Roger Sterling's mustache has 'Mad Men' fans feeling hairy
Something happened on 'Mad Men,' but Twitter doesn't care because Roger Sterling grew a mustache.
Max Headroom: the definitive history of the 1980s digital icon
On Thursday, April 4th, 1985, a blast of dystopian satire hit the UK airwaves. Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future was a snarky take on media and corporate greed, told through the eyes of...
'Spooky' experiment proves quantum entanglement is real
Einstein was wrong -- about the quantum mechanical phenomena known as superpositioning and wave form collapse, at least. A team from Australia's Griffit
This is the official music video for Kendrick Lamar's King Kunta
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly has all the markings of a classic, and now it has its first official music video. (Not counting a different version of "i".) "King Kunta," directed by Canadian...
Michael Keaton gets requests to 'play Batman and Beetlejuice' in his 'SNL' monologue
Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan crashed Michael Keaton's monologue to try and convince him to "play Batman and Beetlejuice" with them.
Furious 7 is a superhero movie
Editor's note: this article contains mild spoilers for Furious 7.
The Fast and Furious movies were once about a rag-tag group of car enthusiasts with a penchant for pulling off daring heists......
See how the 'Interstellar' robots walked on set as life-sized puppets, not CGI - CNET
A fascinating behind-the-scenes video shows how mobile metal cabinets TARS and CASE really walked among the actors of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi opus.
David Lynch bows out of Showtime's 'Twin Peaks' revival
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Key & Peele - Flicker
Two office coworkers engage in a serious game of deception. The Comedy Central app has full episodes of your favorite shows available now. http://on.cc.com/1e85GN8
iPhone Killer: The Secret History of the Apple Watch | WIRED
The team built a simulator that displayed a life-size image of an Apple Watch on the screen. Software was moving much more quickly than hardware, and the team needed a way to test how it worked on your wrist. There was even an onscreen digital crown—a facsimile of a watch’s classic knob—that you could swipe to spin, but it hardly replicated the feeling of twisting a real crown. Swiping, after all, is what the knob was supposed to replace. So they made a custom dongle, an actual watch crown that plugged into the bottom of the phone through the cord jack. In a sense the first true Apple Watch prototype was, like 10,000 Kickstarter projects, just a weird iPhone case with a strange accessory sticking out of it.
The Smart Boy turns the iPhone 6 Plus into a working Game Boy
This particular concept art, published on accessory manufacturer Hyperkin's Facebook page on March 31st, was described as upcoming hardware that will clip onto an iPhone 6 Plus (and eventually other smartphones), and play Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges on the screen. The design scanned as a joke, looking like someone cut loose the lower half of the classic Nintendo portable and molded what remained around an iPhone.
The Common Traits Of The Most Successful People
No one was born an expert or a master of something. You may be the smartest person in the world, but if you don’t know what drives you or can’t seem to focus, you won’t get anything done. According to Greene, the most important thing for success is finding something that you feel emotionally committed to. The most successful people are usually not chasing money when they decide on their craft because "money isn’t the greatest motivator in the world," he says.
You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome
ARC is based on Android 4.4, meaning a lot of standalone apps are immediately compatible. Twitter works well, and Facebook Messenger loads just fine but does continuously say it’s waiting for the network. I was impressed with Flipboard, and the ability to flick through using two finger gestures on a trackpad, and even Instagram works well for casual browsing. Of course, trying to use the camera in apps will immediate force the app to crash, and keyboard commands aren’t always recognized properly. The biggest issue is that most apps are simply designed for touch, or in the case of games to use a phone’s accelerometer.
Wonderworld: A spectacular photo journey of Earth
To truly appreciate what's at stake, it's necessary to view the wonders of the planet — from volcanoes to the mysteries of the deep sea.
15 Vintage Images Show Just How Much Easter Has Changed Over Time
Long before plastic eggs, marshmallow peeps and bunnies at the mall, Easter was about bonnets, pretty dresses and celebrating one of the most important dates on the Christian calendar. To go back in time, we assembled this collection of vintage photos that harken back to a simpler, much less commercial holiday.
