An 11-Year-Old Rapper Is Dividing YouTube
YouTube commenters have a lot of opinions, but one 11-year-old rapper is getting the brunt of their rage.
It's Raining Food (in Slow Motion)!
A number of foods dumped on a man's head in slow motion.
Drone Shoots Epic Footage of SpaceX Rocket Launch and Controlled Landing
SpaceX has released more test footage of its F94 rocket making a controlled landing, but this time, the amazing view is from a drone camera.
AT&T copies Google, names 100 cities where it could offer gigabit fiber
Before anyone gets too excited, AT&T isn't promising that it will actually build in any or all of these cities. "This expanded fiber build is not expected to impact AT&T’s capital investment plans for 2014," the company's announcement said, possibly to assure investors that it isn't wasting money.
The Only Watch That NASA Astronauts Trust With Their Lives | Gadget Lab | WIRED
Back in the 1960s, NASA had a problem: To keep track of time while bagging moon rocks, astronauts needed a wristwatch with otherworldly ruggedness. Many high-grade chronographs were auditioned. One lost its crystal under extreme decompression; the hands on another warped in the test oven. But the Omega Speedmaster—and its particularly robust movement—had the right stuff. The watch has since been strapped to every astronaut’s wrist from Gemini and Apollo to Skylab and the shuttle. Its movement, now known as the Calibre 1861, has seen a few changes over the years to improve its precision, but it’s been requalified by NASA for each new mission, and it remains the most strenuously tested movement in history. It’s even performed a few tasks those neurotic engineers couldn’t have foreseen: After shutting down their computers to save power, the troubled Apollo 13 crew navigated back to Earth using their hand-wound Speedmasters.
Netflix Is Raising Prices For New Subscribers
As expected, we saw limited impact from our January price increase for new members in Ireland (from €6.99 to €7.99), which included grandfathering all existing members at €6.99 for two years. In the U.S. we have greatly improved our content selection since we introduced our streaming plan in 2010 at $7.99 per month. Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only. Existing members would stay at current pricing (e.g. $7.99 in the U.S.) for a generous time period. These changes will enable us to acquire more content and deliver an even better streaming experience.
Nintendo Game Boy – 25 facts for its 25th anniversary
17. Work and play For a brief moment in 1992, it looked as though the Game Boy was about to become the Serious Boy. The arrival of the Psion Series 3 and Apple Newton in the early Nineties kickstarted a new market for handheld computers – or "personal digital assistants" – and enterprising eyes looked toward Nintendo's gaming system. Hence, the Work Boy, a productivity app developed by unknown company Fabtek, which would ship with its own keyboard and featured a diary, calculator, currency exchange and an accounting app. Amazingly, it never managed a full retail release. ( Update: as mentioned in the comments section below, the game was also used in the auto industry as a cheap diagnostic tool . Thanks to our reader, Gadget, for that information.)
Easy Arduino: Two Projects To Help You Get Started
These two Arduino projects are both extremely basic, but by executing them you can already begin to see the potential Arduino has to offer as a device that can communicate with sensors and write results to your computer. And if you combine these two projects—for example, you could connect a thermometer to your Arduino and tell it to write the temperature to your laptop—you'll soon realize the possibilities for Arduino are virtually endless.
U.S. judge dismisses case against Twitter alleging pre-IPO fraud
U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan said Precedo Capital Group Inc and Continental Advisors SA failed to show that Twitter was responsible for the cancellation of a secondary market offering they had been arranging with another firm, GSV Asset Management Inc.
Report: Apple, Google Vying for Mobile Game Exclusivity
According to a recent report from analytics firm App Annie, the Google Play store nabbed the most downloads during the first quarter, though Apple's shop still makes more money. Up 10 percent from the previous quarter, Google Play exceeded Apple Store downloads by about 45 percent between January and March. Cupertino, however, raked in 85 percent more money than its competitor. And, unsurprisingly, it is mobile games that drive the most growth in both storesaccounting for 75 percent of revenue for Apple and 90 percent for Google.
Apple Is Beating Google When It Comes To iOS Game Exclusives | Cult of Mac
In both cases these games were given premium placement within the App Store, being promoted in a large box at the top of the home page. Apple reportedly doesn’t offer money for games exclusives, but its marketing and promotional assistance can increase the number of daily downloads a game receives by up to ten times.
