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Not All Video Games Are Bad For Us

Upworthy | Adam Goldberg | December 3, 2015 | Technology
Video games. A time-honored way to put off homework, spend time with friends, and rewire our brains.

Researchers Use Sound To Levitate Objects And It's Amazing

Reuters | Lorenzo Ligato | December 3, 2015 | Technology
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Yahoo Messenger Is Remade For A Mobile World

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | December 3, 2015 | Technology
Yahoo's new messaging app might be the closest the tech giant has come to making a product that could shore up its fortunes in a increasingly mobile world.    At a time when Yahoo is reportedly weighing a sale of its core assets and scrutiny...

Smartphones May Actually Be Killing TV, New Nielsen Data Shows

AP | Lorenzo Ligato | December 3, 2015 | Technology
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The use of Internet-ready devices like smartphones appears to have seriously cut into American's traditional TV-watching time, new Nielsen data shows, potentially undercutting the notion that mobile devices merely serve as "second screens" while people are plopped in front of the set....

Siri's Definition Of 'Bitch' Is Beyond Offensive

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | December 3, 2015 | Black Voices
It seems people of color can't escape racial bias, even when talking to Siri. Apple iPhone's staple feature defines the word "bitch" in an even more offensive way than one would think possible. When you ask Siri to define the word, the second definition it provides reads: "(informal, derogatory) a...

Microsoft Has A Holiday Serenade For Its Apple Store Rivals

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | December 3, 2015 | Media
If Microsoft can't have peace on Earth, maybe at least peace with Apple will do.  Microsoft's newest holiday ad, set to air on TV on Thursday, features employees of the company's newest store in New York marching five blocks up Fifth Avenue with members of a local children's choir to pay the flagship Apple Store a visit.  What unfolds is a heartwarming moment between the two longtime corporate frenemies as the Microsoft employees stand outside the Apple Store and sing "Let There be Peace on Earth." So how did the Apple Store employees react? Check it out in the clip above.  Microsoft's Kathleen Hall told AdAge that because of New York's security rules, they had to get permission from Apple to film in front of their store. But while Apple did give permission, they didn't know what the commercial would entail. CNN said the commercial was filmed on Nov. 16, shortly after Microsoft opened its Fifth Avenue store. "It was a fitting welcome to the neighborhood by Apple and a warm celebration to begin the holiday season," a Microsoft spokesman told the network. "The song's message of hope and empowerment resonated strongly with the participants and crowd alike during this particularly emotional time of year."   Also on HuffPost: (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519294954%2C519276508%2C519281456%2C519265160&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false&autoStart=false&colorPallet=%23FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=%23191919&shuffle=0&isAP=1&pgType=cmsPlugin&pgTypeId=addToPost-top&onVideoDataLoaded=track5min.DL&onTimeUpdate=track5min.TC&onVideoDataLoaded=HPTrack.Vid.DL&onTimeUpdate=HPTrack.Vid.TC";if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;if (commercial_video.package) {src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package;}}var script = document.createElement("script");script.src = src_url;script.async = true;var placeholder = document.querySelector(".js-fivemin-script");placeholder.parentElement.replaceChild(script,...

See Where Google's Big New Wind And Solar Projects Will Be

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | December 3, 2015 | Business
Google is getting greener.  The Internet giant on Thursday announced an array of new wind and solar projects that nearly double its renewable energy capacity at data centers across three continents.  The announcement comes three days into the COP21 climate talks in Paris....

Hawaii Supreme Court Stops Work On Controversial Giant Telescope

The Huffington Post | Chris D'Angelo | December 2, 2015 | Politics
What was to become one of the world's largest and most advanced telescopes may not be built at all. The Hawaii Supreme Court on Wednesday invalidated a construction permit for the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope to be built atop the Big Island's Mauna Kea mountain. The justices...

