The curious case of 'Quadrilateral Cowboy'
It was supposed to take six months to develop. Four years later, Brendon Chung explains what happened.
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Frontman for pop supergroup The Black Eyed Peas (selling 33MM albums and 58 million singles worldwide), will.i.am is a multi-faceted musician and entertainer. will.i.am’s latest album #willpower has already charted a top 10 hit single and will feature artists such as Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Nicole Scherzinger, Waka Flocka Flame, Diddy, Chris Brown, David Guetta, Baby Kaely and Miley Cyrus. Throughout the course of his career, will.i.am has won 8 American Music Awards, 7 Grammy Awards, 3 World Music Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, and 1 Billboard Music Award. Bring the action.
This guy got Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch
But there's a huge catch here: It takes an hour to boot up Windows 95 on the Apple Watch. Still, if you were ever dying for Windows on your wrist, here's your big chance.
Netflix Orders The Punisher Series - IGN
“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb in a press release, “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring Marvel’s The Punisher to Netflix.”
Want to Know What Facebook Really Thinks of Journalists? Here's What Happened When It Hired Some.
But if you really want to know what Facebook thinks of journalists and their craft, all you need to do is look at what happened when the company quietly assembled some to work on its secretive “trending news” project. The results aren’t pretty: According to five former members of Facebook’s trending news team—“news curators” as they’re known internally—Zuckerberg & Co. take a downright dim view of the industry and its talent. In interviews with Gizmodo, these former curators described grueling work conditions, humiliating treatment, and a secretive, imperious culture in which they were treated as disposable outsiders. After doing a tour in Facebook’s news trenches, almost all of them came to believe that they were there not to work, but to serve as training modules for Facebook’s algorithm.
Hillary Clinton just invented the Snapchat attack ad
Presidential candidates have historically run TV attack ads against each other. Hillary Clinton may have just done the first attack ad on Snapchat. And it's all about Donald Trump.
TiVo will be acquired by patent giant Rovi for $1.1 billion
Rovi has agreed to acquire DVR maker TiVo in a deal worth $1.1 billion. The acquisition, which was rumored to be close to completion in March , will be part cash, part shares -- only $277 million will actually change hands, with the rest of the figure being paid out in stock of a new company that will own both Rovi and TiVo. Subject to the usual regulatory approvals, the purchase will complete in Q3 2016, after which the joint entity will be known as TiVo.
7 lessons about finding the work you were meant to do
4. Other people often nudge you toward calling . Sharon Long had worked odd jobs most of her life. As Isay tells it, “Her daughter was going to college, and as the bursar was helping them with financial aid forms, she said quietly to herself, ‘I wish I could’ve gone to college.’ The bursar responded, ‘It’s not too late.’” Sharon enrolled in an art program, and on her advisor’s suggestion, took forensic anthropology as her science. “The advisor suggested it for no other reason than he thought it was the easiest science course for the science requirement,” says Isay. “But the minute she sat in that class, it was boom — this is what she was meant to do.” Isay tells this story to illustrate how calling, while very personal, is also relational. “People bump you this way and that way,” he says, often without realizing it. “When people find their callings, they want to honor those people who helped them get there.”
Snapchat pens deal to share Olympics footage this summer
According to Bloomberg , Snacphat penned a deal with NBC to show off clips from the Olympics, the first time NBC has shared content outside of its own network in the US.
Watch This Guy Ride a Homemade Hoverbike
Furze was challenged by Ford to create something extraordinary, and with this contraption, he seems to have more than delivered. As Furve proudly explains, "It has no steering! It has no breaks! It's got two accelerators and not even a seat!" But what it does have is that special dose of awesomeness that makes anyone who watches this video want a hoverbike, and want it now.
Cord-munching weasel temporarily knocks the LHC offline
CERN figures that repairs to the system should take a few days to complete and the machine should be ready for atom smashing by mid-May. The weasel, however, lost its battle against voltage. Engineers investigating the outage discovered its crispy-cooked corpse at the scene of the incident.
Review: Razer Blade Stealth is a svelte machine with potential
It’s hard to figure out what the Blade Stealth is for, since it’s an ultrabook that really wants to be a gaming machine, but at first, can’t. With no real gaming capabilities other than the Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM, on its own I’m restricted to all the things that “normal people” do on computers. You know, word processing, watching videos, Internet and communications (younger people call that “social media”).
