Watch a 25-Year-Old Jon Hamm Get Rejected on a '90s Dating Show [VIDEO]
Footage has been unearthed of the actor almost 20 years ago when he appeared on the 90s' dating show 'The Big Date.'
Documentarian Tricks Talent Into Talking Nonsense
What a strange, strange world we live in. It is important to note, however, that this world is not the center of the universe ... or is it?
This ancient scientific fact has been...
Warning: This Movie Supercut Is Nothing But Spoilers
YouTube channel ScreenJunkies rounded up 31 popular films for a supercut of some of the best movie plot twists in Hollywood history.
SK Telecom Celebrates Its 30 Years With a Mobile Phone Orchestra [VIDEO]
If you're anything like the average phone buyer, when you get a new device, your old one just sits in your drawer unused and unloved. SK Telecom thought of something much better...
Land Rover's 'See-Through' Hood Shows the Road Under Your Wheels
The latest in-car technology will show you the road in front of and under your car.
Automattic Acquires Longreads, The App For Discovering And Reading Long-Form Content Online | TechCrunch
Longreads is dedicated to finding the best long-form stories on the web, for reading on the iPad, iPhone, Kindle and Read It Later.
Users can submit their favorite #longreads, follow the curated @longreads Twitter feed, or search on Longreads.com for a complete database of the best long-form stories from publications like Vanity Fair, The New York Times and Esquire. Users also can search Longreads.com …
Language Learning Giant Busuu Signs Pearson Deal To Disrupt TEFL Market | TechCrunch
busuu — the world’s largest social network for language learning at 40 million users — has signed a distribution partnership with Pearson English, a newly formed business unit of the world’s largest education company, Pearson PLC. The deal will be exclusive for the next 4 months, after which Pearson will be free to sign similar deals with other partners, should it choose to do so. However, it gives Busuu and edge over its competitors, given that the bulk of foreign language learning is to learn English. The partnership is described as strategic and Pearson is not taking any equity in Busuu.
Neat Photo-Sorting App, Impala, Lands On Android To Herd More Cat Pictures | TechCrunch
If you have a lot of photos on your phone to sort, the app’s algorithm will take a while to sift through them all to determine what it’s looking at. For example, I had more than 2,000 photos on my iPhone and it took more than 20 minutes to wade through all the cat shots and categorise them into the equivalent of ‘definitely cats’ or ‘possibly cats’.
This Atlas Maps Prejudice, Not Places
Americans think the French have smelly armpits. Swedes think Germans make bad cars. Here are the narrow-minded and hilarious ways that people around the world envision the map of Europe.
New 'Guardians of the Galaxy' trailer offers a better look at Star Lord's mask
While Chris Pratt's Peter Quill might not have looked anywhere near as interesting as his alien cohorts in the first full Guardians of the Galaxy trailer , the latest clip from the upcoming movie proves Quill is capable of holding his own. After all, he is the Star Lord. While much of the new footage is just a rehash of the first full trailer, it does provide us with the best look yet at Quill's mask as well as his ability to rocket out of trouble. Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled to hit theaters this summer on August 1st.
Dropbox announces Mailbox for Android and Desktop
Dropbox is proclaiming that it's ready to launch "a new chapter," but what exactly does that mean for the cloud storage king? In addition to its ability to combine business and personal storage accounts, Dropbox also announced that its Mailbox mobile mail app is now on Android -- it'll be available on Google Play starting today for free.
Samsung Galaxy S5 (T-Mobile)
Physical Features The Galaxy S5 still has an uncomfortable relationship with its own materials. At 5.85 by 2.85 by .31 inches (HWD) and 5.1 ounces, it's a big phone, but that's par for the course nowadays. It's all plastic. The back is a stippled, textured faux-leather, borrowed from the Galaxy Note series, which is a major step up from the slick, fingerprint-collecting casing on the Galaxy S4. The back comes in black, blue, gold, or white. The design is almost ruined, in my mind, by a cheap chromed-plastic bezel. You'll learn to live with it, but I didn't learn to love it. Near the top, a useful colored LED blinks blue when you have a new message. On the bottom, a large micro USB 3.0 port promises fast charging and fast data transfer in exchange for needing to be covered by a silver plastic door. A physical Home button with dedicated, light-up back and multitasking buttons are a little more convenient than the purely virtual buttons on the HTC One.