The Science Of Posture: Why Sitting Up Straight Makes You Happier And More Productive
If you have a chair that rocks, & is capabable of tilting forward, sit forward on it and ignore the back rest (even the best lumbar support is simply a horrible temptation to slump - if you use a backrest, your neck will be out of alignment). The free rocking will encourage you to balance, and the forward tilt allows the angle between your torso and things to open up. Most of us have shortened hamstrings, so that sitting up straight with the legs at a 90 degree angle to the torso (or worse, with a backward tilting chair) means the pelvis is physically incapable of being upright, because the hamstrings pull it over backwards.
Comcast leapfrogs Google Fiber with new 2Gbps internet service
Doug Guthrie, Senior VP of Comcast Cable’s South Region, explains that the company's "approach is to offer the most comprehensive rollout of multi-gigabit service to the most homes as quickly as possible." That's in stark contrast to what Comcast was saying just a couple of years ago, when it dismissed Google's Fiber efforts as being excessive for most people's needs .
How To Make Mornings Better, Faster, And More Fun
Improve your mood by traveling to work on public transportation, bicycle, or foot. Researchers from the United Kingdom's University of East Anglia found that commutes involving physical activity improved the effects of sleepless nights and general unhappiness, and traveling by train or bus gave people time to relax, read, and socialize. In fact, a study done at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business found that talking to strangers gives commuters a boost in happiness.
Man missing at sea for 66 days defends survival story: 'God knows I am a truthful man'
Louis Jordan, the man who went missing at sea for more than two months, is defending his survival story against skeptics who question how he emerged from the apparent ordeal relatively unscathed.
Airbnb Begins Offering Accommodations in Cuba
American travelers who obtain a special license from the U.S. government to visit Cuba now can book stays through Airbnb at more than 1,000 apartments and homes in the country, the company said Thursday.
Getting Started with User Experience Design
The term “user experience,” abbreviated UX, is an often misunderstood and confusing concept for many in the design, development and marketing world. Understanding how to implement and improve UX takes time, skill and a deep understanding of users.
The Biggest Business Comebacks Of The Past 20 Years
As the home of Spider-Man, Captain America, and other iconic characters, Marvel has long been the comic-book world’s biggest player. But in the mid-1990s the comics market crashed, Marvel went broke, and there was no superpower strong enough to stave off bankruptcy. But fear not! After restructuring, our hero changed its approach, focusing on movies rather than paper and ink. Today, Iron Man, the Avengers, Spider-Man, and X-Men are all billion-dollar franchises, and the company’s master plan—to connect many of its characters in a single cinematic universe—has turned it into one of pop culture’s most powerful brands.
The Weird Science of First Impressions
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past five years of working as a journalist it’s that success can come down to the two seconds after you first meet someone.
SeatGeek Scores $62 Million for Its Ticket-Selling App
SeatGeek helps people find and buy tickets to sporting events, concerts, Broadway shows, nightclubs and a range of other live entertainment through its mobile app or website. The service provides a range of available tickets, complete with seat maps, and “all-in pricing,” meaning there are no hidden transactional, shipping or other fees at checkout.
LHC reboot: the world's largest particle accelerator is now active
The Large Hadron Collider is reborn — on Easter weekend, of course. After shutting it down for two years in February 2013, the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator is up and running again. That doesn't mean that it's going at full power though, says Paul Collier, head of beams at CERN. Getting it to the acceleration needed to collect collision data — and perform actual physics experiments — is going to take two months.
How To Make To-Do Lists Better, Faster, And More Fun
It's the oldest, simplest, yet probably still the most effective method for making sure you get everything done: the humble to-do list. But is there a way to get more out of your daily check list? We asked the experts: How can we make our to-do lists better, how can we streamline them to get things done faster? Is is possible to make a to-do list fun?
Amazon Launches A Dedicated STEM Toy Shop
It seems that for Amazon, the decision to launch the new toy shop was less about wanting to spark young minds with these educational toys and games, and more about the impact to the company’s bottom line. That is, the retailer notes that not only are STEM toys a “hot trend” in education, but they were also the second-most visited section and the second highest in terms of sales volume on Amazon’s 2014 Holiday Toy List. In other words, the company is trying to meet parents’ growing demand for these items by making them easier to discover, search and then buy from the Amazon website.
Festo unleashes new robotic swarm of ants and butterflies - CNET
The family of animal robots created by German robotics company Festo is growing. As part of its Bionic Learning Network, the company has introduced two new robots: a swarm of ants that can operate cooperatively, and a butterfly robot that leverages the insect's lightness.
