Where do celebrated mainstream artists like Lady Gaga, Eminem and The Arcade Fire join internet sensations like Lindsey Sterling and Epic Rap Battles of History? At the first-ever YouTube Music Awards, streaming live tonight from New York City. At 6PM ET at YouTube, or embedded right here in this post, you can watch Jason Schwartzmann host what's promising to be a crazy show. Famed director Spike Jonze is producing the event, and intends the show to be live in almost every sense of the word.
Once they've finished hunting us down, it looks like the machines will be able to put on a good show to celebrate. The all-robot band, Z-Machines, have been making erratic appearances across Japan since early Summer, and Maker ...
Justin Bieber may have a gigantic fanbase, but he's no longer Twitter's most popular celebrity. Both stars are still adding new followers every minute, but Perry seems to be rising faster. She's presently maintaining 2,000 more followers than Bieber, and barring a backlash, could keep on climbing higher. Katy Perry (@katyperry) is now the most followed user on Twitter, passing Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) who held the title for nine months. — Eli Langer (@EliLanger) November 3, 2013 Lady Gaga was long the queen of Twitter, holding the crown since 2010 and setting a number of records in the interim.
Two years and tens of millions of YouTube hits after its debut, the iconic trailer for Dead Island still commands a passionate audience of fans. A group of them have put together the live action remake below, recreating the slow-motion reverse chronology of an island holiday gone terribly for a young family. Almost everything from the original has been preserved, including the disquietingly serene soundtrack and gratuitous splashes of blood. For comparison, we've also included the classic CGI trailer as well.
VIA Technologies isn't a name that often pops up on Engadget, but its latest video wall signage solution deserves a shout-out. The idea's simple: you can output a 4K x 2K footage to an array of thin-bezel 1080p LCDs ...
Guillermo del Toro fans, rejoice. The famed Pacific Rim director has just published an epic anthology of the sketches, ideas, and inspiration behind his imaginative, haunting films. The 256-page hardcover book, titled Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions, includes numerous snippets of pages from del Toro's journals, including original sketches of Hellboy, a peek inside the director's legendary "Bleak House," as well as original commentary from del Toro himself. If you aren't yet sold on the $36.00 collection, Cabinet also includes a foreword by director James Cameron, an afterword by Tom Cruise, and contributions from science fiction author Neil Gaiman.
Lasers could prove to be the key in eliminating brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. New findings from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the Polish Wroclaw University of Technology have raised hopes that doctors may one day be able to cure the ailments without needing to touch surrounding brain tissue. "We have found a totally new way of discovering these structures using just laser light" says Piotr Hanczyc of Chalmers University of Technology. To that end, the researchers seem hopeful that photoacoustic therapy could be used to get rid of the protein aggregates.
Just a few weeks after the launch of iOS 7, Apple's Vice President of Engineering for iOS Henri Lamiraux has retired and left the company, 9to5 Mac reports. Lamiraux, who joined Apple in 1990, worked closely with one-time iOS lead Scott Forstall on the original iPhone, and has his name on a number of important patents including visual voicemail. More recently, he worked under Craig Federighi, who's in charge of software more broadly at Apple.
The main aim of Handie, already a James Dyson award nominee, was to develop an artificial hand that offered a large degree of functionality without the brutal prices associated with prosthetics. With the latest model, it apparently skirts ...
Sunrise calendar for iPhone users received an email late last night detailing the effects of a cyber attack last week on MongoHQ, the company's database provider. Sunrise CEO Pierre Valade assured users that all of their data and credentials are safe, with the exception of their iCloud calendar data, which could've potentially been compromised. A sobering reminder of the risks to using cloud apps like Sunrise or Mailbox to sync your most sensitive data The hacking is a sobering reminder of the risks to using cloud apps like Sunrise or Mailbox to sync your most sensitive data.
By Noel Randewich SUNNYVALE, California (Reuters) - Tucked away in an air conditioned data center in Silicon Valley is a hodgepodge of black boxes, circuit boards and cooling fans owned by 27-year-old Aaron Jackson-Wilde, a modern-day prospector looking for Bitcoins. Since discovering the digital currency a few months ago, Jackson-Wilde has paid about $2,000 for his "rigs," which are powered by specialized computer chips. They are designed to help operate and maintain the Bitcoin network - and, in return, generate a small reward in a process known as "Bitcoin mining." A form of electronic money independent of traditional banking, Bitcoins started circulating in 2009 and have since become the most prominent of several fledgling digital currencies. Bitcoin mining is based on a unique feature of the digital currency.
Why not take a break from the fire hose of Twitter and RSS and check out our weekly roundup of essential writing from around the web about technology, culture, media, and the future? The Guardian put together a comprehensive, interactive guide to what we know about the NSA's surveillance programs, with interviews including Thomas Drake, Glenn Greenwald, Ron Wyden, Jeremy Scahill, and more. But along with these technologies came an extension in the NSA’s reach few in the early 1990s could have imagined.
By Caroline Copley ZURICH (Reuters) - Swisscom is building a "Swiss Cloud" that could loosen the grip of U.S. technology giants and attract foreign companies looking for a way to shield sensitive data from the prying eyes of foreign intelligence services. Companies are increasingly turning to cloud computing - an umbrella term for technology services such as email and business software offered remotely via the Internet instead of on-site - to cut costs and add flexibility to their IT departments. Swisscom's head of IT services Andreas Koenig told Reuters the telecom provider's decision to set up a home cloud was unrelated to the recent NSA revelations and driven more by a desire to cut costs and make its systems more dynamic. Still, as the technology to protect against illegal threats progresses, Koenig says it will start to make more sense to store data in locations where strict privacy laws make it harder to retrieve sensitive information.
Apple's new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display got us thinking about what photography apps we'll want to download to our new devices first. We're sharing a few of our favorite iOS tablet apps, from photo editing powerhouses to slick portfolio presentation tools on connect.dpreview.com.
Pairing a fashion photographer with an origamist may seem like an odd mix, but Giacomo Favilla and Francesca Lombardi have proven that such a collaboration can lead to surreal results. They've joined together for One of Us, a project featuring black and white portraits of people wearing origami masks. The masks themselves come in all shapes and sizes — some more creepy than others — with animals a strong focus; a puma, cat, rabbit, and crocodile are included. ...
EBay has removed from its listings around 30 items of memorabilia from the Nazi Holocaust, including clothes worn by concentration camp victims, after a newspaper investigation discovered they were on sale on the e-commerce website, Britain's Mail on Sunday said. The newspaper said its reporters found a range of items on the site over the past week, including what was presented by the vendor as a complete Auschwitz uniform worn by a Polish baker who perished in the Nazi death camp. The Mail on Sunday said it had alerted eBay and that the online auctioneer had removed 30 items from sale and offered to make a donation of 25,000 pounds ($40,000) to a suitable charity. In a statement, eBay said: "We are very sorry these items have been listed on eBay and we are removing them.