'Baby Got Class' Is the Back-to-School Anthem for Parents [VIDEO]
The Holderness family made a "Baby Got Class" parody to get their kids pumped for the first day of school.
GoPro Documents a Day in the Life of a Pizza Tool
Genius YouTube user haberdashery12 attached a GoPro to the tool used to pull pizzas out of the oven in the restaurant he works at.
Nick Offerman Reads the Most Profound Shower Thoughts
Deep thoughts recited by a wise man. Nick Offerman shares the smartest shower thoughts.
Goliath Grouper Gobbles Up a 4-Foot Shark in 1 Bite
Watch a massive Goliath grouper gobble up a four-foot-long shark in one bite in Florida.
3D Mapping Data's Future: 8 Examples - InformationWeek
3DEP is based on the results of the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment, which found more than 600 business and science uses for 3D mapping data across federal agencies, all 50 US states, local government and tribal offices, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. The program design was determined from analyzing the uses in the study and selecting the best return on investment. Based on the assessment, 3DEP will meet $690 million of the documented benefits annually if it is fully funded, Lukas said.
Swift Navigation Raises $2.6 Million For Its Ultra-Precise GPS System | TechCrunch
Swift Navigation hopes to improve on that, with centimeter-accurate GPS technology that can be used for a much wider range of applications. The company has developed a GPS module that comes at a fraction of a cost of competing chips with the same accuracy, which it hopes will be used in all sorts of agriculture, drones, and construction applications.
Borderlands 2 free Steam weekend, Pre-Sequel up for pre-purchase
Want a fresh world to explore? If you haven't already entered the insanity that is Borderlands 2 , this weekend represents your best bet. Beginning today and until Sunday at 1pm PT, the game is available to play for free on Steam.
As part of the promotion, Borderlands 2 and its content are currently on sale for up to 75% off . You can grab the single game, sans DLC, for $4.99 or double down for $9.99 and nab the Game of the Year Edition, featuring bonus content.
If you're a forward thinking player, this week Steam has opened pre-orders up for the next installment in the series, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel . Launching October 14, The Pre-Sequel is coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Borderlands 2 (7/13/12)
Eight charts that put tech companies’ diversity stats into perspective
@jadefa “cultures of irresponsibility and laziness…” Wow so you buy into those stereotypes, and forget how nepotism and all other “social engineering” assist with what you are describing as some meritocracy, please. Then you use the example of sports, and made a reverse racist remark about what NBA and NFL would look like with this type of social engineering. Yet, you have no clue to history and how bigotry precluded minorities participating in sports, and until someone actually allowed blacks to play the game, where all the stereotypes you buy into begin to break down. The same is true in tech. Black and other minorities have had tremendous impact on health and sciences, and unless given the opportunity, will never be able to shed the stereotype of being lazy and irresponsible. Totally un-american, quite the contrary, in that America is made up of a land of immigrants, no one whose born here, can exclusively trace their roots back to America. We come from England, Africa, Ireland etc. America is about opportunity for all, and allowing anyone the opportunity to succeed.
The Creator of Flappy Bird Has New Game Coming This Week
Touch Arcade was able to get its hands on Swing Copters and from the looks of its gameplay video, it’s tougher than Flappy Bird. The new game’s protagonist is a guy with a helicopter helmet. You navigate our hero by tapping on the screen. With each tap he moves left or right but is always moving up through increasingly difficult-to-maneuver ledges with hammers swinging back and forth.
162 Awesome iPhone Apps (Updated August 2014)
We don’t know what kind of iPhone app you’re looking for, but we’re hoping you’ll find it here. We’ve got more than a hundred of our favorite apps spanning a bunch of different categories, all of which you can find in the Key. Click on any category or subcategory to jump right to it, and click on the name of any app to link directly to the iPhone App Store .
There Is Now A Bitcoin ATM In Manhattan | TechCrunch
“I expect the machine to be quite popular and to be the first of many similar machines in NYC. High foot-traffic locations usually make a full return on their investments within several months,” said Lamassu CEO Zach Harvey. “There are and will be regulatory questions regarding the use of the machine and Bitcoin in New York in general, but PYC Bitcoin is a licensed MSB and we have many compliance solutions to fit whatever needs arise, should they become necessary.”
