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Heart pounding first-person video takes you skydiving with Navy SEALs

15 hours 2 min ago
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a member of the Navy SEALs Leap Frogs jump team as they leap from an airplane high above Knoxville, Tennessee and skydive down into a football stadium below? Weird, that's very specific of you to have wondered. No matter, because one of the SEALs strapped a GoPro camera to his head, and the result is a heart pounding first-person view of the entire stunt from start to finish. DON'T MISS:  This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours Members of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team pulled off the awesome stunt earlier this month to help celebrate the annual orange vs. white Spring Scrimmage at the University of Tennessee. UT Volunteers football players go head to head each year ahead of the season, and it just so happened to be Knoxville Navy Week, so naturally the Leap Frogs had to crash the party. OK, so they didn't actually crash anything. This was a carefully planned and expertly executed stunt, and you definitely shouldn't try this at home. Of course, now you won't have to since the video embedded below will show you exactly what it was like to be there. And in case you were wondering, white beat orange 70-63 this year.

A man just smashed a world record with a jet-powered hoverboard

18 hours 41 min ago

Franky Zapata, the French jet ski champion who invented the Flyboard Air, has set a new Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight. Zapata achieved the feat Saturday morning off the coast of Sausset-les-Pins in the south of France, riding his Flyboard Air hoverboard for a distance of more than 2,252 meters (7,388) feet). Zapata, 37, gained wide attention online earlier this month after videos of himself riding the Flyboard Air went viral.

Africa's giant eye in the sky proving worth its SALT

20 hours 37 min ago

By Wendell Roelf SUTHERLAND, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa’s SALT telescope has helped detect the first white dwarf pulsar, the latest co-discovery that has astronomers eager to use the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere to unlock the galaxy's secrets. Quick reaction times, as well as being significantly cheaper than similar European or American facilities in producing the science are key competitive advantages, said a senior astronomer at the SALT consortium during a media visit. “SALT is now living up to expectations, producing high-quality science data that probe the far reaches of the universe,” said Ted Williams, a director at the South African Astronomical Observatory managing the site.

Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor

21 hours 53 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn't immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping .


Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:43

See what it’s like to live in solitary confinement with this terrifying VR experience

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:17
Virtual reality is responsible for some of the most fascinating experiences in recent memory, from a tour of Chernobyl to some of the most immersive games in the history of the medium . These are all worthwhile applications of the technology, but it's hard to imagine any of them could be as effective as The Guardian's  virtual experience of solitary confinement , which you can try for free right now. SEE ALSO:  Google just patented a crazy device it wants to inject into your eyeball "6x9 is the Guardian's first virtual reality experience," the site explains "which places you inside a US solitary confinement prison cell and tells the story of the psychological damage that can ensue from isolation." In order to experience the project as it was meant to be seen, you'll need to download the Guardian VR app [ iOS , Android ], plug in your headphones and either hold your phone in front of you or slot it into a Google Cardboard. If that sounds like too much work, you can also watch a 360-degree video from YouTube embedded below — just make sure you have a browser with Flash: Most people excited about VR know that games aren't the only thing that developers, filmmakers and other creative types are bringing to the medium, but it's nice to see a major publication jumping in headfirst.

Ask Alexa what's playing on SyFy

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:46

Facebook hit with lawsuit over plan to issue new stock

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:29

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Facebook Inc shareholder filed a proposed class action lawsuit on Friday in a bid to stop the company's plan to issue new Class C stock, calling the move an unfair deal to entrench Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg as controlling shareholder. The lawsuit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, followed the social networking company's announcement on Wednesday of its plan to issue the shares. The rejiggering of Facebook's share structure is effectively a 3-for-1 stock split.

Cellphone in missing Florida teens case to be reviewed by Apple

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:24

If Apple retrieves anything from the water-damaged phone that relates to the day the boys disappeared - including photos, texts and social media posts - the data will be given to a judge, who will decide if it is evidence and whether it may be shared with the families, according to a report by WPLG television in Miami. The agreement puts to rest, for now, a row between the families of Austin Stephanos, 14, who owned the iPhone 6, and his friend Perry Cohen, also 14, who borrowed it to communicate with his family the day they disappeared in July 2015 off the Atlantic Coast of South Florida, according to the report. Cohen's family wanted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to treat the phone as evidence in an open missing persons case, but the agency instead on returning it to Stephanos' family, the station reported.

