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Bose gets serious about wireless headphones, debuts 4 wildly different models

The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones are wireless and boast noise cancellation. Image: brittany Herbert/Mashable By Pete Pachal2016-06-05 14:00:00 UTC Bose has done a good job in recent years of keeping its venerable brand current with tech-savvy products like Spotify-integrated speakers, a whole-house audio system, and noise-cancelling earphones. It’s even plunged into the world of apps. However, if there’s a modern audio gadget Bose isn’t strong on, it’s wireless headphones. That changes right now as Bose is announcing no less than four new models, two of them with impressive noise-canceling tech. The headliner is the QuietComfort 35 ($349.95), which looks and feels like a wireless version of the company’s current noise-canceling over-the-ear headphones, the QC25. There are also two wireless earphone models, the SoundSport ($149.95) and SoundSport Pulse ($199.95), as well as an over-the-shoulders pair, the QuietControl 30 ($299.95). I got chance to try out all the new models (except for the

This woman is flying 4,500 miles with swans to save them

An epic 4,500-mile journey. An epic 4,500-mile journey. SLIMBRIDGE, England — From somewhere within the folds of a dense fog that’s settled over the damp countryside, a motor splutters into life. The engine’s growl rings out over the neighbouring fields, sending a handful of birds scattering. It’s 5 a.m. and morning is far from broken in this corner of western England but Sacha Dench is already out in the fields setting up a paramotor — a kind of powered paraglider — and preparing to get airborne. The conservationist is in training to fly 4,500 miles from Russia to the UK along the migratory route of the Bewick’s swans and one thing is immediately evident: If you want to fly with the birds you need to get used to early starts. Sacha practises with her paramotor at dawn. Tim Chester/Mashable These bleary antics are a familiar pre-dawn ritual for Dench, who is planning the

How teens can discuss their digital obsession with parents

Image: Jiangang Wang/Moment Editorial/Getty Images By Gabriela Barkho2016-06-04 20:29:29 -0400 It’s not easy to put your device down just to make the adult next to you happy, especially when there’s a heated group chat happening on your phone. “My mom always asks me who I’m texting, and I always tell her it doesn’t matter because she doesn’t know them,” says 19-year-old Leah Hiscott. “And even if she did know that person, what’s the point? Like, gosh mom, get out of my life!” That’s usually where the conversation ends. It can be hard for parents to understand why young people spend so much time on their phones and social media, much less have an open dialogue about it with their kids. “Kids are held accountable more than ever now,” Karen North, director of USC’s Annenberg Program on Online Communities, tells Mashable. “There’s never been a generation before that’s had a social

Matt Damon uses tech, sci-fi to deliver powerful message to MIT grads

Image: MIT By Adario Strange2016-06-04 20:19:17 UTC One of Massachusetts’ native sons, Matt Damon, returned on Friday to deliver the commencement address to MIT’s graduating class and the university’s choice of speaker couldn’t have been more appropriate. Aside from his early life in the state, there are his Hollywood roles in Good Will Hunting as a janitor at MIT, and more recently as a scientist stranded on Mars. And although Damon attended (but didn’t graduate from) Harvard, his Ivy League experience and unique connection to the state resulted in a powerful speech that’s worth anyone’s 20 minutes. Most of Damon’s speech focused on politics: He slammed Donald Trump a few times and quoted Bill Clinton and President Obama while making various points about the working world the graduates are about to enter. Some of the political discourse also included points about outreach to countries suffering oppression and even a scathing rebuke

This machine lets you turn water into beer at home

Image: Press Association via AP Images By Adario Strange2016-06-04 18:50:36 UTC Real hipsters don’t just hunt for vintage beer, they make their own, and that just got a lot easier with the debut of the Beer Bar. Created by Israel-based SodaStream Interntional, the device allows users to add sparkling water to a special beer concentrate formula (called “Blondie”) to create beer at home. The end product has 4.5% alcohol content and supposedly looks and tastes like any normal beer you’d buy in the store or at a bar. Image: sodastream international “Our core carbonation technology and distribution infrastructure provide a great platform for us to extend our business into this emerging category, and we choose to do so with a dedicated beer brand,” said Daniel Birnbaum, the CEO of SodaStream, in a statement released by the company. If this all sounds too good to be true, you need only check

