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We’ve been looking forward to Spike Jonze’s Her — the story of a man named Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with a computer operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson — for quite some time. With the film just weeks away, Warner Bros. has released a new trailer highlighting Amy Adams as Theodore’s best friend and Rooney Mara as his ex-wife. Suffice to say that we’re more excited now than ever before. Her opens in Los Angeles and New York on December 18th, but in the meantime check out the trailer below.
This is a video of flaming skateboard techniques performed by Jonathan and Jason Bastian and filmed at 2,000 frames per 2nd by the folks of BeyondSlowMotion. I enjoy viewing things burn.
Specifically the homes of my enemies on the evening news. I understand there’s a warning at the beginning of the video that states you shouldn’t try these stunts by yourself, which is why I want you to come with me. If you mark along I will not precisely be on my own, will I? * tapping head * I’m a pro at beating the system. “Fine, however if you ignite I’m not putting you out.” Ha, if I ignite I’m coming straight for a hug. Keep choosing the video, then nonchalantly ask your father and mothers where they keep the kerosene.
This is a video of flaming skateboard tricks performed by Jonathan and Jason Bastian and shot at 2,000 frames per 2nd by the folks of BeyondSlowMotion. I like enjoying things burn.
Especially the homes of my enemies on the night news. I know there’s a caution at the start of the video that says you shouldn’t attempt these stunts by yourself, which is why I desire you to come with me. If you accompany I won’t exactly be on my own, will I? * tapping head * I’m a pro at beating the system. “Fine, but if you ignite I’m not putting you out.” Ha, if I ignite I’m coming directly for a hug. Keep opting for the video, then nonchalantly ask your parents where they keep the kerosene.
Having spent the last year using the PlayStation 4 at trade shows and press events, we’ve got a fairly good idea of how games look and play on the rhombus-shaped game box. The questions that remain largely revolve around living with the device: can it quickly switch between apps and games? how …
I have something to get off my chest: I live in New Jersey, so by definition that makes me a “Jersey driver”. I’ve never thought of myself as the sort of manically aggressive road warrior that befits the stereotype (and I’d argue that Pennsylvania drivers are way worse), but Y Combinator-backed Automatic’s Link dongle begs to differ. It’s been plugged into my car for the better part of two weeks now, dutifully tracking all my hard stops, all my hasty starts at green lights, and all the times I’ve perhaps pushed the car a bit too hard.
And the verdict is in: I’m exactly what I thought I wasn’t. I’m a stereotypical New Jersey driver. As the old adage goes, the first step to recovering is admitting you have a problem, and Automatic’s neat little dongle + app combo has helped me to realize just that.
But let’s back up a moment — how does this all work? Let’s back up a moment first. Since 1996, every car that’s been sold in the United States has what’s called an OBD-II port nestled in it somewhere. Odds are good you don’t even know what it looks like (it’s a little trapezoidal thing with 16 pins) or where it is. It’s there so mechanics and car dealers can troubleshoot automotive issues by connecting a computer to the thing, and the Automatic team has whipped up a consumer device that pops in there to monitor your car’s speed, fuel injection rate, and more.
There are a few extra bits in there that make the Link dongle more than your average diagnostics tool. The accelerometer means that it can detect sudden stops and starts, and there’s a tiny speaker built into the that audibly alerts you in those moments.
It sounds like sort of a no-brainer, doesn’t it? Consistently slamming your brakes isn’t doing your car any favors, but the dongle is much more sensitive than that — seemingly normal stops can trigger the alert which sort of forces you to reconsider how normal your driving really is. The dongle also beeps at you when you’re too quick off the line (something I’m apparently guilty of way too often), and when you push your car over 70 miles per hour. In the end, you’re left with a gadget that’s capable of giving you realtime driving feedback while you tool around town (and it’s much more pleasant than having a backseat driver bark at you).
Of course, the (currently iOS-only) app plays a big role in all this too as the Link connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy. You can’t glance down at your phone in-the-moment for immediate status updates — the only feedback you’re getting while driving is those audio notifications — but it dutifully chews on all of that data post-drive to show you your route and how many of those driving faux pas you made on the road. It also displays a rough estimate of your fuel economy, and I do mean rough — some quick, back of the napkin calculations gave me figures that weren’t always as peachy as the ones the app displayed. Automatic says this is a known issue though, and they’re apparently working on improving accuracy.
All of those metrics get boiled down into a single weekly score so users can easily track their progress over time.
