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19th May 2017

Life in the Precambrian may have been much livelier than previously thought

The strange creatures that lived in the Garden of the Ediacaran more than 540 million years ago, before animals came on the scene, may have been much more dynamic than experts have thought. – Source

Study shows differences in brain activity between men, women who are obese

A new study of obese people suggests that changes in their brains’ reward regions make them more prone to overeating, and that women and men exhibit different brain activity related to overeating. – Source

The Rock is seriously thinking about that 2020 run for president

Maybe the world will go easier on Jimmy Fallon after he got Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to admit that, yeah, he’s mulling a run for president in 2020.

Talking with Fallon on The Tonight Show about GQ’s recent article “Could The Rock Really Win a Presidential Election?” in which Johnson admitted he’s considering the candidacy, Johnson said, “The surge and the groundswell since then has really been amazing.”

SEE ALSO: Here’s how The Rock landed a role in the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise

He followed up by …

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8 Reasons You Should Care a Lot About the 2020 Census 

Do you care about the 2020 census? You should. We all probably should care more about the 2020 census, because John Thompson, the director of the Census Bureau and the man in charge of running the 2020 census, stepped down last week. It’s hard to overstate what huge news this is, and yet the story isn’t getting a ton…

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VW aims for youth appeal with fleet of SoWo show cars – Roadshow

Nothing gets a bunch of young VW enthusiasts going like coilovers, wheels and body kits. – Source

Equity podcast: Instagram copies Snap again and Greycroft’s Ellie Wheeler on self-driving cars

Hello and welcome back to another episode of Equity, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast focusing on all things venture and capital. This week we pulled off our very first live episode, taping the session during the last day of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017. For our inaugural public show, Ellie Wheeler of Greycroft joined our merry band of nerds: Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley, and Alex Wilhelm. In… Read More

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A new ‘Life is Strange’ game is in the works

The episodic, time-bending teenage drama of Life is Strange is coming back for a second season. Developer Dontnod Entertainment confirmed the news in a brief YouTube video, but said little about the premise or when it will be released. “We’ve been wo… – Source

Jake Gyllenhaal throws serious shade at Trump’s treatment of the environment

Jake Gyllenhaal is clearly not happy with his country’s political situation.

The Hollywood actor didn’t directly mention Trump during the Cannes press conference for his latest film Okja on Friday, but really he didn’t need to. His feelings were clear.

SEE ALSO: Watch Netflix’s first look at Bong Joon-ho’s new monster movie ‘Okja’

Okja is a film about a little girl’s friendship with a large creature — a “super pig” — which has been specially bred by an American corporation. Directed by Bong Joon Ho, the film’s message about society’s mistreatment of the environment is unambiguous.

When asked about the film’s treatment of environmental issues, Gyllenhaal said that the timing of the film is very important. …

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Get Ready for $1,000 IUDs and $1,600 Colonoscopies Under Trumpcare

We’ve been living high on the hog these last few years: getting mammograms and colonoscopies whenever we need them, vaccinating ourselves against cancer-causing viruses for free, preventing unwanted babies from showing up in our wombs without having to spend our rent money to do so. But those days might be over soon,…

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Grab the world’s smallest camera drone for only $25!

Drones keep getting faster and smaller, but that usually means they’re stripped of extra features, like cameras. The small size usually also means you’re paying more for the drone. What if you could have a small drone with a camera attached for under $30?

Get the world’s smaller camera drone and a 2GB microSD card for just $25! Learn more

What if that drone was actually the world’s smallest drone to have a camera mounted on it? Right now, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on this little marvel. Instead of paying $50, you’ll instead get it at 50% off. That’s a final price of $25. Not only do you get the drone, you also get the controller, a 2GB microSD card, extra blades, and cables and adapters to charge the battery and transfer photos and videos.

This quadcopter’s four blades allow it to zip around in any direction, and the LEDs allow for night flights — no getting lost in the grass. The camera mounted on the drone can take video and still photos, and it takes less than 30 minutes to fully charge the battery.

Take your photography to new heights with this tiny $25 camera drone! Learn more

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a drone, why not grab one with a mounted camera and included storage? This drone is small enough that you won’t have to register it with the FAA. Ready to start flying? Grab this deal today; it won’t last forever.

