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Creating and sharing GIFs with Giphy Capture is dead simple

EnGadget - 6 hours 14 min ago
While we might not be able to agree on the correct pronunciation of "GIF" (hint: it's the one that doesn't sound like the peanut butter brand chosen by choosy moms), we can find some common ground on the animated image format's utility. Giphy, the in...

Today's Best Deals: Shun Knife, Smarter Slow Cooker, Tiny USB Charger, and More

Gizmodo - 6 hours 17 min ago

A smarter slow cooker, the most popular little USB charger, and a beautiful chef’s knife lead off Thursday’s best deals.

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Drone Footage Shows the Earthquake in Italy Was Far Worse Than Anyone Thought

Gizmodo - 6 hours 20 min ago

Yesterday, a massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy. It was followed by nearly 200 aftershocks, devastating whole towns and burying residents under rubble. Over 4,000 rescuers have been dispatched and the death toll has jumped to 247, the BBC reports.

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Watching Ice Cream Melt Up Close Will Make You Want Ice Cream Real Bad

Gizmodo - 6 hours 29 min ago

Time-lapse footage has the power to turn mundane things into the most fascinating video you’ve ever seen. Aside from making sure you don’t step in it, you’d probably barely notice ice cream melting on the sidewalk. But when the hours long process is sped up so it takes just a few seconds, you’re left with something spectacular—and an insatiable craving for ice cream.

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Google adds even more 3D Touch support to its iOS app

EnGadget - 6 hours 29 min ago
The Google app on iOS has supported 3D Touch for awhile, but that's going, ahem, deeper. Now you can deep press on the big G at the bottom of the screen to start a new search query from anywhere within the app. Doing the same on Search and Maps resul...

Elon Musk Has Been Playing the Long Game With Amber Heard

Gizmodo - 6 hours 44 min ago

Elon Musk, the eccentric, car-loving billionaire whose childhood was famously chronicled in the 2001 Steven Spielberg film A.I., has apparently been waiting out the relationship between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard for at least three years.

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ICYMI: This power tool might save you from yourself

EnGadget - 6 hours 44 min ago
Today on In Case You Missed It: Shaper's Origin is designed to use augmented reality and an on-screen display to guide you through cutting wood pieces. And Australian National University researchers developed the most efficient solar receiver in...

Your Harry Potter Party Needs This Self-Writing Spellbook Prop

Gizmodo - 6 hours 49 min ago

Is late-August too early to start planning a Halloween party that’s still over two months away? Obviously not. If anything it gives you plenty of time to order magical props and decor like this animated spellbook with a moving quill that appears to magically write spells all on its own.

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Harvard's Octobot is a soft, fully autonomous robot

EnGadget - 6 hours 59 min ago
See that pretty translucent octopus up there? That's not a toy or a real (but strange) creature from the deep: it's a soft robot developed by a team of Harvard University researchers, and it's completely autonomous. "Octobot's" components, including...

Cyclist Goes Full Superman, Beats Everyone

Gizmodo - 7 hours 4 min ago

Pro tip to cyclists: sailing through the air horizontally while gripping your handlebars for dear life is the most efficient way downhill.

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Hamilton Beach's Set 'N Forget Is a Slow Cooker You'll Actually Use, On Sale Today Only

Gizmodo - 7 hours 6 min ago

Odds are, you’ve got a $20 Crock-Pot sitting in a cabinet, gathering dust. But with just a few added features, the humble slow cooker can be one of your favorite kitchen tools, and one of the best models on the market is on sale in today’s Amazon Gold Box.

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The Captain Marvel Movie Is Getting Close to Finding a Director

Gizmodo - 7 hours 14 min ago

And no, the X-Men aren’t in Avengers: Infinity War, according to Joe Russo. Rupert Wyatt’s next movie is a scifi project. Ronald D. Moore discusses the setting of Outlander’s next season. Blade Runner 2 gets a composer. Plus, a first look at Easter in American Gods, and new footage from Morgan and Arrow. Spoilers Get!