One Kings Lane Loses CEO Doug Mack To Fanatics | TechCrunch
Given the strong momentum and path that One Kings Lane is on, we are also celebrating. Today, we have 500+ enthusiastic OKL staff members – your expertise across every aspect of our business is the reason we have become one the most admired e-commerce brands in the country. Every day – in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco – we experience “OKL moments” that reveal our true company character: thousands of beautiful new products listed every single day across One Kings Lane and now Hunters Alley; a world-class creative team; above-and-beyond customer service; engineers that move the needle on business performance; creative solutions to accelerate growth; product improvements that excite our customers; and so much more!
Apple to unveil two new iPhones this year, claims another report - CNET
Of course, offering two large-screened iPhones in one year would also be an atypical move for Apple. But the company faces a mobile world increasingly dominated by bigger-screen phones. So the time may be ripe for Apple to start acting more atypically if it expects to attract more customers and stay competitive.
Mailbox launches for Android, and you can sign up for the desktop beta for the Mac - The Next Web
Dropbox has announced that the Android version of its popular email client Mailbox will arrive today. The company also showed off a Mac version of the app, which is currently accepting beta signups.
Why the plastic body of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is its secret weapon - CNET
The other plus to the S5's removable back is the ability to access the memory expansion slot and add memory. As people use their phones to shoot more video -- and watch more of it -- your storage can dry up pretty quickly, especially if you have a bunch of games and photos on your device. There are plenty of cloud archiving options available, but I know plenty of frequent travelers who store dozens of movies on their phone's memory card (don't ask me where they get those movies).
Dropbox Hits 275M Users And Launches Business Product To All | TechCrunch
This morning in San Francisco, Dropbox announced that its updated enterprise-facing Dropbox for Business product is now available for all. Dropbox for Business competes with a cadre of competing services like OneDrive for Business and Box’s product set.
Report: Apple software design chief and key iPhone contributor to leave after fallout with Jony Ive
An Apple spokesperson confirmed to the Financial Times (registration required) that Christie is leaving the company, though it played down any suggestion of conflict between Christie and Ives. The statement Apple gave to FT said: “Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple. He has made vital contributions to Apple products across the board, and built a world-class Human Interface team which has worked closely with Jony for many years.”
Bitcoin Mining May Be Hitting A Wall
"We're reaching the limits where we have Intel, the largest chip manufacturer with the deepest pockets — they're now having to delay their [14 nm] Broadwell chip," he told BI at the InsideBitcoins conference Tuesday. " If they're not able to do 14 nanometers, I'm not sure if an ASIC [Bitcoin mining] machine can beat Intel. So I think we're going to hit a plateau of 28 or 20 [nanometers]."
Michael Bloomberg: You can't teach a coal miner to code
I always thought the approach of “teaching everyone to code” won’t solve the world’s issues, so I find myself in the weird position of supporting what ElBloombito says. Not everyone needs to learn to code or wants to learn to code. It’s a rather myopic view. I think in this case (the transition of “dirty energy” workers to “clean energy” workers), what are the general skills we can use to transition into a new career and, more importantly, not have these folks out of work for an extended period of time while they move into a new skillset.
Heartbleed bug affects ‘almost everyone,’ expert warns
Experts say the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug – a flaw in the network software meant to protect your data — may have actually allowed hackers to steal the very data it’s meant to guard. Think you’re safe from this obscure bug in OpenSSL, whatever that is? Think again. One expert noted that “almost everyone” uses it.
Comcast has very bad reasons for wanting to buy Time Warner Cable
There is absolutely no way that Comcast can argue it would have meaningful competition in wired broadband or cable after the merger. It’s impossible. Comcast was estimated to have about 20.7 million broadband subscribers and 21.7 million video subscribers at the end of 2013; Time Warner Cable counted about 11 million for both categories. AT&T counted 10.4 million U-Verse internet subscribers and 5.5 million TV subscribers, bringing it close to pre-merger TWC, at least in broadband. Verizon, however, counted only about 6 million FiOS internet and 5 million FiOS video customers in its earnings statement. CenturyLink reported 6 million broadband subscribers, and Charter counted 4.3 million "internet" customers and 4.2 "video" ones. A merger would turn Comcast’s already long lead into overwhelming dominance. And Comcast knows this.
