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Frank Sinatra Has a Cold
In the winter of 1965, writer Gay Talese arrived in Los Angeles with an assignment from Esquire to profile Frank Sinatra. The legendary singer was approaching fifty, under the weather, out of sorts, and unwilling to be interviewed. So Talese remained in L.A., hoping Sinatra might recover and reconsider, and he began talking to many of the people around Sinatra -- his friends, his associates, his family, his countless hangers-on -- and observing the man himself wherever he could. The result, "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold," ran in April 1966 and became one of the most celebrated magazine stories ever published, a pioneering example of what came to be called New Journalism -- a work of rigorously faithful fact enlivened with the kind of vivid storytelling that had previously been reserved for fiction. The piece conjures a deeply rich portrait of one of the era's most guarded figures and tells a larger story about entertainment, celebrity, and America itself. We're very pleased to republish it here.
TGS 2014: The New Silent Hills Concept Trailer is Sick - IGN
It will be immediately familiar to anyone who played Kojima's 'playable trailer', utilizing the same eerie environment, but with additional balloons, bloody handprints, sentient children's toys, and a large monster that wants to eat you. Check it out below.
18 Witty Signs and Costumes From the People's Climate March
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Uncovering Hidden Text on a 500-Year-Old Map That Guided Columbus | WIRED
But that’s about to change. A team of researchers is using a technique called multispectral imaging to uncover the hidden text. They scanned the map last month at Yale University and expect to start extracting readable text in the next few months, says Chet Van Duzer, an independent map scholar who’s leading the project, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Middle-School Dropout Codes Clever Chat Program That Foils NSA Spying | WIRED
Brooks, who is just 22 and a self-taught coder who dropped out of school at 13, was always concerned about privacy and civil liberties. Four years ago he began work on a program for encrypted instant messaging that uses Tor hidden services for the protected transmission of communications. The program, which he dubbed Ricochet, began as a hobby. But by the time he finished, he had a full-fledged desktop client that was easy to use, offered anonymity and encryption, and even resolved the issue of metadata—the “to” and “from” headers and IP addresses spy agencies use to identify and track communications—long before the public was aware that the NSA was routinely collecting metadata in bulk for its spy programs. The only problem Brooks had with the program was that few people were interested in using it. Although he’d made Ricochet’s code open source, Brooks never had it formally audited for security and did nothing to promote it, so few people even knew about it.
How Social Good Summit Is Unfolding on Social Media
Press: Press credentials will be given to press and bloggers from around the world for all Social Good Summit sessions and the Digital Media Lounge (DML). The DML is a fully wired workspace at 92Y to report out of, network with fellow members of the media and self-organize interviews and exclusive content from Social Good Summit sessions. The DML will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. To apply, please fill in the form here .
Creating a 'Bitcoin Island' just off the English coast - Telegraph
The Isle of Man is selling itself as a global hub for crypto-currency startups
with low taxation, 'pragmatic' regulation and high-speed internet. But it
could be its thriving gambling industry which helps to create 'Crypto
Valley', says Matthew Sparkes
10 Important Historical Moments Told Through Text Message
If you're struggling to recall some of history's most important and influential moments, look no further than these imagined conversations, covering world history from the Cretaceous period right up through the 20th century.
How To Protect Yourself Against Hackers
Let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. If a hacker — a real hacker, not someone with a set of easily available hacking tools — really wants your information, they will get it. The same can be said for the NSA or any other state-sponsored organization.
Microsoft Courts iOS 8 Users With OneDrive Free Space Promotion
On the one hand, we can't help but poke a little fun at Microsoft for trying to take advantage of iOS 8 mania. On the other hand, 30GB of free cloud storage really could be useful. Especially for anyone wanting to backup an iPhone before moving to iOS 8 who doesn't have the cloud space for their camera roll and isn't interested in Apple's paid offerings.
14 Apple Devices, 1 Clever Music Video
What happens when a band gets its hands on six iPhones, four iPads, one iPod and three MacBooks? Ukrainian musicians Brunettes Shoot Blondes used their collection of Apple hardware to tell a story about an adorable big-eared creature jumping around the screens to catch up with a girl who doesn’t seem to be very fond of him — at first, at least.
How to improve battery life on any mobile device - CNET
Reducing the brightness of your display will help to improve battery life. You should also avoid using automatic brightness settings. This mode utilizes the phone's sensors, which, because they're in use all the time, actually drains your battery more rapidly than adjusting your brightness manually. Auto mode will also sometimes leave your display at a level that is far too bright for your environment.
Scotland's Leader: Voters 'Tricked' in Independence Referendum
LONDON — The debate over Scotland 's future fizzled amid a bitter war of words Sunday, with Scottish leader Alex Salmond claiming his countrymen were "tricked" into rejecting independence in a referendum, and Britain's three main political parties bickering over how to take political reform forward.
