Monthly Archives: December 2016

Consider ethics when designing new technologies

 In the weeks since the U.S. presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been firefighting. Not literally, but figuratively. Widespread accusations assert that his social media company contributed to the election’s unexpected outcome by propagating fake news and “filter bubbles.” The case poses a thorny question: How do we ensure that technology works for society? Read More


Call ‘The Avengers’ in this arcade-style, animated retelling

If they have an army, but you have a Hulk, can you save the world from Loki? Find out in this 8-bit (and 16-bit) reimagining of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers as an old video game, inspired by classic action games like Megaman

Our CineFix series, 8-bit Cinema, “gamifies” your favorite Hollywood blockbusters into ’80s arcade- and NES-inspired animations. 

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How male allies can support women in technology

 There are so many reasons that men should get involved and be true allies to women in tech: It’s the right thing to do. It’s good for business. Diverse teams that reflect the end user create better results for customers. Male allies respect and appreciate their female teammates. They believe in equality. But you’re not a male ally until women in tech identify you as one. Read More


How livestreaming dominated 2016

In June, House Democrats live streamed a sit-in to protest the Republican majority’s inaction on gun control. 

But to the general public, the House floor footage was only available on social media, with even CSPAN broadcasting Periscope feeds.

That moment in itself was yet another indicator that live streaming is the future. The genre has grown in popularity over the last year, with many increasingly jumping in the space in hopes of becoming the go-to platform for live programming.

Digital video giants — including  YouTube, Facebook and Instagram — have made livestreaming a priority as users increasingly utilize the format. More and more apps — such as’s sister app — have popped up in hopes of becoming as popular as Snapchat. Read more…

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See the 'Ghostbusters' trap Slimer without any special effects in this homemade remake

Who you gonna call? Watch CineFix‘s homemade Ghostbusters take down a plastic-bag Slimer with plunger-powered proton packs and only in-camera effectsHomemade Movies ain’t afraid of no ghost.

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Uru finds the best places to introduce ads in online videos

 New York City-based startup Uru is working on a new way for video publishers to make money. Imagine watching a normal-looking online video — except that on some of the surfaces (say, on the cabinet behind the stars of a cooking video), you’ll see logos or other art promoting a sponsor. Okay, that might actually sound a bit annoying, but Uru co-founder and CEO Bill Marino argued… Read More


Majestic lynx casually wanders onto ski slope to check out the action

It’s definitely real, dude.

A majestic lynx wandered onto the slopes near at the Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado, on Wednesday, scaring and mystifying skiers and snowboarders while they hit some powder. 

The lynx eventually left without incident, and was probably trying to figure out just what these idiot humans were doing with boards strapped to their feet. 

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife shared the video to its Facebook page on Thursday, reminding people to admire the wildlife but not to approach or chase them. 

While lynx are still quite rare, a 20-year rehabilitation program has made the population in Colorado self-sustaining. In 2010 the parks department estimated that 150-250 wild lynx roam the backcountry of Colorado.  Read more…

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