At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, 'geek' CEO sought both control and escape
He met the founder of Mt. Gox, U.S. entrepreneur Jed McCaleb, on IRC, an online chat platform. McCaleb, nervous about regulatory scrutiny on bitcoin, wanted rid of the exchange and sold it to Karpeles in March 2011 for no upfront fee, people with knowledge of the deal said. Karpeles told others he had later paid McCaleb a small fee, calling it "a very good deal". McCaleb could not be reached for comment.
If You Watch One Video Of An Algae-Eating Autonomous Robot Today, Make It This One | TechCrunch
Sealed with a transparent cylinder a motor, an endless worm and a pepper grinder aligned and connected by one single axis compose the mouth/anus, like a jellyfish. This cylinder has a liquid inlet/outlet (for water and algae spirogyra) placed at the end part of the endless worm. The endless worm has an important function to pump liquid in and out and to give small propulsion for the machine. Once the motor is activated the endless worm can turn to the right or to the left. If it turns to the right it sucks liquid in. If it turns to the left it pushes liquid out. The machine is programmed to pump algae and water in and out by the information transmitted by the sensors.
Tarantino Still Working on The Hateful Eight - IGN
Tarantino held a live reading of The Hateful Eight's screenplay in front of an enthusiastic audience on Saturday, where he announced that he's working on additional drafts. "I am working right now on a second draft," he told the packed crowd. "This is the first draft.”
Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt rumored to hit 40Gbps transfer speeds with new connector
In a purported presentation slide leaked to the Web on Monday, Intel outlines its next-generation Thunderbolt specification — "Alpine Ridge" — that will boast double the throughput of current Thunderbolt 2 interface, while bringing massive gains in power efficiency.
Report: Facebook is announcing a mobile ad network on April 30
This month, Facebook will announce a mobile ad network that delivers advertisements directly to third-party mobile apps.
Apple is ready for its closeup on clean energy
Apple has started telling its clean power story big time this week, with new reports, photos, and a video narrated by Tim Cook. Here’s why it’s opening up now:
Here comes The Upshot, the new explanatory journalism effort from the New York Times
The New York Times is launching The Upshot, a new site that its editor says will offer a combination of data journalism and explanatory reporting — and also try to go head-to-head with new high-profile projects like Ezra Klein’s Vox and Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight
Meet the Rugged Prospectors Still Panning for Gold in California | Raw File | WIRED
“When you’re talking about gold, no one wants to give away their exact location for fear others will come and take it,” she said. “There was a lot of suspicion among the prospectors as to how they would be covered—the news media at the time seemed to portray many gold prospectors as homeless vagabonds. Building up trust with people over time was often more difficult than government clearance would have been, I think.”
Teen Survives Flight To Hawaii In Jet's Wheel Well, FBI Says
"Simon said security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy from Santa Clara, Calif., hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning. The child had run away from his family after an argument, Simon said. Simon said when the flight landed in Maui, the boy hopped down from the wheel well and started wandering around the airport grounds.
See Your Favorite Urban Legend Brought To Life In This Art Show Of Nightmares
Robert Williams writes, "I remember early in my childhood while out motoring around the countryside my parents would tell me, 'Don’t stick your hands outside the car, there’s a man that stands beside the road that will cut your arms off!' Our central figure is the bogeyman arm whacker, his right hand holding a bloody butcher knife, his left grasping a sack of cut-off children’s arms. His skin is green and his anatomy is grotesque, with a hunchback. His head bares a large square chin, a crooked carrot nose and two dimensional white and green lightning shaped hair. His eyes at first appear to be giant cartoon pie-eyes, but at closer inspection real eyes are visible under the larger eye patterns. The most vulgar feature of this creature is that his pants are down, and exposed in open sight is a pair of distended ass cheeks used as a receptacle for the many knives he carries."
Behold the internet's power: Quentin Tarantino to rewrite movie ending after script leaks
What the internet giveth, it also taketh away... and then giveth back again (sort of). Back in January, the script for Quentin Tarantino's next film, a western called the Hateful Eight , showed up online and Defamer drew the web's attention to its presence. In response, the filmmaker sued for copyright infringement and shelved the project. It appears time has caused Tarantino to reconsider that initial reaction, however, as Deadline Hollywood reports that he's simply going to rewrite the ending to the movie and film it next winter. (The lawsuit remains pending, though the parties are currently trying to settle things via court-ordered mediation.)
