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.
A fun article on Macworld on buying a non-Mac laptop: The opposite of Apple
The next model over was $1,179, but you could get it for $749 “After Instant Savings.” I have no idea what the point of having “eCoupons” or “Instant Savings” is unless it’s to give you the feeling of a toupé-wearing car salesman who would love to set you up with a laptop today, but he has to talk to his manager first.
As of February 7th, we’ll be retiring Evernote Hello, Evernote Peek, Evernote for BlackBerry 7, and Evernote for BlackBerry PlayBook. This means they’ll no longer be available for download and we won’t be making any further updates to them. It also means that the apps or features within the apps, including sync with Evernote, will no longer work.
Unsurprising, most of the functionality from these apps has been supplanted in the main app or others, or just isn’t as relevant anymore. And I hate to say it, but no one uses a blackberry anymore…
Found The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation through a reddit discussion on evil coprorations, where someone brought up that the US privatized prison system is engineered to get as many people in jail as possible.
[…] told us that since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, we’d also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. Immediately, silence came over the room. You could have heard a pin drop.
If any of this is remotely true it’s absolutely amazing.
Once you’ve told Lightroom a collection of pictures should be sent to Lightroom mobile, the process is handled automatically and the pictures will become available on your Android phone once it is connected to the internet. Any changes you make in Lightroom mobile will be automatically synced and updated back to the Lightroom catalog on your desktop.
Very handy program to have, glad it’s made it’s way to Android now as well. Really this fulfills the biggest dream I had when I had both an iPhone and Lightroom, rating photos on the toilet :)
The new, more powerful Google Translate app integrates a couple of very cool technologies. The first is WordLens, an iOS app which would (in real time) show you a translation of a live feed from the camera (ie: you pointed the app at a page and it would show you a translation as you moved your phone over the page, or pointed it at different street signs, etc. The second is (almost) real time audio translation, letting you hold the phone between you and a foreign speaker, and it will listen and translate whichever language is being spoken and display and speak the translation.
The Translate app already lets you use camera mode to snap a photo of text and get a translation for it in 36 languages. Now, we’re taking it to the next level and letting you instantly translate text using your camera—so it’s way easier to navigate street signs in the Italian countryside or decide what to order off a Barcelona menu. While using the Translate app, just point your camera at a sign or text and you’ll see the translated text overlaid on your screen—even if you don’t have an Internet or data connection.
I just showed this to a Spanish speaker in my office and he was amazed and it allowed us to have a (short) conversation in our native languages.
Snoozing the alarm in the morning is so satisfying. You get those extra few minutes of sleep without worrying you’re going to miss anything. That’s exactly what snoozing in Inbox is like. Whether you’re in an inconvenient place or simply need to focus on something else first, you can snooze away emails and Reminders to a better time or place without worrying you’re going to forget.
We installed the top 10 apps from Download.com, and you’ll never believe what happened! Well… I guess maybe you might have a good guess. Awful things. Awful things are what happens. Join us for the fun!
Shockingly (not really) download.com is not the useful utility and site it used to be back in The Good Old Days(tm).
I can’t. Just… wow. Make sure you watch the full video of his “apology”. And then head over to #FoxNewsFacts on twitter to see the Internet mocking Fox News.
Then head over to see the original report where the whole thing started, with the bastion of Fair and Balanced says that Birmingham (a lovely English town) is “all Muslim” and how there are “hundreds” of no-go zones where non-muslims don’t go.
Keep an eye on the female anchors face when he talks about how anyone who goes to Birmingham who doesn’t dress according to Muslim law get beaten.
And finally read how traumatizing this ordeal has been on him.
If you told me this was a comedy parody from the Onion I would believe it. Yet some crazy huge percentage of the US population relies on Fox for actual news.
Seeing inside a Rolex is a pretty awesome sight. The video is beautifully shot, and shows just why (I guess) you have to pay Rolex an extra arm when you get your watch maintained (or so I assume, having never owned a super-fancy watch).
Also I had no idea how many specialized tools and gizmos there were for watches.
The End of Paris Daily Photo, after 10 years of posting an image a day. Pretty fantastic, I’m only sad that I just discovered the site a few months ago.
Fox News Hashtag #OverIt2014 Backfires Big Time. This is why you don’t try to create “grass roots” movements on the Internet when you’re not grass roots.
News Bloopers from 2014. Some are pretty damn funny.
JMAP is a new protocol that is introduced by FastMail as a proposed replacement for IMAP (and friends) for an open standard solution to doing push updates to email.
While I completely agree with them, this is needed, currently there’s no universal solution, etc etc. However it ticks the same box as most “we could stop spam dead” solutions…. everyone would have to adopt it.
Not only that, but it’d have to be added to all the existing (boring, unfun) infrastructure code (like postfix, exchange, etc) to provide the services to all the mobile providers.
Will have to see if it goes anywhere.
Reddit was where I saw the 1st Full Look at Ant-Man teaser trailer.
Amazing and terrifying at the same time.
The dude map shows you how men the US refer to their male friends.
Also, merry 2015!
Just Cards Against Humanity being awesome again, and saying How we spent your money.
I’d buy these.
Somehow this makes me incredibly happy that the spirit of geekiness lives on. I seriously contemplated doing this in the late 90’s in university. Got a book out of the school library called something like “write your own OS in assembler” and was hell bent on doing it. Never did, but at the time, why the heck not.
