Samstag, 31. Januar 2015

Striking images of firefighters battling massive blaze in wintry Brooklyn


A five-alarm fire at a storage facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, sent smoke billowing across the East River on Saturday morning

The fire broke out at 6:30 a.m., local time, at a four-story building on North 11th Street near Kent Avenue, WABC-TV reported. At the time of this writing, more than 150 firefighters were trying to control the flames, which could be seen from parts of Manhattan. No injuries have been reported yet

New Yorkers captured the scene, as well as the firefighters working in frigid temperatures and windy conditions


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HTC's Lollipop update won't reach every One phone on time

HTC hasn't always had success upgrading One users to the latest version of Android within its promised 90-day window, and history is unfortunately repeating itself with Android 5.0 Lollipop on the way. The phone maker is now warning that "some carrie...

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Sign up to join Mashable's live blog of Super Bowl ads


For the past three years, Mashable has assembled a crack team of ad execs to live blog and critique the often sorry crop of Super Bowl ads that are foisted on the American public. This year is no exception

It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it. The 2015 crew is more than up to the task. The Expendables-style all-start team this year includes Lee Garfinkel, CEO of FCB Garfinkel; Allen Adamson, chairman North America for Landor Associates; Lucy Farey-Jones, executive strategy director at Venables Bell & Partners; Jamie Barrett, partner and chief creative officer at BarrettSF; Arwa Mahdawi, partner and chief strategy and innovation officer at Cummins & Partners; Patrick Godfrey, managing partner for GodfreyQ; Alex Amado, Senior Director of Creative and Media at Adobe, and Mike Tittel, executive creative director at Read more...

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Inkscape 0.91 freigegeben

Die Inkscape-Gemeinschaft hat Version 0.91 des freien Vektorgrafik-Editors freigegeben. Die neue Version zeichnet sich durch schnelleres und genaueres Rendern, neue und verbesserte Werkzeuge und mehr Unterstützung für verschiedene Dateiformate aus.

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The Pirate Bay is back online after nearly 2 months of downtime


Nearly two months after it went offline following a police raid in Sweden, torrent-indexing site The Pirate Bay is back online

The comeback is hardly surprising. Following a period of complete unavailability, the site was resurrected in December, with an image of a phoenix replacing its standard pirate-ship logo. The Pirate Bay was not immediately functional, but it featured a timer indicating that the site would resume operations some time around Feb. 1

The Pirate Bay's current owners have not yet made an official announcement about its return. However, a Saturday report from TorrentFreak said there may be some friction between former and current staff members, with some even planning to launch another version of the site Read more...

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Firefox und Chrome verraten IP-Adressen trotz VPN

Viele Nutzer verschleiern ihre eigentliche IP-Adresse und damit ihren Standort, indem Sie über einen VPN-Server ins Internet gehen. Die WebRTC-Implementierungen von Mozilla Firefox und Google Chrome plaudern aber die Adresse aus.

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Pilots in helium-filled balloon land in Mexico after record-setting Pacific Ocean flight


The two men hoping to set a new world record for traveling in a helium-filled balloon safely executed a water landing on the Baja coast near La Poza Grande in Mexico on Saturday

After traveling roughly 7,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean, the team, consisting of pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, have now broken two long-standing records for ballooning.

As of this writing, after spending almost a full week in the air, the two pilots were being retrieved by a fishing boat, with initial reports confirming that they're both now safe after the challenging journey. The mayor of Albuquerque tweeted the good news, offering personal updates on the crew's status Read more...

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If You Want a 100% Sunny Wedding Day You Can Pay $150k to Explode Clouds

If You Want a 100% Sunny Wedding Day You Can Pay $150k to Explode Clouds

This sounds fake as hell but it does have some scientific backup: A luxury travel company is offering a $150,000 cloud-killing package to guarantee sunny wedding days in the south of France. Pilots will consult with meteorologists to fly planes near the ceremony space three weeks leading up to the wedding. The planes spray silver iodide at clouds, which is supposed to cause them to condense and get all the rain out of the way. Boom! Sunny pictures.

You know Kim and Kanye looked into this shit.

This plan is controversial but it does have support. Many scientists are confident that these cloud-killing sprays can effect the weather. Cloud-seeding with silver iodide is used in Canada to shrink hail storms as they happen. In China, making artificial rain this way is a fairly common practice, and it was used in the Beijing Olympics to help ensure clear skies. In Wyoming, a study concluded that cloud-seeding increased snowfall by up to 15 percent, and Arizona may use it to combat drought.

Then again... there's no consensus that using chemicals to force precipitation is effective, or harmless. And recent initiatives to stop a drought in China using cloud-seeding didn't work. So it's necessary to be deeply skeptical here about the company's claims that it can guarantee sunshine.

Even if cloud-seeding was 100% effective, it costs $150,000 to to make it rain before your wedding so it doesn't rain on your wedding. For that eye-bleeding amount of money, you should be able to reschedule your wedding several times, or also do something much, much more useful with it.

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Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Lifehacker launched exactly ten years ago today (happy birthday to us)! In light of the occasion, let's take a look back at some of the most popular posts we've shared with you this last decade.

This list is, more or less, our top 10 best performing posts by unique visits as determined by Google Analytics (there are many different measurements we could have used, but we went with this one). We took a few editorial liberties when putting it together, since some posts that had the most traffic are no longer relevant, or needed to be replaced with updated versions. In any case, we hope you enjoy this look back and thanks for reading us—whether you've been with us from the first post or just discovered us last week. Let's all go have some cake.

10. How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

This post from 2013 is both a health and a productivity tip: The amount of time you spend napping will have different effects on your energy and brain power. Posts about sleep in general usually do pretty well in these parts, such as the science of the perfect nap and how to reboot your sleep cycle, perhaps for obvious reasons. Sleep is one of the three pillars of health (along with nutrition and exercise) and most of us can't get enough of it.

9. How to Plant Ideas in Someone's Mind

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Good ol' Evil Week, where we explore the dark side so we know how to beat it. If you've ever want to manipulate someone so you can get what you want—or detect when someone's subtly manipulating you—this post is a must-read. It covers popular persuasive strategies, cleverly planting "clues" during your conversations for what you want, and more. Of course, there are more ethical ways to go about this as well.

8. Hack Attack: Burn Almost Any Video File to a Playable DVD

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Although this post is from eight years ago, the technique still shockingly works. You'll need the open source, free Windows utility DVD Flick and these step-by-step instructions to create playable DVDs.

7. How to Get a Complete Workout with Nothing But Your Body

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Who needs a gym when you can get a full-body workout with no equipment at all? These exercises—covering cardio, upper body, core, and lower body—can be done practically anywhere. (So they're great when you want to keep in shape while traveling or you don't have the room or budget for an expensive home gym.) We've also posted our own well-rounded Lifehacker Workout if you want more workout ideas or want to get over inevitable fitness plateaus.

6. Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Google search is packed with so many shortcuts and tools that few people probably know all of them. We took a look at the top 10 hidden search tricks back in 2008, then followed up more recently with 20 Google shortcuts and 10 more after that. That's a lot of shortcuts! And they're pretty handy.

5. Geek to Live: How to Format Your Hard Drive and Install Windows XP from Scratch

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Sometimes it's best to just start all over again from a blank slate. Lifehacker founder Gina Trapani wrote this XP guide back in 2006, and judging from its popularity, it's classic how-to guides like this one that help geeks and non-geeks alike the most. Although we're long past Windows XP, the basic steps are actually still pretty similar. But if you want something a bit more up-to-date, check out this guide to formatting your hard drive and this one for learning how to do a clean install of Windows (while keeping your files, settings, and tweaks intact).

4. The Always Up-to-Date Guide to Building a Hackintosh

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Ah, the hackintosh. For some, just mention of the word sparks joy. Over the years, we've posted countless guides to installing Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware, and most of them made it into our top posts of all time. Of course, almost all of them are out of date now, so bookmark this one for the most relevant, continuously updated instructions. Building a hackintosh is still as great a project as it ever was.

3. Five Best DVD Ripping Tools

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Lifehacker readers' five favorite DVD ripping utilities from 2012 are still awesome at what they do: Quickly and easily ripping DVDs and Blu-ray discs to files so you can watch them anywhere. You'll find options for all OSes here, several of them free.

2. How to Supercharge Your Router with DD-WRT

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

This is the updated version of our second most popular post of all time: Turn Your $60 Router into a $600 Router. DD-WRT makes it possible to do much more with your router than you can with your router's default firmware, like improve your wireless signal, add advanced features, and more. (DD-WRT also tends to be more secure, as was the case with the WPS router vulnerability easily cracked with Reaver.)

1. How to Crack a Wi-Fi Password

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Gina's How to Crack a Wi-Fi Network's WEP Password with BackTrack guide is the site's top post of all time. But by now, you probably know you shouldn't be using WEP for your Wi-Fi network, and instead should be using the much more secure WPA2 (with AES encryption, if possible). WPA is still crackable, though, so it's an important subject to learn about. Check out both our guides on WEP and WPA password cracking for info on how to protect yourself.

That's it—our top 10 posts from our first 10 years. Thanks for taking this slightly navel-gazing journey with us, and more importantly, for sticking with us so long. We'd be nowhere without all of you guys, and our site would not be nearly as awesome without all your tips and contributions. So if you have a favorite post that didn't make the list, share it below!

Lifehacker's Weekend Roundup gathers our best guides, explainers, and other posts on a certain subject so you can tackle big projects with ease. For more, check out our Weekend Roundup and Top 10 tags.

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Online-Riese Alibaba legt Streit mit chinesischer Aufsichtsbehörde bei

Der Schritt kommt unerwartet, nachdem die Aufsichtsbehörde einen Aufsehen erregenden Bericht veröffentlicht hatte. Unterdessen plant der Internet-Riese anscheinend den Börsengang des meistbenutzten Online-Bezahldienstes in China.

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Kleines Update: AVM aktualisiert FritzOS

Ohne viel Tamtam hat der Berliner Kommunikationsspezialist ein Update des FritzOS herausgebracht. Die wichtigste Verbesserung betrifft die Router-Leistung an Vectoring-Anschlüssen.

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Casio's new iOS app turns your whistling into full-length tunes

Apps have done wonders for music creation, and now there's mobile software from Casio that aims to make it even easier. The Chordana Composer app for iPhone creates a track basked on a melody that you create by singing or whistling two bars of a tune...

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Roboter lernt Kochen aus Youtube-Videos

Roboter sollen sebstständig Arbeitsschritte aus YouTube-Kochvideos wiederholen und die korrekten Geräte handhaben -- das verspricht eine von Forschern der University of Maryland entwickelte Technik.

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