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review: Hardware Triumph, Software Facepalm
And yet, that still isn't enough to make Sony's own skin run smoothly. Again, the third-party UI Sony has chosen to go with looks nice enough, but it runs like garbage. There is stutter and lag all over the place, and this lack of smoothness is a major problem, because it makes the most impressive hardware we've ever seen on a tablet feel like it doesn't really work that well, or that cohesively. The good news is that this is a pretty easy fix: just install a third-party launcher (I used Nova) and presto, it's as impressively smooth as you would hope. You'll want to swap out the keyboard, too. So it's great that these are easy fixes, but it's absurd that it's something you have to fix yourself. Nothing Sony's UI brings to the table justifies this debilitating performance.
Why Facebook Can’t Figure Out What to Do With Its Apps | Business | WIRED
As the Nearby Friends and Paper episodes show, Facebook’s route toward total disintegration into discrete apps will not be a straight one but rather a windy path, a course that adjusts as needed to nurture new products, which can benefit from an incubation period inside the main Facebook app. And additional features, bloated or not, can bolster new apps, which inevitably become more complex as they struggle to attract and retain users. In both cases, the challenge to Zuckerberg is how to nurture a billion users, encouraging and cajoling them to let go of the familiar as Facebook grows into its next incarnation. Breaking up, as they say, is hard to do.
iBeacons: How they can keep your family safe
You can, for example, build a log of such activity -- think of knowing where and when your teen (or parent or loved one) has driven and how long the trip took them. Using an iBeacon approach also allows you to get more granular it can be used to monitor activity throughout the house rather than just letting you know someone arrived or left.
InBloom student data repository to close
The New York Times Bits blog reports on the close of InBloom , a database for student data that became a privacy lightning rod. On the one hand, it’s a great idea: there’s a lot that educators and researchers could learn from analyzing this type of data across regions, demographics, etc. On the other hand, it’s probably not a wise idea to connect students’ names with sensitive or personal information. Objectivity is key, too. You’d like to measure attributes in a way that doesn’t lend itself to educators’ biases and reinforcement of stereotypes.
Newegg bundles $450 Xbox One with Titanfall, Forza 5
Update: At the time of writing Newegg had the bundle at $450, but it seems that time has gone and it's now $500. However, it still comes with both Titanfall and Forza bundled in.
If you're searching for Easter Xbox One deals, you might want to try a Newegg hunt. A new $450 $500 deal chucks in two games rather than one: For a limited time you can get the console with both a boxed copy of Titanfall and a download code for Forza Motorsport 5 .
The system's regular price remains $500, although the Microsoft Store is still offering the Titanfall bundle for $450 - that "limited time" offer has been going for nearly a month.
Samsung expert: Apple should get only $38.4M for infringement, not $2.2B - CNET
There are seven patents at issue in the latest case -- five held by Apple and two by Samsung. Apple has accused Samsung of infringing US patents Nos. 5,946,647; 6,847,959; 7,761,414; 8,046,721; and 8,074,172. All relate to software features, such as "quick links" for '647, universal search for '959, background syncing for '414, slide-to-unlock for '721, and automatic word correction for '172. Overall, Apple argues that the patents enable ease of use and make a user interface more engaging.
Review: We wear Samsung’s Gear 2 and Gear Fit so you don’t have to
Since the camera has only improved from 1.9 to 2.0MP, such impulse shots are pretty much all it’s useful for, especially since its color range is still muted, and its video functionality is still limited to 15 seconds a clip. The only exception is if you want to freak people out with the camera app’s new voice functionality. When that’s enabled, phrases like “say cheese” will tell the watch to take a photo. (This only works when the camera app is active, and it triggers a very loud “click” noise, so don’t expect to stealthily capture any images.)
Mobile-payments startup Square has discussed a possible sale to several rivals.
Square has been adding services that could eventually be more profitable than its main payments business. In the past 12 months it began Square Cash, which helps people send money to friends via email, and Square Market, a digital marketplace for small businesses. It also offers Square Stand to help stores track customer data and is testing a lending program for merchants who have difficulty getting a bank loan.
Why You Should Build Your Product in Public
While not every startup can or should build in public, I appreciate those that do and look forward to seeing more companies funded, designed, and supported directly by their users in non-traditional ways. I’ve found tremendous value in feedback from the Product Hunt community and the positive influence sharing its story in public , has had in building community.
