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NYPD's Twitter photo contest backfires with images of aggressive police force

The New York Police Department attempted to harness Twitter to drum up support today, but things haven't exactly gone as planned. Earlier today, the official NYPD Twitter account asked followers to...

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 today

Now we feel really old....

Powdered alcohol is coming to a liquor store near you

Putting a can of beer in a brown paper bag is about to look like child's play. A new product that's somehow been approved by US regulators makes booze as discreet as a packet of sugar. It's called...

Lytro changed photography now can it get anyone to care?

?Okay, can I take it out of the box now?? Lytro product director Colvin Pitts wants to show me the camera he?s been working on since 2007. He cautions that it?s just an early model, then gently...

Lytro's new light-field camera looks like an actual camera, costs $1,599

If Lytro's first camera offered us a sneak peek at the promise of light field photography, the company's second-generation product swings those doors wide open. A far cry from the toy-like...

How To Use Excel Pivot Tables To Analyze Massive Data Sets

// Excel pivot tables are incredible tools that allow you to analyze large data sets many different ways in seconds. NOW WATCH: This Excel Trick Lets You Easily Spot Trends In Piles Of Data Follow...

Look What Happened To Amazon's Revenues When A Sales Tax Was Imposed...

Amazon's sales are taking a hit in states that have recently started making it pay taxes. New research out of Ohio State University found Amazon shoppers reduced their spending by 10% in states...

Dish Network Is Partnering With This Startup To Make Cellphone Internet 1,000 Times Faster...

In today's world, there's one area of technology that can almost never be fast enough: the wireless networks that power our mobile devices. Founded in 2011, Artemis is a startup working on pCell, a...

Apple taunts Samsung to 'copy' its environmental record

Apple is in the middle of a month-long patent trial with Samsung, and the iPhone maker is taking time out ? on Earth Day no less ? to dig at its competition. In newspaper adverts that accompany a...

This Is How Little Kids React These Days When You Show Them A Walkman

The Fine Brothers, Benny and Rafi, have a wildly successful YouTube channel. A lot of their videos are hilarious, and this one (which Quartz's Christopher Mims tweeted) is no exception. Here, the...

Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands

Studio Roosegaarde This story originally appeared in Wired UK. You can see the full gallery here. Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m (0.3 mile)...

Scientists discover the animal kingdom's first female penis

Scientists have discovered four species of Brazilian insects in which the females possess a penis and the males possess a vagina. This announcement, made today in the journal Current Biology,...

NASA's Kepler program discovers the most Earth-like planet yet

The search for planets that closely resemble Earth has yielded perhaps the closest match yet ? according to a new report from NASA, the newly-discovered Kepler 186f planet (seen above in an...

Meet the Illum, Lytro's futuristic new light-field camera

Lytro's first camera came out more than two years ago, a kaleidoscope of a device that was a lot of fun to shoot with but not particularly impressive. It let you focus and refocus a shot after you...

Nokia says its sale to Microsoft will close on April 25th

Nokia expects Microsoft to finally take control of its devices division on April 25th, the company announced today. The $7.2 billion deal ? first announced in September of last year ? will see...

'Sleep startup' Casper dreams of overturning the mattress racket

"Buying a mattress is one of the worst consumer experiences in the world," says Philip Krim. Yet, few startups have really tried to improve it ? perhaps because the mattress business isn?t exactly...

Apple extends free recycling to all used products - and you might get a gift card

Reiterating what the Apple CEO said at last month's shareholder meeting, Tim Cook still wants to "leave the world better than we found it", and nows he's trying harder to deliver on that. Starting...

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone

This week in San Francisco, Google's holding its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some...

A Chinese Company 3D Printed 10 Houses In A Day

There's a lot you can do with a 3D printer. Now add "building a house in a day" to the list. Make that 10 houses. The WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has printed 10 homes in 24 hours out...

How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists

The Santa Clara Valley was some of the most valuable agricultural land in the entire world, but it was paved over to create today's Silicon Valley. This was simply the result of bad planning and...

LG's G Watch is always-on and water resistant

LG revealed more information about the upcoming G Watch on its new website. The smartwatch will come in two colors: stealth black and champagne gold. On top of having what is being described as an...

The Internet Is Giving $31,000 To A Man Who Spent 25 Years In Prison For A Murder He...