Automattic, Steward of Wordpress, Snaps up Longreads
Open-source WordPress software powers many of the world’s news organizations, including this one. Automattic operates as the primary steward of the WordPress community, and its premium tools are used to run such sites as Time.com, NYPost.com, and Quartz. In addition to empowering writers, Mullenweg says he’s been trying to expand the company’s focus to reading and finding great nuggets on WordPress blogs. The “Freshly Pressed” page on the WordPress site, for example, currently points to such posts as this one, about neurotically planning a Bar Mitzvah , and another on how autistic kids express love .
Crittercism Raises $30M More, Inks Mobile App Performance Deal With New Backer Accenture | TechCrunch
Up to now, most of Crittercism’s efforts have been focused on mobile app solutions but it looks like its sights are being raised in more way than one: the API will let enterprises integrate mobile app performance management into a wider dashboard where they are monitoring other apps (for example server-based apps); while the zero-wrapping solution will give companies a way of monitoring apps even if they have not developed them in-house. This is an essential product when you consider that many companies outsource this kind of work (opening the door to how Accenture may use the tool), or use off-the-shelf solutions.
Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.
Apple to lose key iPhone engineer, report says - CNET
According to 9to5Mac, which cites anonymous sources, Christie's departure is mainly due to ruffling Jonathan Ive, who became Apple's head of both industrial and software design in 2012 after a major organizational shakeup. Previous to that, Ive was only the industrial design chief, but wrested control after Scott Forstall, then-iOS chief, was ousted.
Solar Impulse unveils new plane designed to fly around the world using only sunlight
Solar Impulse has unveiled the plane that it hopes will be able to take its pilots all the way around the world using only solar energy. The Solar Impulse 2 weighs just 5,000 pounds and has a 236-foot wingspan covered entirely in solar cells, more than 17,000 of which are on the plane in total. Its creators say that the single-seat aircraft is also more efficient and generally better built than its predecessor — a necessity for making the approximately five-day-long flights across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans without running into problems.
Goodbye XPEnjoy Being a Zombie
The huge success of XP was only rivalled by Windows 95 from six years prior. XP was going to be a tough act to follow especially if the company was going to make another hit. But it worked. Windows XP was such a perfect version of the Windows OS it became the culmination of the Windows line. It still handles more disparate hardware than anything else, had the best easy-to-use intuitive interface with all functionality being very logical, and was relatively trouble free.
The Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Is Surprisingly Repairable | TechCrunch
As smartwatches evolve, they will have to start replicating their dumb watch counterparts. Consumers expect watches to act like watches and that includes being able to replace certain parts like the battery and band. The original Gear gets a pass for being a first generation product, but now that Samsung is in full watch-making mode, most models from here on out should be as serviceable as the Gear 2.
Video games cause aggressive behaviour because of difficulty, not violence
Andrew Przybylski, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University, and Richard Ryan, a motivational psychologist at the University of Rochester, conducted the first study that examines not just the content of the game, but the psychological experience it delivers. They found that the feelings of frustration and failure could lead to aggressiveness.
Looking at the Web with Internet Explorer 6, one last time
Most of us have long since moved on, either to one of the mainstream modern browsers or to one of the lesser-used fringe browsers like Opera (though Opera aficionados will probably want to murder me for not pointing out that the Norwegian-developed Opera browser was a viable IE alternative even back in the dark days). However, IE6 is still around—in spite of its dangerous exploitability and lack of patches from here on, it's still going to be used by some small percentage of Web users for a whole host of reasons. According to NetApplications, 4.42 percent of the browsers it has tracked so far this year have been running IE6.
Security Flaw Emphasizes the Need to Change Passwords
Facebook Rolls Out Bigger Ads On Its Right-Hand Column, Says There Will Be Fewer Of Them — The ads that you see on the right-hand column of Facebook's website are about to get bigger, the company says. — Facebook is announcing today that it's rolling out a new design for those ads …
Intel closes Costa Rica operation, cuts 1,500 jobs
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel, struggling with a shrinking personal computer market, is shutting its assembly and test operation in Costa Rica and eliminating 1,500 jobs, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Busted: Supercell terminates ad partner for sneakily reselling ad impressions
Fetch has identified over 200+ vendors who claim to either be mobile “network”, “exchange” or some combination thereof. After testing these partners across multiple campaigns, we have found that in actuality only a very small minority actually make up the majority of available advertising impression volume. With an increasing number of new mobile media companies popping up left and right, Fetch has found that it is imperative to implement a rigorous vetting process that includes requiring from the vendor a detailed breakdown of traffic sources (ex. direct pub vs. indirect), how they acquire new traffic sources, as well as a whitelist of sites/apps prior to spending a single ad dollar. This process usually quickly weeds out media vendors who have no real traffic of their own.
