• Let’s Fix It: Let's End Human Driving

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    I’ve long been fascinated by the idea of technology replacing human drivers. Meet the New Leader of the Fourth-Largest Country in the World Let’s be honest: people aren’t always great drivers. They get distracted, tired and make mistakes. Technology can simply do a better job. This is a subject I’ve thought about deeply for the past 20 years. I believe it will have as much impact on the world as the switch from horse transport to automobiles.

  • Private sector meteorology sees boost from energy companies

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    When it comes to guessing the weather, energy companies are throwing less caution to the wind. Analysts and experts say energy companies are increasingly seeking out private firms to provide weather prediction models to inform their decision-making, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The nation’s energy companies are among the major companies for the private sector meteorology industry, which could grow to $1.8 billion by 2020, according to a recent report from Dallas market research firm Markets and Markets. “Weather has become now the primary driver for commodity prices in energy,” said Paul Corby, senior vice president of energy for Planalytics, a Berwyn, Pa.-based firm in its third decade of providing “business weather intelligence” tailored to clients’ market needs and the commodities they sell. “It has an impact on

  • Oil CEO Dies in a Moscow Plane Crash

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The CEO of one the world's largest oil companies died in Moscow on Monday when his plane "collided with a snow-clearing machine," according to a spokesperson for Vnukovo Airport, NBC News reports. Christophe de Margerie, whose extravagant facial hair earned him the nickname "Big Mustache," according to Bloomberg News, spent seven years in charge of Total S.A., one of the world's six so-called super-major oil companies. He was 63. "I can confirm that the passenger was Total's head de Margerie,'' Elena Krylova, the airport spokesperson, told Reuters.

  • Microsoft Will Reportedly Launch A Smartwatch Within Weeks

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks that will passively track a user's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday. The wearable gadget's battery life will exceed two days of regular use, Forbes reported, citing unnamed sources close to the project. It will arrive in stores soon after being unveiled in an effort to capture the holiday season, Forbes reported. Microsoft declined to comment.

  • Silicon Valley Gets A Warm Washington Welcome To Politics

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- Silicon Valley executives who gave big money to a super PAC have received angry calls from a top aide to one of its targets, as well as calls from the targeted congressman himself, sources familiar with the situation told The Huffington Post. The mission of the Mayday PAC, a crowdfunded super PAC created by Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, is to make it politically toxic to oppose campaign finance reform, thus reducing the influence of money in politics. To raise the political cost of inaction on the issue, Mayday has targeted a handful of members of Congress, hoping either to knock them off or to give them the scare of a political lifetime.

  • How gamer 'The Rad Brad' makes a living playing video games

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Did you know that people really like watching people play video games online? This week, Amazon bought the video game streaming service, Twitch, for $970 million. The site allows users to watch and interact with people playing video games in real time.   This phenomenon of watching gamers online has been rising in popularity in recent years, on Twitch, but especially on YouTube.

  • Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    London (AFP) - People found guilty of Internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile cases of abusive and threatening behaviour on Twitter. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "This is a law to combat cruelty -- and marks our determination to take a stand against a baying cyber-mob."

  • What Your Favourite Fast Food Burger Looks Like After 30 Days

    Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Obviously, you would never eat a burger that has been sitting around for 30 days, but don't you wonder what it would look like? Huffington Post reports that the makers of Buzzfeed Video performed their very own unscientific decay test: What do six popular fast food burgers look like after being left in a jar for a almost a month?

  • 9 Reasons We Should Abolish Tipping, Once And For All

    Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Tipping is a strange, self-defeating phenomenon. The practice as we know it today has come to negate the very reason it exists: What started out as a reward for exceptional service has now become compulsory. "Tipping starts with people wanting to be generous, or to show off, but then it becomes something where people just do it because it's expected of them," says Michael Lynn, a professor of consumer behavior and marketing at Cornell University who has written more than 50 research papers on tipping. When we tip, we are essentially buying the right to avoid disapproval and guilt -- a uniquely first-world problem.

  • The Big Password Mistake That Hackers Are Hoping You'll Make

    Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    You're smart. You don't use passwords like the perennial 123456 and qwerty. Or even slightly better ones, like Cassie86 or Cubs1908. Because you put some thought into them, your passwords are better than those, right? Maybe. But unless you avoid a little-known mistake recently uncovered by password researchers, there's a good chance your passwords will still be far easier for hackers to crack than you think.