A new fundraising campaign on the website Indiegogo has raised more than $31,000 for a man who spent 25 years in prison for a 1989 murder he didn't commit. Earlier this month, Jonathan Fleming was...

Forget shots, Palcohol turns vodka into a powdered condiment

Why sip on a nice glass of scotch when you can get tipsy on salad instead? A new product called Palcohol takes the pesky liquid out of your favorite drinks; turning them into a potent powder you...

New 'Battlestar Galactica' movie will completely reimagine the sci-fi tale

Universal is preparing to start work on a Battlestar Galactica movie. Variety says the studio is planning to completely reimagine the sci-fi story ? in which space-bound humans fend off the attacks...

Leonardo DiCaprio might play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

The director and lead actor of the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic are still up in the air, and another pair of big names are now reportedly being eyed for the roles: Leonardo DiCaprio and...

Apple's letting anyone help test its next OS X update

Apple is suddenly taking a much more open approach to testing its desktop operating system. For the first time in years, the company is inviting regular consumers to help test upcoming software...

'Fract' is a trippy game that tricks you into making music

The first time I played Fract, I thought the sound was broken. I was wandering around a strange, neon-lit landscape ? think the world of Myst with a Tron makeover ? filled with hard angles and...

Google finally combines text and chat conversations in Hangouts

Google is crossing off a major complaint about Hangouts this week: the messaging app will finally merge your SMS and Hangouts conversations. Users can pick between Hangouts and SMS when sending a...

15 Apps For Your iPhone That Are Better Than The Ones Apple Made

Your iPhone comes with a bunch of standard apps right out of the box. But since the App Store launched in 2008, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPhone....

Apple iPhone 5S ad uses the Pixies to promote a new tagline: 'you're more powerful than...

An Apple advertisement airing on major networks tonight uses an alternative-rock classic to promote a new tagline for the iPhone 5S. A crowdsourced version of the Pixies' "Gigantic" plays in the...

RIP Flash: Why HTML5 will finally take over video and the Web this year

Erika Trautman is the CEO of Rapt Media. Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced...

SATOSHI'S REVOLUTION: How The Creator Of Bitcoin May Have Stumbled Onto Something Much,...

We gave our Person of the Year award for 2013 to Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin. We know some of you laughed. If you did, you may want to read on. It's becoming increasingly...

Lab-grown vaginas have been successfully implanted in four women

(Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicne) Scientists announced today that four women received lab-grown vaginas between 2005 and 2008 and, according to their doctors, all of the patients are...

Microsoft Tells Us How It Created The Virtual Assistant That Could Blow Siri And Google...

Windows Phone is still a distant third to Apple and Android in the smartphone market, but Microsoft is hoping to change that with the introduction of Windows Phone 8.1? and more importantly its...

5 tips to optimize your new Twitter profile layout

This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. Twitter is currently rolling out a profile redesign to all users, a redesign that puts an even greater emphasis on the great Twitter content that...

The Most Powerful Person At Every Age

From Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal bundle of joy ? third in line of succession to the British throne ? to 98-year-old David Rockefeller, the oldest billionaire alive, it's evident that...

Nike reportedly abandons the FuelBand and lays off its hardware division

One of the first mainstream brands to make wearable fitness electronics is getting out of the game. Nike confirmed to CNET this afternoon that the company is laying off people in its hardware...

Glow-in-the-dark roads hit the streets in the Netherlands

One stretch of road in the Netherlands may make you feel like you're cruising through a video game. A new glow-in-the-dark pavement has replaced power-sucking streetlights for a 500m (.3mi) piece...

Explore the bridge of 'Star Trek: Voyager' through Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift has been used to transport people everywhere from Jerry Seinfeld's fictional apartment to another human's body, and over the weekend, one developer began taking gamers someplace...

New Apple Campus 2 Video Shows Eco-Friendly Aspects Of The Mother Ship

Apple has posted a new video of their oddly-shaped UFO headquarters, this time focusing on eco-friendliness and how Steve Jobs' original ideas about sustainability and environmental design went...

Dying grandmother uses Oculus Rift to walk outside again

Roberta Firstenberg had long loved walking outside and caring for her garden. However, a hard battle with cancer had weakened her so that going outside was no longer possible. In a bid to give her...

Study confirms monkeys can do math

Scientists have long suspected that monkeys are capable of mental arithmetics and a new study is helping them prove it. A research team led by neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone trained three...