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Researchers Create Algorithm That Diagnoses Depression From Your Instagram Feed

SlashDot - 7 hours 14 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inverse: Harvard University's Andrew Reece and the University of Vermont's Chris Danforth crafted an algorithm that can correctly diagnose depression, with up to 70 percent accuracy, based on a patient's Instagram feed alone. After a careful screening process, the team analyzed almost 50,000 photos from 166 participants, all of whom were Instagram users and 71 of whom had already been diagnosed with clinical depression. Their results confirmed their two hypotheses: first, that "markers of depression are observable in Instagram user behavior," and second, that "these depressive signals are detectable in posts made even before the date of first diagnosis." The duo had good rationale for both hypotheses. Photos shared on Instagram, despite their innocent appearance, are data-laden: Photos are either taken during the day or at night, in- or outdoors. They may include or exclude people. The user may or may not have used a filter. You can imagine an algorithm drooling at these binary inputs, all of which reflect a person's preferences, and, in turn, their well-being. Metadata is likewise full of analyzable information: How many people liked the photo? How many commented on it? How often does the user post, and how often do they browse? Many studies have shown that depressed people both perceive less color in the world and prefer dark, anemic scenes and images. The majority of healthy people, on the other hand, prefer colorful things. [Reece and Danforth] collected each photo's hue, saturation, and value averages. Depressed people, they found, tended to post photos that were more bluish, unsaturated, and dark. "Increased hue, along with decreased brightness and saturation, predicted depression," they write. The researchers found that happy people post less than depressed people, happy people post photos with more people in them than their depressed counterparts. and that depressed participants were less likely to use filters. The majority of "healthy" participants chose the Valencia filter, while the majority of "depressed" participants chose the Inkwell filter. Inverse has a neat little chart embedded in their report that shows the usage of Instagram filters between depressed and healthy users.

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Viveport Development Awards offers cash prizes for VR apps

EnGadget - 7 hours 14 min ago
How do you attract developers to a fledgling virtual reality content delivery service for a VR headset that already has a shopping platform? With half a million dollars in cash and prizes, of course! Today, HTC announced the Viveport Development Awar...

The first self-driving taxis are cruising around Singapore

EnGadget - 7 hours 24 min ago
Uber announced that it will start self-driving trials in Pittsburgh later this month, but it was beat to the punch by a much less well-known company. Starting today, nuTonomy will offer rides to Singapore residents in specially equipped Mitsubishi i-...

Go Set Up Two-Step Verification On Your PlayStation Right Now

Gizmodo - 7 hours 27 min ago

This morning, Sony quietly added two-step verification to the PlayStation Network, allowing users to add an extra layer of security to their PS4, PS3, and Vita accounts. Finally.

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Guy Hacks Together a Piano From Chopsticks and Other Instruments and It Sounds Great

Gizmodo - 7 hours 32 min ago

You don’t need a million dollar Steinway piano to put on a captivating musical performance. You don’t even need a real piano, as Sami Elu proves, by hacking together recycled instruments, materials you’d find at a hardware store, and a bunch of unused chopsticks.

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WhatsApp will start sharing your data with Facebook

EnGadget - 7 hours 33 min ago
WhatsApp announced a major change that we suspected was coming today by adding terms that allow it to share user data with its parent company Facebook.

Report: YouTube will fend off Facebook with social features

EnGadget - 7 hours 43 min ago
If you want to post a video on the web several years ago, YouTube was the go-to spot. Now, Google's video network is feeling the pinch with strong video features from Facebook, Twitter and others, and has decided to push back, according to Venture Be...

Linux's brilliant 25-year history, in pictures

PC News - 7 hours 49 min ago
A momentous milestone

Aug. 25 marks the 25th anniversary of Linux, the free and open source operating system that's used around the globe in smarphones, tablets, desktop PCs, servers, supercomputers, and more. Though its beginnings were humble, Linux has become the world’s largest and most pervasive open source software project in history. How did it get here? Read on for a look at some of the notable events along the way.

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