25 October 2014

Come to Daddy: here's the only Aphex Twin playlist you need

Come to Daddy: here's the only Aphex Twin playlist you needIf you told me Richard D. James — better known as Aphex Twin — was an alien, I’d believe you. With Aphex Twin, the bass isn't "dropped," it's swung, torn, spun, fermented, and sent into space. Here's a bite from a recent interview with Richard: "My 5-year-old's made loads of totally insane music on his computer, and I'm just like, 'What the fuck is that?


25 October 2014

Roku wants to grow its media hub empire with a public stock filing

Roku wants to grow its media hub empire with a public stock filing


25 October 2014

Stephen Hawking joins Facebook, jokes about being an alien

Stephen Hawking joins Facebook, jokes about being an alienDeciding, perhaps, that Facebook will bring him closer to the masses, the famed physicist signs up and shares a post that says being curious is vital in today's world.>


25 October 2014

DUI suspect accuses cop of nabbing nude photos from her iPhone

DUI suspect accuses cop of nabbing nude photos from her iPhoneA California woman claims a Highway Patrolman saw personal images on her iPhone and sent them to his own personal cell phone. Court records reportedly say the officer called the practice "a game.">


25 October 2014

Google's head of Android to oversee its most important products

James Martin/CNETBy promoting one of his most trusted lieutenants, Google CEO Larry Page can spend more time focusing on the future.>


25 October 2014

Twitpic photo archive, links to 'stay alive' due to deal with Twitter

Twitpic photo archive, links to 'stay alive' due to deal with TwitterThe popular service for sharing photos on Twitter is set to close today, but its founder says the Twitpic domain and photo archive have been "given" to Twitter, so photos and links will be around awhile.>


25 October 2014

Hackers target Ukraine's election website

Moroccan policemen stand guard at a checkpoint on July 14, 2007 in CasablancaHackers attacked Ukraine's election commission website Saturday on the eve of parliamentary polls, officials said, but they denied Russian reports that the vote counting system itself had been put out of action. "There is a DDoS attack on the commission's site," the government information security service said on its Facebook page. Separately, a report on Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti quoted a statement on the personal website of the Ukrainian prosecutor general saying that the electronic vote counting system was out of order. Ukraine's commission spokesman, Kostyantyn Khivrenko, called the RIA Novosti report a "fake".


25 October 2014

Twitpic saved by Twitter just hours before planned shut down

Twitpic saved by Twitter just hours before planned shut downTwitpic has reached its final chapter. The once-popular image sharing service announced today that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Twitter, saving millions of photos that were set to go up in smoke later today. In a blog post, founder Noah Everett said "we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus keeping the photos and links alive for the time being." He added, "Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data."


25 October 2014

Twitpic's last-minute deal with Twitter keeps your old photos safe

Twitpic's last-minute deal with Twitter keeps your old photos safe


25 October 2014

Wi-Fi hotspots turn New York subway musicians into a wireless orchestra

Wi-Fi hotspots turn New York subway musicians into a wireless orchestraWi-Fi in New York City Subway stations makes it easy to burn through your inbox during your commute, but did you know it can also be used to make some great music? Director Chris Shimojima paired eleven musicians in different subway stations with composer and conductor Ljova using the public Wi-Fi hotspots for his latest video. Each of the musicians were set up with a music stand and an iPhone, while the conductor stationed himself in Bryant Park with nearly a dozen MacBooks to receive all the different video streams. ...


25 October 2014

Drug stores drop Apple Pay and Google Wallet to push their own payment tech

Drug stores drop Apple Pay and Google Wallet to push their own payment tech


25 October 2014

Leadership Advice From A Farmer, Emergency Response MD, Harvard Professor And Top Healthcare CIO

Leadership Advice From A Farmer, Emergency Response MD, Harvard Professor And Top Healthcare CIOOnly a renaissance man can manage a fully functioning farm, practice emergency response, teach at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and also serve as CIO of one of the top hospital in the world. Dr. John Halamka's 20-year career as CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and its five hospitals has taken him from...