Government approval of powdered alcohol labels was a mistake

"Palcohol," a company that made headlines recently for its plans to sell powdered alcohol in the US, has hit regulatory issues. After receiving label approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and...

10 Amazing Reinventions Of Everyday Products

There are certain things that don't need to be reinvented, like the wheel. But once in awhile, someone transforms an everyday object no one thought could be improved. Here are some of the best...

WhatsApp passes 500 million active users, says over 700 million photos and 100 million...

WhatsApp today announced it has passed the 500 million active user milestone. The company also revealed its users are now sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single...

LookFor Kickstarts A Colored Flashing Light For Your Smarphone Screen Seriously

If you want to find someone at a big event, it's difficult. "I'm by the big orange thing sort of next to the pretzel vendor kinda" is pretty standard fare for communicating your whereabouts. A new...

Easter egg: DSL router patch merely hides backdoor instead of closing it

Just what you wanted for Easter: a re-gifted backdoor from Christmas. http://www.synacktiv.com/ressources/TCP32764_backdoor_again.pdf First, DSL router owners got an unwelcome Christmas present....

HBO renews 'Silicon Valley' for second season

HBO just announced that Mike Judge's Silicon Valley has been renewed for a second season. The series ? which is right now only three episodes into its eight-episode run ? has garnered plenty of...

This is the first trailer for the new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

There's been a few leaked images over the past months that were quickly pulled down by Paramount, but the studio is now ready to give everyone a look at the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This...

Facebook will punish publishers who ask for Likes and Shares

In its continued efforts to clean up and optimize your News Feed, Facebook today announced plans to start penalizing pages that bait users into liking and sharing content. Facebook specifically...

Obama ordered to divulge legal basis for killing Americans with drones

US Predator drone. doctress neutopia/Flickr The Obama administration must disclose the legal basis for targeting Americans with drones, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in overturning a lower...

Edit image text with useful Chrome extension

Meme generation might never be the same again. Project Naptha is a browser extension that lets users select, copy, edit and translate text from any image so long as it is under 30 degrees of...

Sorry, folks: powdered alcohol isn't legal in the US just yet

We hope you weren't planning on inhaling indulging in powdered alcohol this fall -- it looks like the US government was a little too hasty in giving the dry drink the A-OK. The Alcohol and Tobacco...

Hands On With Facebook Nearby Friends [Video]: No More Checkins

Facebook Nearby Friends is based around broadcasting how far you are from friends, not your exact coordinates, and that's why it could succeed where other location apps have failed. But while we...

How A Chinese Company 3-D Printed 10 Houses In A Day

A Chinese company 3-D printed 10 houses in 24 hours in Shanghai's Qingpu district using recycled construction materials. The WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. (link in Chinese) designed the...

Google Play is now selling the Nest thermostat

Google spent a hefty $3.2 billion on Nest back in January, so it only makes sense that the company would want to sell Nest's signature thermostat through its own storefront. And it's doing just...

Google offered to help Samsung with Apple patent battle costs

Confirming what a lot of us thought already, Google is more than a little interested in Apple and Samsung's continuing court battle. New evidence revealed by Apple's lawyers outlines emails from...

Your internet is probably slower than advertised

When it comes to internet speeds, "you get what you pay for" is pretty far from the truth a majority of the time. The Wall Street Journal used Ookla's speed-testing data to survey some 800 US...

Russia's largest social network is under the control of Putin's allies, founder says

The embattled founder of VK, Russia's largest social networking site, said this week that the company is now "under the complete control" of two oligarchs with close ties to President Vladimir...

Twitter's new Facebook-like profile pages are now available to all users

Twitter launched a new and very Facebook-like look for profile pages earlier this month. Initially the design was rolled out to a limited number of users, but today Twitter has announced that it is...

Tesla opens 100th Supercharger... in a state where sales are banned

You can't buy a Tesla in New Jersey, but now you can Supercharge one up! Tesla's 100th Supercharger just came online in Hamilton, located just a few miles from the NJ state capital of Trenton. The...

OpenSSL code beyond repair, claims creator of LibreSSL fork

Peter Miller OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has created a fork of OpenSSL, the widely used open source cryptographic software library that contained the notorious Heartbleed security vulnerability....