Here are the best tweets from the past week

Image: mashable composite: twitter/@ANT_NYC1, Ex Machina, twitter/@TJCRUDA By Ryan Creamer2016-06-04 14:00:00 UTC This week, Twitter celebrates us common folk. The people who decided to step out of the ordinary and become extraordinary.  Between someone wearing a full Orlando Magic jersey to the bank, friends duping high art aficionados at an art gallery, and an anonymous account making Oscar Isaac dance to all the music, this week has been all about the power of the people on Twitter. But also celebrities as always because c’mon don’t be ridiculous. 1. Man sports a full Orlando Magic getup at the bank Need to make a deposit at 7:00 p.m., but then tipoff for an NBA game at 7:30 p.m.? Follow in this bold man’s footsteps and sport your vintage Shaquille O’Neal Orlando Magic jersey, complete with arm sleeve, to the bank. This is also the preferred technique for trying to steal money from

The iPhone 7 sounds like it will be totally boring

Image: Ambar Del Moral/mashable By Raymond Wong2016-06-04 13:00:00 UTC It used to be fun to see an online leak for an unreleased gadget like the next iPhone or Samsung Galaxy or new MacBook. “Sh*t, a new shiny thing is coming!” we’d think to ourselves, eyes-bulging, mouth agape, looking and looking and looking at the one blurry image of what could be the next big thing in tech. But this jaded feeling has been brewing up inside of me for quite some time. I’ve been chasing tech and gadget rumors for almost six years now and the fire’s starting to die out just a little. We — tech journalists and consumers alike — are all too informed to be impressed by anything anymore. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still fun and I love my job, but online leaks have killed any element of surprise when the gadgets do get their official

People who speak 2 dialects share a cognitive advantage with bilingual people

Image: Luis Alvarez/Getty Images Napoleon Katsos for The Conversation 2016-06-04 12:22:26 UTC Follow @conversationuk There has been a lot of research to back up the idea that people who use two or more languages everyday experience significant advantages. The brain training involved in having to use a different language depending on the context and speaker is credited with enhancing attention and memory skills — as well as better recovery after stroke and even later onset of the symptoms of dementia. But there is another — often hidden — source of brain-training in language use which many of us are not even aware of: dialects. Bidialectalism — which simply means the systematic use of two different dialects of the same language — is widespread in many parts of the world. In the U.S., millions of children grow up speaking African American Vernacular English at home as well as mainstream American English at school. People who speak two dialects may share a cognitive profile with people who speak two languages.

Dear millennials: Instagram doesn't owe you anything

Image: Rolf Vennenbernd/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images By Karissa Bell2016-06-04 01:05:35 UTC It’s time to stop freaking out about your Instagram feed.  Yes, Instagram has started rolling out its new algorithmic-based feed, which may make posts appear “out of order.” Yes, it’s a big change and yes, people are freaking out about it. But they shouldn’t. Complaining on social media about an Instagram update is about as pointless as expecting your iPhone battery to last all day. Losing it As with any big change to Instagram (or Facebook or Snapchat or Twitter), the new Instagram feed was barely a few minutes’ old before a wave of white hot social media rage flooded the Internet. “It’s just sad. I don’t enjoy the time I spend on the app anymore and the creators don’t listen to their users, which is the saddest part of all. It’s truly a disappointment,” one iTunes reviewer wrote.  “This new system

Tony Fadell leaves Nest

Founder of the company ‘Nest Labs’ Tony Fadell poses for a portrait during the Digital Life Design (DLD) Conference at the HVB Forum on January 20, 2014 in Munich, Germany. Image: Robert Schlesinger/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images By Christina Warren2016-06-03 20:43:30 UTC Tony Fadell is leaving Nest. The former Apple executive, who co-founded the company in 2010, announced his departure on the Nest blog. Fadell will continue to serve in an advisory role to Alphabet CEO Larry Page. Marwan Fawaz, a former executive vice president at Motorola Mobility, is joining Nest as its new CEO.  In a statement, Larry Page said: Under Tony’s leadership, Nest has catapulted the connected home into the mainstream, secured leadership positions for each of its products, and grown its revenue in excess of 50% year over year since they began shipping products. He’s a true visionary and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new