25 October 2014

Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay

Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple PayThere's a lot of hype around Apple Pay right now, but not everyone is on board with the new mobile payments system. In fact, a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy, are in outright competition with Apple Pay. The retailers, through a joint venture formed in 2012, are building their own mobile payment app, called CurrentC. It's expected to launch next year. In the meantime, these retailers have no intention to support Apple Pay.


25 October 2014

Italian lawmakers plan free Wi-Fi to bridge digital gap with Europe

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers have put forward a proposal for free Wi-Fi in thousands of public places to bridge a gap with other European countries in broadband penetration, e-government and other digital services that is dragging on the economy. Under the plan, large shops, taxis, airports, law courts and other public places would have to set up an Internet connection and offer no-password wireless access free. "We are really badly placed when it comes to Internet access," Sergio Boccadutri, a member of the ruling Democratic Party and sponsor of the proposal, said. ...

25 October 2014

Air New Zealand's epic, 'Hobbit'-themed safety video is the most fun you'll have finding your exit row

Air New Zealand's epic, 'Hobbit'-themed safety video is the most fun you'll have finding your exit rowNew Zealand's tourism industry has benefited greatly from Peter Jackson's films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, so it was natural for airline Air New Zealand to partner up with Jackson, branding itself as the "official airline of Middle-earth." Alongside its plans emblazoned with imagery from Jackson's films, the airline also produced a Hobbit-themed air safety video in 2012 to go along with the first Hobbit film. After a second Middle-earth Air New Zealand promo film in 2013, the third and presumably final collaboration between Air New Zealand and The Hobbit has been released, just in time for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.


25 October 2014

Until Dawn brings hokey teen horror to the PlayStation 4

Until Dawn brings hokey teen horror to the PlayStation 4I only jumped once. Honestly, just once while I played through a demo of Until Dawn, the first major title from developer Supermassive Games. Until Dawn is less psychological thriller and more schlocky horror, but there isn’t nearly enough of that on the home consoles. Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within, Daylight — there are plenty of survival horror games that take themselves seriously, some more effectively than others. It’s about time we had a wacky offshoot. The short demo that I played during a recent PlayStation event in New York left me intrigued. Until Dawn is a PS4 exclusive third-person adventure game, putting the player in control of one of the unfortunate teens that ended up in a rundown, haunted hotel. As


25 October 2014

Investigating the science in Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

Investigating the science in Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'


25 October 2014

6 Reasons Travelers Are Upgrading to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

6 Reasons Travelers Are Upgrading to iPhone 6 and 6 PlusMy husband just purchased an iPhone 6 Plus in anticipation of a long trip next month, and I'm pondering whether to get that version, or the slightly smaller iPhone 6. For the past couple of weeks, I've been writing down questions, and talking with my friendly local geniuses and not-quite-geniuses-but-smarter-about-devices-than-I-am, and they're...


25 October 2014

Run the Jewels 2 can cause spontaneous combustion (according to Twitter)

Run the Jewels 2 can cause spontaneous combustion (according to Twitter)At 1:28AM ET Thursday night (technically Friday morning), El-P and Killer Mike released Run the Jewels 2, the followup to their critically-acclaimed 2013 album, as a free download — a tweet and a zip file. And while we're loving the album a lot so far, our favorite part so far has been fan reactions on Twitter. Turns out listening to the album — or maybe even just downloading it — can cause spontaneous combustion of excitement*.


25 October 2014

The Weekender: on Siri, 'Civilization,' and saving Sarah Connor

The Weekender: on Siri, 'Civilization,' and saving Sarah ConnorGood morning, and welcome back to the Weekender. Our weekend journey is just now starting, so thank you for choosing us for your travels. As you may recall, this was the 43rd week of the year 2014 on the planet known colloquially as Earth, otherwise known as Terra in other inhabited star systems. It was not a quiet week, as you might imagine. Below you'll find your itinerary, carefully crafted for your pleasure; stories from the week passed and recommendations for the days ahead. Now. Please sit back and relax as we take you on a journey through time and space. ...