Tips For Life


  • We Can’t Pretend Juice Is Healthy for Babies Anymore
    Juice is liquid candy. Sure, it has a few more vitamins than your average can of Coke, but it also has more sugar. Your days of pretending it’s healthy are over: the American Academy of Pediatricians has finally found the guts to tell us to stop g…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 7:00pm -
  • What TV-Show Foods Are You Obsessed With?
    Happy Monday, and welcome back to to What’s Cooking?, the weekly open thread where you get to share all of your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things edible. This week I want to chat about the fictional foods you wish wer…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 6:30pm -
  • How to Protect Yourself Online, with Former Black-Hat Hacker Hector Monsegur
    This week on The Upgrade we talk with Hector Monsegur, Director of Assessment Services at Rhino Labs.Read more...
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 6:20pm -
  • You Can Now Order Food on Facebook—But Do You Need To?
    You no longer have to peruse multiple websites (or even paper menus) or talk to someone on the phone to order takeout and delivery. Thanks to apps like Grubhub, Seamless and PostMates, ordering food is easier than ever. And now Facebook is aiming to…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 4:00pm -
  • A Guide to All the Best, Worst and Weirdest 2017 TV Pilots You’ll Probably Never Watch
    As our favorite shows begin their descent into the void (New Girl, Scandal, Girls), new shows are once again out here crying for approval. This year’s TV pilots—full of mostly white male leads and showrunners—include military dramas, medical dr…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 3:55pm -
  • Amazon's Blowing Out Refurbished Echo Dots For the Lowest Price Ever
    Amazon usually sells certified refurbished Echo Dots for $5 less than new models, but for now at least, that discount has increased to $12. Refurbished Dots still carry the same warranty as new ones, so there’s really no downside to going this rout…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 3:26pm -
  • Will It Sous Vide? Let's Pick Another Topic!
    Hello friends, and welcome back to another topic-picking session for Will It Sous Vide?, the weekly column where I make whatever you want me to with my immersion circulator. Read more...
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 3:00pm -
  • Today's Best Deals: Anker Robotic Vacuum, FitDesk 3.0, Activewear Sale, and More
    A $150 robotic vacuum that’s actually good, the new FitDesk 3.0 and a mouse to ease wrist pain lead off Monday’s best deals from around the web.Read more...
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 1:53pm -
  • Ward off Wrist Pain With This $15 Wireless Vertical Mouse
    Whether your current mouse is giving you chronic wrist pain, or you just want to try something different, this 4.3 star rated wireless ergonomic vertical mouse from Anker is only $15 today, or $5 less than usual. In addition to the clever design, it…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 12:29pm -
  • How to Make Fluffy, Trendy Cloud Eggs
    Hello readers! Welcome to Sunday Sustenance, a new weekly column highlighting easy meals for the laziest day of the week.. Normally, I’d use this opening paragraph to say “I’m new around here”, but I have a terrible secret – I’m not. In f…
    - 3 days ago, 21 May 17, 6:40pm -
  • Two Grilled-Cheese Alternatives for People Who Can't Eat Bread or Cheese
    If you are a person who avoids either bread or cheese, you may think that your days of experiencing melty, stretchy, grilled cheeses are behind you—but don’t be so sure. We have two options—one for people who can’t eat bread, and one for peop…
    - 4 days ago, 20 May 17, 7:00pm -
  • Follow These People on Twitter to Help You Understand the Trump/Russia Connection 
    It’s a lot, right? It’s a lot. It is a firehose of news. How are we supposed to live our lives, cook a meal, uncrimp our hunched-over necks? Even when I shut my computer, it still flashes its little light in the corner, ready to alert me to the h…
    - 4 days ago, 20 May 17, 3:00pm -
Wired Top Stories



  • Windows Switch To Git Almost Complete: 8,500 Commits and 1,760 Builds Each Day
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in February, Microsoft made the surprising announcement that the Windows development team was going to move to using the open source Git version control system for Windows development. A lit…
    - 8 mins ago, 24 May 17, 11:10pm -
  • Consumers Trust Robots For Surgery Over Savings, Research Finds
    An anonymous reader shares an article: Andy Maguire faces a challenge: tasked with upgrading HSBC's digital-banking systems, he has discovered that customers are twice as likely to trust a robot for heart surgery than for picking a savings account. "…
    - 38 mins ago, 24 May 17, 10:40pm -
