Bend it Like Biden: VP Kickoff in Brazil
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden celebrated the United States' victory over Ghana before getting down to business.
OK Go's Mind-Boggling Music Video Is a Trove of Optical Illusions
OK Go's "The Writing's on the Wall" music video is a trippy journey through several optical illusions involving various props and 3D elements.
Film Your Life Like a First-Person Shooter With This Camera Drone
The Hexo+ autonomous drone allows you to shoot stunning aerial video without the need of a separate cameraperson.
Cersei Lannister Teaches Jimmy Kimmel How to Be a Badass Boss [VIDEO]
'Game of Thrones' actress Lena Headey stopped by 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Monday and had a Cersei face-off against the comedian.
Handmade in Brooklyn: How Grado Labs Maintains Its Tradition
A family business built on sound and heritage, Grado Labs welcomes us into their home with high quality headphones, handmade in Brooklyn since 1953.
Chocolate Drone Is the World's Most Delicious Flying Machine [VIDEO]
Surveillance systems made out of metal and plastic are so passé. These days, it's all about edible drones.
OK Go's Mind-Boggling Music Video Is a Trove of Optical Illusions
OK Go's "The Writing's on the Wall" music video is a trippy journey through several optical illusions involving various props 3D elements.
Tabasco's Secret Sauce: The McIlhenny Family Recipe for Success
With a timeline that dates back to the Civil War and a recipe with roots, quite literally, in pre-colonial South America, Tabasco is often referred to as a “heritage brand” — a ...
With Creopop, 3D Drawing is Cool, Messy Fun
This 3D drawing pen uses light instead of heat to let you draw three-dimensional art and objects.
The new emoji that will allow you to express yourself fully at last
From 'wind blowing face' to 'man in business suit levitating', a new batch of emojis shows we've moved way, way beyond just smileys and sad faces • More than 250 new emojis announced by Unicode
Designing objects that tell stories
Designer Yves Behar digs up his creative roots to discuss some of the iconic objects he's created (the Leaf lamp, the Jawbone headset). Then he turns to the witty, surprising, elegant objects he's working on now — including the "$100 laptop."
Facebook’s Slingshot Challenges Snapchat With ‘Reply To Unlock’ | TechCrunch
To summarize before I go deeper, Slingshot lets you send photos and 15 second videos to one friend, many, or all the contacts you’ve recently slinged with. Content is ephemeral and disappears after it’s viewed, though you can auto-save what you create. You can find friends through Facebook or your phone’s contacts, though the app uses a somewhat weak privacy-by-obscurity model where anyone with your username can sling to you. It’s got a lighthearted design where you can draw or send split-screen reaction shots to a backdrop of playful music and silly sound effects.
Oyster, the 'Netflix for books,' has finally arrived on Android - CNET
Oyster's buffet-style approach to reading has proven popular: $9.95 a month gets you unfettered access to a library of over 500,000 e-books, including titles from massive publishers like HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Simon & Schuster . There's even a children's section stocked with kid-friendly books, including some titles from Disney Publishing .
Microsoft Lync continues to grow in the market as a UC/IM/presence client, and its PBX feature set has now been on the market long enough for users to evaluate Lync as a voice solution as well. Over the last year, Microsoft has announced other Lync enhancements, including: Skype interoperability; clients for the major mobile OSs; and compatibility with room video systems.
Chinese-made smartphone comes with spyware, security firm says - Digits - WSJ
The Star N9500, a cheap Android-powered smartphone made in China, ships with more than just an 8-megapixel camera and quad-core processor, according G Data, a Germany cyber-security company. The company says it has discovered malicious software—which could be used to track the phone’s user and manipulate the device remotely—embedded in the device.