The Two-Step Process For Getting Your To-Do List Down To Zero
"My work, like so many others', consists of believing my day will look one way and it completely taking off into another direction despite all my planning," says Unger. "I am the queen of making lists and knowing the master game plan. However, two hours into my day—sometimes even just a few minutes in—that can all change. To maximize productivity for me means always knowing what that big picture looks like—that list of to-dos—but also realizing it all can’t get done."
Why the Time Isn’t Ripe for Smartwatches
The Apple Watch that you won’t be able to escape this week—in the flood of publicity leading up to its release—is likely to be many things: A best-seller by the standards of smartwatches, an evolution in the identity of Apple, and a watershed in the history of wearables.
Reinvigorate your inner nerd at this retro-computing exhibit
Modern computer interfaces are swiftly being reduced to glossy touchscreen slabs, distancing us from the inner workings of devices we use every day. Kimon Keramidas, director of the Digital Media Lab at the Bard Graduate Center in New York, is offering a refresher on how we got here by "bringing the clunk back." From the pleasing clack of mechanical keyboards to blister-inducing Atari joysticks, he curated a collection of computing history and put it on display at the school's Focus Gallery in an exhibit called "The Interface Experience: Forty Years of Personal Computing."
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Peggy Olson's Guide to Leaning In
While Sheryl Sandberg's best-selling book Lean In is encouraging women everywhere to take on more leadership roles in the workplace, everyone's favorite secretary-turned-creative director knows a thing or two about getting ahead in the workplace. Any experience Ms. Olson has had at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is a wealth of knowledge that could fill dozens of books.
NASA sees dramatic Earth weather from space (pictures) - CNET
Swirling cloud vortexes and billows of dust take on an otherworldly appearance when seen by astronauts and satellites looking down from orbit.
Flappy Bird, The Problem With Everyone, And My Baptism By Chauffeured Bus
This column is my 100th for TechCrunch. Although I write weekly, I like to think that each post ages me roughly one year, or at least doubles Uber’s valuation (you’re welcome – you may send my equity check in the mail). No one ever told me that I would get grey hair from this job not from deadlines, but from writing about an industry that is at best, completely insane. Of course, my biology professor told me grey hairs come from aging, but as Peter Thiel would say, stop thinking too highly of higher ed .
Russia reportedly pays online trolls to write nice things about the country's YotaPhone
The YotaPhone 2 is already a well-liked device, but according to the report, trolls have been given cash under the table to secretly write and post positive reviews. Although the Russian government has a stake in the company through a state conglomerate, this does not mean Yota itself is aware of the tactic, or that professional writers are taking handouts. (We've reached out to Yota for comment.)
The Dawn Of The Age Of The Software ‘Infrapreneur’
Security: In the security space, there are two primary disruptions happening: On-premise security products are being remade into cloud products and a new generation of companies are providing security functions in software on COTS hardware. New age companies that provide software on COTS hardware are moving beyond protecting traffic at the perimeter of a data center to protect data as it moves laterally within a software-defined data center and can create the next Palo Alto Networks . Demand for this sort of technology is a direct result of new capabilities required by an increasingly software-centric world.
Rolling Stone retracts controversial UVA 'Rape on Campus' story
Rolling Stone 's November 2014 feature began with the alleged gang rape of a woman, Jackie, during a fraternity party at the University of Virginia in September 2012. It then delved into the issue of sexual assault at UVA, as well as the reported lack of support for victims and an unwillingness among school officials to investigate cases.
The War Over Vaping's Health Risks Is Getting Dirty | WIRED
For nicotine enthusiasts, 2015 will be remembered as part of a golden era. Less than 10 years after they were introduced in the United States, e-cigarettes have gone relatively unregulated by health agencies, with companies and users making their own rules in a nicotine-laced Wild West. E-cigarette companies have been advertising their products to adults and children alike, claiming to help smokers quit while simultaneously promoting lollipop-flavored liquids. But now health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and even city-based public health departments are starting to fight back—not in the form of regulations, but with their own media campaigns.
