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Let's go to the beach, beach, let's go get away.
We're right in the middle of summer and it's the perfect time to hit the beach.
Long before drones and drone selfies and high-speed drone racing, there was SkyCam. You know SkyCam: It’s that cable-suspended camera system that shoots mesmerizing mid-air tracking shots during the Super Bowl and college bowl games, providing floating in-game vantage points since the mid-1980s.
Even in an age where drones seem cheaper, more versatile, and far less of an installation hassle, SkyCam lives on. And today, it’s getting an upgrade. There’s a new version of the system dubbed “Wildcat,” and you’ll be able to see the first in-game footage shot with it during tonight’s Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star Game on Fox Sports 1.
About two years in development, the new SkyCam system has a new “open architecture” that lets broadcast crews mount different types of cameras. The user interface and control system for “pilots” has been rebuilt to make it easier to operate. It’s also lighter, which helps it reach speeds of up to 25mph while it’s zipping around above the playing field. The previous generation topped out at around 15mph. “We can actually go faster than 25mph, but we want to make sure what we’re doing is reasonable,” says SkyCam CTO Stephen Wharton.
Credit card companies think they have a found an ally in the increasingly competitive world of online payments. Its name is Stripe.
Visa has inked a commercial agreement with the payments startup, and has separately made an investment in the San Francisco-based company that values it at $5 billion. The commercial agreement will see the two companies work closely on initiatives around payments security and new product innovation, while the investment is part of a larger round that also includes new investor Kleiner Perkins and existing investors, as well. Re/code first reported in May that Stripe was securing a new investment at a $5 billion valuation.
Visa would not disclose the size of its investment, and Stripe would only say that the total investment from all participants equaled less than $100 million. With the deal, Stripe now counts two of the three big credit card companies as investors: American Express and now Visa. Stripe CEO Patrick Collison would not comment on the potential of securing an investment or partnership from MasterCard, but said, “Our priority is working really effectively with the card networks in general.”
One year ago, the OnePlus One became the best off-contract smartphone you could buy. An unheard of Chinese company managed to deliver a high-quality Android handset for a crazy-low $300 price. Now, it looks like that awesomeness wasn’t a fluke. Behold: the OnePlus 2.
Google has explored at least a few fields that have precious little to do with internet searches, but sources for The Information claim that it nearly went in a very unusual direction: the fast food business. The folks in Mountain View reportedly tried to buy Impossible Foods, a startup developing plant-based alternatives to meat and cheese, for between $200 million to $300 million. The young firm's crowning achievement so far is a veggie cheeseburger (you're looking at it above) that should taste like the real deal when it arrives later this year. If the rumor is accurate, Google only balked because Impossible wanted a higher sale price.
Just why Google would branch out to edibles isn't clear, although the company has explored food in the past. Co-founder Sergey Brin helped fund a burger made solely from stem cells, for example. However, the most logical explanation is that this reflects Google's recent fondness for projects that help humanity as a whole. If Impossible's technology takes off, it'll get people on to healthier diets, reduce the footprints of farms and feed people in areas where animals are impractical. It's not certain that Google is still shopping around for an alternative, but don't be shocked if the company's next acquisition has more to do with cooking than code.
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ShenZhen, China-based startup OnePlus unveiled its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 2, today. The device, available for purchase by invitation only, will begin shipping to the US, Europe, and India on August 11 for $329-$389 depending on model. The device will ship to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore during Q4 2015.
OnePlus shook the high-end smartphone market last year when it produced a well-designed smartphone with the same (or better) specs than premium models -- such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S6 -- and sold it for half the price. With its slogan "Never Settle," OnePlus has been praised by some industry observers for delivering a superb smartphone and selling it directly to its fan base without any retail partners.
Earlier today I wrote an article about a few NDE's (Near Death Experiences) that I have personally experienced titled How To Survive An NDE (Near Death Experience) And Talk About It. Now I know through research that the spiritual, religious, and scientific community all have their own opinions about why these occur but just hear me out since one day we are all going to experience whatever it is we believe in when it comes to our time to depart this world.
Now I don't know why these NDE's happened and I cannot explain them except for what happened when I went through them but all I ask is that you have an open mind and realize that we all live in a big and beautiful Universe.
So I found this cool infographic that may shed some light on NDE's....
Neighbors 2 may have been pushed back a week, but the follow-up to last summer’s surprise comedy hit is gaining momentum. Just days after Chloe Moretz confirmed on Twitter that she has signed on to star in the sequel, Universal Pictures has pushed back the flick’s May 2016 release. Deadline reports that the raunchy comedy’s opening weekend has been delayed a week from the intended May 13, 2016.
Although the title has yet to be confirmed by Universal Pictures, Production Weekly reports that the sequel will be called Neighbors: Sorority Rising. With the first flick having centered on the battle between a couple (played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) and the fraternity next door (led by Zac Efron), it looks like a sorority may take over the house vacated by the frat. Assuming that the script goes that direction, Moretz will likely be the sorority equivalent of Efron’s character and take the lead in another neighborhood war.
Blog publishing platform Medium has updated its rules to prohibit activity intended to harass other users, the latest Internet community to crack down on abusive behavior.
The social publishing site announced new rules Monday that prohibit public shaming, the posting of revenge porn, or publishing private or confidential information intended to harass other users. The new rules are intended to foster an environment where users feel comfortable expressing themselves online without fear of being intimidated by other users, the publishing platform explained in an unsigned blog post.
