"'Charlie Rose' by Samuel Beckett"
Something has happened to PBS favorite "Charlie Rose." The erudite conversations and sober intellectualism have been replaced by an absurd world where illogi...
Billy Eichner and Amy Poehler Trick Unsuspecting New Yorkers [VIDEO]
In the latest episode of 'Billy on the Street', Poehler and host Billy Eichner ran around New York's Flatiron Building tricking people into believing that Poehler is Cuban pop s...
Google Extends Glass Initiative for Nonprofits
Google has launched an initiative aimed at putting its Glass device in the hands of non-profit organizations.
Supreme Court: Aereo Case Could Affect All Internet Storage
Aereo works the same way as Cablevision's network DVR in that each subscriber has its own antenna and records its own copy of a program. In other words, rather than simply using a big antenna to stream to lots of users (which would be more efficient), Aereo maintains a 1:1 ratio between its antennas and its customers. Likewise, if two customers record the same program through Aereo's cloud DVR, two individual copies exist — even though it would be more efficient to just have one copy.
Chernin, AT&T Partner in Online Video
The partnership with AT&T brings new dimension to veteran Hollywood executive Peter Chernin’s digital media efforts, which includes an investment in digital media studio Fullscreen and a majority stake in the Japanese anime site Crunchyroll. AT&T will add expertise in technology, distribution, network infrastructure and marketing clout.
Star Trek And The Politics Of Silicon Valley | TechCrunch
In many ways, we live in a Star Trek utopia today. Mobile communicators are plentiful, entertainment is essentially unlimited, and computer processing power is infinite through the cloud if not free. But the hardest challenges facing our race are sadly still too often present: inequality, famine, disease, war, energy, water, and the list goes on. If we want to evolve our society, it’s well past time for us to remove our arrogance, and direct our attention to building a future all of us can enjoy. And we should also apply for a construction permit for Starfleet Academy. Given its San Francisco Presidio location, it won’t even open until 2140 at the earliest due to the planning process.
Your Internet Connection Is Almost Certainly Slower Than Advertised
The research, put together using data from Ookla and its online speed test Speedtest.net, shows that the majority of 800 cities studied suffer far slower internet speeds than providers claim. Perhaps unsurprisingly, those with faster connections only achieve a percentage point or two above the claimed offering; in contrast, those that are slower can be up to 50 percent behind the claims.
Netflix Raising Streaming Subscription Price for New Users - IGN
According to TheWrap , Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells delivered the news in a letter to investors earlier today. The letter said, “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only”.
Lytro Illum Camera: Mind-Bending ‘Light-Field’ Photography Grows Up - Personal Tech News - WSJ
On Tuesday, the mind-bending camera maker Lytro introduced Illum, a $1,599 camera that performs optical feats that the company hopes both novices and professional photographers and videographers will appreciate.
As WhatsApp Hits 500 Million Users, CEO Jan Koum Preaches Focus
Koum pointed out that his competitors have had trouble making inroads in WhatsApp strongholds like India and Spain, despite splashy and costly efforts. “There’s not enough money and not enough celebrities in the world to convince people to use a shitty product. People are so savvy these days. People expect a good user experience.”
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For today's post, I thought it would be fun to build a little interface to my blog, Re: Factor . In addition, you can use this to easily...
You Got Spam Mail: Slew of AOL Email Accounts Fall Prey to Spoofing Attack
Spoofed emails don't actually originate from the email address in question, nor do they ever touch AOL's own mail servers--they're just crafted to look as though they're coming from AOL email addresses. That means that if you've been the victim of a spoofed spam attack, simply changing your password will do nothing to stop the headache for your contacts.
High School Students Fix Problem Of Gross, Watery Ketchup
Problem is, neither of those inventions can keep a hamburger safe from the watery liquid that splurts out unappealingly in advance of the delightfully red, viscous ketchup. Luckily, a pair of Missouri high school students have decided to tackle these aptly named “ketchup-related problems,” because, as we all know, “wet bread is gross.” Their solution? A small piece of plastic that traps the unwanted liquid.
Report: Amazon's Wacky 3D Phone Will Also Have Gesture Controls
What you're looking at in the image above is a photo of the phone covered in a protective case that obfuscates its design, so that unauthorized eyes can't take a look at what's going on under that shell. According to the report, this is one of two phones the company is developing. The first to launch will have a Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. Those are standard specs seen on every flagship smartphone out there today.
Moebius: Empire Rising review: Elementary, oh dear
Moebius: Empire Rising is a game about history repeating itself, asking the player to investigate a string of people whose lives mirror those of famous, important figures throughout history. It's fitting that the story itself plays like a knock-off of previously written characters and storylines – most notably Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series.
The Holmes role is played by Malachi Rector, a highly intelligent antiques dealer-turned-investigator who makes it clear he doesn't want anyone to care about him; Dr. John Watson is filled in by David Walker, an ex-military man who puts up with Rector's snark in order to protect him; and Mrs. Hudson is Gretchen Stern, Rector's long-suffering assistant.
Moebius plays out like bad fanfiction – the action sequences are dramatized to the point of absurdity, the characters are caricatures rather than believable human beings, and the story is predictable. Given the involvement of adventure game guru Jane Jensen, I expected Moebius to have sophisticated characters uncovering a mystery complete with adventure, thrills and, most of all, surprises.
Loch Ness Monster ‘spotted’, albeit on Apple Maps
Spotted on Apple Maps satellite imagery last year, the sighting has only just gained widespread attention, adding another layer of mystery to a story that has intrigued locals and visitors alike for hundreds of years. Looking at the image, we can see what appears to be an object around 30 meters (100 feet) long just below the surface of the water.
How Entrepreneurs Can Learn to Be Powerful Negotiators
Negotiation is not the simple art of getting what you want, when you want it. A great negotiation, whether in your personal or professional life, will leave both parties feeling [somewhat] satisfied rather than producing a clear winner and a clear loser.
Leonardo DiCaprio might play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic
The director and lead actor of the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic are still up in the air, and another pair of big names are now reportedly being eyed for the roles: Leonardo DiCaprio and Slumdog Millionaire- director Danny Boyle. The Hollywood Reporter says that Sony Pictures is now in talks to sign Boyle, who has already approached DiCaprio about the possibility of starring as Jobs. The Social Network director David Fincher had previously been in talks to direct with Christian Bale starring, but Sony is reportedly replacing him over high pay requests .
Sci-Fi Contest Roundup: Doctor Who
Using a Raspberry Pi and a microphone, the lock unlocks when the python script detects a sound signature that matches previously recorded Sonic Screwdriver’s hums — meaning friends with novelty Sonic Screwdrivers can join in the fun too — if he lets them.
Apple interviewing for executive positions on its mobile payments team
According to the report, Apple has been meeting with applicants for two new positions that would focus on building a mobile payments system using credit cards stored in iTunes. These positions include a head of product and head of business development.
Exclusive: YouTube Product Head Shishir Mehrotra Likely to Depart -- Moving to Advisory Role
Shishir Mehrotra, YouTube’s head of product and a longtime Google exec, is likely to depart the company, and has moved to an advisory role at the premium online video powerhouse.
Website-Building Platform Weebly Raises $35M More | TechCrunch
“As technology takes over the workplace and impacts the job market on a global scale, we want to be the entrepreneurial springboard that helps everyone bring their idea to life,” Rusenko said in the funding release. “With the support from Sequoia and Tencent, this next phase for us means making Weebly more accessible. We will continue to build an empowering technology platform that helps people turn ideas or passions into scalable businesses.”
Reddit Ousts Technology Subreddit from Front Page - Digits - WSJ
“We decided to remove /r/technology from the default list because the moderation team lost focus of what they were there to do: moderate effectively,” Victoria Taylor, Reddit’s director of communications, said in an email. Taylor said the subreddit could return to the home page at a later date.
Android takes the lead in mobile ad traffic -- and cash -- for the first time ever
“Now, for the first time, the Android OS has the most traffic (42.8 percent vs. iOS’s 38.2 percent) — and it is slowly increasing its mobile ad monetization as well, now accounting for over 33 percent of revenue compared to 26.7 percent at this time last year.”
Mario Golf: World Tour Getting DLC and Season Pass - IGN
Though they'll cost £5.39 ($5.99 USD) if purchased individually from Toad's Booth, all three can be purchased for £10.79 ($14.99 USD). Doing this also nets you the Gold Mario character, whose special Golden Flower shot enables him to gain coins for every yard he makes the ball travel. He'll also be available separately once all the other DLC packs are out.
The Nintendo Game Boy at 25
Games like Super Mario Land, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, and Donkey Kong Land showed that Nintendo knew how to repeat the magic on a handheld, while Kirby's Pinball Land and Pokémon proved that they could innovate on the new platform. These were imaginative, simplistic and addicting games - in the vein of the Game and Watch systems that came before it - that solidified Nintendo as an intrepid innovator.
Google Doodles: A 'Campfire for the Whole World'
Germick comes across as a man who really loves his job and sees Doodles as more important than just a bit of fun on a (popular) homepage. “In our world, it’s increasingly fractured. There’s not really a campfire for the whole world to go around, and we’re very fortunate to have this creative canvas at Google and a ton of people see it every day. We want to do something that’s worth their while as a token of appreciation.”