And thankfully, there are some features that I haven’t had to use yet. In the event that your car throws up a Check Engine light, the Automatic app is capable of showing some detailed information about what may be causing it and how to potentially fix it. And if you’ve got Crash Alert enabled, the Link will be on the lookout for the sort of incredibly hard stops that usually signify, well, a crash. In the event it detects one, it collects your location information using your phone’s GPS and attempts to send it along to the local authorities by way of Automatic’s backend servers. It’s exclusive to the U.S. and still very much in beta though — Automatic admits that at this point there’s no guarantee that any nearby police stations or fire departments will respond.
There are, as always, some caveats to be aware of. While years and years worth of cars physically have an OBD-II port somewhere, the Automatic Link can’t decipher the data from every single one of them (you can check your car’s compatibility here).
That crucial Bluetooth connection presents some problems of its own too — if you’re the type of person who relies on Bluetooth to stream your music through your car stereo or access your contact list on the go, you may to have to decide which of these experiences means more to you. Then again, there’s a fair to middling chance that if your car came with Bluetooth functionality out of the gate, it’s already going to replicate some of the Automatic Link’s more basic features.
And you know what? That’s just fine. My car rolled off an assembly line in 2006, which was apparently the model year just before the one when neato options like AUX inputs and in-dash fuel economy gauges became standard fare. A drill and a $ 15 gewgaw from Amazon fixed that first problem, and now a $ 99 gadget + app combination have taken care of the latter for me (and then some). On some level though, I just wish the Automatic system did more — I’d love a web view that lets me dig into all this information in aggregate, and some maintenance reminders every few thousand miles since I’m probably running a little behind on that too.
Now this is all well and good, but there’s a bigger question to tackle: am I actually a better driver?
Well, I’m getting there. The thing to remember about Automatic is that it isn’t going to magically make you a more conscientious driver — you have to work at it. The name of the game is behavior modification through better data. In that sense the Automatic dongle is a sort of Fitbit for your car, a reasonably inexpensive doodad that shines a little more light on what you put your car (and your wallet) through on a weekly basis. Exactly what you do with that data is entirely up to you.
In my case, I’ve slowly grown to be a bit more thoughtful on road in the two or so weeks since I first jammed the dongle in my ODB port. That’s not to say that I’ve given up my leadfoot tendencies completely — sometimes you just need to crank things up a bit — but I’m noticeably more cognizant of how fast I’m going at any given moment. It’s even gotten to the point where I finding myself driving as close to 70 MPH as possible without actually going over, even when the Automatic isn’t plugged in.
It’s also not meant to be a replacement for more robust, capable ODB scanners. Needless to say, dyed-in-the-wool car buffs may not find enough value here to warrant a purchase. The same goes for people who are more than happy putting pedals to the metal on a regular basis — chances are they’re not planning to change their behavior very soon. But for cost-conscious consumers? Or people like me who actively want to change their driving style? The Automatic experience is worth the asking price, and with any luck it’ll only get better with time.
Video production by Steve Long
Small Empires is back! Join Alexis Ohanian as we give you a never-before-seen look at the world of New York startups.
This week, we check out OkCupid, the dating site with a propensity for data research. Alexis sits with Christian Rudder about how he and the SparkNotes founders went from study guides to an online dating network — and from there, how the startup functions after being purchased by Match.com owners IAC.
Next week? A software company that’s helping you make better sketches — online and off.
P.S. — Alexis just launched a book about entrepreneurship, Without Their Permission. Check it out!
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Much like how Google bought Motorola Mobility, Microsoft’s surprising acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business — which is expected to be approved by early 2014 — is no indication that it will cut off ties with other partners in its own little ecosystem. This is emphasized by Terry Myerson, EVP, Operating Systems, on the official Windows blog.
“Acquiring Nokia’s Devices group will help make the market for all Windows Phones, from Microsoft or our OEM partners,” said the exec. “We collaborate with our Microsoft hardware teams in the same way we partner with our external hardware partners… We look forward to building new products together that will provide valuable business opportunity for the ecosystem and enable OEMs.”
In other words, Microsoft will — surprise, surprise — continue to license Windows Phone to other OEMs. Despite this reassurance, we highly doubt the handful of partners left are feeling totally comfortable about the situation.
Via: All Things D
Source: Windows Blog
If you Google “John Kleint,” you won’t come up with much. This time last year, Kleint was working for a military defense contractor that he won’t name. “Big data analytics,” he calls the job. “Projects involved analyzing a large social graph of people, organizations, and locations that were important to find meaningful connections,” he says. Imagine the agent crunching numbers and tracing reports in Zero Dark Thirty.
“You’re looking for the bad guys,” Kleint says.
Today, Kleint analyzes a very different kind of “meaningful connection” as the “chief matchmaker” at Hinge, a mobile dating app. Hinge is a lot like Tinder, a popular hookup app that only reveals potential matches once both people show interest, except it only surfaces…