook will spend $200M to expand its data center facility in Oregon again

Venture Beat - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:25pm

Facebook announced today that it will be building its third huge data center building in the desert in the middle of Oregon. The company intends to invest at least $200 million in the expansion of the site, which is the first of five around the world that Facebook has constructed from the ground up.

“Building 3 will feature the latest Open Compute Project hardware designs — including Yosemite, Wedge, and 6-pack — and, like our other buildings, will be cooled using our cool Central Oregon high desert air instead of energy-intensive air conditioners,” Ken Patchett, director of data center operations for Facebook’s West Region, wrote in a Facebook post today.

In addition to these three buildings in Prineville, Ore., Facebook also has a cold storage facility for holding onto less frequently accessed data, like old pictures.

Facebook is one of a few Web companies that have opted to erect entire buildings to hold their own IT equipment. (Others include Google, which is coincidentally looking to expand its own data center site in Oregon.) These days, many modern tech companies rent out access to server and storage hardware in clouds like Amazon Web Services or pay for space for their hardware inside colocation facilities.

Facebook also has data center sites in North Carolina, Iowa, and Sweden. And in July the company confirmed — following speculation — that it would build out its fifth site, in Fort Worth, Texas.

I used to live 40 minutes away from Prineville, in a city called Bend. When I met Patchett a few years ago, when there was just one building, I asked him if Facebook would ever construct another building to run its servers, storage, and networking equipment in the area. He told me it would depend on usage of Facebook.

Back then Facebook had around 750 million monthly active users. Of course, Facebook has since grown a lot. Now it has just about twice as many users — 1.49 billion on June 30. Hence the need to grow the infrastructure footprint, both in Prineville and elsewhere around the world. Patchett’s answer seemed vague to me at the time, but he was right.

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Family of San Francisco woman killed by undocumented immigrant aims to sue ICE

Mashable - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:20pm

The family of Kathryn Steinle, the young woman killed along San Francisco's popular Embarcadero, has filed claims against San Francisco sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), alleging that the city's "sanctuary city" policy and poor gun storage led to her death

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, has been arrested and charged with Steinle's murder

See also: San Francisco's immigration rules under fire after pier shooting

"This is about accountability. This is about humanity. This is for the future. Ours is gone." Mother of #KateSteinle on filing lawsuit.

— ABC7 News (@abc7newsBayArea) September 1, 2015 Read more...

More about Lawsuits, Immigration, Us World, Kate Steinle, and Sanctuary City

White police chief who fatally shot black man sentenced to home confinement

Mashable - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:01pm

A white former police chief will have to spend a year under home detention but won't have to serve any prison time in the 2011 shooting death of Bernard Bailey, an unarmed black man.

This is #BernardBailey - a great man to his church & his family. Was unarmed & non-violent when killed by SC policepic.twitter.com/bKv9N8VNDJ

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 1, 2015

Prosecutors agreed Tuesday to drop a murder charge against 38-year-old Richard Combs, the former police chief of Eutawville, a town of 300 people about 50 miles southeast of Columbia, in exchange for his guilty plea to misconduct in office. The murder charge carried a penalty of 30 years to life. Read more...

More about Us World, Police Shooting, South Carolina, Richard Combs, and Bernard Bailey

iPad-friendly drones invade Apple's online store

Mashable - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:54pm

Apple's vision of a ritzy, high-end retail presence apparently also has room for drones.

The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced and Phantom 3 Professional appeared on the company's online store today — the first set of drones featured on the site aimed at more serious drone users (not just hobbyists)

An employee at one of New York City's largest Apple Stores confirmed to Mashable that, for now, the drones are only available on the company's online store. A quick check of the personal pickup tool on the Apple Store website shows they only ship to brick and mortar store locations if you choose to have the drone delivered there Read more...

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Wikipedia bans 381 'black hat' accounts for misleading editing

Mashable - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:53pm

Wikipedia is again cracking down on contributors and editors that are violating its guidelines.

The site's editors have banned 381 accounts for charging or accepting money for their contributions, without disclosing the information — what Wikipedia calls "undisclosed paid advocacy."

See also: Wikipedia's New Rules: Editors Must Disclose If They Are Paid

Wikipedia administrators announced they had blocked the accounts Monday following a weeks-long investigation nicknamed "Orangemoody."

The banned accounts were all identified as "sock" accounts, according to the site's editors. Sock, short for sockpuppets, refers to people who maintain "misleading or deceptive" accounts. Wikipedia bans people from writing or editing articles about people or companies they are affiliated with so a "sock" account may be one that disguises the author's affiliations Read more...

More about Wikipedia, Tech, Dev And Design, Dev Design, and Apps And Software

Star Wars, mashed up with headlines from The Onion? Yes, really.

Mashable - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:41pm

Once again, The Onion perfectly verbalizes our feelings about everything — even a galaxy far, far away.