Why We're More Likely To Remember Content With Images And Video (Infographic)
Videos can be harnessed in all manner of ways, from convincing buyers that your product is worth the investment to learning a new skill. YouTube alone sees more than 1 billion unique visitors a month and has made stars out of everyday people .
The Future of Travel Has Arrived: Virtual-Reality Beach Vacations | WIRED
Obviously, only companies with deep pockets can afford to create installations like the Teleporter; it took three months to create a 90-second experience, making it one of the most labor-intensive entertainment experiences out there. But for Marriott, the expense—which no one would disclose—is well worth it, especially as the first step toward using virtual reality for other purposes. “We’re seeing a lot of potential applications,” says Dail. “We’re considering what it means for in-room entertainment. And behind the scenes, it’s a great opportunity for training your sales associates how to enhance the guest experience—it’s almost like a dress rehearsal module.”
Productivity Hack Of The Week: Keep A More Organized Notebook
Next, whenever you takes notes make a mark on the edge of your notebook in line with where the relevant tag is in the back of the notebook. So if you took notes during a meeting that involved discussions on writing, social media, and CMS issues, you would mark the edges of that page in line with where your writing, social media, and CMS tags are in the back index.
One Thing Well
You can use this to set environment variables, define functions, and run post-login commands. It’s that simple, and it won’t impact other users on the server - even if they use sshrc too. This makes sshrc very useful if you share a server with multiple users and can’t edit the server’s ~/.bashrc without affecting them, or if you have several servers that you don’t want to configure independently.
Why Cisco Has Showered These 3 Men With Billions Of Dollars
Like the others, he's known as a very nice human being. Because both he and Mazzola are Italian, so are a handful of other engineers that have worked with MarioPremLuca since the beginning. (We're told the offices of a MarioPremLuca spin-in feel like stepping into Italy and they serve the best-tasting coffee in the Valley.)
To Solve Prison Crowding, Norway Goes Dutch
About 550 Belgians are already housed in Dutch prisons under a program started in 2009. Belgium pays about $52 million annually to rent the detention space, according to the Dutch Ministry of Justice. The Dutch Parliament would need to approve a bilateral treaty with Norway before any transfer could occur, but lawmakers appear open to a deal. “If the Netherlands can keep jobs this way, we support the plans,” says Gerard Schouw, a member of parliament for the liberal D66 party.
8 Misses In iOS 8
Apple’s Dropbox competitor seems to work fine, but please don’t use it. Why? Because unless you have Yosemite on your Mac (and you likely don’t), it will break functionality with your existing iCloud document files. Those are the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers file you likely have in iCloud, which will suddenly become unusable on your Mac. Ugh! Apple hasn’t announced a date for OS X Yosemite to even roll out yet, so while this will be fixed, you can’t even know when. In the meantime, just don’t activate iCloud Drive. Why Apple allowed people to when it has wisely delayed the rollout of several other features is totally unclear.
Nvidia's Onslaught Continues: GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970 Maxwell Cards Launched
Nvidia has taken the wraps off their latest flagship PC gaming graphics cards today, now known as the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970. In the high-end PC graphics arena, there are halo products that are built to lay down the gauntlet for the competition. And of course, Nvidia and AMD have been in a perpetual slugfest for many years, in an effort to claim the biggest, baddest 3D graphics engine on the planet. Sometimes graphics cards even push the boundaries of stable system power capacity with their light-dimming, pixel crunching, horsepower; though even in this juggernaught product segment, there are certain efforts made toward efficient computing. And that’s what these new graphics cards from Nvidia, based on their latest Maxwell GPU architecture, are all about.
The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years | TechCrunch
Our intent with this analysis was to use data to determine the challenges and opportunities surrounding the European entrepreneurial ecosystem. European companies raise smaller rounds at each stage versus their U.S. counterparts and make that funding last as much as eight months longer before securing the next one. A clear funding gap remains in Europe at the Series A stage and there is a more aggressive Series B crunch, as well.
The Trailer For Tim Burton's New Film Isn't Even A Little Bit Goth
Adams and Waltz play Margaret and Walter Keane, the painters who, in the 60’s, became famous for both the depictions of big-eyed children in Walter’s work, and Margaret’s claims that she was the actual artist behind much of the material. The film, out Christmas Day, looks like a fascinating--if still quirkly--real-life story about creativity and creative ownership that should be a nice departure for Burton.
Cognitive Warming: Brain Training For High Pressure Decision-Making
Action and adventure sports provide an environment perfectly designed for risk rehearsal. All day long, you do nothing but take risks. Make hot decisions. Get immediate feedback about the quality of those hot decisions (make a bad one and you crash). And, eventually, learn to make those heated decisions like they were a whole lot cooler. And, as we know from the neuroscience of plasticity, those hot skills hardwire new neural networks that then cross disciplines—the better we get at making hot decisions coolly in an action sports environment, the better we get at making the in the boardroom.
