People Are Going to Have a Lot of Sex in Driverless Cars | Inverse
We asked Google about it. They said that they have “no official position” on the looming highway bang boom.
10 hours ago
Phuc Dat Bich admits hoax in Facebook name battle - BBC News
An Australian man who made headlines after saying Facebook told him to take down his profile admits he hoaxed the media.
12 hours ago
Does Deutschland do digital? | The Economist
Europe’s biggest economy is rightly worried that digitisation is a threat to its industrial leadership
14 hours ago
Vollebak's Pink Hoodie Supposedly Calms You by Zipping Over Your Face | WIRED
A new hoodie from sportswear company Vollebak claims that its pink color will calm athletes chill out before a big event.
15 hours ago
I worked in a video store for 25 years. Here’s what I learned as my industry died. - Vox
We tried to comfort them, explaining how our owner had ensured that our collection would soon be available at the public library — for free, even! It didn't help much. Almost to a man they had the same reply: "But you won't be there to help us."
15 hours ago
Taking Free Basics in Kenya for a spin. — Hacks/Hackers Africa — Medium
I’ve been meaning to do this for a while. At my organisation, we believe in having user experience at the heart of consu…
Phuc Dat Bich: Australian with 'misleading' name thanks supporters - BBC News
Australian Phuc Dat Bich, whose complaint that Facebook kept taking down his profile went viral, thanks his supporters, saying he is glad he made people happy.
2 days ago
Inside Faraday Future, the secretive car company chasing Tesla | The Verge
Inside a suburban Los Angeles industrial building that once served as an R&D facility for Japanese automotive giant Nissan, natural midday light spills through the windows. Today, a very different...
5 days ago
SELFIE — Matter — Medium
The revolutionary potential of your own face, in seven chapters
5 days ago
How Data Centers Are Placed Abroad - The Atlantic
How cold weather, taxes, and sovereignty dictate the placement of data centers overseas.
6 days ago
Podcasting in 2015 feels a lot like blogging circa 2004: exciting, evolving, and trouble for incumbents » Nieman Journalism Lab
The same trends we saw a decade ago — professionalization on one hand, platformization on the other — sure seem to be playing out again.
6 days ago
Long live Leia! Why Carrie Fisher looks so right in the 'Force Awakens' trailers - CNET
Commentary: Leia Organa deserves a face that reflects her age and life experience, says CNET's Bonnie Burton, a lifelong Star Wars fan who can't wait to see Leia be herself again in the new film.
7 days ago
You Won't Live to See the Final Star Wars Movie | WIRED
If the people at Disney have anything to say about it, the past four decades of Star Wars were merely prologue.
7 days ago
Conversion via Twitter - The New Yorker
She was a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church. Then she started to question her faith, one tweet at a time.
8 days ago
The design behind a bag for transporting a million dollars in cash, undetected - Quartz
It must glide easily across a marble floor, and other considerations.
12 days ago
From sex symbol to icon: How Crystal Dynamics saved Lara Croft | Polygon
Real characters aren't just good art, they're good business
13 days ago
StarCraft: The past, present and future | Polygon
Back in the ‘90s, Chris Metzen had an idea for a new game. For the still-blooming Blizzard Entertainment, these were formative years.
13 days ago
When did people start moving fast enough to experience jet lag?
As I write this, hurtling west at 550 miles per hour, the flight attendant is politely telling the guy in the row ahead of me to close his window. It’s day
14 days ago
Discoveries over the last decade have revealed more about the everyday lives of the people for whom the giant monuments held meaning.
14 days ago
It can be hard to find Indian and Chinese performers for film and television roles, but we can’t keep using white actors in brownface.
14 days ago
Faraday wants you to believe it's not a front for the Apple Car, but probably is
Billion dollar car companies don't pop up overnight. Well, except Apple Faraday. It plans to release its first vehicle in 2017, and claims it'll have 15 pe
16 days ago
The forgotten history of Tumblr
Mere months before Yahoo’s $1.1 billion acquisition turned him into an overnight media sensation, David Karp recounted the creation of Tumblr at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Mar
17 days ago
Why It's OK to Block Ads | Practical Ethics
What I find remarkable is the way both sides of this debate seem to simply assume the large-scale capture and exploitation of human attention to be ethical and/or inevitable in the first place.