No matter what you’re occupation, working out in the field always requires a different set of tools. Over on Everyday Carry, Geologist J.G. shares his bag, which is packed with all kinds of interesting stuff.
The bag is a Rocktrail Backpack. Here’s what’s inside:
Millions of Americans gathered around small black and white television sets in the hot July of 1969, to watch Neil Armstrong step off the Apollo 11 spacecraft and set his left boot onto untouched moon dust. Armstrong would go down in history as the first man to ever walk on the moon.
Armstrong’s suit is now much older and in bad need of repair. So the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the half a million dollars it would take to preserve the suit and get it ready for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in 2019.
Federal appropriations usually cover funding for the Smithsonian but don’t cover preservation projects like this one. That’s why private donations, which make up about 30 percent of funding for the Smithsonian, are key. This is the first time the Smithsonian gave the crowdfunding platform a try.
Shreddies may be the most expensive underwear you’ll ever consider purchasing, but when you take into consideration their ability to absorb farts, it may well be worth the price.
Yes, a company has finally designed a pair of underwear smart enough to absorb farts. This latest innovation in the under garment department may help relieve the anxiety of letting one rip in a confined space. The sound will remain, but the foul odor won’t escape your pants.
The rise of live-streaming apps this year has proven a boon to journalists, media organizations, and everyday people who find themselves standing at the center of a news event — and those who want to watch them unfold. But their drop-everything-and-look nature can be addictive, and frequent broadcasters wind up spamming the notifications of the people who follow them. It's been my biggest complaint about Periscope, Twitter's live-streaming app, from day one. Today the company took an important step to fix it.
An update to Periscope's iOS app lets you mute users on a per-account basis. So if most of the accounts you follow Periscope only rarely, but one person Periscopes multiple times a day, you can now stop that person from sending you a push notification every time they go live. To mute someone, open their profile and tap the button next to the "following" icon. Their broadcasts will still appear in your feed when you open the app, but they will no longer interrupt you. It's an important step toward reducing the thirst of the trigger-happiest users.
The situation is, admittedly, more complicated. I still believe that the State of Georgia is incorrect both legally and morally in deciding to go down this path, but it is at least slightly more nuanced than the original article suggested, so let's dig in and explore the thinking. The state of Georgia hired LexisNexis to create these annotations, and LexisNexis then assigns the copyright that it receives on those annotations over to the state of Georgia. Part of the deal between Georgia and LexisNexis is that LexisNexis does the work and the state gets the copyright, but then LexisNexis gets to host the "official" copies of the laws of the state, while selling that annotated version (in both digital and paper versions). The state argues that this arrangement is actually more beneficial to consumers, because rather than relying on taxpayer funds to do this, LexisNexis gets to recoup the costs in the form of customer fees.
The annotations include things such as the names and a brief paragraph summary of relevant caselaw concerning the specific law being annotated. So, the first question is can this be covered by copyright? Most likely the answer is yes, if a limited kind of copyright. There is some creative choice in selecting what to cover and how to cover it, though significant parts of it are factual (names of cases and whatnot). As some pointed out, LexisNexis competitor WestLaw also offers its own annotated code of the state and sells it itself, and pretty much everyone is comfortable with the copyright there.
So, what's different here? Well, for one, part of the deal with LexisNexis is that after writing the work, the company transfers the copyright to the state itself. Some have pointed to the fact that under federal copyright law the federal government cannot get copyright on works of its own creation, but that does not really apply here in two separate ways. First, there's some dispute over whether or not those same rules apply to state governments as well -- with many arguing that without it being explicit, states can copyright their own creative works. The second issue, though, is that even under federal copyright law, if a third party/contractor creates the work and then assigns the copyright to the government, then even the federal government can keep and use that copyright. And, that's clearly the situation here.
If Bond 24 really is to be Sam Mendes’ final dance with 007 he seems to be going for absolute broke. The interiors, the exteriors, the wide shots, the tight ones—every frame of this new Spectre trailer is rich and beautiful and art directed within an inch of its ever-loving life. Ben Whishaw looks like he was born to play a young Q. Naomie Harris, even in just the tiniest serving here, is deliciously Moneypenny. Daniel Craig is of course all the James Bond he can be, and he’s joined by perhaps two of the most exciting Bond Women (we’ll leave the term “girls” out of this) ever put on screen: Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux, playing Lucia Sciarra and Madeline Swann, respectively. Those names! Bellucci is simply one of the most captivating women in cinema, full stop, and Seydoux has demonstrated her capacity to kick ass and emote hard in roles from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol to Blue Is the Warmest Color. Only through the combined power of these women can the wounds of our dear, lost Vesper Lynd (played to perfection by the perfect Eva Green) finally begin to heal. And then, of course, there’s the villain. Christoph Waltz’s mustache-twisting capabilities will be put fully to the test as Franz Oberhauser, who doesn’t seem a far cry from the most enduring of Bond foes, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Blofeld tormented James for years, first appearing in 1963’s From Russia With Love and last seen in Never Say Never Again from 1983. He was the head of SPECTRE (the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), and in case the title of this movie didn’t tip you off, SPECTRE is pretty central to the plot this time around. Mendes looks like he’s made his best Bond yet if this trailer is any indication, and we are so ready to find out.
Pause at: 0:37. So is this, like, a supercar showdown or something? Welcome to the party at 1:01, Lea! Dave Bautista sighting at 1:04. Notes of the Casino Royale train scene at 1:57. Not normal at 2:03.
Song: “James Bond Theme”
Essential Quote: “It was me, James, the author of all your pain.”—Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz)