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Campy, live-action horror game 'Night Trap' heads to PS4

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:37
After 25 years, a browser port and a failed Kickstarter, cult classic FMV (full-motion video) game Night Trap is finally getting making its way back to living rooms. Thanks to the folks at developer Screaming Villains and publisher Limited Run Games,...
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It Happens: Little Boy On Bike Distracted By Sexy Ladies On Van Crashes Into Wall

GeekOlogy - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:30
This is a short video of a little boy on a bike who yells 'Ooh la la' while oogling the sexy lady pictures on the side of a van advertising a Stockholm strip club, before crashing into a wall. Is it real? Is it just a viral ad for Club Privé? I'm on the fence (it hurts), but there's at least a story to go along with it: "I was babysitting my nephew and saw the Privé car with the naked girls posters on their car, so I started filming it for a friend, you know, just between guys. Meanwhile Dali (my nephew) was biking behind me, suddenly, very loudly saying "Oh La La", which he does when he sees girls, haha! And he was so into it, that he crashed into the restaurants outdoor seating with his bike! The girl walking by was just a stranger passing by, and ran up to help him. In all it was just a random act that led to this very funny movie clip!" Honestly, I probably would have done the exact same thing. It's not every day you see a sexy lady van on your bike ride (unless you live where this kid does in which case maybe you do). Heck, I almost crashed my car staring at a Bud Light billboard, and there weren't even any sexy ladies, just a can. Honestly, I probably shouldn't be driving right now. Hit the jump for the video.
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Air Pollution in Subway Systems May Be Much Worse Than We Realized

Gizmodo - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:30

As anyone who has ridden the subway knows, the air down there is unpleasant. New research done in Canada shows that air pollution levels in Toronto’s subway system are ten times greater than those above ground. It’s a troubling realization for subway-goers, but there are ways to keep these underground systems clean.

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AT&T's faux 5G network launches in Austin

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:21
At last, 5G wireless is here... sort of. As promised, AT&T has launched its pre-standard 5G network, starting with certain parts of Austin. So long as you have a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, you can get speeds that should leave LTE in the dust. Expect...
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Streaming Services Help Global Music Industry To Fastest Growth in Nearly 20 Years

Slashdot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:20
The global music industry grew by 5.9 percent in 2016, its fastest rate of growth since 1997, as revenue generated by streaming services surged 60 percent. From a report: The IFPI's Global Music Report (previously known as the Digital Music Report) states that trade revenue generated by the global recorded music industry climbed by 5.9 percent to $15.7 billion, with digital sales up 17.7 percent across the board. After digital revenue surpassed physical for the first time in 2015, digital hits another milestone in 2016, accounting for 50 percent ($7.8 billion) of all music sales for the first time. More importantly, 2016 marked the second successive year that the recorded music market grew after nearly two decades of continually falling sales during which revenues dropped by almost 40 percent at their lowest point. [...] Breaking down the Global Music Report findings, the mass adoption of streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music in both established and emerging markets is -- as expected -- the main driver behind the industry's sustained upturn.

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Happy Birthday Edward R. Murrow #Murrows @RTDNA #EdwardRMurrowAward

AdaFruit - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:17

Happy Birthday Edward R. MurrowWikipedia

Edward R. Murrow (April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist. He was generally referred to as Ed Murrow. He first came to prominence with a series of radio broadcasts for the news division of the Columbia Broadcasting System during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States. During the war he assembled a team of foreign correspondents who came to be known as the Murrow Boys.

A pioneer of television news broadcasting, Murrow produced a series of reports that helped lead to the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Fellow journalists Eric Sevareid, Ed Bliss, Bill Downs, Dan Rather, and Alexander Kendrick consider Murrow one of journalism’s greatest figures, noting his honesty and integrity in delivering the news.

More so than ever, we as a society have the tools and technology to provide independence and incisive reporting.

Some of our favorite quotes from Murrow…



“To be persuasive we must be believable, to be believable we must be credible, to be credible we must be truthful.”

“Most truth’s are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.”

“It can get a lot of things done (on television).”

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.”

“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

“The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.”

“Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation.”

“No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”

“Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices – just recognize them.”

“Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”

“The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.”

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

“During the daily peak viewing periods, television in the main insulates us from the realities of the world in which we live. If this state of affairs continues, we may alter an advertising slogan to read: Look now, pay later.”

“This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference.”
The RTNDA Speech is good too

There is an Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY

This year’s Edward R. Murrow awards are making the rounds, here’s a few Ladyada and I found.

https://www.rtdna.org/content/edward_r_murrow_awards
https://www.rtdna.org/article/regional_edward_r_murrow_award_winners_for_2017
http://rtdna.org/content/2017_regional_edward_r_murrow_award_winners

The various orgs are tweeting too (#Murrows), you can see the awards, videos, stories and more (#EdwardRMurrowAward). Our editorial standards are inspired by a lot of smart work by journalists.

March 1954.

Good night and good luck.

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Leaked Documents Reveal the NSA Spying on Scientists to Find 'Nefarious' Genetic Research

Gizmodo - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:12

A new document made public this week via Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents reveals a fascinating aim of signals intelligence program: The agency, it turns out, monitored international scientific developments in hopes of detecting “nefarious” genetic engineering projects more than a decade ago.

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New 'Sonic Forces' footage feels a lot like 'Generations'

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:05
For the last few months, SEGA has been playing coy with Sonic Forces-- first only little else beside the game's name and the usual promises of greatness. Then, earlier this month, a new trailer teased new levels for "Classic Sonic," the 1990s version...
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Winners 2017 Skyscraper Competition

AdaFruit - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:00



eVolo is an architecture and design journal focused on technological advances, sustainability, and innovative design in architecture. They announced the winners of their 2017 skyscraper competition, Via Evolo

eVolo Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Skyscraper Competition. The Jury selected 3 winners and 22 honorable mentions from 444 projects received. The annual award established in 2006 recognizes visionary ideas for building high- projects that through the novel novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

The FIRST PLACE was awarded to Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski from Poland for the project Mashambas Skyscraper. The design proposes a modular and scalable skyscraper conceived as an educational center and marketplace for new agricultural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. The design seeks to increase farming opportunities and reduce hunger in these regions.

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Learn About the Making of 3D Printed Lich Queen Armor

AdaFruit - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:00

Alicia, a.k.a. VertVixen, crafted some impressive Lich Queen armor that she wore at the most recent BlizzCon. She 3D modeled and 3D printed ninety percent of the costume. She used Zbrush for the modeling portion of the project. Her digital mannequin is rather clever; she has a scan of herself a friend took of her using a Kinect. VertVixen says it’s not a perfect form, but she can use it as the base for her designs. Tested goes into the process of the build in the above video, and you can see things like the digital 3D models.

You can more of VertVixen’s work at her website.

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What the Fuck Is Going On With Star Trek: Discovery?

Gizmodo - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:00

Star Trek: Discovery is delayed yet again. A beloved Next Generation actor was reportedly offered an insulting amount of money to appear on the show. It lost a showrunner with a well-deserved fan base of his own. And CBS has made poor marketing decision after poor marketing decision. So, how screwed is this show?…

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DC is launching its own streaming service with a show TNT killed

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:51
DC Entertainment is getting into the streaming space with help from Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. What's more, the company's own service is said to be launching with a Titans live-action show, as well as the third season of Young...
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IBM Watson Now Being Used To Catch Rogue Traders

Slashdot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:40
IBM is piloting its Jeopardy-winning Watson technology as a tool for catching rogue traders at large financial institutions, executives said in an interview Monday. From a report: Referred to as Watson Financial Services, the new product will become a monitoring tool within companies to search through every trader's emails and chats, combining it with the trading data on the floor. The objective? To see if there are any correlations between suspicious conversations online and activity that could be construed as rogue trading.

