Just in case you are a new Apple Music user and have read the latest Apple centered techo-panic, No, Apple is not adding DRM to songs on your Mac you already own.
No, not a plug for the new Mac OS operating system, but a super cool view using street view to go up (vertically) El Capitan in Yosemite.
Check out the Google Maps article here.
I’m not gonna lie. This could get me back into gaming. Here’s a longer gameplay video with more detail and a better look at the environment and look of the game.
I know these are really just big ads for gross tasting sugar and caffiene water, but this Red Bull Barnstorming is pretty damn amazing.
Original Star Wars Script Found, Solves Long-Running Mystery, but it wasn’t ever really a mystery was it?
… one of the most interesting revelations resolves the case of the shoot-out at the cantina. In the original, Solo fires at Greedo without warning. The 1997 version of the film altered the scene to make it look like Solo was acting in self-defense. It was a move that enraged fans (though not as much as the introduction of Jar Jar Binks). But librarian Kristian Brown, who discovered the script, told CBC, “Based on the script, I can tell you 100%, Han shot first.”
…. was it….
Holy crap, if you are a crazy person and don’t love Summer Glau, after you see the video Summer Glau Imitates Popular Animal Memes you will.
If you don’t, you’re really a crazy person.
Camera Instructor offers courses on different photography subjects. The only one available at launch is Photography 101, but classes on Portraits, landscapes, and Weddings are on the way.
Pretty awesome resource to have available.
Great little video showing a lot of the practical effects and setups that were used in Max Max: Fury Road via this B-Roll footage.
So yea, in case you were wondering 365-Gigapixels is a lot of gigas…. :)
Ok, this new talk on time lapse mining from Internet photos is possibly the coolest use of technology I’ve seen in ages.
Living in Canada, at an awesome company with a great family paid leave plan, I didn’t imagine that the good ‘ol USA, so awesome at everything, was so incredibly fucked up. This Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on Paid Family Leave really brings it right up to the front.
Seriously America, WTF?
So apparently personal jetpacks are pretty real now. Watch two crazy people fly jetpacks over Dubai in 4K.
When investigating an incident that involved domain redirection and a suspected tech support scam, I recorded my interactions with the individual posing as a help desk technician and researched the background of this scheme. It was an educational exchange, to say the least. Here’s what I learned about this person’s and his employer’s techniques and objectives.
Security Advisory: XSS Vulnerability Affecting Multiple WordPress Plugins. Keep your fingers on that update button folks.
Multiple WordPress Plugins are vulnerable to Cross-site Scripting (XSS) due to the misuse of the addqueryarg() and removequeryarg() functions. These are popular functions used by developers to modify and add query strings to URLs within WordPress.
The just released Jurassic World - Official Global Trailer shows a bit more of the plot and while I’m not convinced, I know I’ll be there opening weekend regardless…
Double the nostalgia… Floppy disks and Nirvana!: HDD and Floppy Music: Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit - YouTube
ResearchKit is now out there on github. I’m sure the Apple haters will still complain, but it’s out there and available, and (in theory) will help researchers do great things. Now how about that FaceTime Apple…?
The Bitcoin miner was quickly suspended until further notice. Based on the negative backlash from users it was recently announced that the “offer” would not be reinstated.
Guess we’ll see…
This ad for the New Peugeot 208 GTi is really nothing short of “epic”.
Jeff Atwood digs deep into security, bugs, and perceptions and misperceptions in Given Enough Money, All Bugs Are Shallow.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has a fantastic segment on Government Surveillance, including an interview and some amazing footage. Here’s the embedded:
Regardless of what you think of Snowden, this is a fantastic bit of video, and an amazing interview.
Happy April Fools’ Day 2015, at least a mini-round up.
Finally the GPP2015 ShootOut featuring Sara Lando, Ryan Brenizer & Joel Grimes is online.
As always, fantastic.
Super Troopers 2 is going the crowd funding route:
Several moons ago, we made a little indie movie called Super Troopers, which we debuted at Sundance in 2001. We’re proud of how it turned out and apparently it struck a chord with many of you out there because almost daily we get asked “Who wants a mustache ride?” (“Who doesn’t?”) or “Did you chug real maple syrup?” (“Yes, and we will never, ever, ever do it again.”) or “How is the view from sugar heaven?” (“Sweet.”)
This is awesome, contribute now. Super Troopers was awesome, I can’t wait for Super Troopers 2!
First of all, the new Mission Impossible trailer:
Next you’ll notice the plane scene at the end of the trailer, and you think to yourself, wow, that’s a cool effect, of course there’s no way they’d let a big star like Tom Cruise actually do that in real life, right? Well…. he said that the Plane Scene was ‘The Most Dangerous Thing I’ve Ever Done’:
The scene in question, which can be seen at the end of the brand new trailer, sees his character Ethan Hunt strapped to the side of an Airbus A400M plane as it takes off.. and Cruise was doing it for real.
You can’t help but respect the man.
Universal Music Group has hijacked several YouTube videos of Bjorn Lynne, an independent musician from Norway. The world’s largest music corporation is now running advertisements on videos of music tracks Lynne created, and is refusing to correct the mistake.
Seriously a nightmare scenario, combining huge bureaucracy, tons of money, and a real David vs Goliath fight, except I suspect in this case David isn’t going to win.
Saw that Google Code is shutting down. This is a bit sad to me, I always had thought it was nice to have a google backed system for source code hosting. I wonder where everyone is going to? BitBucket? GitHub? Anyone know?