Design Debate: Is A Digital Camera Without A Screen A Good Idea?
I take concert photography on a regular basis. I tell you, some stage pits can get really wild and youn need good tactics down there. I use the detachable lcd on my camera (It's a Sony Alpha) to vary the composition of my work. Say, for example, the frontman is right next to me; I detach it and lift the camera just a bit to get a good side portrait, or if the security is light, I can get right up front and put the camera on the stage floor, then, I check the lcd to dodge the band monitors on the floor, frame the guy up there, and snap some really cool shots. You know, tricks like that.
Lauren Hockenson of BitTorrent: We Can Still Live In A World Where Privacy Is Achievable
I'm a digital strategist who helps globally recognized companies, advertising agencies, and non-profit organizations solve business problems. I've designed socially powered customer service platforms for newly-paywalled newspapers; built data-driven email programs for some of North America's leading restaurant chains; and created grassroots initiatives that empowered a generation of men to think differently about testicular cancer. I write about technology's impact on business and culture for Forbes. "How I'm Informed" is a series where I feature the reading habits of innovative people from different industries to understand how they learn. You can follow me on Twitter: @kaviguppta
Minecraft role for British Museum
Ed Barton, who researches gaming for the analytics firm Ovum, told the BBC the British Museum's move to Minecraft would help it be "perceived as something fun", and would serve as an effective educational tool among a younger demographic.
Sony Xperia Z3 Review: Sony Improves On Its Vision Of A Perfect Smartphone
Announced at the Berlin IFA earlier this month, Sony’s latest flagship mobile is the Xperia Z3. Building on the Xperia Z1 and Z2 handsets, the Android-powered Z3 improves many areas of Sony’s older handsets. Existing Xperia owners may not find enough here to merit an immediate upgrade, but anyone looking for a new handset should seriously consider this Japanese smartphone.
Check out these great Android games (pictures) - CNET
And when you’re ready to take a break from the Baldur's Gate's world of magic, intrigue and elves, feel free to step into Shadowrun Returns , which is...well, much of the same actually. But in the future! Shadowrun's gritty cyberpunk setting has been captivating folks for years, and its return to video game form on the PC was nothing short of stunning -- the mobile version is pretty great too. Sure, you’re missing out all of the brilliant user-created content that’s coming to the PC, but being able to wander its intricately detailed world and fight heady turn-based battles on a mobile device is pretty awesome. Be forewarned: while the game will likely run on your phone, you're going to have a really squinty time navigating the interface -- best to stick to tablets.
Scientists Find That Martian Soil Is Actually Pretty Good For Growing Stuff
Most noteworthy among those results was how well some plants fared on fake Mars. Some seeds germinated after just 24 hours and flowered within 50 days--something Wamelink had never expected. He knew that nitrogen, a key nutrient necessary for plant growth, might not be available in alien soils. But when Wamelink analyzed the Martian soil compared to nutrient-poor sand from the banks of the Rhine, he found that Mars actually had much more going for it than he thought. The Martian atmosphere contains nitrogen, and gusts of gases from the sun charge the nitrogen into a digestible format for plants. The red planet also contains phosphorus, ammonium, and nitrates--all nutrients needed for plant growth. Field mustard and a tough, wild Dutch species called reflexed stone crop produced some of the best results.
Two Weeks With Dell's First Business Class 2-in-1 With The Intel Core M Processor
Two weeks ago, Dell offered me the chance to try out one of the first Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1s right off the final prototype line. What is significant about Dell’s new business-class 2-in-1 is two fold–it is the first Latitude branded, or commercial grade 2-in-1 they have developed, and also one of the first systems ever to sport Intel’s new 14nm Core M processor. As every product I use eventually bares its soul, the 7000 did, too. This isn’t a product review, but rather my thoughts and implications on the Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 and Intel Core M. Let’s start with a little PC market background first.
What to do if you lose your Apple TV remote - CNET
To use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to control the cursor on your TV, tap the small button in the upper-right corner with the four arrows, which opens up a screen with the familiar Menu and play/pause buttons from the Apple TV remote. Instead of the four arrow buttons, it provides an area where you can swipe to move the cursor, and you can tap the screen to select an item.
EE to take over 58 Phones 4U stores
EE said its decision to end its relationship with Phones 4U was based on its strategy to focus on its own shops and cut out intermediaries, while Vodafone rejected an suggestion that it had acted inappropriately during contract negotiations.
Average Destiny Session is 3 Hours, 4 on Weekends - IGN
According to a new post on Bungie.net, we've played Destiny for a total of 100 million hours since its launch, with the average gameplay session lasting three hours (four on weekends when there's more time for shootin').
