The center of our galaxy might be full of dying vampire stars

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A special space telescope has helped scientists gain a much better grasp on what’s happening at the crowded center of our galaxy, according to findings published in Nature yesterday.

Earth is stuck near the edge of the Milky Way, tucked in a quiet spot just off of one of the galaxy’s spiral arms. The center of our galaxy, on the other hand, is an extremely busy place. If we’re in the suburbs, the galactic center is Times Square; it’s packed full of stars that are dead or dying, giant gas clouds, and of course, one supermassive black hole. And while astronomers learn a lot about our galaxy by looking at its cosmic doppelgängers, there’s still much to be gained by studying the busiest parts of our own.

If we’re in the suburbs, the…

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Streaming Xbox One games to a Windows 10 PC is awesome

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Ever since Microsoft announced its plans to bring Xbox One game streaming to Windows 10 back in January, I’ve been dying to try it. While the Xbox One dashboard has been updated to support the new feature, the Xbox one app for Windows 10 isn’t quite ready yet. At its Build developers conference in San Francisco this week, Microsoft is demonstrating Xbox One game streaming to Windows 10 PCs to the public for the first time. I got a chance to try it, and it’s as awesome as I had hoped.

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LinkedIn Q1 Beats On Sales Of $638M, EPS Of $0.57, Shares Fall 25% On Weak Outlook

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linkedin-earnings After Facebook and Twitter reported mixed results this week, LinkedIn today was the latest of the social networks to report its Q1 earnings. The company, which has over 350 million users globally, posted sales of $638 million, up 35% year on year, with non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.57. Both beat analyst expectations but the stock is taking a big hit in after-hours trading, down more… Read More

The Secret About Rich Founders And Ferraris

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9129393830_95887da914_o By now, the outrage machine is in full bore over the shutdown of Valley darling Secret. The once high-flying app, which allowed you to anonymously share details with your friends and the wider world, eventually sputtered in its growth, leading its founders to shut it down yesterday.
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Apple Invites Developers To Test Its New “App Analytics” Service

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Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 4.16.14 PM Ahead of its annual developer conference in June, WWDC 2015, Apple has opened up beta access to a new mobile app analytics service aimed at iOS developers. Simply called “Apple’s App Analytics,” an announcement inviting developers to request early access to the service appeared today on the iTunes Connect developer portal. Those with an iTunes Connect account can also reach… Read More

Watch the history of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in 13 minutes

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest and easily the most lucrative film franchise of our time. Marvel Studios hit a home run in 2008 with Iron Man, and has followed that up each year with bigger and bigger tentpoles. Avengers, or the One Where Everybody Teams Up and Things Explode, set an even higher bar in 2012, and Marvel has only to keep topping itself while the rest of the industry catches up.

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The Vergecast will be live today at 4:15PM ET!

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Hello hello hello. So Dieter Bohn is on vacation. Chris Plante is in the process of moving. And Chris Ziegler is… somewhere. But fret not: Nilay Patel is here. As is Sam Sheffer (me). So we’re going to do a show. This week was a big one: Microsoft held its annual Build developers conferenceFacebookApple, and many others reported their quarterly earnings; LG announced its new flagship phone, the G4; and Secret shut down.

We’ll be live a bit earlier today — 4:15PM ET / 1:15PM PT / 8:15PM GMT via the Livestream embed above. And if you miss the live show, you can always watch the replay (using the embed above) or download the audio version on iTunes. And speaking of iTunes, be sure to rate us five stars if you enjoyed the show. We’ll…

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Do You Really Own Your 3D Printer?

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The DRM Chip From A Stratasys Print CartridgeOur good friend Michael Weinberg haw written us to let us all know about one of the current fights to keep 3D printing free and open. Read below and add your voice to the current issue. The Time is Now to Help to Unlock 3D Printers The Copyright Office needs […]

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In this elegant ritual horror, giant hornets are everywhere

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I love Twine games that are able to create a strong sense of place. Despite being text-only, a beautiful typeface and atmospheric, well-selected words go beyond ‘choosing your own adventure’, to navigating vivid interconnected chambers. Kitty Horrorshow’s strange, oddly-lovely Hornets is vivid, all right. Read the rest

HTTP/2 for Java developers

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HTTP/2 was approved in February 2015 as the successor to the original web communication protocol. While it is in the last stages of finalization, the standard has already been implemented by early adopters such as Jetty and Netty, and will be incorporated into Servlet 4.0. Find out how HTTP/2 renovates HTTP’s text-based protocol for better latency, then see techniques like server push, streaming, multiplexing, and header compression implemented in a client-server example using Jetty.

High-speed browser networking

In the early days of the World Wide Web, Internet connection bandwidth was the most important limiting factor for a faster browsing experience. That has changed in the years since, and these days many consumers use broadband technologies for Internet access. As of 2014, Akamai’s State of the Internet report showed that the average connection speed for customers in the United States exceeded 11 Mbit/s.

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See how old Microsoft thinks you are

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How old am I? How old are any of us? It’s a number you inherently know, and now Microsoft has created a terribly powerful machine that will judge your age using algorithms. You give it a picture, and it gives you almost instantaneous judgement, complete with gender assignment.

Behind the scenes, Microsoft is using machine learning to better churn through the untold number of photos on the internet. That is not an easy job, and one just about every search company is trying to get just right. So what’s the point of this? Microsoft says it’s for “obtaining real time insights” on the data it’s gathering about people’s gender and age. It also means you can give it countless photos of your friends, family, celebrities, and mythological…

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One in six species could soon be at risk for extinction because of climate change

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One in six species on the planet will be at risk for extinction because of climate change if humans don’t curb their carbon emissions soon, according to a study published in Science today. Buildings, powerlines, antennas, and wind farms are also causing millions of animal deaths each year, according to a second study published in Science today. Overall, humanity’s effect on animal species isn’t looking very good.

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T-Mobile is again giving customers free MLB At Bat subscription worth $20

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T-Mobile customers are yet again benefitting from the Uncarrier’s close relationship with Major League Baseball. Starting tomorrow, if you download the At Bat app while on T-Mobile’s network, the company will throw a free Premium subscription your way — something that costs the rest of us $19.99. (Apparently it won’t work if you try to sign up over Wi-Fi.) The terms of the deal don’t spell out any restrictions around postpaid or prepaid accounts, so it appears this is open to all of T-Mobile’s paying customers. According to the carrier, this season-long Premium pass allows users to:

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Microsoft offers a closer look at its HoloLens headset

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Microsoft has been showing off HoloLens at its Build developers conference this week on stage, with impressive demonstrations of some of its capabilities. While we’re aware of most of what HoloLens enables, the software maker has kept the details of its hardware headset rather secret. Today, Microsoft is offering up a few new details about what exactly is buried inside its futuristic headset.

Unlike most VR headsets, Microsoft is using see through lenses to allow you to see the rest of a room or the environment you’re interacting with, in a similar way to Google’s Glass headset. To assist with this, HoloLens uses a combination of spatial sound and sensors in the headset to capture information about the environment you’re in. Spatial…

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How To Install Windows 10 IoT On Your Raspberry Pi 2

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HelloWorldAppLocal Thanks to the release of Windows 10 for multiple single-board computers, tinkerers are now waking up to the possibility of running Windows as a usable and surprisingly polished alternative open source operating systems like Raspbian. But how do you run Windows on a RaspPi? And why? First, I invite you to check out Microsoft’s refreshingly complete Github page where they offer… Read More

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