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Arkanoid vs Space Invaders is a mashup of two all-time classic video games, out on Android and iOS

Hey, love classic video games? Of course you do, who doesn’t! It’s hard to talk about classic games without mentioning either Arkanoid or Space Invaders, which are both mashed up in Square Enix’s brand new and potentially awesome game, now live both on iOS and Android!
Non-ambiguously dubbed Arkanoid vs Space Invaders, it’s a combining gameplay elements from both classic titles, which essentially means that you will be shooting down hordes of enemies and destroying blocks at the same time.

With over 150 levels and 40 unlockable characters on deck, … – Source

You can now cast 4K YouTube videos at 60fps to NVIDIA Shield TV

The Android TV streaming box from NVIDIA, which has previously impressed us with its gaming capabilities, is getting major audio and visual improvements.

See also:

NVIDIA Shield TV (2017) review – come for TV, stay for the gaming!
February 8, 2017

NVIDIA Shield TV may not be the most affordable set-top box out there, but it certainly is one of the most capable. After all, the previous generation Shield TV won our Editors’ Choice Award back in 2015, and we were equally impressed by the current generation’s gaming prowess. While the market has become more saturated since then, NVIDIA’s offering remains the ideal Android TV device if you’re into power-consuming games as well as regular visual content.

Well, after the recent update that brought 4K Google Play Movies casting capabilities to the NVIDIA Shield TV, the company is adding a few more improvements:

The device now supports 5.1 Surround Sound when casting from Netflix, Google Play Movies, VUDU, and Plex
The device now supports 4K 60fps playback for YouTube videos

As usual, NVIDIA has provided us with a nice chart, comparing its set-top box with two other very popular set-top boxes: Amazon’s Fire TV and the Roku Ultra.

As you can see, with the NVIDIA Shield TV, not only do you get more apps from which you can cast content to your TV, but you also get support for Surround Sound for major apps like Netflix and Google Play Movies. Of course, these premium features come at a cost – the NVIDIA Shield TV will set you back around $200.

Of course, these premium features come at a cost – the NVIDIA Shield TV will set you back around $200.

So if you regularly consume content from websites like Plex, Vimeo, and HBO, and you happen to be into graphically intensive games, this is the right device for you; if not, I’d suggest something a bit more affordable like the Chromecast Ultra.

Do you own a NVIDIA Shield TV? Have you seen visible changes after the recent updates? Let us know in the comments below!

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Twitter is down for some users

Twitter seems to be having some technical difficulties this morning, with the network going down for some folks.
Down Detector’s live outage map shows Twitter suffering outages in Japan, the UK, and now parts of the East Coast in the United States.

Around 2am ET, Twitter’s Support account tweeted that some users may have had issues sending tweets, but that the issue had been… Read More

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Ford updates its 2016 vehicles to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Ford is bringing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay software support to its 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 and adding that support will be as simple as downloading a piece of software from owner.ford.com and installing it with a USB drive (you can also get the update over the air if your vehicle supports Wi-Fi, or take the car to a dealership). The massive update will be available for some 800,000 vehicles.

Needless to say, having access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay makes the infotainment system on Ford cars much more modern, streamlined … – Source

Restaurant app Zomato hack leaves 17 million users exposed

If you use Zomato to look up restaurants, you may want to check your account: someone has infiltrated its system and got away with 17 million users’ IDs, usernames, names, email addresses and hashed passwords. The service says no payment information… – Source

Apple Watch is learning to track your blood sugar, report says – CNET

Apple CEO Tim Cook is testing out a glucose monitor for the Apple Watch, according to a report. – Source

Plot twist: Cheesy soap opera script is deceptive drug ad, doctors warn

Enlarge / General Hospital’s Anna Devane gets diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. (credit: Itslorigh, General Hospital)

This year on General Hospital, central character Anna Devane is stricken with a rare and life-threatening type of blood cancer. Gasp! OK, this may not be shocking; dramatic, unlikely, and always tragic events are the norm on soap operas. But this one is a little different.

Prior to the tear-jerking diagnosis, the ABC daytime drama—the longest running soap opera in the US—made a deal with a pharmaceutical company to come up with her fate. And the company, Incyte Corporation, just so happens to make the only targeted therapy for fictional Anna’s very real form of cancer. This did not sit well with two doctors.