  • Airbnb Is Running Its Own Internal University To Teach Data Science
    In an effort to fill the demand for trained data scientists, Airbnb will be running its own university-style program, complete with a custom course-numbering system. Since traditional online programs like Coursera and Udacity weren't getting the job…
    - 1 hour ago, 24 May 17, 10:00pm -
  • Intel Drops Thunderbolt 3 Royalty, Adds CPU Integration and Works Closely With Microsoft
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Windows Central: Over the last few days, Thunderbolt 3 has been a hot topic amongst Windows users especially with its notable absence with the new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop. Part of the problem is adoptio…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 May 17, 9:20pm -
  • Fitness Trackers Out of Step When Measuring Calories, Research Shows
    Fitness devices can help monitor heart rate but are unreliable at keeping tabs on calories burned, research has revealed. From a report on The Guardian: Scientists put seven consumer devices through their paces, comparing their data with gold-standar…
    - 3 hours ago, 24 May 17, 8:40pm -
  • The Trump Administration Wants To Be Able To Track and Hack Your Drone
    An anonymous reader shares a report: The Trump administration wants federal agencies to be able to track, hack, or even destroy drones that pose a threat to law enforcement and public safety operations, The New York Times reports. A proposed law, if…
    - 3 hours ago, 24 May 17, 8:00pm -
  • Apple Wants To Turn Community College Students Into App Developers
    Ina Fried, writing for Axios: Apple already offers a variety of tools to help school kids learn the basics of coding. Now, it aims to give older students what they need to become full-fledged app developers. On Wednesday the company is releasing, for…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 May 17, 7:20pm -
  • Scientists Are Using Gene Editing To Create the Perfect Tomato For Your Salad
    An anonymous reader shares an article: Geneticists are now using technology to isolate the precise genes responsible for excessive branching and flowering, characteristics which lead to less fruit and thus less yield for farmers. In a study published…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 May 17, 6:40pm -
  • Imzy, the Kinder and Gentler Reddit By Ex Employee, Is Shutting Down
    Imzy, a social media site led by ex-Reddit employee Dan McComas, announced on Wednesday that it will be closing its doors next month. The site was launched last year with much fanfare. Imzy sought to offer a community that didn't have trolls, one of…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 May 17, 6:00pm -
  • Microsoft To Launch Its Netflix-Style Game Pass On June 1; Live Gold Subscribers Get Early Access
    Microsoft announced today that Xbox Game Pass, a new subscription service that would allow Xbox One owners to download and play a selection of games for a flat monthly fee, will launch on June 1. From a report: Xbox Live Gold subscribers, however, ca…
    - 6 hours ago, 24 May 17, 5:24pm -
  • JSON Feed Announced As Alternative To RSS
    Reader Anubis IV writes: With Slashdot recently asking whether we still use RSS, it may come as a surprise that something interesting has happened in the world of news feeds this week. JSON Feed was launched as an alternative to RSS and Atom, eschewi…
    - 7 hours ago, 24 May 17, 4:40pm -
  • US International Tourism Market Share Is Falling Under Trump
    An anonymous reader writes: The United States' slice of the international tourism pie is declining, according to a new report from Foursquare that looks at data from millions of phones worldwide. The US share of international tourism dropped 16% in M…
    - 7 hours ago, 24 May 17, 4:00pm -


  • Sony revamps its Digital Paper tablet with new screen and interface
     Sony’s mammoth 13-inch Digital Paper tablet, essentially a huge Kindle you can write on, is still a pretty rare sight, but I’ve always had a soft spot for it. So I’m glad the company is doubling down on this unique device type and making some…
    - 1 hour ago, 24 May 17, 10:09pm -
  • This ultra-twee soft robotic gripper was inspired by Venus flytraps
     The problem with tiny robots, if there can really be said to be one, is that you can’t put enough stuff on them. Cameras and motors don’t shrink down very well, meaning if you want your robot to grab something, you’d better come up with a new…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 May 17, 9:33pm -
  • Flexible retail startup Bulletin raises $2.2M
     Bulletin, the startup that describes itself as “WeWork for retail space,” is announcing that it has raised $2.2 million in seed funding. The idea is to give businesses — particularly online brands — access to brick-and-mortar retail space w…
    - 3 hours ago, 24 May 17, 8:43pm -