Rolling Stone's investigation: 'A failure that was avoidable'
In the email sent through her lawyer, Eramo wrote, Rolling Stone “made numerous false statements and misleading implications about the manner in which I conducted my job as the Chair of University of Virginia’s Sexual Misconduct Board, including allegations about specific student cases. Although the law prohibits me from commenting on those specific cases in order to protect the privacy of the students who I counsel, I can say that the account of my actions in Rolling Stone is false and misleading. The article trivializes the complexities of providing trauma-informed support to survivors and the real difficulties inherent in balancing respect for the wishes of survivors while also providing for the safety of our communities. As a general matter, I do not — and have never — allowed the possibility of a media story to influence the way I have counseled students or the decisions I have made in my position. And contrary to the quote attributed to me in Rolling Stone, I have never called the University of Virginia “the rape school,” nor have I ever suggested — either professionally or privately — that parents would not “want to send their daughter” to UVA.
This new camera sensor could turn your phone into a 3D scanner
While LIDAR itself isn't new, Hajimiri explains that "by having an array of tiny LIDARs on our coherent imager, we can simultaneously image different parts of an object or a scene without the need for any mechanical movements within the imager." Each "pixel" on the new sensor can individually analyze the phase, frequency, and intensity of the reflected waves, producing a single piece of 3D data. The data from all of the pixels combined can produce a full 3D scan. In addition, the researchers' implementation allows for an incredibly tiny and low-cost scanner, all while maintaining accuracy. According to the researchers, the chip can produce scans that are within microns of the original.
5 Lessons on Being Wrong
For some reason, we often expect our first choice to be the optimal choice. However, it’s actually quite normal for your first attempt to be incorrect or wrong. This is especially true of the major decisions that we make in life.
Watch the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto V on PC
It's been a long wait, but Grand Theft Auto V is finally coming to PC. After being announced last June , the game has seen a few delays , but is finally set to launch on PC on April 14th . And today is the first chance to see the latest version of the game in action. The new game is largely the same as the enhanced edition of GTA V that hit the Xbox One and PS4 last year, introducing new features like a first-person mode . But PC gamers with the right hardware will get the prettiest version of the game yet, including support for 4K resolution and up to three monitors, so you can really immerse yourself in Los Santos. It's a big step up from the original release of the game on Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2013, which went on to earn more than $1 billion in just three days .
Love Wine? Sonoma's Grape Camp Is Your Dream Vacation
At tasting rooms around the county, visitors can listen in on discussions of the harvest. But to truly drink it all in, there's no beating the hands-on, right-in-the-middle-of-it-all immersion of Sonoma County Grape Camp. From harvesting in the fields to blending sessions in wineries and festive alfresco dinners, this annual three-day event put together by the grape growers themselves offers a unique chance to get behind the scenes in Sonoma at its most exciting time of year. Ready for a taste?
It's 3015, and Times Square is crammed inside a giant skyscraper
Would you be happy living in a skyscraper and never going outside? It sounds depressing or perhaps dystopic, but what if that skyscraper contained everything you enjoyed about the outside world, like the beaches and the forests? Thanks to on-demand services that let us order anything at the touch of a button , it already seems like we're becoming a nation of shut-ins, and now, architects are exploring ways to bring the pleasures of the outdoors inside.
9 Lessons From Products That Went To Market Too Soon
These little drives and their zip disks were great at the time, offering unparalleled storage. But they went to market without fixing a major problem first: A large percentage of them would fail. The drive head would misalign and clip the end of the removable media, making anything stored on it permanently inaccessible. The lesson is that if your product deals with data storage, you had better make sure it’s free of serious defects before going to market. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a large portion of your target market choosing more reliable alternatives. – Jared Brown , Hubstaff
Big Investor Involvement Could Boost Bitcoin
Some of the U.S.’s biggest proprietary traders and investors are testing the waters for a bigger move into bitcoin, giving a potential boost to the fledgling virtual-currency industry.
What if buying something was as easy as Liking it? You’d probably buy a lot more, and buy it through whoever made it so damn simple. Becoming that conduit for payments means more than racking up transaction fees. For the portal to purchase influences not just how you buy, but what.
The iPad's Next Frontier: Creativity For The Masses
Even if Apple doesn't push iPad hardware in a direction designed to enable greater creativity, it's going to become a richer medium for self-expression. When I ask FiftyThree's Petschnigg whether the iPad has peaked, he doesn't give Apple advice on what it should do to goose sales. Instead, he says that it's incumbent on third-party developers such as FiftyThree to keep pushing the boundaries of what the device can do. "I look at it from the standpoint of, 'Have we made the most of the iPad as software creators?" he says. "I say no. There's so much headroom."