What to do about Heartbleed, a gaping security hole affecting 66 percent of the Internet (at least)
The flaw exists in versions of OpenSSL that have been in use for about two years, and no one knew about it — no one legitimate, anyway — until a few days ago. Since then, the security researchers who discovered the bug have notified some of the major affected websites as well as the organization responsible for OpenSSL, which has already issued a fix. They have also published an informational web site, at Heartbleed.com . That means major web sites should be fixed soon, if they aren’t already — but given how widespread the bug is, it may be weeks, months, or even years before the affected version is completely out of distribution.
Turkish ISPs make getting to YouTube a little easier, but haven't unblocking it yet
Even after the unbanning of Twitter and a court ruling in Google's favor , YouTube is still blocked in Turkey. Accessing the video streaming site did get a little easier today however, as the Wall Street Journal has confirmed residents can once again use DNS servers from Google, Level3 and OpenDNS that will route them around the block. More easily implemented than using a VPN, it finally reopens access via those servers after they were blocked ten days ago. There's no public statement available from the ISPs or the Turkish government, but hopefully unrestricted access to the best YouTube has to offer is coming soon.
Watch Dogs Season Pass Includes New Character and Missions - IGN
Watch Dogs looks set to get a season pass that'll unlock a new playable character and mini-campaign of missions, in a manner not dissimilar to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's Freedom Cry DLC.
Comcast/Time Warner FCC filing hints at new Apple set-top box
Rumors suggest Apple is working on a new Apple TV , with new hardware and software that’ll add support for Apps, games and more. Sources for these rumors include the WSJ, 9to5Mac and even iOS 7 itself. Adding more fuel to the fire is the latest tidbit about the Apple TV, which comes from none other than Comcast and Time Warner.
Loved Amiga, Atari and Pong? Huge Old-School Collection Seeks New Home - Digits - WSJ
The Danish Spilmuseet, or “The Games Museum” , is seeking a new home for approximately 10,000 console and computer games, 4,000 arcade games and 1,400 arcade machines. “I’m pretty sure our arcade collection is the world’s largest,” museum boss Rune Keller said.
Jony Ive shakes up Apple's software design group, iPhone interface creator Greg Christie departing
Following friction between top Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie and Senior Vice President Jony Ive , Apple’s hardware and software design is being dramatically shaken up, according to sources familiar with the matter. After adding human interface design direction to his responsibilities in 2012, Ive will soon completely subsume Apple’s software design group, wresting control away from long-time human interface design chief Christie, according to sources briefed on the matter. Previous to this shakeup, all Apple software design has been led by Christie, who has reported to Craig Federighi, and Ive has been attending interface design meetings and providing instruction…
Google's Project Ara begins showing developers how to build modular smartphone parts
As for how consumers will figure out how to put all of these pieces together, Google is planning to create an online marketplace with a tool to help buyers configure their phones. Though Project Ara may have at first sounded like a far-out experiment, Google's actually hoping to have the very first Ara phones on sale in the first quarter of next year. This development kit is still in an early version — and it definitely looks that way — but letting developers get moving is one of the bigger pieces that Google will need if it wants Ara to have a successful launch.
Samsung Gear 2's battery is pretty easy to replace
After having their way with Amazon's Fire TV last week, the tool-wielding maniacs educators at iFixit are back, this time inspecting the insides of Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch. While iFixit neglected to give the original Gear the teardown treatment, its sequel garners immediate favor by moving the camera module from the strap to the watch's main body, making band replacements trivial. A screwdriver and "a bit of light prying" were all that was needed to crack the thing open, and following the initial breach, most components were found to be easy to remove (and therefore replace), particularly the battery. The only sticking point, really, was a fused display assembly that would require replacing in its entirety if damaged or defective. Overall, though, the Gear 2 scored an impressive 8 out of 10 on iFixit's repairability scale, though we doubt your local jewelry store horologist would agree.
Stuart Parkin wins Millennium Technology Prize - Telegraph
British-American physicist Stuart Parkin has been awarded the 2014 Millennium
Technology Prize for his research into spintronics, which has enabled a
thousand-fold increase in the storage capacity of magnetic disk drives.
Facebook Stock Up 5% as Sheryl Sandberg Vows Not to Run for Office
Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn and other Internet stocks were all up in morning trading Wednesday. Even with the gains, Facebook is still well below its high of just more than $72 a share, which it hit in mid-March.
