[video] R.I.P Vine

Twitter continues it death march to irrelevancy with the layoffs of hundreds of workers and the shut down of once hot app Vine. So in a nutshell Twitter is trying to trim the fat to increase revenues as to to look attractive to potential buyers.

 

Russian Internet Mogul ‘Dmitry Itskov’ has plans to ‘Live Forever’

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The quest to live forever rages on.

via Telgraph UK

Web entrepreneur Dmitry Itskov is behind the “2045 Initiative”, an ambitious experiment to bring about immortality within the next 30 years by creating a robot capable of storing human personalities.

The group of neuroscientists, robot builders and consciousness researchers say they can create an android that is capable of uploading someone’s personality.

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[video]Flexiphone ‘Coming Soon’: Scientists Reveal First Bendable Smartphone

After cracking my third screen in the last year and a half, this sounds like a good idea.

SMARTPHONES are getting slimmer, lighter and bigger – and in the near future they are set to become BENDIER too. The world’s first flexible smartphone ReFlex is as little as five years away from becoming a high street reality say its makers. Currently in development at Queen’s University’s Human Media lab in Kingston, Canada, the first prototype was recently unveiled to industry experts at a conference in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Calling it ‘revolutionary’, Queen University’s school of computing director Roel Vertegaal says the ReFlex will change how we use our smartphones in the future and make the current  ‘rigid’ smartphones seem out of date.

[video] Usher & Nas Require That You ‘Face the Victims’ to Watch Powerful New Music Video for “Chains”

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Simply incredible. Click this link to watch the interactive video on Tidal, or watch the video in its standard form below.

More information on the concept and technology, courtesy of EgoKick:

Internationally acclaimed artist Usher recently launched a powerful video project to accompany the release of his new single, “Chains.”

The empowering track, which features the talents of Nas and singer-songwriter Bibi Bourelly, highlights the prevalent issue of racial injustice and police brutality in America.

In collaboration with the release of “Chains,” Usher designed an interactive music video experience titled “Don’t Look Away.”

Instead of starring in the video themselves, Usher and Nas chose for the visual experience to focus on the faces and stories of different victims of extreme violence and racial injustice.

Using groundbreaking interactive technology, the video tracks the viewer’s eyes while they watch and immediately stops playing if they look away from the screen.

As the viewer focuses on the changing black-and-white footage, the lyrics “We still in chains, we still in chains, you put the blame on us” repeat in the background, creating a hauntingly powerful experience.

“I chose to introduce the song through the ‘Don’t Look Away’ experience because it is important not only to feel the issue but to face it,” Usher explained.

Usher continued, “The pain and suffering that these victims and their families have endured is something we must never forget. When we look away from this problem it gets worse. To fix it, we have to face it.”

The “Don’t Look Away” experience calls attention to the stories and faces of Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Caesar Cruz, Ramarley Graham, Kendrick Johnson, Marlon Brown, Andrew Joseph, and Sean Bell, who represent only a handful of victims of social injustice.

“The reality is that racial bigotry diminishes the lives of too many people in our country,” the R&B legend explained. “We have to come together as a country to solve these problems and this is one way I can contribute.”

Usher and Nas performed the empowering single at the recent Tidal x HTC concert in Brooklyn, where they shared the stage with fellow artists Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Jay Z.

“Chains” is the latest track from the Usher’s highly anticipated new album, “UR,” which is expected to be released soon…

[video] iPhone 6S Video Test 4k!

Fuck buying a camera just buy a iPhone 6s and shoot a feature film. (Back to Back Apple posts not intended).

I used attachment lenses from Moment, a startup that makes great stuff (full disclosure – i am an advisor to the company) see here –http://momentlens.co/

I used an external microphone and I made a mount to attach the camera and mic to a tripod. I also color graded using FCx basic color tools.

Are Black Emojis Finally On The Way in 2015?

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The Daily News is reporting that they may appear in a new update but CNN Money has reported they will definitely debut in June 2015.

via CNN Money

Unicode, the organization that develops emojis, said that a diverse range of skin tones will be available when Unicode Version 8.0 launches in June 2015.
This will include not only the existing yellow, but five other shades, ranging from pink and brown to black.
“People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone,” said Unicode, in a report with design recommendations.

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[video] Chinedu Echeruo (Founder of HopStop.com)

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I have used this site literally 100’s of times and had no idea a brother created it. Hit the cut for a video on this brother and more info about his burgeoning tech portfolio of businesses he has founded. #BlacksinTech

 

Echeruo is a Tech entrepreneur and founder of HopStop.com which he reportedly sold to Apple in the “billion” dollar range. HopStop.com is a mobile and online application that provides mass transit directions door-to-door mass transit, taxi, walking, biking and hourly car rental directions in major metropolitan markets throughout the U.S., Canada, U.K, France, Australia, New Zealand and Russia.

 

In 2001, HopStop was named one of the 100 fastest growing companies in the US by Inc. magazine. Chinedu also founded Tripology.com, an interactive travel referral service focused on connecting travelers with travel specialists which was later acquired by USA Today Travel Media Group. Echeruo obtained an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S from Syracuse University.

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10 People It’s Time To Unfriend On Facebook

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Pretty much my whole feed is GUILTY. Lol.

I will post a few below and you can read the rest of at BUZZFEED.

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Check out their timeline. If someone only uses their status updates to tell you what a miserable day they’re having, to complain about their life, or use their feed as a way to get people to feel sorry for them, then it’s time to hit the unfriend button.

6. Your super political and religious friend(s).

If there’s one thing that people should learn about Facebook, it’s that you won’t convert someone to your side by posting multiple links and using ALL CAPS in the comments. But overly eager political and religious people just love to do this, and if you say anything about it to them, they’ll say you’re part of the problem. To save your feed from being clogged up with op-ed pieces, just say goodbye to this friend.