That Game of Thrones Scene Wasn’t a ‘Turn-On,’ It Was Rape | Underwire | WIRED
Whether or not the creators intended this to be a rape scene is irrelevant; they made one anyway. And worse, they made one that encourages the most dangerous thinking about rape imaginable: that when a woman is held down on the ground, screaming for the man to stop, that deep down inside her she might still really want it. That if a man simply persists, it might “turn” a rape into something consensual, or at least into something less than “legitimate rape” or “rape-rape,” the words we have invented to make certain sexual assaults sound not so bad. (Also, it’s worth pointing out that while this scene happened in the book, Cersei was a willing participant.)
5 ways companies are using big data to help their customers
While companies of all industries can better understand their customers and provide better service with the help of big data, there’s more work to be done beyond simply collecting customer data. Companies that use big data well excel in sorting through the white noise of data, filtering out the relevant information and drawing insight from its analysis. Only then can companies begin to put big data to work to target and retarget the right customers, personalize their experience, solve their problems or build products suited to their needs. Big data can certainly be valuable — but only with actionable insight.
A Simple Guide to the Aereo Supreme Court Case
Next week the United States Supreme Court will hear a case pitting Aereo, the startup that streams free-to-air broadcast TV to your home, against the broadcasters that provide this television content.
Wireless charger can power 40 mobile phones at once from 15 feet away
DCRS is not the first approach to long-distance wireless charging. Cota , a wireless power platform set to be commercially available next year, can charge devices from nearly 30 feet away. But even at the prototype phase, DCRS can already pack a lot of power. It can charge up to 40 mobile devices at once and larger devices like TVs.
This Chart Shows Why Pinterest Is Way More Important Than Twitter Or Reddit For Traffic Referrals
Pinterest drives 7.10% of Web traffic that sites receive, second only to Facebook (21.25%), and leagues ahead of other social sites like Twitter, Reddit, StumbleUpon and LinkedIn. In the first quarter of 2014, the company drove 48.36% more traffic than it did at the end of 2013.
Apple Interviewing Job Candidates for Mobile Payments Push
It only makes sense for Apple to move forward in the Mobile Payments arena. There are many missing pieces of the puzzle though. With no industry wide POS adoption, mobile payments in general are dead. I would have thought it would have made sense for Apple to acquire Square as well, but with today's news of Square losing millions upon millions of dollars this no longer makes sense. What made sense about Square was a unified POS, loyalty system, payment system and a unified discount system all rolled into one nice bundle. So the technology Apple has, touchID, to make purchases really easy is there and it is slicker than a 1956 freshly waxed mustang, but with no POS integration or integrated loyalty/discount program the mustang will stay nice and pretty in the garage with no place to go.
Square Is Losing Millions Of Dollars And Wants To Sell: WSJ
(Reuters) - Square Inc has been in talks with several rivals for a possible sale as the mobile payments startup looks to stem widening losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
New York Real-Estate Agent Scores $13 Million Deal on WeChat - China Real Time Report - WSJ
Most users of China’s popular social media and messaging app WeChat use the service to swap messages, post pictures and share personal updates. But one real-estate agent recently used it to score a $13 million deal.
Is Your Internet Connection Slower Than Advertised? - The Numbers Guy - WSJ
If your Internet speed feels too slow, it probably is. Most major U.S. Internet service providers usually deliver slower speeds than they advertise to their customers.
Netflix is going to raise prices soon by a dollar or two, but not if you already subscribe
Our latest update on how Netflix is doing is here, and buried within the earnings details the company revealed two announcements that have been a long time coming: it's raising prices for new customers, and it is (after years of rumors ) going to offer service on cable-provided DVRs in the US soon. The price hike later this quarter will be for new members only and is expected to be a "one or two dollar" increase, while current subscribers will be grandfathered in at their current rates "for a generous time period." The big question for Netflix? Now at 48 million customers strong (37.5 million in the US), can it push through a price hike without the customer losses it experienced the last time it changed pricing? In January it increased prices in Ireland by one euro per month and grandfathered current customers in at their existing price for two years, and says it saw "limited impact" as a result. Netflix executives will take investor's questions live on YouTube in just a few minutes, watch here or check after the break for any interesting details.