This alarm helps pregnant women find a seat on mass transit

There’s a new form of tech being tested in South Korean public transportation. The Pink Light Campaign is experimenting with an alarm system that alerts passengers when a pregnant woman is in need of a seat. Expectant mothers who carry a beacon stand next to a seat designated for pregnant women, alerting the other passengers of her needs. Ray White 13 minutes ago Source: Mashable.com Tech

Uber’s deal with Saudi Arabia hasn’t gone down well with Saudi women

Image: getty images/Carolyn Cole Donna Abu-Nasr for Bloomberg 2016-06-03 18:05:45 UTC Follow @@business The deal between the only country in the world that bans female drivers and Silicon Valley’s ride-sharing company Uber Technologies Inc. may be as unusual as it is convenient. What’s sure is that it’s caused outrage among many Saudi women. They are angry that Uber’s new $3.5 billion investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund not only means the government directly profits from the ban, but also it effectively – in their view – endorses the country’s no-women-behind-the-wheel policy. The investment is part of the ultra-conservative Gulf country’s steps toward making money from things other than oil. But it raised hackles on social media, where the hashtag سعوديات_يعلن_مقاطعه_اوبر# (Saudi women announce Uber boycott) gained traction, and women posted pictures showing them deleting Uber apps from their phones. Translation: “Saudi women announce Uber boycott” Uber has operated in

The Rio Olympics will have some of the smartest sports cameras ever

LeBron James playing in the 2012 Olympics Games in London. Image: Christian Petersen/Getty By Johnny Simon2016-06-03 15:16:57 UTC Chances are some of your favorite photos from this summer’s Olympics will be captured with the help of robots. Getty Images, one of the largest wire services, and the official photo agency of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will be using brand-new robotic technology developed by Mark Roberts Motion Control to extend the reach of their photographers at multiple venues for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, set to begin Aug. 5. Remote cameras are nothing new for sports photographers. Pros routinely wire cameras to arena rafters, the sidelines of playing fields and even underwater to cover as many angles of sporting events as possible. A photographer will hook a radio transmitter that communicates with a corresponding transmitter on the photographer’s main handheld camera. When the shooter snaps a shot with one

Elon Musk's SpaceX wants to send humans to Mars by 2024, but it has yet to send anyone into space

Artist’s conception of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft entering the Martian atmosphere. Image: spacex By Miriam Kramer2016-06-03 13:14:26 UTC When Elon Musk makes a proclamation, people stand up and take notice. At the Code Conference in California on Wednesday, Musk reiterated one of his boldest claims to date, saying that, if all goes according to plan, SpaceX will start flying people to Mars by 2024, a more ambitious goal than any nation or private company has established.  Musk didn’t give away too many details of the company’s plan, saying that more Mars colonization plans will be revealed during a conference in September, but he did explain some of the reasoning behind SpaceX’s audacious goal. Musk said: The basic game plan is we’re going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards, and they occur approximately every 26 months. We’re establishing cargo flights to Mars that people

India to introduce rules to ensure matrimonial websites aren't used for dating

n elderly man sits on a bench next to an advertisement for a matrimonial website at a bus-stop in Mumbai. Image: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images By Sonam JoshiIndia2016-06-03 09:42:29 UTC The Indian government is planning to introduce a set of guidelines to ensure that the country’s matrimonial websites aren’t “misused” for anything other than the intent of marriage, and especially not used as dating platforms. The government has approved an advisory which will ask matrimonial websites to authenticate its users through legally verifiable identity and address proofs, and keep their IP address records. The new rules will require these matrimonial websites to “confirm the user’s intent to enter in to matrimonial alliance” and that “the user information is correct”. “We have approved the standards to check cheating on such websites,” India’s minister for communications and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Great step towards making matrimonial sites safer. Approved the advisory