19 days ago
LOL Nothing Matters: A defense of the internet’s absence of meaning | The New Republic
LOL Nothing Matters: A defense of the internet’s absence of meaning.
20 days ago
Exclusive: Red Bull secure an engine for 2016 | thejudge13
Probably the biggest F1 controversy for a number of years has finally ended. Having cancelled their engine contract for 2016 with Renault without a replacement partner, Red Bull Racing have been ac...
20 days ago
The streaming wars are coming to your favorite podcast
If you're confused about why Serial is streaming on Pandora, here's some answers.
20 days ago
Hipster Barbie Quits the Internet, Leaving Us Without a Hero | WIRED
Socality Barbie says goodbye with an Instagram post that at long last identifies the brilliant satirist behind the account.
20 days ago
Aziz Ansari’s Master of None Is Endlessly Likable and Remarkably Good | Vanity Fair
The new Netflix comedy bats about lightly, but smartly, with some deep topics.
20 days ago
The tragedy of James Bond
007 is still supposed to be a hero but if you knew him in real life, you would be warning all your friends not to invite him to their parties.
21 days ago
Check out Qatar's creepy new city for migrant workers | Fusion
Do you want to build 2022 World Cup infrastructure in steaming hot Qatar? Well, Qatar just built an entire city to house 100,000 migrant workers.
21 days ago
Muji is making tiny prefab huts, and they’re as Muji as you’d expect - Quartz
Tokyo Muji, the Japanese home goods and furniture brand, has built a cult following for its timeless product design, high quality, and absence of branding. While expanding its retail business globally, Muji also produces a line of prefab "Vertical Houses" in Japan. And this week in Tokyo, it previewed a new line called Muji Hut at a pop-up design event....
21 days ago
The integrity of the sport of curling hangs in the balance — over a new broom - The Washington Post
With no ruling yet from the sport's governing body, athletes have entered into a "gentlemen's agreement" to self-police the matter.
21 days ago
Humans of New York and the Cavalier Consumption of Others - The New Yorker
A book spun off of the popular blog betrays shallow notions of truth and egalitarianism.
21 days ago
Amazon is opening its first physical bookstore today | The Verge
Amazon got its start as an online bookseller, and now — over 20 years later — it's decided to sell books the old fashioned way. On Tuesday, Amazon will open a store in Seattle called Amazon Books....
22 days ago
The true story behind ‘Zola,’ the epic Twitter story too crazy to be real - The Washington Post
No one attempted suicide, and no one got shot. But the truth behind Twitter's hyper-viral story is, in some ways, even more dangerous.
22 days ago
Exposed: China’s covert global radio network
Beijing controls a radio network sending pro-China news around the world. But Beijing’s not broadcasting that fact.
22 days ago
Romanian villagers decry police investigation into vampire slaying | McClatchy DC
Before Toma Petre's relatives pulled his body from the grave, ripped out his heart, burned it to ashes, mixed it with water and drank it, he hadn't been in the news much.
22 days ago
The Decay of Twitter - The Atlantic
The social network fundamentally changed in early 2014. And that’s causing big problems for the company.
22 days ago
Introducing Autotune | Vox Product Blog
The common misconception is that once software is built, it can be reused. In reality, software is almost always built to accomplish a specific task in a specific context with no thought to how it might be reused.
It may sound as if this is a problem, a lack of foresight or a rookie mistake, but it is not. It is almost always a mistake to attempt to build reusable software from the start without taking the time to understand how it will be used and why.
22 days ago
Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill | MIT Technology Review
Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets. But before they can become widespread, carmakers must solve an impossible ethical dilemma of algorithmic morality.
23 days ago
25 years of IMDb, the world's biggest online movie database | VentureBeat | Media | by Paul Sawers
The year 2015 heralded a number of notable Internet milestones -- the humble .com domain name reached 30 years of age, while both eBay and Amazon reached the grand old age of 20. That the Internet Movie Database, a gargantuan film and TV show encyclopedia better known as IMDb, began 25 years ago as a pre-Web hobby project and is now one of the top 50 most visited websites on the Internet is a notable achievement.
23 days ago
Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away? | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
A great tract of Earth is on fire and threatened species are being driven out of their habitats. This is a crime against humanity and nature
23 days ago
Sandra Bullock to Lead an All-Female 'Ocean's Eleven' Reboot
'Hunger Games' director Gary Ross is slated to take over behind the camera
25 days ago
The Illusion of Taste - The New Yorker
How packaging can make food more flavorful.