Unmasking the Men Behind Zero Hedge, Wall Street's Renegade Blog
A former “director of contributor success” at website Seeking Alpha, Lokey said he joined Zero Hedge for $6,000 a month and received an annual bonus of $50,000, earning more than $100,000 last year. His salary helped pay the rent on a “very nice” condominium on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island, he said. Despite the compensation, he contends that he left because he disagreed with the site's editorial vision. “Reality checks are great. But Zero Hedge ceased to serve that public service years ago,” Lokey wrote. “They care what generates page views. Clicks. Money.”
Supreme Court approves rule change that expands FBI computer search powers
Under the amendments, which comes into effect on Dec. 1 unless Congress passes legislation changing it, a magistrate judge with authority in any district, where activities related to a crime may have occurred, can issue a warrant to use remote access to search computers and other devices and seize or copy electronically stored information located within or outside that district, if the district where the computer or information is located has been concealed through technological means.
Belgium Is Giving Its Population Iodine Tablets in Case of Nuclear Disaster
Maybe the Belgians known something we don’t. The country has just decided to give everyone iodine pills for the event of nuclear catastrophe.
These Are the Most Serious Catastrophic Threats Faced by Humanity
Oxford’s Global Priorities Project has compiled a list of catastrophes—both natural and self-inflicted—that could kill off 10 percent or more of the human population. It’s a real buzzkill of a report and it says that any of these catastrophes could happen within the next five years.
Twitter Kills Its Wonderful Recommendation Bot
@MagicRecs is now a deleted relic of an older Twitter, before disappointing quarterly reports became a constant storm cloud over the once promising social network. It was a bot—an actually competent one —that would send you DMs alerting you to popular accounts and tweets among people you follow. Unfortunately, it’s dead now.
Twitter rolls out 'Connect' to help you follow more accounts
Connect , Twitter's newest feature, allows users on iOS or Android to browse a curated list of accounts to follow -- it's like having a personal stylist for your Twitter account. The recommendations will be refined over time, but they're based on who you follow, tweets you like, popular local accounts, world events and a few other parameters. Twitter will explain why it's showing you each recommendation, too.
The 'Mass Effect' theme park attraction opens in May
Mass Effect is traveling to a strange new world: California's Great America theme park. The Mass Effect attraction opens on May 18th at California's Great America in Santa Clara, featuring an interactive 3D presentation with 4D effects, all hosted by a live performer. Riders will travel to "a distant planet" to make a stand against "larger-than-life foes," though there's no word on which characters will make an appearance in the experience. The ride is made in conjunction with Mass Effect publisher EA, and developer BioWare announced it back in September .
Video consumption on Snapchat more than doubled in less than a year
Snapchat may have started out as the ephemeral messaging and photo-sharing app, but a majority of users now consume video there too, according to a report from Bloomberg today.
IBM launches new cloud services for blockchain
NEW YORK IBM on Friday announced new services to help companies design and develop blockchain technology in a secure environment in the cloud, a network of computers where users are increasingly storing their data and computing work.
Cortana Web Searches Restricted to Edge, Bing in Windows 10
you can continue to use your search engine and browser of choice," Gavin writes. But starting now, "Microsoft Edge will be the only browser that will launch when you search from the Cortana box."
How Domino's AnyWare Put Automagic Pizza on Every Platform
This isn’t a fatal flaw, and no hassle at all if you order pizza regularly. But it is strangely inconvenient, when convenience is the entire point. (Granted, AnyWare works seamlessly once you’re in the system.) I’m hardly alone in noticing this. “Right now there are technology challenges that are making it clunky and a negative user experience,” says Schwartz. Still, she understands why Domino’s forges ahead. At a time when brands want to be everywhere, they’re trying everything and working out the details later. It gives consumers the perception “that you’re ready whenever they are,” she says.
'Captain America: Civil War' is the best Avengers movie yet (no spoilers)
"I knew I wanted to show the actor's faces," said Rachael, "as Marvel has always put as much focus on the characters behind the masks as they do on the action, in their comics and in the films. It's also a brilliant part of the rich shared film universe they've built up, so when you're watching 'Civil War' it's not just Cap and Ol' Shellhead throwing punches at each other, but two people with rich, separate histories we've watched develop over several years now. It raises the stakes, and adds so much extra weight and emotion to this clash of ideals."