Streaming swordfight! Google Chromecast vs. Roku Streaming Stick
If we were to base our decision on purely on these factors, we’d have to acknowledge that the outcome would depend entirely on an individual user’s preferences. However, in our testing, the Roku offered a slightly faster, more reliable experience. Apps take very little time to load, and content streams almost immediately. With the Chromecast, there’s a fair amount of waiting around involved as the dongle responded to our request and began pulling the video down from the Internet. Given these distinguishing differences, we have to give our nod to Roku in this category. With that said, the appeal of using a smartphone or tablet — which many people use as a second screen anyway — is not lost on us.
Facebook Slingshot is much more than a Snapchat clone
Slingshot does let you send a shot to just one person, but the app doesn’t really encourage it. Slingshot’s killer feature is its Select All button, a button Snapchat diehards have begged for that lets you send a photo to all of your friends at once. Snapchat has been adamant about leaving out the much-requested feature, and for a good reason. If you give users the ability to select all, they’ll do it all the time, which potentially lessens the importance of every push notification you get. In my experience testing Slingshot this past weekend, I’ve received a ton of notifications. Facebook tells me that in their testing of the app in a much larger group, they might receive dozens of Slingshot notifications per hour.
Augmented Reality’s Next Frontier Is Real-World Search | Opinion | WIRED
But imagine being able to use image-recognition technology on your smartphone, tablet or wearable device to scan and identify any 3-D object, like plants, furniture, or even car makes and models–how much simpler would that be? By opening an app and facing the camera toward an object, you’d not only get the exact results you’re looking for, but you’d also consume the information in a more efficient way. Image recognition technologies will soon be the “eye,” automatically detecting an object’s features and pulling up information from a rapidly learning engine. While more immediate iterations might be limited to apps and voice commands, I believe it is inevitable that object-recognition technology will evolve to become an automatic overlay on a wearable device .
'ArnoldC' lets you program your ass to mars with Schwarzenegger's famous catchphrases
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Austrian-tinged voice — in all of its majestic, symphonic varieties — is practically a language in itself. But alas, only the great one can mangle his vocal cords in the correct way to produce it. The next best thing: a programming language, built around Arnold's trademark catchphrases.
The Best Things You Can Do at Costco Without a Membership
For those willing to pay the membership fee, Costco is a great place to buy in bulk and access a number of services. However, If you don't want to pony up the cash, Wise Bread suggests plenty of things you can take advantage of without a card.
How to: Tips for Wildlife Photography
Wildlife and landscape photographer Jeff Mitchum has had his work displayed on the walls of fine art museums, including the Smithsonian Institute and Getty Museum. Mitchum knows just how important the waiting game is in getting the shot. Consider the image above, which Mitchum calls "The Man." Although it’s spectacular, it didn’t come easy — Mitchum biked 160 miles across the Alaskan wilderness to capture this photo. Says Mitchum, "In this shot, I was standing on my toes looking over the willows when I saw the moose. I saw a hole and then antlers growing out of it … and I knew he was huge. Looking just to the west, there was an open location that evenly composed the largest mountain in North America, Denali. And in a rare occurrence, Denali was also out! After about five hours of waiting, this behemoth finally walked out of his rut hole and passed over to the exact spot I had hoped for."
Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray Coming Out in August - IGN
Entertainment Weekly says the Blu-ray extra features include 13 deleted scenes with one titled "Peter Meets His Father." Will Richard Parker (Campbell Scott) be in just another video message or maybe a dream sequence, or could this teaser be a more tantalizing bit to drum up hype for The Amazing Spider-Man 3?
Rumor: Steam summer sale starts this week
Does the Steam summer sale begin on Thursday? Payment processor Paysafecard seems to think so, stating - in Portuguese - Valve's annual batch of summer savings runs from the 19th to the 30th of June. Furthermore, @SteamDB notes the newest Steam week-long deals end on Thursday, June 19, rather than the end of the week as usual. That's a bit fishy, no?
Then again, we may be misreading the alignments. Valve's yet to announce any details for the inevitable sale, and over the last few years it's begun in July rather than June.
Either way, let's enjoy this video by Kryos while reflecting on all the good times we had with our wallets and purses. So long, little friends. We cannot protect you from the storm.