Tumblr user Skygawker has found perfection in the unlikely pairing of Star Wars photos and headlines from parody news site The Onion

See also: Oven Kid and his dad bring balance to The Force with a new kitchen jam

Skygawker takes snapshots from Star Wars movies (both the originals and the prequels) and slaps one of many appropriately sardonic Onion headlines on top of the photos. The results are both hilarious and strangely accurate

And it's evident from these memes that Skygawker loathes pre-Vader Anakin as much as the rest of us Read more...

More about The Onion, Memes, Star Wars, Watercooler, and Pics

Man with a dream takes off in a lawn chair powered by 54 propellers

Mashable - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:37pm

Sometimes you have a dream. And that dream is to one day fly in a giant drone powered by 54 propellers and a controller from Hobby King.

Looking every bit the madcap inventor, a man in a helmet and goggles bounces around in a multi-rotor machine that's called "the Swarm," according to the YouTube account where the clip was posted. It seems that these days, with a few bits and bobs, man can take flight in a lawn chair complete with an umbrella to protect from rain.

The contraption appears to have been undergoing development for quite some time — there are various videos of the vehicle being tested all the way back in 2013, although this is the first time we've seen a human strapped in. Read more...

More about Drone, Watercooler, and Videos

TV station takes 'Curious George' off the air and kids just won't stop crying

Mashable - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:28pm

Curious George is a sweet television show about a young monkey that moves from Africa to the big city, and it's something Australian kids apparently can not do without.

Australia's national broadcaster, the ABC, has retired George from the air, and kids are not taking it well, to put it mildly

See also: Australian designers claim Miley Cyrus's VMA outfit designs are stolen

Parents flooded ABC Kids Facebook page asking where the show had gone, the Courier Mail reported. Many told tales of the devastation wrought to nap time by the change in schedule, while others posted pictures of their kids reacting to the news their favourite monkey was gone. Tears and tantrums were the common theme. Read more...

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Turkey Arrests Journalists For Using Encryption

Slashdot - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:10pm
An anonymous reader sends news that three employees of Vice News were arrested in Turkey because one of them used an encryption system on his personal computer. That particular type of encryption has been used by the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State, so the men were charged with "engaging in terrorist activity." The head of a local lawyers association said, "I find it ridiculous that they were taken into custody. I don't believe there is any accuracy to what they are charged for. To me, it seems like an attempt by the government to get international journalists away from the area of conflict." The Turkish government denied these claims: "This is an unpleasant incident, but the judiciary is moving forward with the investigation independently and, contrary to claims, the government has no role in the proceedings."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Science of Hair: How GHD's innovative R&D lab is setting the bar

Mashable - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:56pm


You probably weren't expecting your hair styler to have three sensors that monitor temperature, and a specially-designed handle that ensures you don't damage your hair by applying too much pressure.

At ghd, whose tri-zone technology does just that, science and technology are as integral to attaining perfectly-styled hair as a great hairdresser is. 

That's why ghd's team of scientists, engineers and innovators work together in Cambridge, one of the UK's premier innovation hubs, to create the next generation of hair stylers that arm hairdressers with the perfect tools to craft great hair. 

To get a closer look at how ghd specially engineers hair stylers, we sat down with Dr. Tim Moore, the company's CTO, to talk about how ghd uses a scientific approach to hair styling, how it uses robotics for testing, the company's innovative platinum styler and how technology will play an even larger role in ghd's future.  Read more...

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Obama on hiking to a glacier: 'Beats being in the office'

Mashable - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:54pm

"How's this? Beats being in the office," President Barack Obama called out as he hiked alongside Exit Glacier in Alaska on Tuesday.

The president is making a historic three-day trip to Alaska to address the severe consequences of climate change. In particular, his hike to the glacier was an urgent call to action to save the deteriorating landscape in the state, which has already seen the physical impact of climate change

See also: 5 times Obama got real about climate change in Alaska

On his second day in Alaska, Obama trekked to Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park with photographers and members of the media to call attention to the impact of global warming. Read more...

More about Climate Change, Obama, Us World, Us, and Climate

Easily plug your last tweet into Yahoo email signatures

Engadget - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:41pm
Yahoo has unveiled a new feature for its email app that allows users to include their most recent tweet as part of their outgoing signature. To enable it, go to Settings -> Accounts -> Primary Yahoo and select "Include your latest Tweet from...

Stephen Colbert will guide you through traffic with Waze

Mashable - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:26pm

You've depended on Stephen Colbert for his sharp take on the news, and now you can depend on him to direct you through that sharp left turn up ahead.

The newly crowned host of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is the latest voice option within traffic and navigational app, Waze

See also: Waze Now Lets Celebrities Voice Turn-By-Turn Directions

Two years after the crowd-source app inked a deal with Universal pictures to include celebrity voices, Colbert joins the likes of Neil Patrick Harris and football player Rob Gronkowski in the list of options you can choose on Waze to give you driving directions on the open road. Read more...

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