In an opinion piece published this week in JAMA, Sham Mailankody of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Vinay Prasad of Oregon Health & Science University systematically question the intent of the promotion. The piece ends with a call to arms to medical policy makers and regulators to try to stamp out these “creative” promotions.

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Samsung’s Two Piece case is actually kind of perfect

I’m not sure I’d call this a case, but I love it and want one for every phone.

A common thread alongside the unveil of the Galaxy S8 was a critical side-eye at the Two Piece case that would be sold for both sizes of the phone. Samsung didn’t spend a lot of time explaining how this case worked, only that it had a top and a bottom that didn’t connect and several color options that didn’t match would be made available after the phone was released.

While everyone else was laughing, I bought one to see how it actually worked. To be perfectly honest, what Samsung did here is brilliant and I’m eager to see other companies follow suit.

I don’t think this really qualifies as a case, but it’s a nice-looking bumper.

If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you know I don’t use cases. I can’t ever stand them for long, something about $40 of plastic and silicone making the phone bulkier and generally not feeling as nice as the actual phone bothers me. It’s not that I don’t care about the phone, but I place value in the whole experience being enjoyable. Yes, I occasionally regret this choice a little when the phone looks beat to hell a year later. It’s an conscious choice on my part, but if I could find a way to keep the phone slightly more safe through day to day use without compromising the design I will always consider it. Which is how I got here in the first place.

This “case” is really two pieces of silicone with a pad of that adhesive stuff you usually see called magic anti-slip material underneath. Each piece adheres to the top and bottom, and once in place neither piece moves unless you really try hard to remove them. I don’t think this really qualifies as a case, but it’s a nice-looking bumper for each of the four corners. At a minimum, it’s enough material that I know I can set the phone down on its back without it sliding around anywhere or scratching the back and lens area.

Technicalities aside, this case offered me some immediate benefits. The grooves in the top half make it much easier to find the fingerprint sensor with my finger. I almost never put my finger on the camera anymore, which actually makes me want to use fingerprint unlock now. The bottom half provides just enough grip that I am comfortable using the phone with one hand in landscape, which means I can more quickly pull the phone from my pocket and take a photo. The edges of this phone made this particular maneuver pretty awkward for me up to this point, but now I’m able to really use the S8 the way I’ve wanted to – Source

2017 Mazda3 hatchback brings small improvements to an older design video – Roadshow

With just the right amount of style and ample features, the Mazda3 is still a contender in a segment filled with new competitiors. – Source

2017 Mazda Mazda3 review – Roadshow

Updates for 2017 bring small styling tweaks, a quieter cabin and some additional tech goodies. – Source

How millennials are changing project management

Millennials are laying new groundwork for how business will be conducted going forward, and project management is no exception. – Source

Ford’s 2016 vehicles with SYNC 3 can now be updated to use Android Auto

This post was originally published on our sister site Charged.io.

Google’s automotive OS platform is about to get a huge expansion. Starting today, anyone who owns one of Ford’s 2016 vehicles with the SYNC 3 infotainment system can get a software update that will enable support for both Android Auto as well as its main rival, Apple’s Carplay.

See also:

Android Auto: everything you need to know
December 11, 2016

Ford first announced in early 2016 that it would support Android Auto for its 2017 model cars equipped with SYNC 3, and that its 2016 cars with the same system would support it via a software update planned for later that year. Obviously, it took a little longer than planned for Ford to get its 2016 car fleet ready for the update, but it is now finally here.

If you own one of these cars, and if you own an device that has Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher, you can get grab this update today. One way is to simply go to your local Ford dealership and have one of its service employees install the update for you. However, you can handle the update yourself in one of two different ways.

If your 2016 Ford car has Wi-Fi hardware, you can connect the vehicle to your home Wi-Fi network and download the SYNC 3 update for Android Auto to your car. I

If your 2016 Ford car has Wi-Fi hardware, you can connect the vehicle to your home Wi-Fi network and download the SYNC 3 update for Android Auto to your car. If it does not have Wi-Fi hardware, you can go to Ford’s website on your PC and download the update to a USB Flash drive, and then plug in that drive in your car to install the software.