Yes, China employs censors to watch nothing but porn
For the first five minutes, we imagine getting paid to watch adult material would be rather interesting. After that point, however, we'd probably spend the bulk of our day quietly updating our resume. If we didn't, then we'd probably wind up as broken and sickened as Chinese civil servant Chunqi Liu. Since all media is censored in the nation , China employs people to watch anything up to 330 clips of grumble per day. Liu, a former policeman, is also on-call a lot of the time, just in case the local authorities plan a midnight raid on a back-room DVD store selling prohibited materials and he needs to check the discs over. The 59-year-old has said that the job has left him physically ill, unable to eat for days and thrust his marriage into jeopardy. So what's the lesson here? That you should always be careful what you wish for, and that the mechanics of censorship can be weirder than anything you imagine.
OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!
“#childtrauma what can you do? Donate a daily tweet http://JustCoz.org/operationSAFE pic.twitter.com/lwFzfX1AcF @operatio”
Jason Goldberg Drops F-Bombs, Gives Blunt Take on Fab.com - Digits - WSJ
In a blog post laced with profanities , Fab Inc. founder and Chief Executive Jason Goldberg bluntly acknowledges the challenges the company faces, but says he is working to figure out what the company is in order to turn it around.
Vegetative patient 'not in pain'
As the son of a woman that has Locked-In-Syndrome this is not really news to me. One of the biggest challenges I faced in the NHS in 2005 when my mother's stroke occurred was trying to convince doctors that she was in fact conscious. They said I saw what I wanted to see. The biggest surprise was how little neurologists actually know about the brain, practically nothing in fact.
Why Vinyl Is the Only Worthwhile Way to Own Music
On any given Tuesday in the 90s, I would hustle to the record store after school to gawk at the new releases. Occasionally, I would take a CD home, greedily tear it open, pop it into my boombox, and listen while I pretended to do my homework. This wonderful experience has no value any more. It's obsolete.
Why You Need to Stop Bragging About How Busy You Are
The most salient takeaway to me is how critical it is to measure results. We focus on the wrong things and the surface-level elements that a manager feels in control of: when you are at your desk, how often you can take breaks, where work physically takes place. It takes real resource and talent management to create an environment where employees can add value and not simply punch a clock.
Exclusive: Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware - CNET
As CNET reported on April 10 , Nike had serious discussions in the last few months -- after the release of the FuelBand SE tracker last November -- about exiting the wearable-hardware market. The shoemaker isn't throwing in the towel on technology. Rather, it's turning away from hardware and realigning its focus exclusively on fitness and athletic software, a strategic shift that would still benefit the company in the long run, analysts said. Nike's FuelBand SE currently sits at No. 35 on the CNET 100 leaderboard .
The Government is Silencing Twitter and Yahoo, and It Won't Tell Us Why
The government is using shaky legal arguments to silence major Internet companies without giving them – or the public – the opportunity to respond. In three separate recent cases, the government has sent a grand jury subpoena to Yahoo or Twitter and requested a gag order from a magistrate judge, attempting to bar these tech companies from informing the customers in question. To make matters worse, the government won't disclose its reasoning for requesting the gag, effectively shutting the public out of the courthouse without any explanation.
WIRED Space Photo of the Day | Science | WIRED
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image reveals a pair of one-half light-year long interstellar "twisters," eerie funnels and twisted-rope structures in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) which lies 5,000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius. The central hot star, O Herschel 36 (lower right), is the primary source of the ionizing radiation for the brightest region in the nebula, called the Hourglass. Analogous to the spectacular phenomena of Earth tornadoes, the large difference in temperature between the hot surface and cold interior of the clouds, combined with the pressure of starlight, may produce strong horizontal shear to twist the clouds into their tornado-like appearance. Though the spiral shapes suggest the clouds are "twisting," future observations will be needed, perhaps with Hubble's next generation instruments, with the spectroscopic capabilities of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) or the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS), to actually measure velocities. These color-coded images are the combination of individual exposures taken in July and September, 1995 with Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) through three narrow-band filters (red light ionized sulphur atoms, blue light, double ionized oxygen atoms, green light, ionized hydrogen).
The transformative power of classical music
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers
They're millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt them down — what's not to love about monster primes? Adam Spencer, comedian and lifelong math geek, shares his passion for these odd numbers, and for the mysterious magic of math.