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Facebook set to debut Skype Video Calls, New Design

Facebook Rules B*tches.

via Buzzfeed

Mark Zuckerberg announced a new Facebook redesign, without revealing any major details. The focus of the press conference was video calling, through Skype; though, unlike Skype, Facebook users will not require a specific program to utilize the technology, only a plug-in, which they can download whenever someone requests chatting with them:

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Hacker speaks on PBS Tupac and Sony hacks

If you are wondering why hackers are loyal to Wikileaks, its because Julian Assange was a hacker himself as revealed in the documentary about him and how the organization came to be. Anyway time for corporate america and everybody else to realize that these hackers will rip your online presence to shreds if you dare say anything against Wikileaks. Here is some direct words from a hacker concerning their problems with PBS and Sony

via Forbes

“We just finished watching WikiSecrets and were less than impressed. We decided to sail our Lulz Boat over to the PBS servers for further… perusing,” read a statement that LulzSec posted to Twitter. “Anyway, say hello to the insides of the PBS servers, folks. They best watch where they’re sailing next time.”

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Congressman Al Franken fires letter to Jobs about iPhone ‘tracking your every movement’ feature

Are we really surprised that Steve Jobs is Big Brother? Every aspect of this society we are being followed and watched by some evil force so get used to it.

via Arstechnica

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) wants answers. Security researchers today revealed the existence of a file on iPhones and on their computer backups that logs detailed cell phone triangulation data—and has ever since iOS 4 was released last summer. The information is stored unencrypted by default, and is simple to access. That announcement led Franken to fire off a two-page letter (PDF) today, asking nine pointed questions of Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

The letter concludes with a list of questions.

  1. Why does Apple collect and compile this location data? Why did Apple choose to initiate tracking this data in its iOS 4 operating system?
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[video] Serena Williams in ‘World’s Sexiest’ Top Spin 4

Wow.

via The Escapist

2K Sports is putting some space between itself and the ad, claiming that it really had nothing at all to do with it. “As part of the process for creating marketing campaigns to support our titles, we pursue a variety of creative avenues,” the company told Joystiq. “This video is not part of the title’s final marketing campaign and its distribution was unauthorized.”

[video] Mario as FIRST PERSON SHOOTER

Absolutely dope in every aspect. The time it took this shows these guys are relentless in their pursuit to do next level sh

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Tweet it! http://bit.ly/RTFPMario
Facebook it! http://on.fb.me/fywFpN

What Mario would look like if it was a sweet next-gen first person shooter!

After not touching 3dsMax since the mailboxes in Jedi Assholes, Brandon decided to get his 3d chops back. We’ve been working on this in the background for the last three weeks. Don’t expect full 3d movies on a weekly basis, it took over 60 hours to render this beast out!

3dsMax, FumeFX, and After Effects were used to make this.

Ashton Kutcher Twitter Account Hacked

What a week for Twitter?
The network has had the circus that is Charlie Sheen join and get probably a record breaking Twitter followers in 24 hours, and one of their biggest celebrity users Ashton Kutcher’s account was hacked. With this happening if Ashton decides that he will no longer use the site because of this compromise will more big time celebs follow and ditch the service?

The two tweets following the hack were, “Ashton, you’ve been Punk’d. This account is not secure. Dude, where’s my SSL?” and “P.S. This is for those young protesters around the world who deserve not to have their Facebook & Twitter accounts hacked like this. #SSL”

The tweets were posted to his account @aplusk on Wednesday evening and were still on his page as of 8:50 p.m. Eastern Time (screenshot below).

New Macbook Pros

If anyone wants to cop me one of these, let me know.

Apple claims the new machines, which include FaceTime HD cameras with “triple the resolution of the previous generation,” Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, and Thunderbolt I/O technology, are “up to twice as fast” as their predecessors.
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Obama & Silicon Valley Tech Titans Have Dinner

Wanna know who attended? Go right here

via ABC

Obama chose these 12 titans of technology because “American companies like these have been leading by investing in the creativity and ingenuity of the American people, creating cutting-edge new technologies and promoting new ways to communicate.”

New Press Secretary Jay Carney instead released an email which described the evening as the president’s chance to discuss “his proposals to invest in research and development and expand incentives for companies to grow and hire, along with his goal of doubling exports over five years to support millions of American jobs.”
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[video] Facebook Phone Revealed?

Note: Could not embed the Tech Crunch video for some odd reason so this is a silent demo video I found on Youtube.

via Tech Crunch
Along the top are four Facebook buttons: People, Events, Notifications, and Places. The People button shows you the feeds of your closest friends as determined by Facebook’s Open Graph API. It’s like a friends and family circle on a mobile calling plan, except it shows you the feeds of your “top” friends, which you can swipe through. The phone also ingests all the details it can about your Facebook friends into the local address book so you have one unified social address book.

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[video] The Facebook Obsession

CNBC:With more than half a billion users around the world, Facebook has altered our everyday lives for better or worse, and in ways we may not even recognize. Correspondent Lester Holt explores the real story behind the $50 billion dollar social network juggernaut.

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[video] T-Pain releases new Android “Booty Symphony” App (NSFW)

I guess booty shaking has gone mainstream. Expect this to be purchased by horny teenage boys everywhere.

Check out Booty Symphony, the new app powered by T-Pain’s label Nappy Boy Entertainment.  The app lets users conduct 30-second music videos from “Booty Soundboards” based on songs from the Nappy Boy catalogue including Tay Dizm’s “Point Em Out” and Young Cash’s “I’m a Freak” and “I Support Single Mothers.”

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