Tweetbot, Drafts, Day One, and Other Great iOS & Mac Apps on Sale for Christmas, listed out and with links over at MacStories.net. Personally I have a lot of these already, and plan on picking up a few that I don’t.
“Sphincter tightening” doesn’t start to describe it.
LOS ANGELES — It takes a very particular set of skills to get us interested in a movie’s social-media marketing these days, and in this case, 20th Century Fox has acquired them — on the most boring social-media site in the world.
Fantastic article by Federico Viticci over at Macstories: Twitter Clients in 2014: An Exploration of Tweetbot, Twitterrific, and Twitter for iOS
The Terminator Genisys Trailer has been released and holy crap it looks amazing.
I don’t care what you say, this is going to be amazing.
Houdini - Rapid River Whitewater is a great example of, as my buddy Darren put it, CGI’s grown a bit.
Really, who cares about anything today other than the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser
I randomly came across this IOS 7 Concept video from over a year ago. I’m sure when it came out (before iOS 7 was released) it was looked at as possible and probably a really cool idea and completely possible. However now iOS 7 (and iOS 8) are out, some of the ideas can be seen as simply ridiculous. Just as the iOS 9 concept that popped up today will look completely silly in a year or so.
Where Did the Wilhelm Scream Come From and Why Do So Many Filmmakers Use It? is the best article on the Wilhelm Scream I’ve read so far.
Now I know what I’m looking for, I can’t un-hear it.
Yup, it’s finally here, the first trailer for Jurassic World.
A natural progression, probably horribly predictable, and you can bet I’ll be there opening day!
But now we come to Windows 10. Windows 10 is ditching the “One Interface to Rule them All” mentality, and moving to a more user friendly model of a single store across all platforms, and multiple interfaces to the same OS depending on the current usage model. We have not seen all of this in practice as of yet in the Technical Preview, but Microsoft has demonstrated their solution to this change in input mode with a feature they are calling Continuum.
Archie’s Press: Vancouver is a fantastic city map that explains Vancouver like I’ve never seen it before (and I’ve lived here all my life). On their products page there are most other major North American cities available.
The MusicBrainz Blog: Announcing the AcousticBrainz project:
The AcousticBrainz project aims to crowd source acoustic information for all of the music in the world and make it available to the public. The goal of AcousticBrainz is to provide music technology researchers and open source hackers with a massive database of information about music.
Hollywood Can’t Compete With This Supercut Of NASA Footage. I agree with the original poster, watch this on the biggest screen you can.
Panic blogged today on The Future of Unison (their Usenet client), and showed why they are classy and do what’s right.
The new version is:
- New, with bug fixes and updates
- Free for all users
- Unsupported, as it goes into the sunset
So they update an app that’s basically at End Of Life, and instead of letting it wallow, broken on a new OS version, they make sure it’s up, running, useful, and then make it free so anyone who would like to use it, can, as they’re not selling it anymore. The only thing that they haven’t done is open source the code, which they address in the comments saying it’s not practical (probably shared libraries with other products or something like that), but if issues arrive in the future, they’ll consider it.
Dropbox: We’re partnering with Microsoft
We know that much of the world relies on a combination of Dropbox and Microsoft Office to get work done. In fact, Dropbox is home to over 35 billion Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. That’s why we’re partnering with Microsoft to help you do more on your phones, tablets, and the web. Soon you’ll be able to access your Dropbox directly from Office apps, and edit Office files from the Dropbox app.
Very interesting. I suspect this won’t affect other platforms, but still, a bit worrying. I wonder how much money was offered (they famously rejected a bid by Steve Jobs at Apple a few years ago).
David Pogue reviews Android 5.0 Lollipop. Overall cool and different, but not without some issues.
On this Settings screen, for example, some lines of text are buttons (tappable). Some are just labels; nothing happens when you tap. One makes a pop-up menu appear. One opens another screen full of options. Can you tell by looking which is which?
I’m amazed at how good CGI is… I really didn’t not believe the main character for a second, and if you think about it, it’s all created inside a computer. Amazing tech.
A Men’s Business-Suit Onesie? I need one of these!
Maybe not for $300…. but still, looks classy and comfortable!
Honda has a great video (ad) on youtube. Pretty innovative use of the technology and really well done.
So good you have to watch it twice (no really, you’ll see what I mean).
A nice behind the scenes look at the editing and filming side of it.
Note: naughty language.
Drone footage of an aiport shows what you can do it you’re allowed to fly a camera drone at an airport. You can’t in the US and (I assume) Canada, but in Mexico, where this was taken, the filmmaker worked with the airport and tower to make sure everything was safe, and produced a very cool video.
A great time lapse film of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014. If there’s something that always works well in time lapse, it’s hot air balloons…
According to Forbes, AT&T is testing a similar code insertion program that will allow websites to track AT&T customers. Like Verizon, AT&T has plans to make the tracking codes temporary as a “privacy-protective measure,” but according to one of the researchers that discovered the tracking, Kenneth White, the codes that AT&T is sending to some customers are persistent.
Marco also has some succinct commentary on this too.
Seriously, this is a horrible breach of trust, and because of the monopoly (well, lack of choice, definitely not a monopoly, that’d be illegal…) many customers have no choice but to deal with this.