Bill Gates On Microsoft's 40th Anniversary: The Future Is All Robots And Holograms
One of the projects that Gates specifically lauds is Cortana , the artificially intelligent personal assistant for Windows mobile devices and soon, PCs as well. It's Microsoft's answer to Google Now and Siri, the latter of which we haven't heard much about from Apple lately. I don't know about you, but my most frequent use case for Siri is when I shift my weight slightly in my chair and my ass inadvertently summons her for no reason. That isn't to say that voice recognition isn't going become a commonplace means of interacting with machines in the future. Indeed, Microsoft is clearly betting on it.
No download needed: The rise of SMS-based 'apps' - CNET
Magic gets your payment information up front so it can make purchases on your behalf, with your consent. You don't get much control, especially when it comes to food, but that's the point; the service is supposed to cut out a lot of the work for you. For instance, if you want to order a pizza, you can simply tell it "I want a cheese pizza and a liter of Pepsi," Magic will find a suitable option, confirm the purchase price and send it to you.
Your Creative Calendar: 73 Things To Do, See, And Hear This April
It's no longer April Fools' Day , so you can trust that there are no hilarious pranks in this month's entertainment forecast. Let's leave the pranks to YouTubers and George Clooney—it's the one thing that unites them. Each of the movies, shows, and other spectatorial adventures below is 100% real, and carefully hand-selected to burn through your discretionary income like a pillage through King's Landing in Game of Thrones (which returns in April). It's like Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth once said: "So much to do, so much to see, so what's wrong with taking the back streets?" Actually, it's not like that at all. Front streets all the way! With no further ado, here is Co.Create’s extensive and prank-proof guide for what to pay attention to until blockbuster season arrives in earnest next month.
Tesla teases a 'major' new product, not a car, to be revealed in April
Tesla will show off a brand new thing on Thursday, April 30, at its Hawthorne Design Studio, CEO Elon Musk tweeted today. Musk promises that this is not a car, but it is a "major" new product line. We'll have all the news as soon as it's announced, so check back here on April 30 for the big reveal.
The end of the carousel: What do we want from Mad Men’s final episodes?
Mad Men is a show about the trip; it's barely even about sub-destinations within the trip. Like life, at any given point in any given season we're seeing the builds and decays of so many arcs and relationships at once that the overall impression is that of a straight line. The ads for its final half season hail it as "the end of an era," but if we've learned anything from its seven-plus-year run, it's that something so discrete as an "era" doesn't really exist. The '60s will run into the '70s, and only in hindsight will we decide that there was a clear line of demarcation.
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Why Your Bitmoji Looks So Much Like Your Actual Face
Of course, the other part of it is that Bitmoji come with context. Blackstock likens it to an artist doing a caricature in the park (or at a 90s Bat Mitzvah): the portrait drawer always asks for a hobby or something else that might capture the essence or personality of the person. Bitmoji does that with its sticker templates. The app offers various phrases, positions, and Bitmoji expressions, many of them popular texting phrases or memes. There's the "All the Single Ladies" template, for example, in which your Bitmoji, dressed in a black leotard, does the signature Beyoncé strut. The library has tons of different options for different emotions and statements. "It gives you different ways of saying things," explains Blackstock. "How you use it becomes a reflection of your personality. We really try to put a lot of love and attention into every single one of these sticker templates to make them evoke a feeling as well as they can."
Seth Godin - The Icarus Deception - TNW Video
The danger of today is not to fly too high, but to fly too low. In the interview, Seth Godin explains that the shortcut to success and happiness is not to go to famous college, go to the placement office, get a job from Fortune 100 Company, and do what you are told for the next 50 years. It is the opposite - if you want to fly high and start a project, you don’t need to have money, you just need to have guts. Seth got hooked on helping people overcoming their fears and in this video, he gives encouraging advice to anyone who wants to succeed.
Toyota's RAV4 soon to be available as a hybrid (pictures) - CNET
The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 gains a new power train option with the announcement of the 2016 RAV4 hybrid at the New York International Auto Show.