26 days ago
History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian
You aren’t alone in your fear of makeup-clad entertainers; people have been frightened by clowns for centuries
26 days ago
The Newest Tool in Avy Control: Bomb-Carrying Drones | Outside Online
That high-pitched whine you’re about to hear at your favorite ski hill? It’s the sound of drones dropping avy charges.
26 days ago
Inventing the Future with Syd Mead — Sunday Interviews — Medium
Syd Mead has been inventing our future for over sixty years. Originator of the title Visual Futurist, he has designed ev…
26 days ago
Travelers Are Taking No-Frills Cruises on Ocean Freighters - Bloomberg Business
With business weak, cargo vessels are happy to carry tourists, too.
26 days ago
The Truth About New York’s Legendary “Mole People” | Narratively | Human stories, boldly told.
Two decades after NYC sought to relocate its infamous tunnel-dwelling denizens, a years-long investigation reveals a few hardy souls still toiling and thriving beneath the city streets. They insist they wouldn’t live anywhere else.
27 days ago
China to end one-child policy - BBC News
China decides to end its decades-long policy of allowing couples to have only one child, Xinhua news agency reports.
27 days ago
Inside the Comedy Factory - Splitsider
As the UCB empire has grown from a punk-rock upstart to an industry institution, the way it operates affects the comedy world more than ever before. A few years back, Terry Withers, star of the Terry Withers Mysteries at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, and also the theater's director of sales, managed [...]
27 days ago
How the Casio F-91W became the world’s most versatile (and dangerous) watch
In a dingy part of Manila in 1995, two men were mixing chemicals in an apartment building. Murad and his friend Ramzi had some prior knowledge of chemistry
27 days ago
A totally objective review of the HTC One A9 | The Verge
The HTC One A9 is an Android smartphone. It is manufactured by HTC, a Taiwanese company founded in 1997. Android is a mobile operating system designed by Google.
27 days ago
Siri and Cortana Sound Like Ladies Because of Sexism | WIRED
We want our technology to help us, but we want to be the bosses of it, so we are more likely to opt for a female interface.
27 days ago
Siri won't answer some questions if you're not subscribed to Apple Music | The Verge
If you want Siri to answer your questions about the top songs on the charts, you'll need to sign up for Apple Music first. Users online, including Pandora co-creator and angel investor Tom Conrad,...
28 days ago
'Ridiculous and amazing' Slack messaging app keeps human users in mind - LA Times
Slack Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Stewart Butterfield has a theory about why Albert Einstein achieved mainstream popularity while a fellow genius, Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel, didn't.
28 days ago
In the media, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, the word is invoked with increasing frequency, as if its simple utterance might be enough.
28 days ago
This Is Not a Game: How SXSW Turned GamerGate Abuse Into a Spectator Sport - The Daily Beast
Citing ‘violent threats,’ SXSW canceled a panel about harassment in games, as well as a pro-GamerGate panel that cropped up as a counterpunch. But the story is much stranger than that.
28 days ago
How Wealthy People Protect Their Money - The Atlantic
A sociologist realized that if she were ever going to understand global inequality she would have to become one of the people who helps create it. So she trained to become a wealth manager to the ultra-rich.
29 days ago
We Need to Talk About Your Face. It’s Got Mites. | KQED Science
Face mites have been living in the pores of our skin since before we were humans.
29 days ago
​SXSW Cancels Gaming Panels Due to Threats of Violence | Motherboard
"It says a lot about the fact that women aren't taken seriously or respected in tech spaces​."
29 days ago
How eSports are saving the PC industry — Hopes&Fears — flow "Video Games"
The makers of the world's most elite graphics hardware explain the ways that eSports have caused the industry to explode.
4 weeks ago
A study in the Netherlands backs up a long-held claim of quantum theory, one that Einstein refused to accept, that objects separated by great distance could affect each other’s behavior.
4 weeks ago
Does being self-deprecating help or harm you socially? — Hopes&Fears — flow "Question"
Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today, we ask psychologists and communication experts if making fun of ourselves makes us look bad.
4 weeks ago
For Middle Eastern Tourists, Only One Austrian Ski Town Will Do | WIRED
Tired of the extreme heat of the Middle East, tourists go on "cooling vacations" in the small village of Zell am See, Austria.
4 weeks ago
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