Hear AI play Beethoven like The Beatles
Here’s what it sounds like when artificial intelligence learns to play “Ode To Joy” in the style of EDM, Brazilian guitar, and The Beatles’ “Penny Lane”:
Here's what Business Insider employees just said about why people are leaving
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Venezuela’s Energy Crisis Is Proof Renewables Aren’t Enough for the US
Renewables—a class that includes wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy—currently supply about 13 percent of electricity in the US. That fraction is growing steadily. Which is fine for now, because the grid has things like coal and natural gas to keep the lights on when renewable sources are unavailable. But the whole point of renewable energy sources is to replace dirty stuff like coal. “I’d argue you can stay stable with up to 22 or 23 percent of your energy coming from renewables, as long as you have diversified portfolio,” says Frank Wolak, Stanford University’s director of energy and sustainable development. Beyond that, intermittency is going to start causing outages—dragging down the economy in the meantime.
How to use Venmo, the app that young people are using to replace cash
Why? Because Venmo is an easy and free way to pay back your friends when you don't have cash in your wallet. All it takes is a few clicks.
It May Soon Be a Lot Harder for the Law to Get Into Your Email
The new bill (an earlier version for which, full discloser, the author once helped co-write an endorsement as an advocate with the EFF) would require a warrant for law enforcement to access content stored in the cloud, “that includes emails, text messages, documents, photos, spreadsheets, or a Facebook message you sent to somebody,” Guliani explained. If you backup your phone to the cloud, with the law that’s currently in effect, “instead of going to you and saying ‘Hey, I want your phone and give me everything that’s on it — cops go to Apple and say ‘I want what’s in the could; give me everything that’s in the cloud,” says Guliani.
PayPal's popular app for sending money, Venmo, is facing a federal investigation
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Exclusive: Yahoo's bidder shortlist points to cash deal -sources
Yahoo Inc has shortlisted close to 10 bidders in the auction for its core Internet assets, including Verizon Communications Inc, with most offers involving cash rather than a combination with another company, according to people familiar with the matter.
FCC wireless auction hits spectrum target, paving the way for fast, reliable 5G
Television stations have volunteered to sell off 126MHz of “beach front” wireless spectrum to mobile carriers in an ongoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction, potentially bringing higher speeds and more reliable networks to customers.
GM design chief Ed Welburn on his 44-year legacy and the high-tech future of the connected car
As our chat wraps up, I mention the Buick Avista , the gorgeous concept coupe that some people (myself included) thought won NAIAS in January. What sucks is that — like far too many beautiful concept cars — the Avista doesn't seem to be in the production plan, and I was desperate to get Welburn's take on it. "When we developed [the Avista], naturally it was not in the plan for production," he insists. "It was really a labor of love within the Buick studio to create a vehicle, a vision of what's possible for the brand, a vision of the evolution of the design language of the brand — the grille shape, the lamp shapes, the body side, the interior — all those elements came together in really this labor of love in the studio to express the future face of Buick design. And they did it in a very well-executed way. So if in fact there's a possibility of going into production, you could do that. It has been very valuable for the studio team, and every production vehicle that is under development in the Buick studio has been impacted by that car."
The dancer, the singer, the cellist ... and a moment of creative magic
Legendary dance choreographer Bill T. Jones and TED Fellows Joshua Roman and Somi didn't know exactly what was going to happen when they took the stage at TED2015. They just knew they wanted to offer the audience an opportunity to witness creative collaboration in action. The result: An improvised piece they call "The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain," so extraordinary it had to be shared ...
Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider
"We had electrical problems, and we are pretty sure this was caused by a small animal," says Arnaud Marsollier, head of press for CERN , the organization that runs the $7 billion particle collider in Switzerland. Although they had not conducted a thorough analysis of the remains, Marsollier says they believe the creature was "a weasel, probably." (Update: An official briefing document from CERN indicates the creature may have been a marten.)
Google now lets you visit any Blogspot page using HTTPS
Google today announced that you can now visit any Blogspot domain — like, say, libraryh3lp.blogspot.com , for example — using HTTPS. And when you do that, your connection will be secure and encrypted. You’ll just need to change the beginning of the URL from “http://” to “https://”.
Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale will be made into a series at Hulu
Hulu has given a series order to The Handmaid's Tale , a show based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel of the same name. The story is set in Gilead, a military republic (formerly part of the United States) where a suspension of the Constitution strips women entirely of their rights. Atwood will serve as a consulting producer for the series.