These aren’t Steve Jobs’s last words, but they still managed to inspire a billionaire

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:14
Remember back when email chains were a thing? Instead of sharing anything and everything you find online using Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, people would pass along anecdotes via email. Several of these chain emails would reach your inbox each day, and you'd forward the best and most inspirational among them to everyone on your contact list. And the best part about them, of course, was that the stories they recounted were almost always completely and utterly fake. We were reminded recently of these silly chain emails by an inaccurate story currently making the rounds online claiming to recount the inspiring last words of late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs . Interestingly, the passage was still moving enough to inspire a billionaire even though it doesn't recount Jobs's final words at all. DON'T MISS:  Completely change the look of your iPhone with round folder icons, no jailbreak needed In late 2011 after Jobs's passing, his sister Mona Simpson published the eulogy she had given at his memorial service  in The New York Times . Her moving account of Jobs's last words read as follows: But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve’s capacity for wonderment, the artist’s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later. Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times. Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. Steve’s final words were: OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW. Billionaire Virgin boss Richard Branson is well aware that those were Jobs's final words, but he still managed to find inspiration in the "last words of Steve Jobs" meme currently being passed around online. In fact, he found the passage so inspirational that he decided to share it on his blog despite the fact that it's fake. Here it is in its entirety, as reprinted by Branson : The last words of Steve Jobs I have come to the pinnacle of success in business. In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success. However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed. At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death. In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me. Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth. It should be something more important: For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood. No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.


Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:51

U.S. spy court rejected zero surveillance orders in 2015: memo

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:32
By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The secretive U.S. Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court did not deny a single government request in 2015 for electronic surveillance orders granted for foreign intelligence purposes, continuing a longstanding trend, a Justice Department document showed. The court received 1,457 requests last year on behalf of the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for authority to intercept communications, including email and phone calls, according to a Justice Department memo sent to leaders of relevant congressional committees on Friday and seen by Reuters. The court did not reject any of the applications in whole or in part, the memo showed.

We really wish Apple would start paying more attention to the Mac

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:13
Apple last quarter experienced its first year-over-year drop in revenue since 2003. Not only that, but Apple saw a sales decline across all major product lines: iPhone sales were down 18%, iPad sales were down 19% and Mac sales were down 9%. With most analysts preoccupied with iPhone and iPad sales, it appears that the Mac continues to be overlooked. Which is strange given that the Mac these days is actually more profitable than the iPad. During Apple's most recent quarter, for example, the iPad generated $4.4 billion in revenue compared to the Mac which brought in $5.1 billion in revenue. DON'T MISS:  This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours During a recent interview relayed by Macworld , Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gotthell opined that Apple is making a big mistake by continuing to ignore its Mac lineup. Sure, we see updates here and there, but it's clear that Apple has been giving much more of a push to the iPad, a device which I strongly believe has never been a true PC replacement , despite Tim Cook's seemingly blind assertions to the contrary. There’s no indication that people are giving up their Macs to go to Windows, or that new entrants are choosing Windows or Chromebooks rather than Macs,” said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, in a Wednesday interview. But the slide in Mac sales does show something, Gottheil argued. “The keeping-your-older-PC-longer problem caught up with Apple, too,” he said, referring to, as analysts see it, the heart of the slump in personal computer shipments: Consumers are simply not upgrading to new systems at the rate they once did, either holding onto their machines for years longer or simply not bothering at all. One factor to consider, Gottheil pointed out, was that machines with solid-state drives tend to last longer than older computers that shipped with more traditional hard drives. As a result, new Macs really need to up the ante from a feature prospective in order to compel users to upgrade. And there, Apple has failed by largely ignoring the Mac—Gottheil cited the line’s lack of innovation on both hardware and the OS X operating system—and confusing customers with overlap between models, particularly the MacBook and the MacBook Air. He criticized Apple’s refusal to add a touch-based screen to the Mac line, and the omission of the Siri digital assistant in OS X. Even just a few years ago, I remember when new versions of OS X would jam pack all sorts of interesting and compelling new features. And sure, iOS is where all the money is at these days, but keep in mind that the Mac is not only more profitable than the iPad these days, it also is a much higher-product line. So while Apple has rolled out some nice improvements with the MacBook, it'd be nice to see Apple roll out some improvements to the entirety of the Mac line far more consistently. The iMac especially seems to be completely off of Apple's radar in recent years. As it stands today, it feels far too often that the Mac is nothing more than an afterthought.

Someone got Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:28

If you're willing to wait an hour for it to boot up, you can enjoy the ludicrous pleasures of running Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. Developer Nick Lee posted a video to YouTube this evening showing what it looks like once the operating system is up and running. As Lee points out in a blog post, the Apple Watch's specs are well above those of a typical Windows 95 computer, so it makes sense that it should be capable of running the Microsoft's old OS.