Posts Tagged ‘Almost’
Twitter wasn’t always Twitter. According to Nick Bilton’s book about the birth and growth of the microblogging site, Hatching Twitter, it was once Twitch, once Smssy, and — worryingly — once Friendstalker. Bilton gained access to emails exchanged between Twitter’s founders during the recently priced company’s early days, and in a blog post, shows how their creation’s logo could’ve looked.
It might be hard to believe, but earlier this year Metallica’s debut album Kill ‘Em All turned 30. Since its early days, the group has evolved from a collection of thrash-metal misfits into one of the biggest bands in the world, continuing to command sold-out venues while many of its genre brethren are left simply playing festivals or reunion tours. The group’s latest project is Metallica: Through The Never.
Directed by Nimród Antal (Vacancy, Predators), the 3D IMAX film combines concert footage with a narrative storyline, following one of the band’s roadies as he travels through an urban hellscape of riot police and nightmare imagery. We had the opportunity to speak with Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett about the making…
Speaking at Microsoft’s financial analysts meeting today, CEO Steve Ballmer was refreshingly realistic about the company’s struggles in smartphones and tablets. “Mobile devices. We have almost no share,” he admitted on stage, before noting he didn’t know whether to be enthusiastic over his admission or uncomfortably tense. “But I’m an optimistic guy, any time we have low market share sounds like upside opportunity to me.” That upside opportunity is the key reason Microsoft moved to secure Nokia’s phone business.
“The Nokia deal is a lot of things,” said Ballmer. “One of the things it is, is a way to make sure we can capture the gross margin upside because we’re making most of the investment today, that we need to make even owning…
The demo for “Blue” looks like something the average fan could get behind — if they can get over the part where you have to wear Google Glass.
There are good reasons to be skeptical of the incoming saturation of Google Glass as it pertains to sports and life in general. But watch the above video, for a forthcoming Google Glass app called Blue, and you get a sense of how sports and Glass can coexist in a way that a normal person could actually get behind (even if you will still kind of look like this guy).
Judging from online reaction, it taps directly into the sports fan’s desire to know everything they can about what's happening around them. There's more statistical info to look at today than ever before, but that can take away from the game: take your eyes off the field to look at your iPhone or a pitch counter high above the third-base side or (at home) your laptop, and you can end up missing out more than you gain.
A bizarre flaw will crash your browser and disable your phone. And it’s causing chaos on the open internet.
By the time you’ve seen this text, it's probably too late. If you're using an Apple product, that is.
A strange but simple bug in an essential part of Apple's desktop and mobile operating systems is crashing computers, phones and tablets across the internet, as Windows and Firefox users, both immune, repost it for kicks. It's shown up on Reddit, 4Chan, YouTube and Twitter, where it caused temporary chaos, and has already been banned from Facebook.
More damaging, and mostly invisible, is its potential spread via text — sending this string in iMessage in iOS 6 causes a crash that can leave phones severely disabled, and, for most users, prompt a trip to the genius bar.
$ 10,311,220. It isn’t sufficient to greenlight Canonical’s innovative hybrid smartphone, but it is just enough to beat the sum raised by the Pebble smartwatch and thereby steal the crowdfunding record. Well, sort of, at least. It depends on whether the amount pledged is all that matters, regardless of whether the project actually comes to fruition — as happened with both the Pebble on Kickstarter and Indiegogo’s previous record holder, the Scanadu Scout. More importantly though, Ubuntu Edge may have reached the point where it’ll have a second chance even if it doesn’t achieve the required backing of $ 32 million: Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth told the BBC that some manufacturers have noticed the all the hubbub and have come “out of the woodwork” to discuss taking the Android / Ubuntu concept forward, such that August 21st may not prove to be a terminal deadline.
One of Pew’s last studies may have found that teens were seeking refuge from “drama” on Twitter, but the social network still has a lot of catching up to do. In its latest poll, Pew asked around 1,900 American internet users whether they used social networks and, in a separate question, Twitter. While 72 percent said they did the former, only 18 percent reported using Twitter. Even so, that’s a steady rise from 2010, when only 8 percent of internet users were on the platform. Social networks in general have grown as well: we’ve come a long way from the 8 percent using them in 2005, and 67 percent were on at least one network in late 2012, though the survey doesn’t record how frequently they sign on.
In some cases, the conventional…
This is a video of two humpback whales off the coast of central California coming up to feed when they almost swallow two divers. Could you imagine being swallowed by a whale? Man, that would certainly be a story to tell IN THE BIBLE. Back me up, Jonah! “I spent three days and nights in the belly of the beast.” And then? “And then on the third night I prayed to God for forgiveness.” Cool, but you should have prayed for forgiveness AND A WATERPROOF CHAINSAW.
Hit the jump, then sell all your bathing suits in your next yard sale, the ocean is OVER.
Verizon’s latest quarterly report reveals a carrier chugging along nicely, thank you very much. Total revenue (including wireless and wireline) is up slightly to almost $ 30 billion, while wireless revenue on its own grew by 8.3 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Nearly a million (951,000) new retail postpaid customers joined the VZW brigade, and they helped profit to grow by 14 percent — so long as you’re the kind of person who’s content to be guided by “non-GAAP consolidated adjusted earnings per share.” There’s also no sign of the pension-related issues that affected the company last quarter.
Source: Verizon (PDF download)
Now TV, the UK streaming TV service owned by Sky, is now available on the PlayStation 3. The cross-platform service was unveiled a year ago and almost immediately made the jump to Xbox 360, but Sony’s PlayStation has been a comparative laggard, only entering public beta in May of this year. Sky’s announcement makes the PS3 the last of the platforms announced at launch (including Roku, iOS, some Android devices, and Silverlight) to get supported.
Now TV gives you à la carte and subscription options for movies — £0.99 to £3.49 for a single rental or £15 a month for a Sky Movies Pass, but not so for sports — you can buy a 24-hour Sky Sports day pass for £9.99, otherwise you’ll have to pay £22 a month for Sky Sports on top of…