Monthly Archives: July 2015

Face first is the best way to smash a skydiving world record

A group of 164 talented skydivers from Spain, Australia and the U.S. smashed the vertical skydiving formation world record set by a 138-person team in 2012. We can only imagine the sense of elation these skydivers had upon completion.

It’s probably just the same as zooming in really fast on Google Earth surrounded by a bunch of friends. Probably.

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Why Homejoy Failed … And The Future Of The On-Demand Economy

 On the heels of Homejoy’s failure, the fundamental “on-demand marketplace” model has come into question by investors, the media and even consumers. That questioning is very relevant, as there has been an overload of VC money that has been injected in the on-demand service platform space over the past few years ($4 billion-plus in 2014). Read More


Hacker discovers major vulnerability in GM cars, hijacks vehicle functions

As vehicles get high-tech upgrades, car hacking has become a much larger issue.

Samy Kamkar, a hacker who runs YouTube channel Applied Hacking, recently demonstrated a device which allows him to take control of a 2013 Chevrolet Volt equipped with General Motor’s OnStar concierge service. The vulnerability, which theoretically impacts all OnStar-equipped vehicles with the RemoteLink mobile app, allows the hacker to take control of various vehicle functions.

Kamkar built a small $100 device with a Wi-Fi hot spot that spoofs familiar Wi-Fi networks (for example, “attwifi,” commonly used at Starbucks). If a driver’s phone connects to the hot spot and the RemoteLink app is then opened, the hacker will gain access to the app. Read more…

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Not using body cameras should be punishable, NYPD report says

This week, police body camera footage led to the murder indictment of a former University of Cincinnati officers

One day later, the New York Police Department’s Office of the Inspector General released a report detailing why body cameras are important, and why the NYPD needs to do them right

The NYPD started a body camera pilot program in December with 54 devices but may expand to thousands in coming years.

You can read the full report at the bottom of this article. Here are five of the most notable recommendations Read more…

Officers shouldn’t be allowed to view video, if under investigation

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Lauryn Hill's powerful Nina Simone cover will give you chills

Lauryn Hill stopped by The Tonight Show Thursday to sing Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” and her performance will make you feel everything.

Hill recently recorded covers of some of Simone’s music for Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, an album released in conjunction with Netflix’s documentary What Happened, Miss Simone.

The doc paints a portrait of the iconic singer and activist through archival footage and interviews with Simone’s friends and family. Directed by Liz Garbus, it’s currently available to stream

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

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YC Backs Cofactor Genomics To Pursue RNA Testing, Which Could Offer Better Diagnoses Than DNA

 As part of Y Combinator’s push into computational biology and bioinformatics, the early-stage firm is backing a team that used to work on the Human Genome Project and is now experimenting with RNA testing through a startup called Cofactor Genomics. They argue RNA, which is the intermediate step between a person’s DNA and the proteins their bodies make, is a much more accurate… Read More


11 gifs that prove Edward the baby sloth is the cutest thing you'll see today

LONDON — Meet Edward, London Zoo’s newborn two-toed sloth. At just seven weeks old, Edward – named after Edward Scissorhands due to his super long claws – is being hand-reared by zookeeper Kelly Annkelleher

ZSL (Zoological Society of London) keeper Kelly has been using her initiative to keep baby Edward developing normally whilst away from his mother, employing the help of a life-sized sloth plushie and goat’s milk

It’s pretty obvious that Edward is by far the cutest thing you’ll see today, maybe even this month, but if you don’t believe us, here are 11 GIFs to prove it Read more…

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Watch the Lollapalooza live stream here: Paul McCartney, Metallica, more

Hey, Jude, and everyone else: You can watch Lollapalooza from anywhere thanks to Red Bull TV’s three-day live stream.

Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and the Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar and The Weeknd are headlining the Chicago-based festival from July 31 to Aug. 2

Although not every act will be broadcast, the stream will showcase more than 100 acts on eight stages starting Friday at 2:15 CT and ending Sunday night with Bassnectar’s set

The stream, below, will feature three channels of interviews and performancesRed Bull TV and its app will also offer on-demand video in case you can’t watch everything live Read more…

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Mission Impossible, now starring Chris Farley

Todd Spence has re-edited the Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation trailer to cut out that pesky Tom Cruise and add in a true action star: Chris Farley.

With the addition of Farley, MI: Rogue Nation goes from standard action flick to a perfectly absurd espionage movie — one that still looks awesome. From elaborate car chases to dangerous plane stunts, Chris Farley actually took part in his fair share of action sequences throughout his film career. And ripping that tiny coat was pretty impressive.

So, enjoy this fantasy trailer for the action-comedy that the world never knew it needed.

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