Rumor: Oculus Will Unveil A Handheld Virtual Reality Controller At Its Conference

Sixense Stem Oculus Oculus‘ headset lets you look around virtual reality but requires integrations with unofficial controllers to move an avatar, fire weapons, or input other commands. But at tomorrow’s Oculus Connect virtual reality conference, sources say Oculus is expected to unveil an official controller to make it easier for developers to build more complex games. Several developers have been… Read More

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Amazing video of people dancing on the wall of a building

Amazing video of people dancing on the wall of a building

This is Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeker suspended on the wall of Oakland’s City Hall, dancing like some kind of fairies or angels. The effect of them moving over the building’s façade as it if were the ground is disoriented but really beautiful. I can watch them doing this forever.

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Sean Parker’s Airtime shut down its web-based video chat this summer, and no one even noticed

Remember Airtime? The Sean Parker-led startup finally shut down its web app during the last few weeks, and no one seems to have noticed.

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Out-of-warranty iPhone 6 and 6 Plus repair prices now available on

Now that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are available to the public, Apple has released pricing information for any repairs you might need (though hopefully you won’t need any so soon). As usual, the prices are broken up into two categories. The first is the price for repairing or replacing a broken display. This […]

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Weekly sidebar poll results: Leather or links?

AC readers have spoken – and we love us some metal

We’re having a hard time deciding which Moto 360 look we like best — the leather strap or the metal bracelet. Both have their merits, both have their drawbacks. Get hot and sweaty, or pull the hair on your arm every time you reach for something. Yeah, yeah — first world problems for sure.

Seeing the Pebble Steel band on the 360 makes the situation even more debatable, because it looks good and is cheap. Like $60 cheaper than Motorola’s offering will be.

To help fix out indecisiveness, we asked everyone out there what they think. Clearly, we, the readers of Android Central, love us some metal.

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The Comfort Principle: Spend Money Where You Spend Your Time

The Comfort Principle: Spend Money Where You Spend Your Time

One of Lifehacker’s main tasks is to help you save money. But once you’ve saved money, where should you spend it in order to maximize the usefulness of your money spent—or even your happiness? To answer that, just look at what you spend your day doing, proportionally, and allocate money accordingly. I’m going to call it the comfort principle.

Blast from the past is a weekly feature at Lifehacker in which we revive old, but still relevant, posts for your reading and hacking pleasure. We talk a lot about saving money, but this week we’re revisiting some advice on where it’s okay to splurge.

I’ll use myself as an example to illustrate exactly what the comfort principle is. I work at home, and thus average at least 10 hours a day in one chair in front of the computer. Subtract 8 hours from the day for sleeping means I’m spending 10 out of 16 hours, or 62% of my waking day, in this chair. That’s a pretty large percentage of my time.

Now I apply the comfort principle. Would I rather spend 62% of my time either "making do" with a mediocre chair and powering through in relative misery, or would I rather spend it in comfort? The higher the percentage of your day you spend in a task, the easier the question becomes. Of course I would rather spend 62% of my time comfortably rather than suffering back pain. The decision becomes more straightforward when framed in this way.

But even so, talking in percentages is abstract, and humans have an easier time thinking in pure numbers than we do in abstract terms. So let’s get some actual numbers.

10 hours/day * 5 days/week * 52 weeks/year = 2600 hours a year that you’re sitting on that chair. (You’ll have some weeks off for vacation, but you’ll also probably be working late, or working weekends, so let’s just say it evens out.)

Say the typical mediocre Office Depot chair costs $100, and a really good chair—a spine-conforming, back-supporting, muscle-relaxing specimen—costs $800. If you spread your $700 over the course of 2600 hours, that comes out to about 25 cents an hour. Would you pay a quarter an hour to be comfortable? My guess is yes. The numbers look even better when you realize you won’t switch chairs every year. Even at five years—which is short for a quality chair—you’re down to 5 cents per hour.

I can then examine other things I do throughout the day, like the computer (which works out to be about the same as that chair), or a smartphone (1-2 hours), or a mattress (8+ hours), and adjust accordingly. If my computer takes 10 seconds to open an app and I can shave it down to 2 by swapping in an SSD, that’s a worthwhile purchase when you factor in frustration and time saved. If my computer locks up frequently because I don’t have enough RAM or if it’s just too slow, it’s in my own interest to upgrade or get a new computer. If I can get through my day with as little aggravation, frustration and discomfort as possible, I’ll be much more relaxed, which benefits myself and the people around me. And preventing stress is much better than having to spend money later on to alleviate stress.

How This Applies to You

If you don’t work at home, you probably won’t have as easy a time finding items that you use a majority of your day, but you still can. Start by making a list of what you do all day, then evaluating what equipment you need to do those tasks. For example, here’s a generic list:

  • 8 hours: (Work) Office chair, computer, office desk, monitor
  • 2 hours: (Commute) Car, car stuff
  • 1 hour: (Cooking) Kitchen utensils
  • 3 hours: (Living room recreation) TV, video games, music
  • 1 hour: (Reading) Kindle/iPad
  • 1 hour: (Exercise) Running, treadmill, elliptical

You might not be able to convince your manager that you need an expensive chair, but you may have more luck getting them to splurge for an ergonomic keyboard and mouse, or a better monitor. And even if they don’t, the comfort principle dictates that you may still be better off sucking it up and spending this money yourself, particularly if you’re going to be happier or healthier for it. (Just make sure that everyone knows these items are yours and refrains from stealing them.)

The comfort principle applies to your leisure time as well. Getting nice gardening equipment if you like to spend an hour unwinding after work in your backyard, or better running shoes/clothes if you exercise every day, or a nicer bike for your weekends or commuting will make the time spent more enjoyable. If you or your family likes to cook daily, imagine how much easier—or stress free-the process would be if all your tools were good.

Those of you with a long commute in a horrible car may not want to go all the way into getting a brand new car, but you can at least get some better back support, a more capable stereo (maybe something with hands-free calling), a navigation system, or some way to make those commuting hours less miserable. If you’re going to be spending two hours a day confined in a single place, why not spend a little and use that time listening to audiobooks, which can be entertaining as well as informative.

If you’ve got any sort of back pain or if you’re not satisfied with your mattress, you should get a good one immediately. Not only do you spend a third of every single day on that thing, the aftereffects of a good or bad night’s sleep affects the other two thirds dramatically. This will be money well spent.

Where You Might Stop Yourself from Splurging

Many of us already use our disposable income to comfort ourselves, but we might not be doing this in the most optimal manner. Instead of dumping money into, say, a jet-ski you only use four weekends a year, investing in things you use every single day can make you happier in the long run, even if they’re not as flashy a purchase. It’s easy to get into the habit of retail therapy for items we use very infrequently to make ourselves feel better, but it’s not often that we consider how much these purchases will improve our day-to-day existences. (And if you really must have a jet-ski, think about renting instead of buying.)

We also need to keep the concept of "good enough" in mind, because you’ll eventually reach the point of diminishing returns. There might be a big difference between a $500 computer and a $1000 computer, but you’ll notice much less of one between a $1500 and $2000 computer. And if you already have a car that’s been made in the last 5 years, there probably won’t be much you need to upgrade to, seeing as you can do incremental updates on your stereo system or GPS navigation.

Of course, if money’s tight, the comfort principle can’t always apply. If you’re finding yourself trying to save money by curbing excess spending, you might not have the freedom to pick up luxury items like a nice chair or a better smartphone—but the principle might help you redefine what is and isn’t considered luxury.

By evaluating and making a list of what it is you do all day and then applying the comfort principle, you can make sure your dollars are going to the areas in your life that have the highest impact on your happiness.

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Source: Lifehacker

Make a Water Filter Out of a Tree Branch

Make a Water Filter Out of a Tree Branch

In our pursuit of advanced technology, we forget that mother nature has already patented all the best ideas. With just a hose clamp, some plastic tubing, and piece of tree branch, you can create a simple water filter.

A research team at MIT came up with what’s dubbed a "xylem filter, " named for the xylem tissue in the tree branch that transports sap inside of a tree. Rohit Karnik, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, explains:

"Today’s filtration membranes have nanoscale pores that are not something you can manufacture in a garage very easily. The idea here is that we don’t need to fabricate a membrane, because it’s easily available. You can just take a piece of wood and make a filter out of it."

The type of wood required for the filter is called sapwood and is a common part of many different species of tree, including white pine. Just cut the branch piece, strip the bark, insert it tightly into a plastic tube, and secure it with a hose clamp. All in all, the setup would cost less than a couple dollars. To learn more about the xylem filer, check out the link below.

Water Filter Made from a Tree Branch Removes 99% of E. coli Bacteria | Ecopreneurist via Adafruit

Source: Lifehacker

Renewed talk of Yahoo as acquisition target after Alibaba IPO

With Alibaba’s IPO making big winners of the Chinese e-commerce giant and Japan-based stakeholder SoftBank, what are the odds that one of them buys Yahoo?

Source: CNET News

Bendy silicon is sensitive enough to register a falling virus

Tiny cantilever sensor capable of measuring femtoNewton forces.

Source: Ars Technica

Google’s Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

wabrandsma (2551008) writes with this excerpt from The Verge: Last night, researchers at Malwarebytes noticed strange behavior on sites like, The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post. Ads on the sites were being unusually aggressive, setting off anti-virus warnings and raising flags in a number of Malwarebytes systems. After some digging, researcher Jerome Segura realized the problem was coming from Google’s DoubleClick ad servers and the popular Zedo ad agency. Together, they were serving up malicious ads designed to spread the recently identified Zemot malware. A Google representative has confirmed the breach, saying "our team is aware of this and has taken steps to shut this down."

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