Jony's Way Or The Highway: Key Software Exec Greg Christie Leaving Apple | Cult of Mac
A key executive within Apple is reportedly leaving the company due to a fallout with design chief Jony Ive. The result is that Ive will directly control even more of how Apple designs its software.
Dear readers, please change your Ars account passwords ASAP
It's for this reason that Ars strongly recommends all readers change their account passwords. A password change is especially urgent for people who logged in between Monday evening and mid morning on Tuesday. It's also particularly important for anyone who used their Ars password to protect accounts on other sites or anyone whose Ars accounts contained private messages of a sensitive nature. But again, out of an abundance of caution, Ars strongly urges all users to reset their pass codes.
MIT Geniuses Made A Drone That Can Charge Itself Without Coming Back Down To Earth
When the FAA's regulations catch up with the interest for commercial drone use, this system could make it possible for drones to travel an effectively unlimited distance — when their batteries are nearing zero, they could engage the system to perch on a power line, charge up, and go off again to their destinations.
New Cheapo T-Mobile Plan Offers Unlimited Talk, 500MB Data for $40
Looking for a cheap smartphone plan that favors talking over browsing? T-Mobile just rolled out an entry-level plan that lets you talk or text all you want, but limits you to 500MB of high-speed data for $40 a month.
Kraft's New Campaign Wants You To Believe That Kraft Singles Come From Farms
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Michael Hansen is a Biologist/Ecologist
That proprietary unknown ingredient is obviously something that’s synthetic," Hansen says. "If this were something commonly known to nature, you couldn’t patent ..."
Proprietary="trade secret" not a patent. Even if there was a patent, it could be on the process to extract it. Regardless of all that, if it's in the "recipe" it's on the label.
Patty Lovera is also an environmentalist.
There are SOIs on many things. Just because it doesn't meet the SOI for process cheese food doesn't mean it's not food. Likely (speculation on my part, since I don't know as a fact) the SOI was written prior to the commercial availability of MPC so no one added it to the list of ingredients in the SOI. In reality, adding MPC vs. whey makes it more like cheese since the main cheese protein is casein, which is in MPC, but not in whey.
The MPC controversy was mainly protectionism, not safety. If you want the rest, FC needs a longer comment limit.
Apple Seeks $2.2 Billion in Damages From Samsung in Patent Trial - Digits - WSJ
Vellturo testified during the fifth day of the latest trial in Apple’s long-running patent feud with Samsung. During questioning by Apple’s lawyers, Vellturo said the $2.2 billion damages claim is justified because of the scope and timing of the infringement, when the smartphone market was “in a profound state of change and growth because so many people are coming in and buying phones.”
In IPO Year, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo’s Pay Plunged to $130,250 - Digits - WSJ
His compensation far outstrips the $130,250 paid to CEO Dick Costolo in 2013. Costolo’s pay tumbled from $11.5 million the previous year when the bulk of his earnings came from stock awards. In August, his base salary was cut to $14,000 from $200,000. He also was not given additional stock awards or a bonus. As a Twitter employee, he is not compensated for serving on the company board.
Google looking to turn Chromecast into an at-a-glance TV dashboard
Streaming stick could turn TV into an info centre showing weather and news when not streaming content
Famo.us has also brought on Dave Fetterman, the former Facebook engineering manager who helped promote and eventually kill that company’s HTML5 app a few years ago. While he wouldn’t say he feels vindicated yet, Fetterman told us, “Everything is there. The question is how does this fit with what people want. … We want to see how things go when we go to an audience of millions. That’s the first real test.”
Tearful Olympic Hero Oscar Pistorius Describes Killing Girlfriend
At one point on Tuesday, Pistorius left the courtroom to change from his suit into a shirt and shorts, according to courtroom reports. Then, in clothing similar to what he wore the night he killed Steenkamp, Pistorius removed his prosthetic lower legs. He stood before the court on his stumps next to the very bullet-scarred door through which he shot Steenkamp. Most observers thought this move was designed by Pistorius' high-priced legal team to engender sympathy for how vulnerable Pistorius could have felt thinking an intruder was in his bedroom.
H-P Bribery Files: Bags of Cash, Watches, Grand Canyon Tours - Digits - WSJ
Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay $108 million and plead guilty to bribery charges associated with dealings in Russia, Poland and Mexico. It also agreed to the facts laid out by the U.S. authorities, which give a detailed glimpse at the mechanics of corruption.