  • Here's The Job That's Most Unique To Each State

    Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Every state has a most "unique job," one that's more common in that state than anywhere else in the country. In Hawaii, that job's a tour guide. In New York, it's a fashion designer. In order to come up with a list of the most unique jobs by state, Mental Floss teamed up with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., a CareerBuilder company, and analyzed a metric called location quotient, which "compares the percentage share of a state’s workforce in a given occupation to the percentage share of the nationwide workforce in that occupation," according to Mental Floss. In other words, the location quotient measures what jobs are most specific to a given state.

  • European Markets Tumble

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    LONDON/PARIS, Oct 16 (Reuters) - European shares extended steep losses on Thursday on mounting concerns over weakness in the global economy and fears of deflation in the euro zone, sending a benchmark index to a 13-month low at one point. Cyclical shares, which are more sensitive to economic conditions, were the worst hit. The euro zone's banking index fell 2.7 percent, insurers dropped 2 percent and the construction index was down 1 percent.

  • Unemployment Benefits Applications Fall To 14-Year Low

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest sign of a strengthening labor market that could help blunt worries about the impact of weak global growth. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000, the lowest level since April 2000. Given that the U.S. population has grown considerably since then, the proportion of the U.S. workforce applying for benefits is even smaller. Applications are a proxy for layoffs.

  • Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be the “the safest place on the internet”, is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed. The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users – including those who have expressly opted out of geolocation services – will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives. Whisper is also sharing information with the US Department of Defense gleaned from smartphones it knows are used from military bases, and developing a version of its app to conform with Chinese censorship laws.

  • Pizza Hut says sorry for calling woman 'pink fat lady' on receipt

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Pizza Hut Singapore said sorry to a woman whose receipt included a hand-written note describing her as the "pink fat lady," according to USA TODAY. The woman, Aili Si of Singapore, posted the receipt she received on her Facebook on Oct. 12, saying she felt humiliated after ordering two pizzas. "I don't think it is nice for your staff to describe me as such on my receipt. I purchased 2 pizzas this evening at Bukit Merah Pizza Hut Outlet," she said.

  • Bites of Apple: What to Expect From iPad Event Today

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Just five weeks after unveiling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus , Apple will hold another event Thursday, says NBC News, this time, expect iPads and iMacs to take center stage. As usual, Apple's invitation for the October 16 event -- which will start at 10 a.m. PT in San Francisco -- was short on information. It read simply: "It's been way too long." But scant official details never stop the rumor mill from churning. Here's a bite of a few of the most credible reports.

  • Edmond Sun: Partriarch beerhouse site plan approved

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    The Central Edmond Urban Development Board agreed to the commercial site plan this week for The Patriarch Craft Beer House and Lawn, the Edmond Sun reports, and the vote was 7-0. This 2,117-square-foot home built by William Hunt is located across from the Post Office. Hunt was a founder of Citizens Bank ...

  • Aerospace company announces contract that will eventually bring 300 jobs to state

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    NORDAM announced Wednesday that a contract signed in 2010 will eventually bring approximately 300 new jobs to Tulsa. The aerospace company has designed, engineered, developed and manufactured an integrated powerplant system for two Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, PW814GA and PW815GA. The integrated powerplant system and engines will be used on the Gulfstream G500 and G600 aircraft, the new family of business jets that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Tuesday in Savannah, Ga. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • How Leaving The Lights On Can Actually Save You Money

    Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Theories abound on how to save money on your energy bills, but nothing is more brilliant -- literally -- than the tip we picked up when design expert Carter Oosterhouse dropped by the "Rachel Ray Show" to offer some sage home improvement advice. It turns out, many of us have been using CFL bulbs all wrong. And, getting it right could save as much as $150 for every 20 bulbs.

  • Bono Apologizes For The New U2 Album

    Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    At Apple's September event, where the iPhone 6 and 6s and Apple Watch were unveiled, it was announced that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," would not simply be available on iTunes for a free download, but that the album would automatically get added to your iTunes library -- and therefore on your iPhone -- whether you wanted it or not. Rage ensued, ranging from promises to never listen to the album to declaring that the band had become the new Nickelback. Apple soon created a page detailing how people could easily remove the album from their iPhone. On Tuesday, the band posted a Q&A video on their Facebook page. They answered a variety of questions, which resulted in an apology from Bono for the great U2 caper of 2014.