Mailbox 2.0 for iOS Predicts What You Want to Do With Emails
Mailbox 2.0 is the app's first major update since it was acquired by Dropbox nearly a year ago. It includes a new auto-swipe feature that predicts what you want to do with a message before opening it and adds integration with Dropbox accounts.
Roku FINALLY Releases A Youtube Channel For Most Of Its Streaming Boxes | TechCrunch
The catch: Roku says the channel is only compatible with “current generation” devices, which they define as any box launched after July 2011. Roku’s model numbering system is super confusing*, so just know that if your Roku came out in the last 2 1/2 years or so, you’re probably good. Also of note: the new channel will only work in US, UK, Canada, and Ireland.
WhatsApp grows to half a billion users - CNET
Adding 50 million active users in two months time, the messaging app is well on its way to reaching a billion people, just as Mark Zuckerberg anticipated.
Apple's OS X beta testing is now open to the public
Apple has released public beta tests of individual Mac apps in recent years, but OS X itself has largely been off-limits unless you've registered as a developer. That changes now that Apple has launched the OS X Beta Seed Program . Starting with OS X 10.9.3, you can try pre-release operating system updates by signing in with a garden variety Apple ID; oddly enough, you still have to sign a developer-style agreement promising to keep some details a secret. We wouldn't sign up solely because of the upcoming Mavericks update, but the program represents an all-too-rare opportunity to both preview features and provide direct feedback as an everyday user. If you're willing to live with a few bugs, you can start with your first beta at the source link.
Lytro Illum camera for '3D photo-taking' announced - Telegraph
Lytro has revealed its latest light field camera the Lytro Illum, allowing the
viewer to focus on differing fields of depth within pictures to create an
immersive, 3D experience
iPhones and Macs get fix for extremely critical “triple handshake” crypto bug
The flaw resides in the secure transport mechanism of iOS version 7.1 and earlier for iPhones and iPads and the Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and Mavericks 10.9.2 versions of Mac OS X, according to advisories here and here . The bug makes it possible to bypass HTTPS encryption protections that are designed to prevent eavesdropping and data tampering by attackers with the capability to monitor traffic sent by and received from vulnerable devices. Such "man-in-the-middle" attackers could exploit the bug by abusing the "triple handshake" carried out when secure connections are established by applications that use client certificates to authenticate end users.
AT&T creates $500M joint venture for a Netflix-style TV service
“‘A critical part of The Chernin Group’s strategy has been our significant focus on the online video industry, and joining forces with AT&T only further underscores our strategic commitment in this area as operators, investors and programmers,’ said Peter Chernin, Chairman and CEO, The Chernin Group. ‘Consumers are increasingly viewing video content on their phones, tablets, computers, game consoles and connected TVs on mobile and broadband networks. AT&T’s massive reach on those platforms across mobile and broadband and their commitment to the online video space make them the perfect fit for this venture with us.’”
Facebook's "Nearby Friends" must work against the historical failure of people discovery
But Facebook Nearby can learn from these apps in a crucial way: making discovery addictive. If Facebook can manage to make its Nearby feature fun and simple enough to entice users to check it multiple times per day, then it has a better shot of becoming a feature that more people will use, which will increase value over time. Facebook could do that by bringing surprise into the app — say, alerting users to when friends who aren’t normally nearby are in town, or randomly generating the information of a friend of a friend with similar interests. By incorporating real discovery into people discovery, not just nearby friends, Facebook might finally craft the right mix.
Chinese Conglomerate Fosun Starts $100 Million Venture Arm In Silicon Valley - Digits - WSJ
Fosun recently gained international attention for exploring the purchase of Forbes Media , and its $725 million acquisition of One Chase Manhattan Plaza in New York City, among the biggest purchases of U.S. property by a Chinese investor. Fosun made headlines when it beat out U.S. private equity firm Apollo Global Management to purchase an 80% stake in the insurance arm of state Portugal’s state bank Caixa Geral de Depositos. Fosun also controls or owns stakes in brands such as St. John, Folli Follie and Club Med.
1Password's Fresh iOS 7 Design Arrives With Support For Multiple Vaults And More | Cult of Mac
When the developers at AgileBits showed me 1Password’s highly anticipated iOS 7 redesign at Macworld last month, I naturally asked when it would come out. They were cagey, but I was told to expect some “interesting things soon.” The day has finally arrived, and 1Password’s biggest update since version 4.0 is out in the App Store.