  • New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, more miles
     Mercedes-Benz announced the price of its new electric 2017 Smart Fortwo: $23,800 for the hard-top coupe and $28,000 for the cabrio with a sliding canvas roof. The new coupe’s price is $1,200 less than the outgoing model, but the cabrio’s price…
    - 3 hours ago, 24 May 17, 8:37pm -
  • Twitter for Apple TV adds live, 360 degree video and Periscope’s global map
    Twitter launched a version of its service on Apple TV and other media player platforms last fall in order to deliver its live video content to the big screen. Today, the company is updating its Apple TV app with a couple of new features, including s…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 May 17, 7:08pm -
  • Boeing will build DARPA’s XS-1 experimental spaceplane
     You can hear the champagne corks popping here in Seattle as Boeing is awarded the contract to make DARPA’s cool experimental spaceplane. The XS-1, as it’s called, would allow for relatively cheap and simple trips to space for launching and test…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 May 17, 7:00pm -
  • Foursquare data shows international tourism to the U.S. is down
     International tourism to the U.S. is down, according to Foursquare location data. Using data from 13 million users (who have opted in to always-on location trails), Foursquare can examine who walks in and out of 93 million public places across the…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 May 17, 6:44pm -
  • R.I.P. Imzy
     Imzy, the kinder, gentler online community platform, will be shutting down on June 23rd. Company co-founder Dan McComas made the announcement in a blog post today, stating his apologies and explaining to the community Imzy just couldn’t find its…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 May 17, 6:36pm -

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  • Boeing is building DARPA's new hypersonic space plane
    A few years ago, DARPA started work on a new experimental aircraft project called the XS-1, a vehicle designed to make launching satellites a faster, less expensive endeavor. Today, that project just took a huge leap forward: DARPA has announced that…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 May 17, 7:20pm -
  • UC Berkeley researchers teach computers to be curious
    When you played through Super Mario Bros. or Doom for the very first time, chances are you didn't try to speedrun the entire game but instead started exploring -- this despite not really knowing what to expect around the next corner. It's that same s…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 May 17, 7:03pm -
  • Let Sony's favorite developers help pick your next game
    Four years on and the PlayStation 4's digital storefront is pretty well stocked. But finding more obscure stuff to buy isn't the easiest and the search function kind of sucks. As a way of addressing that on the store's web version, Sony is introducin…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 May 17, 6:44pm -
  • FCC stonewalls demands for evidence of cyberattack
    The FCC swears that a denial of service attack hit its servers hours after Last Week Tonight's John Oliver rallied support for net neutrality, but where's the evidence? Well, don't expect it any time soon. In an interview with ZDNet, the regulator's.…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 May 17, 6:21pm -
  • EU approves plans forcing Facebook and YouTube to act on hate speech
    The European Union has just approved a proposal to implement Europe's very first mandatory social media restrictions. In a bid to clamp down on hate speech across Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, the EU is proposing a law that allows them to block vide…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 May 17, 6:04pm -
  • Doomed Mars lander wasn't equipped for supersonic conditions
    Last October, the European Space Agency (ESA) lost contact with the ExoMars Schiaparelli lander as it descended to Mars' surface. A few days later, the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped a picture of Schiaparelli's landing site and discovered w…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 May 17, 5:50pm -
  • Facebook redesigns Trending topics in its war on filter bubbles
    The fight against filter bubbles is on. Facebook's latest redesign focuses on its Trending news section, and it's a direct attempt to combat the "filter bubble" effect that happens in many users' timelines. The update changes the results page when yo…
    - 6 hours ago, 24 May 17, 5:35pm -
  • FDA approves a more 'personalized' cancer drug
    Cancer treatments are becoming more personal. The Food and Drug Administration recently gave accelerated approval for Keytruda, a pre-existing drug from Merck, for use on patients diagnosed with solid tumors containing a specific biomarker. Rather th…
    - 6 hours ago, 24 May 17, 5:03pm -