Pixel perfect: the story of eBoy
The trio came together here in Berlin during the mid-’90s, and have spent the last two decades honing their craft in meticulous detail, building elaborate cityscapes, portraits, and designer toys, one pixel at a time. Everything they create is governed by the same 8-bit style — a seemingly limited medium whose aesthetic arose from early video game culture — but what happens within those parameters is a mix of exuberance, geekiness, and boyish imagination: robots battle monsters, topless women dangle from street poles, zombies storm an Arby’s.
Nokia Was Blackmailed Out Of Millions By Hackers Six Years Ago
Nokia Nokia was reportedly blackmailed out of millions of euros by criminals who had threatened to reveal stolen source code six years ago, according to Finnish TV station MTV.
YouTube to start culling indie music videos 'within days' - Telegraph
YouTube has revealed that it will begin culling music videos from independent
record labels that have not agreed to the terms of its forthcoming
subscription music service.
Pencil By FiftyThree Gets Surface Pressure In A Free Update Coming For iOS 8 | TechCrunch
Pencil, the iPad stylus from app-maker turned hardware builder FiftyThree , is getting an update that allows it to change the character of lines drawn in its Paper app based on how you apply the unique tip of the pen to the iPad’s surface. It can do this thanks to iOS 8′s introduction of variable touch sizing, which lets developers specify a range of touch point sizes, from a pinpoint to a wider circle.
Singapore plans to be world's first 'Smart Nation' - CNET
These new boxes can be hooked up to sensors that can detect air pollutants, heavy rainfall or traffic jams. One particularly Singaporean idea is for sensors that can report how full rubbish bins are, paired with cameras that can detect litter -- and remind litterbugs to pick up their trash.
250 new emojis are likely coming soon to an iOS or Android device near you
Notably, the Unicode Consortium doesn’t actually design the emoji themselves. As you likely know, Google’s and Apple’s depiction of emoji is completely different between Android and iOS and that’s because both companies simply took descriptions from the Unicode Standard and designed them.
Apple settles ebook case, agrees to pay consumers over price-fixing
Apple appears to have bowed to the inevitable and settled a long-running case over ebooks. Here’s a description, plus a key settlement letter.
Startups in Russia: Why you Really Can't Ignore the Kremlin
“First [the authorities] want to explore your company — what’s this new thing, what it does, is it useful for them? Those people have a lot of strange advisers. By the time they start approaching you, they have a lot of assumptions, which may not necessarily be true. Sometimes they can’t really understand your business and how it works.
GCHQ sanctions spying on every Facebook, Google and Twitter user - Telegraph
UK intelligence services have been forced to reveal a secret policy for mass
surveillance of the country's Facebook, Google and Twitter users
Nine things we learned about Apple from Jonathan Ive's latest interview
A lot was made of Ive’s move to head software design as well as hardware design, with Apple’s last iPhone and iPad software being called “Ive’s iOS 7” by pundits, but the organisational shift is not quite as dramatic as commentators made out, according to Ive.
Hidden portrait discovered beneath early Picasso masterpiece
Picasso's The Blue Room was among the first paintings produced during the legendary artist's "blue period," a multi-year span that saw him focus on somber works using mostly shades of blue. But this early work contains a fascinating mystery of its own: a hidden portrait of a man that art experts are hoping to identify. For five years, various galleries and institutions have banded together and worked to get a clearer look at the portrait hidden beneath Picaso's 1901 painting. The Associated Press recently got a tour of the progress they've made so far. Infrared imagery reveals a bearded man in a jacket and bow tie resting his hand on the side of his face. Three rings are visible on his fingers, but conservators have been left scratching their heads trying to identify the portrait's subject.
Hashtag Activism: How #NotOneMore Caught Fire Online - Digits - WSJ
Tuesday afternoon, May 27
The senior staff of activist group, Everytown for Gun Safety, met in their Manhattan office to discuss the UCSB shooting and what action the group could take in response. The organization, which employs about 50 people in New York and Washington, D.C., launched in April as a marriage of two smaller groups–Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which was created after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which was founded by Mayor Bloomberg and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino. Mr. Bloomberg invested $50 million in launching the group, an Everytown spokeswoman says.