A Feminist Gift Guide For Anyone Who's All About That Gender Equality

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | December 3, 2015 | Women
The holiday season is full of love, happiness and -- le duh -- gifts. So what better time to give and receive some awesome feminist swag?  From Gloria Steinem's new book, to "Broad City" gear and even a "Viva la Vulva" embroidered wall hanging, there's something in...

Soon You May Be Able To Hail An Uber From Any App

Reuters | Lorenzo Ligato | December 2, 2015 | Technology
Online taxi-hailing service Uber said it would allow third-party app developers to add a "Ride Request" button within their apps for free. Developers would need to register their apps on Uber's website to get access to the code to add the button, which users can tap...

No One Admits They 'Text-Walk.' Everyone Admits It's A Bad Idea.

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | December 2, 2015 | Healthy Living
People who simultaneously text and walk are "annoying as hell," as The Huffington Post reported back in July. There's scientific evidence to support this claim. And now a survey from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons confirms that 78 percent of U.S. adults find the habit not just annoying, but also a "serious" issue. The problem? Few of us actually cop to doing it.   While 74 percent of Americans say "other people" engage in distracted walking, only 29 percent own up to doing it themselves. Clearly, the math doesn't add up.  The majority is right about one thing: Distracted walking is a dangerous thing to do. A 2012 study found that texting walkers were 61 percent more likely to stray off course than those who walked without technological distractions. That can have occasionally injurious consequences. For example, one woman fell into a mall fountain while on her phone and a man in the Philadelphia area stumbled over a train platform, head first onto the tracks (fortunately, he climbed back out).  "Today, the dangers of the 'digital deadwalker' are growing with more and more pedestrians falling down stairs, tripping over curbs, bumping into other walkers, or stepping into traffic causing a rising number of injuries -- from scrapes and bruises to sprains and fractures," AAOS spokesperson Alan Hilibrand said in a statement.  The research found that women age 55 and old are most likely to sustain serious injuries from digital deadwalking, while millennials are least likely to be hurt -- even though this group of distracted digital devotees is reported to engage in the behavior more often.  What've we learned here today? Just don't do it. No matter what you believe, humans do not have a knack for multi-tasking, and being on the phone all the time isn't good for anybody.  Allow the activity of walking from point A to point B to be the main event. (Smell those roses!) If you don't, you're more than likely to miss out on an Instagram-worthy shot. #NotWinning. Now tell the truth: For tips on being a better pedestrian and more information about how Americans text, check out the infographic from AAOS below.  Related on...

The 10 Most-Liked Instagram Photos Of 2015

TODAY.com | Adam Goldberg | December 2, 2015 | Technology
It's a woman's world on Instagram this year.

How Zuckerberg's LLC Could Be More Effective Than Charity

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | December 2, 2015 | Impact
Mark Zuckerberg took a page out of his "hero" Bill Gates' book on Tuesday when he unveiled his new philanthropic group, but the Facebook CEO is adding his own twist to the initiative. When Zuckerberg introduced his daughter, Max, on Tuesday, he also revealed his,...

Conan Is One Of The First To Use Amazon's Drone Delivery Service

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | December 2, 2015 | Comedy
It's here, everyone. The future is officially here. You can now order things on your phone and have an automated drone deliver the product right to your door. Or television studio, for that matter. But as Conan demonstrated on Tuesday's show, the future doesn't always work out the...