Knowing which applications you use the most for sharing knowledge and know-how we join the main offer and incorporating their use with easy2rec. Thereby enabling the user interacting with the application within the easy2rec. However you can always record your screen for all applications that are not supported.
Equality isn’t a woman’s issue, it’s everyone’s. In gaming and outside
Equality isn’t a women’s issue, it’s everybody’s issue. It’s not for someone else to sort out — it’s for us to sort out. We can’t let complacency take the place of acting on something we know to be wrong, or unfair. Whether it’s GamerGate, or cat-calling, or a conference line-up with no women, or talking over a woman in that meeting, it all matters. I’m writing this with five minutes to spare before we have to leave for nursery. My son wants me to finish a dinosaur jigsaw puzzle. I’m 100 words short …
Colin Farrell Confirms He's on Board for True Detective Season 2 - IGN
Colin Farrell Confirms He's on Board for True Detective Season 2
Explore The Private Collection Of A Mid-Century Design Power Couple
Thanks for stopping by Fast Company’s Co.Design. Our focus is on highlighting the world’s best examples of design and innovation, working in concert. We started this site with a few simple premises in mind. First, design is a window onto the world at large, and the culture we live in. Designers create objects that meet some unrecognized need. All businesses strive to do the same thing.
Israel approves Intel's $6 billion investment in chip plant
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's finance and economy ministries on Monday approved a plan by Intel Corp to invest $6 billion in the upgrade of its chip manufacturing plant, in what would be the largest single investment by a foreign company in the country.
Apple’s dangerous game, part 2: The strongest counterargument
I like this argument. In my initial post, I was assuming that if the government needs to send phones to Apple to break into them, then the passcodes would offer at least some amount of security to its users against thiefs, trespassers, and the like. And even if others can get into the phones, I was thinking, that unauthorized access is going to be quite limited because it requires physical access to the phone. But this may be wrong, it was pointed out to me, and it introduces a cost of Apple’s old approach that I hadn’t appreciated. I still tend see the threat as fairly limited when it requires physical access to the phone. As a practical matter, the requirement of physical access would seem to substantially limit the significance of the vulnerability. But if Apple’s longstanding backdoor works such that the government can’t figure out physical access but hackers can use that backdoor to gain unauthorized remote access, then closing that backdoor adds a security benefit at the same time it imposes the unfortunate cost of thwarting valid warrants.
22 Million People Were Displaced by Natural Disasters in 2013
Natural disasters such as floods, severe storms and earthquakes displaced nearly 22 million people in 2013, according to a UN-backed report released last week by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC). That's twice as many people as those conditions displaced in the 1970s.
Interview with Viveka von Rosen on LinkedIn Prospecting - Komfo
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"CoppaFeel" Puts Real Boobs (Maybe Yours) On Display to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness
Given the fact that half the world's population has breasts--and that 1 in 8 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime-- it's a wonder we're so squeamish about self-checking. Breast cancer awareness organization CoppaFeel , wants to normalize the behavior. To do so, they've launched #WhatNormalFeelsLike, a campaign of billboards across the U.K. that feature women's naked chests along with the one word the subject uses to describe her mammaries. The idea is to understand how your breasts usually feel, so that you can more quickly identify a lump.
Is this the coolest shirt ever?
No matter. The Apollo shirt is designed to keep you warm when you are cold, and cool you when you’re warm. (Gladstone ascribed similar properties to a cup of tea.) The shirt, however, depends on Phase Change Materials, as used by Nasa in space suits. “They act like a battery,” reads the blurb, “storing heat away from you when you overheat, then releasing it back at you when you return to an air-conditioned office.”
We played with the worst apps in the world, so you don't have to
We're sure you've stumbled on some stinkers yourself, but we hope you've not come across any as bad of these. You see, at TechRadar we're making it our mission to scour the underbelly of both app stores to find the truly terrible, the truly disgusting, and the truly WTF, all in the name of technology.
130,000 Syrian Refugees Reach Turkey, Fleeing ISIS
In recent days, the militants have advanced into Kurdish regions of Syria that border Turkey, fueling the escape into Turkey. The refugees, the majority of whom are women, children, and the elderly, come mostly from Kurdish city of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, which Fleming says was "one of the only safe enclaves of Syria up until now." They have reported atrocities that include stonings, beheadings and the torching of homes.
Drone Beat: Google Expands UAV Plans, More Drone-Related Arrests and More
The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they're a photographer's secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not. Drone Beat collects the best and most important stories every week.
Tech Monthly readers' photography project: energy
Tech Monthly asked readers to join in the GuardianWitness photography project and share their energy photos. Here are some of our favourites. You can share your photos on this month’s theme of ‘ pressure ’ on GuardianWitness
SQLSoup provides a convenient way to map Python objects to
relational database tables, with no declarative code of any kind.
It's built on top of the SQLAlchemy ORM and provides a super-minimalistic
interface to an existing database.