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PS4 Best-Selling Console For Fifth Month In A Row, Video Game Surge Overall
Overall, however, the US video game industry is looking very healthy indeed. Gamers spent $586 million on new hardware and software last month, up 52 percent from last year. The NPD report doesn’t include any digital sales, which also represent a quickly growing portion of the industry. Mario Kart 8 was a major contributor to that increase, and the Wii U saw an impressive 90% year over year increase as a result. Even the Playstation Vita, with little support from Sony, saw an increase from last year, probably partly due to PS4 remote play capabilities and partly due to the Borderlands 2 bundle. Software was strong overall.
TiVo co-founders bring their Qplay video app to Chromecast, sideline own hardware
That change in direction comes with a couple of significant implications for Qplay. The company initially had plans to also add premium video from services like Netflix and Hulu Plus to its own app, allowing its users to mix and match long-form and short-form video from both free and premium content publishers. However, Qplay didn’t have a partnership with Netflix when it launched earlier this year, and Ramsay showed me a proof-of-concept that was based on Netflix’s mobile app running on Qplay’s hardware instead.
SolarCity's Bold Move To Become A Solar Panel Maker
Silevo was looking at building a large factory in New York. SolarCity executives said they will now continue that plan and plan to build a mega factory within two years that can produce up to 1 gigawatt of solar panels per year. SolarCity plans to build more factories after that. It also intends to continue to buy solar panels from other manufacturers, at least in the foreseeable future.
Beam Pics and Videos From Your Phone to Chromecast | Gadget Lab | WIRED
If you’re using an iPhone or an iPad, head over to the App Store and grab Photo Cast for Chromecast . It’s a freemium app that makes viewing those phone-based vacation pictures and videos on your TV a snap. You’ll get a gallery view of all the pictures on your device, including your iCloud photo stream and other shared streams. Tap a picture, hit the Chromecast icon on the top right of the screen and watch it appear on your TV with virtually zero lag. You can also cast videos, although the app takes slightly longer to optimize them before sending them to your Chromecast. And yes, you can do slideshows with selected pictures and videos.
Tristan Walker’s Health And Beauty Startup Walker & Co. Raises $6.9 Million Led By Andreessen Horowitz | TechCrunch
But for Jordan, an investment in Walker & Co. wasn’t just about the founder that he knows so well. It was also about backing a product and the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a company offering products that meet a real market need. In a phone conversation, Jordan pointed out that people of color over-index in spend on personal care but are underserved by the health and beauty market.
Alibaba's top cop - Digits - WSJ
At a press conference earlier this month dedicated to Alibaba’s purchase of a stake in China’s Guangzhou Evergrande soccer club, Mr. Ma cited Mr. Shao, who was in attendance. “Almost all our leaders are outsiders, but we know how to respect the experts,” he said. “Our Shao Xiaofeng, who was a police officer before, had been in that job for over 20 years. Today, he works at an e-commerce company. So I think outsiders can lead experts. The key point is to respect the experts.”
5 Myths of Content Marketing Debunked
And this story is in itself an example of content marketing, for Matt's agency. Very ironic, Fast Company.
As a PR guy, I had cringed at "content marketing," as it has brought a commercial tint to what had been known as "thought leadership." I don't any more. Marketers have always been better at naming their toys (and grabbing budget) than PR people. These great storytelling websites (GE, Goldman, Intel) are really showcases for great narratives, just narrowly focused on what those companies do. I'll offer up your next article: "How I stopped worrying and learned to love the myths (bunked and debunked) of "content marketing."