Microsoft set to unveil Windows 9 on September 30th
While Threshold is likely to be named Windows 9, it’s unlikely that Microsoft will name its upcoming Windows release at its press event. Instead, Microsoft is said to be planning an overview of key new features of the upcoming operating system, with a technical preview ready for developers and enthusiasts. Microsoft is also building a separate combined version of Windows RT and Windows Phone, and the company may take the time to detail this work during its press event. Either way, Microsoft’s next version of Windows is nearing completion and the company will be ready to talk more about it next month.
UPS: Hackers Hit Computer Systems At 51 Retail Stores, Possibly Exposing Customer Info
Did I bump my head and wake up in late 2013? Because it sure feels like deja vu with a slew of recent data breaches: Joining P.F. Chang’ s, a group of supermarket chains and Community Health Systems in this month’s data breach roll call is United Parcel Service, which says 51 of its retail store locations had their computer systems hacked.
SoundCloud Ads Are Coming
Some of the community's 75 million fans are complaining, and it's unclear what those audio and banner ads will look like. Commercials were always in the forecast for SoundCloud. Let's hope they're executed in a way that doesn't drive users away.
What It's Like To Drink Bulletproof Coffee Every Morning For Two Weeks
I've been trying it on and off for the last eight months or so. I blend good locally roasted coffee (Renanimator or LaColombe) or whatever I get that's good quality. I think Dave is a bit cocky but still like to listen to some of the things he says. I'm by no means a biohacker so I respect that him and Tim Ferris have done all these crazy experiments. I don't eat paleo or 'Bulletproof' or slowcarb.
I often make enough with my Chemex for 3 cups. blend with grassfed butter and MCT coconut oil and also some flavorless Great Lakes Collagen and it all tastes like a smooth latte.
I'd be interested in what Joe Rogan thinks now. I've heard Dave get corrected on his own podcast before so I can't take what anyone says about nutrition 100%. Use common sense. It's good to try things but eating healthy and exercise and you should be fine. The only time I felt a little tired with the BPC is when I do Jiu Jitsu that day. Pre workout I feel I need something like protein powder and/or banana...
A Car Without a Steering Wheel or Pedals? Not So Fast, California Says
The rules, which take effect on Sept. 16, require a driver to be able to take “immediate physical control” of a vehicle on public roads if needed. That means the car must have a steering wheel and brake and accelerator pedals, according to Bernard Soriano, the top official developing the rules for the state.
Hightower Raises $6.5M Series A For Its Commercial Real Estate Platform | TechCrunch
The company’s services are geared toward both owners and brokers. Owners can use it to manage almost all of the aspects of leasing their buildings. That includes managing their deal pipeline and working with existing tenants, as well as taking track of their marketing efforts. The company also offers phone and tablet apps for brokers, who can use the service to track prospects and the state of their current negotiations. By default, brokers are mobile and need to be able to easily access all of their information when doing a tour with clients, for example, so the Hightower team says it’s focused on making those apps as easy to use as possible for brokers.
UK tries to protect kids by rating music videos like movies
While David Cameron's broadband filters are doing an admirable job of shielding Britain's young eyes from adult content, the government reckons it can do more. That's why, as from October, it'll treat music videos like movies and begin placing age ratings on them. The Prime Minister announced the new program during a speech yesterday, noting that the government will work with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to "protect [..] children from some of the graphic content music videos" hosted on YouTube and Vevo .
Li-Fi: Access the Internet Through LED Bulbs
Sir Alexander Graham Bell may be better known as the guy who invented the first ‘practical’ telephone, but the Scottish scientist laid claim to an arsenal of additional innovations.
Camu Is A Beautiful, All-In-One Camera App, Photo Editor And Mobile Messenger | TechCrunch
A new mobile application called Camu , launching today, is designed to serve as a lightweight replacement to the iPhone’s default camera app while also offering the ability for users to edit and share photos more easily after the fact, without having to switch between other applications. The app somewhat competes with long-time popular camera apps like Camera+ or Camera Awesome, but with a simpler, more streamlined feature set.
Wal-Mart slashes prices on 5S and 5C ahead of iPhone 6 launch
Apple (AAPL, Tech30) is expected to release a pair of larger iPhones in September: one with a 4.7-inch screen, and one that's 5.5 inches. Those compare to the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5S.
Using Oculus Rift to build immersive news experiences (Wired UK)
"We were very careful to draw on original source material." This
included reports from detainees about how they were taken to
'Gitmo' and the noises they remember hearing, military footage and
freedom of information material about how detainees were put in
stress positions. She combined the logs of one particular detainee
with audio and then introduced Oculus Rift to see if she could put
people into the body of a detainee. The results were as she'd
hoped. With his hands tied behind his back and muffled sound
deliberately made to sound like he had a hood over his head in his
ears, one participant quickly ended up in a stress position.
