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engadget July 25 2014, 15:44

Cortana won't sound like Cortana on UK Windows Phones



Now that Microsoft is rolling Windows Phone 8.1 out to handsets, users can now start chatting with its new virtual assistant, Cortana. Right now, she's limited to the US, but the Cortana man at Microsoft, Marcus Ash, has tweeted that "barring an...
slatemagazine July 25 2014, 15:38

A Budget Cut by Any Other Name


On Thursday, speaking in front of a packed house at a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled his latest plan to overhaul how the federal government addresses poverty. At the center of the Republican’s sweeping proposal was a pilot project that allows states to consolidate federal food stamps with 10 of the government’s other, large-scale anti-poverty efforts into a single, supersized “opportunity grant” program. The GOP’s reigning policy wonk explained to the friendly crowd that the move would cut red tape and give state and local officials the flexibility they need to maximize the impact of each federal dollar spent. “My thinking is, get rid of these bureaucratic formulas,” Ryan said. “Put the emphasis on results.”

slatemagazine July 25 2014, 15:38

Little Networks, Big Shows


If you’re a regular TV-watching citizen, the steady stream of remarkably decent dramas is nothing but a good thing. Wherever you look, perhaps on some cable channel you have never heard of, a surprisingly solid drama is airing. But speaking as a TV critic, the ongoing flood of totally decent television is punching leaks in my roof. I have buckets under the ceiling and the windows and I have to find time to empty them all. I am well aware that there does not exist a violin in the world small enough to play for the TV critic awash in reasonably well-made television, and yet please, tiniest being in the world, play it for me, as I try not to drown in all the TV good enough to watch.

boingboing_net July 25 2014, 15:38

Fruit fly and zebrafish brains may help unlock secrets of our human minds



"The fruit fly has a very long and distinguished career in science. At a facility considered a Nirvana for scientists, researchers pursue greater understanding of biomedical processes, using test subjects like dragonflies and zebrafish." PBS News science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how the Janelia Farm Research Campus supports groundbreaking basic research. Here's the YouTube link.

boingboing_net July 25 2014, 15:38

Remembering 'the Barnaby Jack few knew' on anniversary of hacker's death



iDTzahtt4VJYBloomberg has a profile of legendary hacker Barnaby Jack, who died a year ago. "Recent interviews with Jack's family and longtime friends portray a much different person" than the one publicly portrayed, "one who was uncomfortable with being in the spotlight at the annual Black Hat and DefCon conventions, events that will miss his showmanship when they begin next week in Las Vegas."
pitchfork_feed July 25 2014, 15:19

Lil Wayne Launching Sports Management Company


Lil Wayne Launching Sports Management Company

What's a rapper do to after getting to the top of the music industry? Turn his gaze to the world of sports, of course. Following in the footsteps of Jay Z, Lil Wayne is set to launch a sports management company, according to TMZ. As TMZ reports, Weezy's first client will be none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, the immaculately chiseled Portuguese soccer player. 

Wayne is a known sports fan: He once blogged for ESPN, and memorably feuded with members of the Miami Heat for a number of terrible reasons. Nothing has been officially announced, but Ronaldo did tweet a photo of himself throwing the Young Money sign with... the Japanese prime minister's office. What a world we live in.

Watch the video for "Rich as Fuck": 

For good measure, here's Ronaldo making the pass that almost screwed Team USA out of the World Cup. RIP, World Cup:

engadget July 25 2014, 15:14

The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR



Back in June, Google revealed Cardboard: an open-source attempt at mobile virtual reality. Heck, even the "hardware" is open source --here are instructions to make your own, right now!

But the concept is more than a low-tech solution to mobile VR....

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