Good deal: Moto G with LTE for $219 now available
I got one of these Moto G LTE phones on June 7 after preordering from Amazon in May. I only have 1 complaint about it: the lower bezel area (below the display area) has plenty enough area for the 3 navigation buttons (back/home/menu), but they are ABSENT on this model. HUGE design “miss” by Motorola. Instead, they are virtual software keys that take up the lower part of the already smallish (less than 5 inch) display area. But other than that, I still recommend this phone, for those who use T-Mobile prepaid like me, and need to upgrade to a decent Android smartphone. Buttery smooth Kitkat, micro USB in center of bottom edge, and micro SD slot more than make up for the aforementioned design shortcoming.
Match.com will find you someone who looks like your ex - CNET
Partnering with a facial recognition company, the dating site reportedly wants to help you get over your ex by finding you a duplicate (for a mere $5,000.)
OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!
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Custom agent dashboards, new mobile app headline Salesforce Desk.com update | ZDNet
Summary: New features in the cloud customer service application include the ability to create individualized consoles, plus additional APIs for integrating data from other apps.
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Tesla wants to kill gasoline by sharing its electric car technology with everyone
In an attempt to spur innovation, Tesla Motors says that it will allow anyone to use its patented technology on electric vehicles — even its biggest competitors. In a blog post , company CEO Elon Musk says that Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone using its technology "in good faith." He's made this decision in part because the electric vehicle landscape is so limited right now, with these vehicles representing less than one percent of major automakers' sales. Musk also believes that the current patent system often serves to stifle innovation and bolster large corporations, rather than helping out individual inventors.
How ISIS Games Twitter
ISIS also uses hashtags to focus-group messaging and branding concepts, much like a Western corporation might. Earlier this year, ISIS hinted, without being specific, that it was planning to change the name of its organization. Activists then carefully promoted a hashtag crafted to look like a grassroots initiative, demanding that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declare not an Islamic state in Syria and Iraq, but the rebirth of an Islamic caliphate. The question of when and how to declare a new caliphate is highly controversial in jihadi circles, and the hashtag produced a great deal of angry and divisive discussion, which ISIS very likely tracked and measured. It never announced a name change.
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Push to ban plastic microbeads from facial scrubs gains momentum
Illinois this week became the first jurisdiction in the world to ban the plastic spheres from personal care products. Four other states are poised to follow suit, part of a rising awareness of the environmental concerns posed by the tiny plastics.
The happy secret to better work
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.
(Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)
Not So Much 'New York Poor' as 'Pittsburgh Rich'
Emphasis added. For Austin or Brooklyn, the young and the restless will swim against a rational (and intolerant) tide. The above article indicates that student loan debt will be the last straw for naive talent willing to subsidize creative industries that aren’t really profitable in such an expensive city. I would characterize it as the final nail in the Williamsburg coffin for a trend that Richard Florida did not see while wearing his shroud of Rust Belt shame :
Explosion Rocks World Cup Viewing Venue in Nigeria
A suicide bomber detonated a tricycle taxi packed with explosives at an outdoor World Cup viewing center in the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu on Wednesday night, and witnesses said several people were killed.
Elon Musk to Other Carmakers: Steal our Technology
Elon Musk, co-founder, chief executive and product architect of Tesla Motors, poses at the premiere of the documentary film "Revenge of the Electric Car," Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at Tesla Motors in Los Angeles. The film is director Chris Paine's follow-up to his 2006 documentary, "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
Apple Expected to Appeal E-Book Price Fixing Ruling
Apple just simplified its approach to the ongoing litigation around its alleged e-books price fixing. A damages settlement struck Monday with several state attorneys general and a class of plaintiffs clears the way for Apple to focus on appealing a July 2013 ruling that it fixed prices in violation of antitrust laws. The company agreed to a deal with U.S. states and consumers who were seeking damages of up to $840 million. A jury trial on those damages was scheduled to start next month.
Drought Forces California Bees to Rely on Artificial Nectar
Artificial nectar isn't cheap, either. Bradshaw will spend $80,000 on the syrup this summer just to keep his colonies from starving, the station reports. His hives usually produce about 250 barrels of honey each year; they have generated about one-tenth of that in the past three years.