Hacking The Bottom Line

shutterstock_175317803 Where is your data, and how quickly can you safely reach it? These questions are top of mind now that cloud and mobile apps like Dropbox, Google Apps, iCloud and mobile banking apps pervade our everyday lives at home and at work. By 2020, there will be an estimated 6.5 connected devices per person. And as more devices—from baby monitors to cars and pacemakers—get Internet… Read More

Google X unveils Project Wing, its drone delivery program; tested in secret for two years (Alexis C. Madrigal/The Atlantic Online)

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Google X unveils Project Wing, its drone delivery program; tested in secret for two years  —  Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program  —  A zipping comes across the sky.  —  A man named Neil Parfitt is standing in a field on a cattle ranch outside Warwick, Australia.

Take a Walk Through Burning Man After Dark

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BLACK ROCK CITY, NEVADA — Night is approaching. You can see it in the purpling sky and blood-red mountains, sense it in the now cooling air, smell it in the combined cooking smell of a dozen camp dinners, a smell dominated, as usual, by bacon. (Which, trust me on this, tastes a thousand times better out here in the desert than it does back home)

But most of all you can hear the night approaching — hear it in the bullhorn sirens, the human whoops and chatter, the background thump of distant sound camps; all of these sounds rising steadily, along with the increasing likelihood of a crowded art car passing your camp with its own insistent melody. It's a drumbeat drawing you and your friends out towards the Esplanade like a techno version of the pied piper. Read more...

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Samsung debuts Gear Circle, a Bluetooth-enabled, vibrating necklace with earbuds (Chris Gayomali/Fast Company)

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Samsung debuts Gear Circle, a Bluetooth-enabled, vibrating necklace with earbuds  —  WOULD YOU WEAR THIS DORKY HEADPHONE NECKLACE BY SAMSUNG?  —  On Wednesday night, Samsung quietly lifted the curtains off another set of wearable electronics, the curved-glass Gear S smartwatch and the Gear Circle headphones.

Nintendo’s Mario Kart DLC Is The Best (And Also The Worst)

Mario Kart 8 Mercedes DLC Nintendo has seen better times. Back in June, the company announced a quarterly loss despite tripling sales of its flagship console, the Wii U. The numbers were bad, but look even worse when looking back with context: if Nintendo sold the Wii U at the same rate as the previous quarter for a year, it would only sell about 2 million units. Read More

Hershey’s New Logo Looks a Lot Like the Poo Emoji

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Hershey's new logo has hit the fans.

Introduced internally in the spring, Hershey's on Thursday introduced its latest iteration, which strips the Hershey's Kiss of its silver foil. The result, as many were quick to note, bore a striking similarity to a pile of feces:

On second thought, the new Hershey Kiss logo *does* kinda look like a steaming pile of.pic.twitter.com/wI78Bz10rP

— The Logo Factory (@TheLogoFactory) August 28, 2014

Hershey’s hires a design firm to design a brand new steaming pile of poo.

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‘Chariot’ Is a Cheery, Cooperative Adventure Game — Featuring a Dead Father

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For once, the princess is doing the heavy lifting

Chariot is a cooperative platforming game that follows a princess and her fiancé, as they embark on a journey to find a resting place for her father, the King. Unfortunately, the King's ghost is very picky about where his body will be entombed, so the princess and her suitor must travel to dangerous lands — all while hauling a coffin on wheels.

Frima Games, the team behind Chariot, showed off its progress on the lighthearted title in a developer diary, above, released Thursday. Read more...

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The Game Releases ‘Don’t Shoot’ Song to Keep Mike Brown’s Memory Alive

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"God ain't put us on the Earth to get murdered — don't point your weapons at me."

Those haunting lyrics from rapper The Game's new "Don't Shoot" song, featuring an all-star lineup, are a reminder of the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, which spawned protests in the 18-year-old's community

The song is available on iTunes, with proceeds going to the Mike Brown memorial fund.

"I am a black man with kids of my own that I love more than anything, and I cannot fathom a horrific tragedy like Michael Brown's happening to them," The Game, born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, told Rolling Stone. "This possibility has shaken me to my core. That is why this song must be made, and why it was so easy for so many of my friends to come together and unite against the injustice." Read more...

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NFL Institutes Domestic Violence Policy After Widespread Criticism

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After its discipline protocol was widely derided in recent weeks, the NFL appears to have listened.

On Thursday, the league announced a new protocol for punishing instances of domestic violence. First-time domestic violence offenders now face a mandatory six-game suspension, while second offenses will bring a lifetime ban

Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to NFL owners laying out a new set of rules in the wake of Ravens star Ray Rice's two-game suspension for hitting his fiancé and the subsequent public backlash against it

The new policy is effective immediately and applies to all NFL employees — not just players Read more...

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