4PM (ET) - Shazam CEO Live Stream on #AOLBUILD
Yesterday, Shazam made history. The app that made your music search, and your life, so much easier has hit 100M monthly active users and shows no sign of stopping. In fact, Shazamers shazam 20M times a day. So if these mind-blowing numbers are not enough to turn you into a Shazamer, we know what will, catching Shazam CEO, Rich Riley on AOL BUILD. 4PM, today Live Stream HERE on AOLBUILD.COM. Be there or be square! Shazam CEO Rich Riley shares his experience at the helm of one of the most recognizable names in the industry, moderated by Endgadget's @DanaWollman. Tune in at 4PM (EST) for the #AOLBUILD Live Stream.
For Conflict Journalists, Kidnappings Loom as a Part of the Job
The video also serves as a grim reminder that journalists are often captured with hardly any public acknowledgment. The other American journalist in the Foley video, freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, had been kidnapped in August. That had not been widely known due to a media blackout , according to a friend of Sotloff's family.
Ads come to SoundCloud as music platform says it will pay artists
The Berlin-based streaming success is introducing a new “Premier” tier for creators who want to get paid, which will mean the inclusion of advertising on its platform for the first time.
Salesforce Beats In Its Fiscal Q2 With Revenue Of $1.32B, EPS OF $0.13 | TechCrunch
Salesforce expects to lose, on a GAAP basis, $0.48 to $0.46 in its current fiscal year. Between twelve and thirteen cents of that deficit is expected for its fiscal third quarter. The majority of the difference between the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share figures is the cost of share-based compensation. Many quickly growing technology companies discount that cost, and instead focus more heavily on the cash-based parts of their business.
Comcast aims to hook college students on cable with TV over Wi-Fi
Comcast today formally announced a new service that will let college students at seven universities stream live TV and video on-demand programming across their personal laptops, smartphones, and tablets while connected to campus Wi-Fi. Dubbed Xfinity On Campus, the service is included as part of each student's room and board fees — which means it's also only available to those residing in on-campus housing.
Jaunt Aims to Kick-Start Hollywood Virtual Reality With $27.8 Million in New Funding
Jaunt — a Palo Alto-based startup that is developing hardware and software to enable the production and display of virtual reality experiences — has raised $27.8 million in a new round of funding, bringing the total investment in the company to $34 million. With the new funding, the company aims to continue to develop relationships in Hollywood in order to kick-start VR content creation.
Xamarin raises $54M in funding to bring Microsoft's programming language to other platforms - GeekWire
2014 has been a big year for the company. Xamarin’s capabilities took center stage during a number of announcements at Microsoft’s Build developer conference in San Francisco earlier this year. As the Redmond-based software giant takes a stance that’s more inclusive of other platforms it doesn’t control, Xamarin’s products will help C# developers follow that lead. According to Friedman, cross-platform development capability will be key to Microsoft’s continued success.
Promiscuous media: News needs to go where the people are, not the other day way around
Media companies like BuzzFeed, NowThis News and Fusion are increasingly creating content that is designed to live on other apps and services rather than just including links to their websites. This promiscuous approach to media is a smart strategy in an increasingly crowded environment
Vexed in the city: Working in Silicon Valley tech is much more lucrative than you think - CNET
Tech perks aren't new. But it turns out they don't just make for a nicer work environment, they're also changing the nature of employee pay. Recruiters say that total compensation for tech employees in Silicon Valley and San Francisco is much higher than widely assumed, primarily due to all the sundry freebies they receive -- everything from catered lunches and Wi-Fi-equipped buses to free laundry.
Menus Designed For An Instagram Age
Currently the Bon Vivants team walks the delicate line of designing for others and their own space, but Schick sees it as a positive. “One of the nice things about having multiple outlets is we all have more ides than you can use in one place,” he says. “And ideas aren’t necessarily good for one place. When a project comes a long, now we can say ‘Oh, what’s that thing we were talking abut four months ago? It’s perfect for this,’ or ‘That thing that wasn’t right for Trick Dog, this is the project for it.’”