WhatsApp now has 500 million active users

WhatsApp just announced that its messaging app is now used by 500 million people around the world. And those are all described as "regular, active" users, another sign of the company's soaring...

Wu-Tang Clan will only sell a single copy of their new album

As music sales have dwindled over the years, artists have increasingly turned to making special editions of their albums to entice hardcore fans to spending more hard-earned cash but there's never...

Apple video narrated by Tim Cook advertises green power, not products

Just ahead of Earth Day, Apple has released a new ad and overhauled a section on its website designed to highlight its environmental initiatives, including the shrinking of its carbon footprint and...

5 Subliminal Sex Messages Hidden In Ads For Wholesome Brands

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You can now turn in any Apple product at an Apple Store for free recycling

In line with Earth Day and as part of its latest environmental push, Apple has announced that it will take back any Apple product for free recycling. Apple has already been giving gift cards in...

Twitter rolls out redesigned user profiles to everyone

After several weeks of testing its redesigned profiles, Twitter has today rolled out the new look to all users. You can enable it for your own account right now. The comprehensive overhaul has made...

The Creator Of One Of The World's Biggest And Most Powerful Websites Is Not Rich

// Chris Poole created a site called 4chan.org back when he was 15 years old. 4chan is now a huge website. According to SimilarWeb, it is the 154th largest in the U.S. and the 360th largest in the...

Google now lets you access your computer through Android with Chrome Remote Desktop

Google's Chrome Remote Desktop service, first launched in 2011, is coming to mobile. Today, the company released an Android app that will let users access their desktop computers, whether through a...

A total lunar eclipse is happening tonight, and here's how you can watch

You may have a good excuse to stay up late tonight. A rare total lunar eclipse, where the Earth casts a shadow over the entire Moon, is due to start at 12:53AM Eastern. Our celestial neighbor...

The most Earth-like planet is only 500 light years away

NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-CalTech Less than two months ago, NASA s Kepler mission announced the confirmation of 700 new exoplanets, but its latest news of a single exosolar system may be a bit...

Steve Jobs' 13 Most Inspiring Quotes

www.flickr.com With a life as storied as he had, it's no wonder that Steve Jobs is remembered not only for running an incredibly successful company, but for being tremendously outspoken. He...

Apple's OS X beta testing is now open to the public

Apple has released public beta tests of individual Mac apps in recent years, but OS X itself has largely been off-limits unless you've registered as a developer. That changes now Apple has launched...

AdRoll Raises $70M Led By Foundation As Ad Tech And Retargeting Hit The Big Time

AdRoll, a pioneer of online advertising retargeting (the technology that pushes you ads for products that you have viewed online previously), is today announcing a major round of funding that it...

High as balls: live from the cannabis cup

Here?s a fact: humans love to get wasted. Long before there were laws, long before there was beer, there was marijuana ? a drug that had fallen out of legal favor in America completely by the...

The single biggest reason most entrepreneurs fail in 2014

Ali Mese is the CEO and founder of PIQERS. This post originally appeared on Mese s Medium blog. Exactly two years ago today, I woke up at 5 in the morning. Yes, I was suffering from our generation...

A Twitterer Hinted They Were Going To Commit A Terrorist Attack, And Now They Seem To...

This morning, a Twitter account allegedly belonging to a 14-year-old girl named Sarah tweeted the following message at American Airlines: Twitter American Airlines swiftly responded: Twitter Then...

You might also like this story about weaponized clickbait

Reading news online over the past year, I came to realize that more or less every story now includes a beautiful woman. Tucked into modules with names like "around the web" or "you might like,"...

AT&T hopes to fight Google Fiber with gigabit internet in more cities

AT&T isn't letting Google Fiber's expansion plans go unanswered. The telecom giant has announced that it's looking at bringing its GigaPower internet service to as many as 21 additional big cities...

Tim Cook Reveals His Vision For Apple In A Moving Video

Apple just released a new promotional video. On the surface, it's about how the company is going to take care of the environment. But, digging just a little deeper reveals that this is a mission...

How a toy designer dreamed up the geek-friendly AeroPress coffee maker

The AeroPress is a deceptively simple device -- it's basically a coffee syringe. The quick brewing coffee maker sits somewhere between an espresso machine and a French press. You pour hot water...

The most hated browser in the world is finally dead

After the release of Windows XP in 2001 and for a few years that followed, Internet Explorer 6 was the biggest, most important browser in the world. And for longer, it has been the buggy browser...