WhatsApp is blocked in Brazil - again
Yet again millions of innocent Brazilians are being punished because a court wants WhatsApp to turn over information we repeatedly said we don’t have. Not only do we encrypt messages end-to-end on WhatsApp to keep people’s information safe and secure, we also don’t keep your chat history on our servers. When you send an end-to-end encrypted message, no one else can read it – not even us. While we are working to get WhatsApp back up and running as soon as possible, we have no intention of compromising the security of our billion users around the world.
Daily Deals: Street Fighter V, PlayStation 4, iPad Air 2, DualShock 4 Controllers - IGN
Gears of War is my favorite Xbox exclusive and the recent beta has my psyched to play a Gears game on a current-gen console. Amazon just listed the games, which means it's eligible for the old Amazon Prime 20% discount. I've broken out a few different version so you can see what you're getting, including the Collector's Edition, which features protagonist JD Fenix (son of Marcus Fenix) riding a COG bike. Frankly, I think the front tire of the that bike needs to be a chainsaw, this being Gears and all. Maybe they'll patch it in.
Microsoft buys a company enabling the Internet of Things
If it wasn't already evident that Microsoft is serious about becoming a big player in the Internet of Things , it is now. The tech pioneer has bought Solair, a company focused on Internet of Things services for businesses -- say, making sure that factory machines are running smoothly. Microsoft isn't divulging exact plans yet, but it expects to fold Solair's tech into Azure's IoT Suite. You may not witness the fruits of this acquisition first-hand, but don't be surprised if the gadgets you buy arrive sooner and with fewer flaws.
No, Harvard’s Mumps Outbreak Doesn’t Mean Vaccines Are Bunk
Actually, mumps is more likely to infect campuses, because it spreads through saliva, either through kissing, sharing food and utensils, or droplets in the air from coughs and sneezes. Because of widespread immunization, mumps isn’t common. But once it gets into a population, it’s quite contagious. “It can take just one or two people to have the disease spread pretty easily,” says Cardemil. The first two cases at Harvard were detected in February. It’s impossible to know exactly how many people have been exposed, but the 40 cases so far are still just a tiny fraction of Harvard’s undergraduate population of 6,600.
Telegram calls Google buyout rumor 'absolute bullshit'
But its CEO has been critical of the likes of Facebook and Google for paying lip service to things like privacy, and says he has no plans to make a profit from the company, so it really wouldn’t be a good fit.
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Always Dry Your Knives After Washing Them to Keep Them Sharp and Rust-Free
Your knives are among of the most important and most often used tools in your kitchen, so you’ll want to take care of them as best as possible. For both safety and maintenance reasons, make sure you always dry your knives after washing them.
Why you shouldn't exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies
The spinning instructor was echoing a message we've been getting for years: As long as you get on that bike or treadmill, you can keep indulging — and still lose weight. It's been reinforced by fitness gurus, celebrities, food and beverage companies like PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, and even public-health officials, doctors, and the first lady of the United States. Countless gym memberships, fitness tracking devices, sports drinks, and workout videos have been sold on this promise.
io9 Was Founded on the Idea That Science Fiction Belongs to Everyone
When I started working on io9 in 2007, we didn’t have a name for the site yet. We hadn’t come up with any real plans for how we were going to cover science fiction, science and futurism. But there was already a central idea that the site was based around: That science fiction is for absolutely everybody who enjoys it.
Report: A Weasel Shut Down the Large Hadron Collider
A tiny mammal has reportedly brought the world’s largest scientific experiment to a halt. The Large Hadron Collider suffered a power outage last night, after a luckless weasel decided to chew on a 66-kilovolt power cable.
A Mysterious Object From Earth's Distant Past Has Returned
A first-of-its-kind space rock filled with pristine material from the formation of the Earth itself has returned to the inner solar system, after billions of years in the cosmic boondocks. And it could help us piece together our planet’s origin story.
How to read the genome and build a human being
Secrets, disease and beauty are all written in the human genome, the complete set of genetic instructions needed to build a human being. Now, as scientist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini shows us, we have the power to read this complex code, predicting things like height, eye color, age and even facial structure — all from a vial of blood. And soon, Sabatini says, our new understanding of the genome will allow us to personalize treatments for diseases like cancer. We have the power to change life as we know it. How will we use it?
Millennials Will Live in Cities Unlike Anything We've Ever Seen Before
After traveling to so many cities and seeing this generation in action, Behnke believes that millennials want to be invested in where they live in a way that their parents were not. Whether it’s driving changes in the suburbs or revitalizing a smaller city, 79 million Americans who want to make their communities even a little bit better is a very good thing for the country—and there might not be a better legacy for any generation in history.