Parallels Desktop 10 Gets Faster, More Efficient, and Ready for Yosemite
Beyond that, many of the improvements involve whittling down the obvious differences that remain between OS X and Windows. Office is normally hardwired to save files directly to Microsoft's OneDrive service; in Parallels, it will also be able to access iCloud Drive, the new cloud storage service which Apple is rolling out this fall as part of its iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite updates. Parallels will add a sharing feature to Internet Explorer which is similar to the one in Yosemite, and will automatically add new Windows apps you install to OS X's Launchpad screen.
Instagram Rolls Out Deeper Analytics for Advertisers
The new metrics, like impressions, reach and engagement, will provide data to marketers almost in real time. The program is being rolled out to Instagram's several dozen ad partners, including Levi's, Hollister and Taco Bell. The Facebook-owned photo platform plans to roll out the program to all potential advertisers in the coming months.
Get 23% Off the DJI Phantom FC40 Drone
Take to the skies for your next video project with the DJI Phantom CF40 Drone . This compact, easy to fly quadrotor packs its own 720p camera to shoot beautiful HD quality video, while remaining airborne for up to 15 minutes over a distance of 100 meters, and it’s perfect for those getting started with aerial cinemtaography.
How to Save the Net: Break Up the NSA | Magazine | WIRED
The world has changed dramatically since the NSA was founded 62 years ago. Back then, it was easy to spy on foreign governments while shielding our own from snoops. Today, the NSA's intelligence mission has expanded from just government-on-government espionage to government-on-population surveillance. At the same time, the communications world has shifted from dedicated circuits that can be passively tapped to a single global Internet infrastructure that requires active attack to eavesdrop on. Everyone uses the same networks, and creating the capability to eavesdrop on foreign communications by engineering backdoors into US technology leaves domestic transmissions vulnerable to eavesdropping. The NSA's aggressive data-gathering, with seemingly little regard for how that might compromise the security of everyday digital communications—and with only loose oversight (at best) by government watchdogs—has far exceeded what any modern and free society should reasonably expect. Breaking up the agency would do a lot to bring it under control.
Twitter for iOS Now lets You Watch Videos in a Mini Player
Twitter tested one-tap video playback for Amplify partner clips earlier this year and it now seems to be an established part of its website and mobile apps. It’s possible the mini player in the iOS app is also a test, although given multiple writers at TNW have confirmed they have access, it appears to be a pretty wide roll-out. Notably, the mini player functionality doesn’t seem to be live in the Android app, although of course that could change in the future.
How Lizard Tails Could Help Scientists Study Human Limb Regeneration
Actually, it's more like genetics. By taking paper-thin slices of flesh from euthanized lizards at various stages of the regeneration process, the researchers were able to analyze the different biological processes at play and figure out which genes the anoles used to regenerate. In total, they identified 326 genes at play, 302 of which are analogous to genes that mammals possess. Quite curiously, they also discovered that anoles' tails regenerate in a way that's very different from how they originally form in the womb.
There’s Something Familiar About the ‘New’ Instant Gratification Economy | Gadget Lab | WIRED
When I was a kid, I'd walk out the front door every Tuesday and bring in glass bottles of fresh milk from our porch. Then supermarkets and single-use containers planted a dead-end sign on our milkman's route. Cold efficiency always wins, I guess; see you at Trader Joe's, vitamin D. And what happened to milk happened to all sorts of other things that once arrived at our doorstep—when was the last time your doctor dropped by for a house call? Home delivery increasingly became a quaint relic, until the pizza guy was the last man standing on the stoop.
T-Mobile is giving a free year of unlimited LTE to customers who bring over Sprint cast-offs
The wireless company is now offering an incentive to its existing customers: Recruit an existing Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T customer to make the switch to T-Mobile, and both the old and new customer get a year of unlimited LTE for free. If the existing customer already has unlimited LTE, they’ll get a $10 credit for 12 months.
Apple's bid to recover $16 million in attorney fees from Samsung fails, $2.6M bond also released
As reported by AppleInsider on August 20, it looks like Judge Koh has decided to deny Apple’s bid to ascertain lawyer fees from Samsung in their lingering patent trials. The total sum that was denied was $16 million. In order for Apple to have received that amount of money through attorney’s fees, Apple had to prove that the case in question was exception to recoup those costs. Apparently, the judge did not see it that way.
25 Years After The Console Wars: What We Can Learn From Sega's Battle With Nintendo
Twenty-five years ago this month, Sega was more than some pixelated challenger squaring off against a daunting foe at the end of a video game level. The August 1989 U.S. release of the company’s 16-bit Sega Genesis game console was a seminal moment for the industry, one that would serve to directly pit the upstart company against a deep-pocketed video game Goliath called Nintendo.