While this move will certainly provide a huge boost for the use of Android Auto in cars, Google seems to already be slowly moving away from the platform in favor of having a full version of Android running inside cars. At this week’s Google I/O developer conference, the company revealed that Audi and Volvo are working to install Android in their future cars, which will work without the need to connect to a smartphone.

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Herpetologists describe an elf frog from the elfin forests in southern Vietnam

Going under the common name of Elfin mountain toad, a new amphibian is recognized as one of the smallest representative of its group. The new species was identified from the highland wet forests of Langbian Plateau, Southern Vietnam. The discoverers gave it this name that derives from German and Celtic folklore because of the resemblance they found between the tiny delicate amphibians and elves – small magic creatures. Furthermore, their habitat is known as elfin forests. – Source

Epigenetic program leading to vessel differentiation

Clarification of how human blood vessels are constructed is desperately needed to advance regenerative medicine. Researchers investigated the changes in gene functions that occur when stem cells become vascular cells. They found that the histone code, which alters the transcriptional state of the gene, changes over time as stem cells differentiate into blood vessels in response to a stimulus. – Source

Using seaweed to kill invasive ants

Scientists have developed an inexpensive, biodegradable, seaweed-based ant bait that can help homeowners and farmers control invasive Argentine ant populations. – Source

Get a JBL Clip 2 waterproof Bluetooth speaker for $34.99 – CNET

Priced at $50 everywhere else, this top-rated, travel-friendly speaker features a built-in carabiner and 8-hour battery. Plus: three sweet bonus deals! – Source

LastPass will store two-factor codes alongside your passwords

Keeping track of a list of secure passwords across your myriad accounts and services is a nightmare, but it’s necessary for the future we live in. LastPass, the password management app, wants to make it a little more convenient on mobile. With the la… – Source

Katy Perry’s new song about karma could be directed at anyone who happens to be named Taylor Swift

Katy Perry sort of denied there’s no response to “Bad Blood” on Witness in a rambling answer on the subject to Entertainment Weekly. She did, however, leave us with the following warning: “But, let me say this: Everything has a reaction or a consequence so don’t forget about that, okay, honey.”

She premiered “Swish Swish” last night, and it really seems to be a response to her feud with Taylor Swift.

SEE ALSO: Katy Perry’s new songs have been pretty terrible, and that’s a problem

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Muggle science teacher blames J.K. Rowling for this magic-inspired mistake

Is there such a thing as too much Harry Potter?

SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling has some heartfelt, uplifting advice for budding writers

Science teacher Neil Baker asserted that there is when he tweeted this picture to J.K. Rowling.

I blame you for this @jk_rowling #mugglescience pic.twitter.com/blDETIhhcf

— Neil Baker (@NeilBaker1980) May 19, 2017

In the image of a science exam, a student answered a biology prompt with a Harry Potter inspired misspelling. The student wrote the word “disaperates,” which (when spelled correctly) is the magical ability to transport oneself anywhere in a matter of seconds. …

More about Watercooler, Uk, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, and Watercooler – Source

Microsoft’s renewed embrace of developers, developers, developers, developers

Microsoft’s love for developers is well-known and has been enthusiastically expressed over the years. Windows’ strength as a development platform—the abundance of custom, line-of-business applications, games, Office integrations—has given the company an entrenched position in the corporate world, ubiquity in Western homes, and extensive reach into the server room.

In the past, Microsoft’s focus on developers had a certain myopic quality. One manifestation of this that was close to my heart was the development of the company’s C and C++ compiler—or perhaps I should say, non-development. Microsoft’s compiler did not support the C99 standard (and still does not today, though it’s better than it used to be), and for a dark period through the 2000s, it made only half-hearted attempts to support the full C++98 and C++03 standards. The failure to support these standards meant that many open source software libraries were becoming difficult or impossible to compile with Microsoft’s own compiler, making Windows at best a second-class citizen.

I asked Microsoft about this many times, wondering why the company didn’t appear to care that it was making Windows irrelevant to these groups. The response was always unsatisfactory: the existing body of Windows developers wasn’t demanding these features, and hence they were unimportant. Never mind that there was a wider community of developers out there that Microsoft was making unwelcome on its platform.

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