After Hack, Congress Wants To Know How VTech Collects Data On Kids

Reuters | Lorenzo Ligato | December 3, 2015 | Technology
U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday asked VTech Holdings Ltd for details about the data it collects on children who use its digital toys, as well as how it protects such sensitive information, following a cyber attack on the company that exposed data on 6.4 million children. In a letter, two leaders of a congressional group focused on privacy asked the digital toymaker for specific information on what data it collects on children aged 12 and younger, how it uses the information, and whether it shares or sells such data. "This breach raises several questions about what information VTech collects on children, how that data is protects, and how VTech complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act," Democratic Senator Edward Markey and Republican Representative Joe Barton said in the letter, referring to a 1998 law aimed at enabling parents to control their children's information. Their request follows VTech's recent announcement that hackers had breached databases for its Learning Lodge app store and Kid Connect messaging system. On Tuesday, VTech said data on 6.4 million children had been exposed on top of the 4.9 million adults' data announced last week. The incident raises questions about the Hong Kong-based company's adherence to the law and the steps it had taken to protect children's personal information, according to Markey and Barton, co-founders of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus. The company has admitted that it was at fault. "Regretfully, our database was not as secure as it should have been," VTech wrote on its website, adding that the majority of those hacked – nearly half of both the parent and child profiles – were in the United States. Security experts and one equity analyst said the company could face government inquiries and private lawsuits from customers worldwide. "Ninety percent of VTech's revenue comes from developed markets where consumer protection policies are more stringent," said Warren Lau, an analyst for Maybank KimEng Securities. "It comes at an unfortunate time as well, a few weeks away from Christmas." VTech shares have fallen 2.73 percent since it first revealed the hack on Nov. 27, while the Hang Seng index was down 0.38 percent during the same period. On Wednesday, Markey and Barton asked VTech for details on how it collects data for each of its products and what type of information was collected as well as how the company plans to alert affected customers and prevent future breaches. The lawmakers requested the VTech's answers by Jan 8. (Reporting by Jim Finkle; additional reporting by Linda Stern; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Richard Chang)   MORE ON HUFFPOST: (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519291980&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&videoGroupID=155847&relatedNumOfResults=100&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false&autoStart=false&colorPallet=%23FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=%23191919&shuffle=0&isAP=1&pgType=cmsPlugin&pgTypeId=addToPost-top&onVideoDataLoaded=track5min.DL&onTimeUpdate=track5min.TC&onVideoDataLoaded=HPTrack.Vid.DL&onTimeUpdate=HPTrack.Vid.TC";if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;if (commercial_video.package) {src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package;}}var script = document.createElement("script");script.src = src_url;script.async = true;var placeholder = document.querySelector(".js-fivemin-script");placeholder.parentElement.replaceChild(script,...

A Simple Guide To Building An Economy That Won't Destroy The Planet

Alexander C. Kaufman | December 2, 2015 | Business
You recycle your plastic iced tea bottles. Of course you carry a reusable bottle for water. You compost the scraps from your locally sourced, organically grown vegetables. You hardly ever eat red meat. You carpool to work in your electric car. You bike on the weekends. But you're still doing...

Giving Tuesday Donations Jumped 52% From Last Year. Good Job, Internet

Eleanor Goldberg | December 2, 2015 | Impact
Supporters showed no signs of donor fatigue on Giving Tuesday.  Tuesday marked the fourth annual charity event, which gives holiday revelers the chance to give back after feasting on Thanksgiving and nabbing up deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Supporters proved to be...

'The Daily Show' Searches For A 'Real, Non-Douchey' Hoverboard

Andy McDonald | December 2, 2015 | Comedy
This is surely going to be the Christmas of the hoverboard. Or wheelie-board. Or hovering board with wheels? Ugh, anyway ... Why are these things called hoverboards when they don't actually hover? Is there an actual hoverboard -- a board which hovers off the ground -- out...

The Internet Approves Of Mark Zuckerberg's Decision To Give Away 99 Percent Of His Facebook Stock

Prajakta Hebbar | December 2, 2015 | India
In an open letter to his baby girl Max, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earned the approval of thousands of social media users with by vowing to give away a massive portion of his wealth to charity. The tech leader took to the Facebook on Tuesday to announce the...

Newark Schools Finance New Project With Facebook Money

Rebecca Klein | December 2, 2015 | Politics
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The foundation managing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million donation for education in Newark will finance a new project that helps poor students. The Foundation for Newark's Future will invest $1.2 million now and up to $12.5 million total on two...
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