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Sling tries to lure customers with an AirTV bundle

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:36
Sling has realized that it also needs a dirt-cheap hardware offering to help hook wary users into cutting the cord. That's why it's heavily discounting the AirTV Player, which lets you access local channels and Netflix, from a single, Roku-esque box....
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Land Ho!: Giant Ferry Crashes Hard Into Sea Wall

GeekOlogy - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:30
This is a video from Las Palmas on Gran Canaria (one of Spain's Canary Islands) of a massive ferry crashing straight into the sea wall after supposedly losing electrical power (although I have my doubts). Thirteen passengers were injured due to the abrupt stop, and, at least in my mind, one person's scoliosis was miraculously cured. Now, are you thinking what I'm thinking? "It's hard to believe Captain Edward John Smith is still out there and allowed to command vessels?" Yep! Wait -- who's Captain Edward John Smith? "The Titanic's captain." Oh shit, yes -- exactly! He must be at least 160 years old. Keep going for the video.
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Never Forget When Mark Zuckerberg Tried to Bury the Fake News Scandal

Gizmodo - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:30

The New York Times Magazine has an interesting story out today about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, fake news, and Facebook’s role as the world’s most prominent information distributor. It’s all part of Facebook’s ongoing public relations freak out surrounding the prevalence of fake news and hoaxes spread on the…

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'Heroes of the Storm' adds everyone's favorite 'Overwatch' hero

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:20
Last month, Blizzard announced it would revamp its MOBA game, Heroes of the Storm, in a huge patch released in April. Its 2.0 update, which is live in North America, promised to upgrade its player progression system and added random-reward loot boxes...
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YouTube Kids brings cartoons and bright colors to your smart TV

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:05
YouTube Kids' mobile app is fine if your young ones are content to watch videos on a tablet, but what if you just want to plunk them down on the couch to watch on the big screen? You can after today. YouTube is trotting out a version of the Kids app...
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Help your plants tweet when they’re thirsty! #AdafruitIO #IoTuesday

AdaFruit - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:00

Great build and write up from Brian Carbonette on Hackster.io:

Here at Andium we’re super excited to have finally moved into our new office space. We’ve been decking it out with walls covered in whiteboards, new shiny tech, and all the comforts of home. It especially started to feel like home when we placed a handful of these green leafy friends throughout the space!

Only we forgot to water them… within a week or so our leafy friends started to look like this…

Fail.

We’re an IoT company, we’re better than this. How come our plants aren’t internet connected! Hopefully before it’s too late for this little guy I put together a solution using our anduinoWiFi shield and IFTTT. Time to give our plants a voice!

Getting Started
If you’ve got a green thumb you’ve probably already stopped reading, but if you’re like me and need to give your plants the ability to digitally beg for mercy and scream for some water then you’re in the right place.

To give your plants a voice you’ll need an Arduino Due, or Zero, an anduinoWiFi shield, (or any other WiFi connected Arduino that can speak to Adafruit IO) and lastly a ‘Capacitive Soil Moisture Sensor’. Oh, and a glass of water. (Give it to your plant when we’re done, they’ll thank you via e-mail now)

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Here at Adafruit, we sell all of these amazing components, but we couldn’t find a good way to interact with them over the internet. There are certainly a lot of great services out there for datalogging, or communicating with your microcontroller over the web, but these services are either too complicated to get started, or they aren’t particularly fun to use. So, we decided to experiment with our own system, and that is how Adafruit IO got started.

To start, please visit https://io.adafruit.com, and take a look around. You can also visit our comprehensive tutorial located on the Adafruit Learning System.

To make it easy for people to get started using Arduino or ESP8266 we have starter packs with just about everything you may want to connect to the internet, with known-working WiFi modules!
ESP8266 Huzzah Kit
CC3000 Huzzah Kit

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Gal Gadot Filmed Her Wonder Woman Reshoots Five Months Pregnant Because She's Wonder Woman

Gizmodo - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:00

When you see Gal Gadot kicking ass (again) as Wonder Woman later this summer, you should try to remember there’s a pretty good chance that you’re seeing the actress doing her crazy stunts five months pregnant.

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