14 Commercials from the 80s and 90s That You’ll Never Forget. Ahhh…. memories.
TorrentFreak reports that uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner
The complaints mention the Epic Scale tool, a piece of software that generates revenue through cryptocurrency mining. To do so, it uses the host computer’s CPU cycles.
The guys at uTorrent say they’re not aware of any issues, but if you’ve noticed that your uTorrent-running-computer has been running more lately, it’s something to look at for sure.
Sync 2.0 is out, and looks pretty damn good.
All of the core functionality we introduced in version 1.4 last August still exist in 2.0, letting you securely share folders across all platforms, with visibility into who has access.
A bunch of new functionality has been added, from enhanced user interfaces across desktop and mobile platforms to a new certificates-based security model with even greater control and ease-of-use. Go here to check out all the many new features in Sync 2.0.
As with its Windows counterpart, the Java installer selects the option to install the Ask app by default. A casual Mac user who simply clicks through the dialog boxes to complete the installation will find the app installed and enabled in their browser, with the New Tab page changed to one with an Ask search box.
Here’s more details on how it works:
For the purposes of Gatekeeper, Apple verifies the identity of the developer, but not their intent. It’s up to you to ensure that the applications you install and run on your Mac come from the people you think they came from, and we’ll show you how to do that.
Astronomers Watch a Supernova and See Reruns. Man science is pretty awesome.
Pebble is back on Kickstarter with Pebble Time, their next generation smartwatch.
- Color e-ink display
- Up to 7 days of battery life
- A “timeline” feature (the “Time” in “Pebble Time”) which lets you see what’s coming up and happening.
- Ships in May
I’m pretty excited about this one, but honestly, I’m wondering if I’m going to wait to see what the Watch looks and feels like. Not because I think I’m getting one, but because I’m wondering if it will simply blow everyone else out of the water or not, and if I’ll feel like I’ve got an old and busted thing on my wrist.
That said, I wear my pebble most every day, so….
Confessions of an iPhone 6 is a hilariously written article on life from the point of view of your iPhone 6.
Kyle put a giant case on me today. It looks like a fat suit. He said it is because my battery does not last long enough. Never mind that Kyle forgets to charge me all the time and then tells his friends it’s because my battery “sucks.” Field Notes made fun of me. I am ashamed.
“Today Calendar Pro has a 85% piracy rate, so the way we’ve chosen to combat that is to have the app randomly insert pirate-themed events if the app decides the install is pirated,” Underwood told TorrentFreak.
Honestly a pretty good solution.
Google is partnering with Mattel to reboot the iconic View-Master stereoscopic 3D photo viewing device. Instead of static photos with circular film reels, however, the new View-Master offers an immersive digital experience that puts people inside 360° “photospheres.”
How I Hacked Your Facebook Photos is the story of how a ridiculously simple “hack” let you delete anyone’s photos, public or private, from facebook.
I decided to try it with Facebook for mobile access token because we can see delete option for all photo albums in Facebook mobile application isn’t it? Yeah and also it uses the same Graph API. so took a album id & Facebook for android access token of mine and tried it.
Kudos to the fast response from Facebook in fixing this.
The Verge has the scoop: Apple is finally killing iPhoto — and this is the replacement
Photos for OS X, the modern photo library that Apple built from the ground up for Mac computers, is making its debut. A developer seed version of Photos is being distributed to developers today, the company said. It will be followed by a public Photos beta, with the final Photos product delivered to Mac users as part of a free software update this spring. (Check out our complete hands-on report here.)
Well, “scoop” in that the embargo on the press for the pre-release is over.
Jimmy Fallon Re-creates ‘Fresh Prince’ Opening With Sitcom’s Cast. Awesome for people who grew up with Will Smith as the spunky punk kid living in Bel-Air…
Designing Twitter Video is a really interesting look at how the twitter mobile teams prototyped and implemented their new video feature.
Who are you prototyping for? Prototypes are partly for me to get a sense for what something could feel like and validate the interactions of the concept. However, they are very much also for communicating intended designs with all stakeholders. I would often show early prototypes to my manager Brendan Donohoe for his thoughts along with others at design critiques, in addition to emailing screencasts to the video team.
We’ve given the new BCM2836 Pi 2 a quick blast, with SPB apprentice boffin Katarina having the honour of being one of the first to lay hands on the board. It seems nippy enough but just how it measures up remains to be seen.
Can’t wait to hear what people are going to do with this.
Ever wanted to try out Google Earth Pro, but not been able to justify the cost? Well, now it’s free.
The ad makes a powerful point — all without ever showing actual violence. As the camera pans across a wrecked home, a woman can be heard calling 911. In the recreated voiceover, a woman tells the 911 operator she’d like to order a pizza. At first exasperated, the operator then realizes the caller is in danger, using the pizza order as cover while her abuser stands nearby.
This was a very affecting ad.
Frankie MacDonald is a Canadian man with autism who has an insatiable passion for all things meteorological. He even broadcasts his own online weather show and his hugely popular videos led to CBC News giving him the chance to present a segment on their program.
My country makes me proud once again.
Looks like up here in the frozen north we were feeling left out, luckily we now know that the Canadian Government Spies on Millions of File-Sharers, so we can be just like the big boys in the US.
That assumption has today been blown completely out of the water amid revelations that Canada’s top electronic surveillance agency has been spying on millions of downloads from more than 100 file-sharing sites.
Microsoft announces Windows Holographic with HoloLens headset. Probably the best explanation of what the new sci-fi stuff that Microsoft announced today (along with some other boring windows stuff).
“Wages are finally starting to rise again”: This is false. What we perceive as “time” is merely an illusion created by the limitations of our own consciousness. All is now.
Lots of amazing gems in there.