Ask the Man Who Unleashed 1.5 Million Balloons On Cleveland Anything
I have been doing special events logistics since about 1978. I lived in Southern California then and people were throwing a lot of money at PR stunts. I met Treb Heining in 1984, just as he got the contract for the 1984 Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies. We had to design the logistics of filling hundreds of balloons that made Olympic rings and then cheerleaders moved them to spell "Welcome"… and then let them go. After that, I worked on all Treb's large events, including the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland in 1985. We had to design a way to blow up a million balloons, put them in bags of 1000, and then carry them out to the street. In Cleveland, they wanted to release them from one spot in front of Terminal Tower. I designed the city-square block "bin", got it redesigned to meet Cleveland building code for any structure, and designed and ordered the fabrication of a net that was a city block square. In 1990, I caught the attention of Disney, and worked at Disneyland Hotel and Park till 1995. I have lived in Hawaii since 1998 and have been manager of a theatre at a community college since 2001.
Apple's letting anyone help test its next OS X update
Apple is suddenly taking a much more open approach to testing its desktop operating system. For the first time in years, the company is inviting regular consumers to help test upcoming OS X software updates before they're distributed publicly. Apple says the OS X Beta Seed Program will allow anyone to "test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better." In recent years, Apple has offered beta tests for individual apps like FaceTime and Safari, but it hasn't offered a public OS X beta program since way back in 2000 — and even then it charged users $29.95 to take part. This time it's free and open to everyone, so long as you're 18 or older and have an Apple ID.
“Russian Facebook” founder flees country after being forced out as CEO
VK’s former CEO says that despite his multiple refusals of Kremlin requests to censor his site in a similar fashion to how it filters print and TV news, the site—which boasts 143 million registered users globally, 88 million of whom are based in Russia—is now effectively under state control.
No, Powdered Alcohol Is Not a Thing — Yet
Philips also emphasized that users should ask a venue if Palcohol is an acceptable thing to bring, and that Palcohol-laced food should not be served to minors. "We have yet to understand its potential of being added to food," according to the sober version of the site. However, it still does relate Philips' experiments with "adding Powderita powder to guacamole, Cosmopolitan powder on a salad, V in a vodka sauce, etc. It gives the food a kick."
OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!
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Durov, Out For Good From VK.com, Plans A Mobile Social Network Outside Russia | TechCrunch
And there are Durov’s wider interests, specifically around his Telegram app. Telegram had a surge of interest in the last couple of months because of a perfect storm of sorts: Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp has seen some turn away from the popular messaging app and look around for alternatives; and in general the public has started to become a lot more interested in apps offering “secure” services that do a better job of keeping their data away from commercial and government data gatherers. One of VK.com’s shareholders, United Capital Partners , has criticised Durov’s focus on Telegram at the expense of his attention on VK.com.
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Killing Dark Pools Is CME Chairman’s Fix for Broken Stock Market
TONIGHT: How To See Meteor Shower
A meteor (L) from the Geminids meteor shower enters the Earth's atmosphere past the stars Castor and Pollux (two bright stars, R) on December 12, 2009 above Southold, New York. This meteor shower gets the name 'Geminids' because it appears to radiate from the constellation Gemini. Geminids are pieces of debris from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon. Earth runs into a stream of debris from the object every year in mid-December, causing the meteors. The peak of the shower is expected the night of December 13-14 at about 0500 GMT on December 14. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Parents Asked The Internet To Name Their Baby, And Here's What They Picked
Now, he and his wife, Alysha, have announced on the website that little Amelia Savannah Joy McLaughlin was born on April 7th.
A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.
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Happy Earth Day. We Just Reached Another Scary Climate Change Milestone
In this July 1, 2013, file photo, smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont. For the last month, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been above 400 parts per million. The heat-trapping gas is released in the process of burning of fossil fuels. | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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NYPD's Feel-Good Hashtag Campaign Backfires
On Tuesday, the NYPD's official Twitter account tried to stir up some good community vibes by asking followers to share photos of themselves alongside New York City police officers, using the hashtag #myNYPD. The best responses would go on the department's Facebook page. Here's the kind of thing the NYPD had in mind:
Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering
Despite the ongoing impacts of the spill, Lambert is hopeful that the resiliency of the Gulf ecosystem will allow it to recover from the impacts of the spill. Muth said he thinks some of the land — like Cat Island — is likely too degraded to recover, but he wants Louisiana to rethink the way it manages the lower Mississippi River, so that the river can start building deltas again. It’s something he says the state is coming around to, but the NWF is still trying to find the funding and political will to implement some marsh restoration projects. Some of that funding, he said, could come from BP’s contribution to the Natural Resource Damage Assessment.