Sync files wirelessly between your PC and Android with MyPhoneExplorer
MyPhoneExplorer can synchronize more than files; it works for calendars, contacts, and notes (not so necessary if you're a Gmail user on an Android phone since this is handled automatically) and includes handy features like using your desktop PC to take phone calls, input data to the phone, and administer phone apps. For this purpose of this article let's look at the file synchronization component which I explored.
reclaimed wood headphone holder
While sitting by the campfire recently my eye caught a piece of dark firewood that was different from the rest. Instead of burning it I brought it to the wood shop and milled it down to a manageable piece; turns out it was a very nice piece of walnut, perfect for my next project!
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First of Its Kind Map Reveals Extent of Ocean Plastic
Charge Cruise Ship passengers $1.00 each per voyage. all of which goes to fund the making of and the studying of and the Boyan's design, also private yachts and sailboats, corporate yachts, charge cargo ships, oil tankers, fishing boats, coast guard, military ships etc. either $5.00 per voyage or $100.00 per year. Also outlaw all dumping of garbage of these ships, and oil platforms that all have a bad practice of dumping their garbage at sea. It is beyond me why that hasn't been illegal since the 1970s. Also set up a fund to pay the public for reporting and documenting any violators to encourage compliance with a no dumping policy. Any employee dumping garbage into the ocean or sea while at sea or in port the company/corporation/county gets fined $100,000 the first time, 250,000 the second time, and each additional violation the cost doubles up to 6 times per vessel then the ship must be sold and all proceeds of the sale goes to cleaning the ocean for any companies making over $1,000,000 a year. Small fishing companies or private fishing boats and private yachts, sailboats etc. making less than $1,000,000 will have fines starting at $1,000 for the first offense $2,500 for the second and each additional fine up to 6 total doubles then the vessel is sold and proceeds go to clean the ocean.
Tom Hanks’ Typewriter App Shoots To The Top Of The App Store | TechCrunch
More recently, in an interview with Apple’s @AppStore Twitter account (yes, I know, welcome to new media), Hanks further explained his motivations to create this app, saying that, “I wanted to have the sensation of an old manual typewriter – I wanted the sound of typing if nothing else…cause I find it’s like music that spurs along the creative urge. Bang bang clack-clack-clack puckapuckapuckapucka… I wanted the ‘report’ of each letter, each line.”
Getting My Brain Back | TechCrunch
I can’t do it anymore. This has been a summer of social media. I’ve used it endlessly, made plans on it, chatted, read it religiously, and watched countless friends and friends of friends go on vacation. I’ve played a game of whack-a-mole with LinkedIn invitations and I’ve streamlined my automatic Tweeting systems. I’ve watched the world buzz by 140 characters at a time. I’ve seen hundreds of beautiful photos of beaches and old castles and bars and beers and whiskeys and sandwiches and endless cats and I don’t want to see any more. I’m done.
What it takes to be a great leader
The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.
Vine Finally Lets You Import Video From Your Camera Roll | TechCrunch
With more than 100 million people watching Vines across the web each month, and over 1 billion loops played every day, Vine has just released an update to the app that finally lets users import video from their camera.
Lyrics & chords for any song and any instrument - YouTab
Perfect your skills and improve your understanding of music with YouTab.
By joining YouTab you will become a part of a unique musical community dedicated to helping you and others enjoy music in a brand new way. We 'listen' to the music and add a chord track automatically. You can play along and tweak it to perfection with a simple drag and drop interface.
Add lyrics with a click of a button and sync to create a unique karaoke experience. It's a fun and easy way to engage with music for musicians, by musicians.
Which country does the most good for the world?
It's an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, "Which country does the most good?" The answer may surprise you (especially if you live in the US or China).
The noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real | TechCrunch
The other day, as I sat on the couch with a dead iPhone resting on my belly, I found myself wondering why my phone is constantly dead. And I had a revelation: I’d rather have a dead phone within reach than be even a few feet away from it as it charges across the room. It’s pathetic, I know, but absolutely true.
The finalists of the Sony World Photography Awards are just stunning
Like, holy crap. Can you believe that that picture above is actually a photograph of wildebeests in Kenya and not some painting that is hung in a decorated hall of an art museum? It's unreal. It looks like fantasy land. But it's from a photo competition. In Focus shared the shortlist of winners of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards and they're simply awesome.