Monthly Archives: June 2014

Everything Wrong With Viral Videos on YouTube

Frozen covers. Parodies of Lorde’s “Royals.” Sheepish British vloggers. “Let’s play” gaming videos.

If any of these YouTube tropes irk you, you may find a certain camaraderie in watching this video from YouTube channel Barely Political.

The bit features a parade of fed up YouTube users who visit “YouTube HQ” to air their grievances and seek professional advice. Not getting traction on your earnest a cappella tunes? Sing worse and call it a parody! In your forties? Give up!

The plus side? When it comes to YouTube, there is definitely no shortage in the complaints department Read more…

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FDA Approves First Robotic Exoskeleton for Paralyzed Users

For years, we’ve been shown research projects teasing next-generation exoskeletons designed to empower those without the use of their legs. But those desiring the devices have been forced to wait for a viable commercial solution — until now

That wait finally ended last week when the United States Food and Drug Administration approved ReWalk Robotics‘ personal exoskeleton for marketing in the U.S.

Innovative devices such as ReWalk go a long way towards helping individuals with spinal cord injuries gain some mobility,” Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA;s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement. Read more…

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11% of the #NoFilter Pics on Instagram Are Posers

Your Instagram friends may not be the photographers they’re making themselves out to be.

Turns out that 11% of photos using the #nofilter hashtag on Instagram actually have a filter, a percentage that adds up to roughly 8.6 million photos

The data was pulled by Spredfast, a social-media marketing company and Facebook ad partner that gathered the information from the social network’s public API. This API information includes filter data, and Spredfast tested the last 100,000 images that included the #nofliter hashtag to get a sample from the platform. Read more…

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News Bloopers Prove Live TV Is Delightfully Painful

Live television is dangerous, and here are the cringe-worthy bloopers to prove it

From the meteorologist who can’t stop hiccuping to the poor news correspondent getting a cooler of water dumped on her, these are the hardest working people in the news business. You’ll laugh, cry and feel just a little bit sad for nothing going according to plan when they introduce the ever unpredictable human element.

Make sure to stick around until the end for Erykah Badu’s creepy attempt to steal a kiss from an unsuspecting newscaster.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more…

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Twitter 'Buy Now' Button Appears for First Time

It looks like shopping within your Twitter Timeline isn’t far off.

A new “Buy now” button appeared on multiple tweets Monday, all of which included products that link back to a shopping site called Fancy

The tweets were first discovered by tech-news site Recode, and the while the buttons appear in both the Timeline and expanded-tweet view, nothing happens when you actually click on the button

The button only appears on mobile, and doesn’t appear on Twitter’s web version.

A new Buy Now button appeared on Twitter for the first time Monday

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Hack Your Brain With A Machine That Reads Minds

 Star Wars first planted the idea over 35 years ago that we could move objects with our minds. That idea is now a reality that has come a long way in the last few years. Emotiv is on the cutting edge of that technology with headgear that allows you to do things, such as make a toy car whiz by or help a quadriplegic mix music like a DJ using just their brain power. Read More


US National Archives To Upload All Holdings To Wikimedia Commons

 Ever since the National Archives and Record Administration launched the Open Government Plan in 2010, it has increasingly been uploading content to Wikipedia to digitize and gain a wider reach for its holdings. But all this time, uploading its digitized holdings to the Wikimedia Commons was a side project. Now, as mentioned in the 2014 Open Government Plan published earlier this month, the… Read More


Surprise! 'Community' Saved, Returning for a Sixth Season … on Yahoo


In a save that’s even more shocking than every World Cup match we’ve seen so far, cult-favorite comedy Community will return for a 13-episode sixth season — by Yahoo on its nascent video platform Yahoo Screen.

SEE ALSO: ‘Community’ Is Canceled, But Not Quite Dead — Yet

“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” said show creator Dan Harmon in a statement. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!” Read more…

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A Sneak Peek of NBC's 'Harry Potter: The Making of Diagon Alley'

Listen up Muggles, here’s your chance to see how magic is made

Today Show’s Meredith Vieira has gone behind the scenes at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, in anticipation of the July 8 opening of the park’s new attractions.

In the NBC special, Vieira talks with the creative team who brought places like Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Diagon Alley to lifeHarry Potter film actors Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), among others, will also speak with Vieira about their favorite parts of the park Read more…

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Watch a 5-Minute Playthrough of 'Super Mario Bros.' Break a Record

You probably never played Super Mario Bros. like this as a kid. Gamer “Blubber” posted a video of his speedrun through the original Super Mario Bros. from 1985, in which he beat the previous record by a second.

Blubber broadcast his run on Twitch over the weekend. He utilizes every possible warp pipe and glitch, along with excellent timing, to defeat Bowser and save the princess. His total time was 4 minutes and 57.69 seconds, and he never stopped for a single mushroom.

Speedrunning is a popular streaming activity on Twitch, where gamers frequently try to crush others’ records in the fastest time through classic games. Last week, a marathon of speedrunning called Summer Games Done Quick raised more than $700,000 for Doctors Without Borders. Read more…

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