You can take your Sprint phone to other US carriers next year

If you're with Sprint, you don't have many options for unlocking your phone's SIM card slot; if you can do it at all, you're limited to service on foreign networks. You'll have far more flexibility...

Google is working on end-to-end encryption for Gmail

Google wants to make it easier for Gmail users to encrypt their emails, according to a report in VentureBeat. PGP has been an open-source encryption standard for nearly 20 years, but the protocol...

Inside Microsoft's '90s chat war with AOL

Microsoft might have killed off its Messenger service in favor of Skype recently, but back in 1999 it was the centerpiece of a heated war between the software giant and AOL. At the time, Microsoft...

The Best-Paying Companies In America

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images At $127,000, Google employees have the highest median pay in America. Money can't buy happiness, but it can certainly try. Business Insider recently teamed up with...

Sleep startup Casper launches a re-engineered mattress that fits in the trunk of your car

Plenty of startups are interested in tracking your sleep, but Casper is working from the bottom up with the launch of a re-engineered mattress and an innovative distribution model for it. Mattress...

Halo, Destiny music composer Martin O'Donnell fired by Bungie

After composing some of the most memorable songs in gaming for Bungie games including most of the Halo series, Myth and Oni, Martin O'Donnell tweeted tonight that he has been terminated "without...

'A Mechanical Mind' is a beautiful thing

Justin Gershenson-Gates composes steampunk insects out of the glass, gears and other discarded bits of machinery rescued from "dead old watches." On top of invertebrates, he also makes intricate...

Created For Imogen Heap, Mi.Mu Turns Hand Gestures Into Music

First made for British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap, the Mi.Mu glove turns the arms and hands of performers into musical instruments. Eventually, Heap and Mi.Mu's developers hope the glove and it...

IBM's Watson Supercomputer May Soon Be The Best Doctor In The World

Most people know Watson as IBM's answer to Jeopardy star Ken Jennings. But IBM's aspirations for its artificially intelligent supercomputer are now less quiz show champion and more medical genius....

Honda's New Anti-Texting And Driving PSA Will Absolutely Break Your Heart

A new public service announcement from Honda perfectly captures the way text messaging has become integral to our most intimate relationships. The ad shows a close-up of a cell phone text messaging...

Joe Biden Just Joined Instagram, And His First Photo Is Perfect

Vice President Joe Biden joined Instagram on Wednesday, ahead of his trip to Pennsylvania with President Barack Obama to announce a new job-training program. His first post on the photo-sharing app...

Sunset on the domes: how Silicon Valley is losing its futuristic past

Silicon Valley wasn?t always the place where technology was born and bred. It used to be one of the world?s largest orchards, where an estimated one-third of the entire country?s fruit was...

This onesie turns you into a walking WiFi hotspot

Forget carrying a separate hotspot router to have a local network wherever you go -- what if you were the hotspot? Fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk has come very, very close to making that vision...

GoPro's Billionaire CEO Shares This Awesome Advice For Success: 'You Are Your Own Worst...

Nicholas Woodman, billionaire founder and CEO of GoPro, says his biggest fear in life isn't a fear at all. It's a hard-knocks lesson he learned: "In your personal life and in business, you are your...

Airbnb Removed Thousands Of 'Illegal' Listings After Challenge From New York's Top Lawyer

The room-sharing startup Airbnb said it removed thousands of New York City-based listings from its site, after New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed an affidavit Monday in support...

NASA found an Earth-sized planet that could support life

NASA's Kepler telescope has discovered a veritable bounty of alien planets, but none of them have been quite like Earth -- until now. Today, the agency announced that Kepler-186f is the first...

Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG

TechCrunch has learned that Airbnb, the fast-growing site that lets people become hoteliers by renting out sofas, rooms or entire private homes, has now closed its latest round of funding: $500...

Norway's latest reality show is about birds in a coffee shop

What do you get when you build a bird house modeled after a coffee shop and stick a camera in front of it? The answer is NRK's Piip Show, a "reality show" that's unlike anything you've ever seen....

US public's acceptance of scientific knowledge erratic

How old is the Earth? Depends who you ask. NASA/NOAA GOES Project The Associated Press has commissioned a poll that delves into the US public's acceptance of some extremely well-established...