Monthly Archives: April 2017

Elon Musk says we're only 2 years from being able to nap in self-driving cars



Multi-company tech mogul Elon Musk recently laid out plans for his traffic-defeating Boring company during a talk at the TED conference, but now, we finally have the full video of his appearance. And he delivers a few more interesting comments. 

Answering a question regarding how long it will be before we can hop in our self-driving car, give it directions, and then take a nap until we’ve reached out destination, Musk says he thinks we’re about two years away.

If true, that could truly change the landscape of our cities; from how human-controlled cars operate to the number of taxi drivers who may be put out of work. Read more…

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Very Aussie 'The Voice' contestant charms judges with constant use of the word 'flamin'



As most Australians live along the coast in urban areas, it’s not often someone as “ocker” as the guy in Crocodile Dundee comes along. But when they do, the people love it.

The Voice Australia has unearthed Sam Hale and as well as being quitessentially “Aussie,” he’s quite an impressive singer, as evidenced in his take on Shawn Mullins’ “Lullaby.”

But it seems like most of the attention was on Hale’s slang-heavy musings, which basically means he loves dropping the word “flamin'” into sentences — something only Alf Stewart from local soap opera Home and Away does, and he’s not even a real person.  Read more…

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Sneaky TV contestant makes a whole nation lose the 'circle game'



High school wouldn’t have been the same without painful memories of the circle game.

You’ll know the one: Someone tries to get you to look at something below their waist, but it turns out to their hand — with their index finger and thumb arranged into a circle — meaning you’re in store for a jab on the shoulder.

While most of us have grown up and forgot about it, a dude by the name of Alex Macleod who was a contestant on Millionaire Hot Seat in Australia on Apr. 10.

Just watch him get a little itchy, then slyly throw one while the camera is on him, as per a video from Brown Cardigan. Read more…

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Ed Sheeran drops details about his 'Game of Thrones' cameo and it includes Arya



Red-headed scamp Ed Sheeran is making the rounds promoting his new album, Divide, and he seems to have let slip a little bit about his much-anticipated cameo on the upcoming season of Game of Thrones

We already know that Sheeran’s character doesn’t die, but, as The A.V. Club noted, he elaborated a bit on the role during a laid back game of beer pong with The Hits Radio’s Tom Green. 

“I just do a seen with Maise [Williams],” Sheeran reveals, “I don’t really know what I’m allowed to say.”

He adds, “I sing a song and then she [Arya] goes, ‘Oh, that’s a nice song,’ and I go, ‘It’s a new one’ and then there’s other lines.” Read more…

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Twitter news video will appear 24/7, thanks to Bloomberg



Twitter is now a 24/7 streaming video service, beginning with financial news. 

Bloomberg, the finance news site with a wealth of funds from terminals, has agreed to produce exclusive video content for Twitter that will play 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. 

The announcement comes just ahead of Twitter’s first-ever NewFronts, where the tech company will pitch advertisers on a slate of original programming they can advertise within for the upcoming year. 

The deal also landed just after a quarterly earnings report delighted investors and analysts because of its surprise surpassing of expectations. Twitter had added 9 million monthly active users, while analysts had expected only 2 million, for example.  Read more…

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High schoolers celebrate 'Meme Day' with memes new and old



Got to give credit where it’s due: the kids these days are committed not just to the hip new memes, but also to the memes of yesteryear. 

Take these kids from California who celebrated “Meme Day” at their school, with a wide-range of memes from the recent hit Salt Bae all the way back to some old school memes like Slender Man. 

In the above video, posted by Nicole Pinto, we roll through (I think):

More about Memes, Slenderman, Salt Bae, Watercooler, and Memes

With AI investments, Taser could use its body camera division for predictive policing



 After announcing that it would shift some of its emphasis away from non-lethal weapons to police body cameras, for a fleeting moment it felt like the company synonymous with sticks that electrocute people was showing an interest in police accountability. Analysis from the Intercept and a 2017 “Law Enforcement Technology Report” by Taser suggest that the reality might be more… Read More

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Zoe Saldana reveals how long it takes to put on her 'Guardian of the Galaxy' face



Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is already doing well internationally, but while U.S. fans are still waiting for the film’s release, one of its stars, Zoe Saldana, decided to give everyone a behind-the-scenes peek. 

On Saturday, Saldana posted a timelapse video on Twitter that shows exactly how much work it takes to become Gamora, her green-skinned character in the film. 

Instead of a simple slathering on green makeup, it turns out that her transformation takes just over three hours of intense detail work from two makeup artists.  Read more…

More about Makeup Transformation, Makeup, Movies, Films, and Science Fiction

Hack Harassment adds an interdisciplinary board to tackle online hate



 Hack Harassment, founded by Vox Media, Intel and Lady Gaga’s youth-focused Born This Way organization, will gear up to fight online harassment with the introduction of its first advisory board. Comprised of members from anti-bullying research groups, AAA game developers, and some things in between, the board will bring the collective experience of the multi-disciplinary leadership to… Read More

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How to protect yourself when live video of suicide spreads on social media



The thrill of social media is often the possibility of surprise. It’s fun to log on and see which viral videos, political rants, news stories, and baby pictures your friends and family have shared.

What we don’t expect is to see someone die. Watching a suicide attempt (or murder) in real time is not part of the bargain we’ve made to stay connected with the world. And yet it happens. Earlier this week, a Thai man killed his infant daughter and himself on Facebook Live. The video appeared on both Facebook and YouTube before being taken down by the companies.  Read more…

More about Mental Health, Science, Research, Social Media, and Facebook Live

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