When it comes to Samsung’s fingerprint scanner technology embedded in the home button on the new Galaxy S5, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that we have spent plenty of time testing it, and we’ve found that it works very well. The bad news, however, is that it has apparently already been hacked, leaving Galaxy S5 owners’ devices and their PayPal accounts at risk.
Of course had this happened to Apple it would be on CNN and the sky would fall.
Also, Jim’s reaction is priceless.
Canada’s taxpayers may be the first victims of the Heartbleed bug that put the web on high alert last week. According to the Canada Revenue Agency, 900 social insurance numbers (SINs) were stolen by hackers exploiting the security vulnerability. Even on a small scale, the breach is tantamount to identity theft, and is a situation the CRA had worked hard to avoid.
This is… not good.
The CRA does state that no other breaches before or after the one in question have taken place. The agency is now in the process of contacting affected individuals via registered mail, has set up a dedicated 1-800 number for people in need of information, and will provide credit protection services at no cost.
Considering the speed of Canada Post, you should know in about 6-8 weeks.
Notably, Adobe also revealed that director David Fincher’s new film, Gone Girl [pictured, top], is being cut by Kirk Baxter, A.C.E., exclusively with Premiere Pro CC — a major milestone on the long road toward proving Premiere Pro’s usability in a feature-film production environment. If you’ll recall, it was 2003 when Walter Murch finished editing Cold Mountain using Final Cut Pro 3, then considered a radical workflow choice for a major studio picture. Adobe is no doubt hoping to give Premiere a taste of that same kind of success. Adobe has lined up more testimonials, too, from staffers impressed with Premiere’s performance in production for sketches on Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
For current blockbusters, the post-credits sequence is de rigueur, both a wink to hardcore fans and a way to further advance the story into potential sequels or spinoffs. For the past half-decade, these scenes have mostly been associated with superhero movies, so much so that current audiences know better than to leave the theater when a film like Captain America: The Winter Soldier — which has two post-credits scenes — fades to black.
Marvel Studios has helped bring post-credits teasers to the forefront of the modern moviegoing experience. These types of scenes, though — also referred to as the stinger, the credit cookie, and the egg — have been around for several decades. Figuring out exactly when and where they began depends on your definition of the original term.
Anything that keeps people sitting through the credits (which I’ll grant can get pretty long these days) and paying respect to all the hard workers that made a film/show possible is alright by me.
Though, you should stay not just for the easter egg, but because it’s the right thing to do.
“[The Wolf of Wall Street] was officially rated R for “sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence”. Scorsese had to edit sexual content and nudity to avoid an NC-17 rating.”—
"I Heard You Were Dead" is an original re-score of the movie Escape from New York (1981), composed by Mogi Grumbles, musical alias of Ann Arbor, MI native Alex Taam. In 2011, Taam asked the question, “What if Daft Punk had scored the soundtrack to the original Tron, and not its sequel?” The answer was "End of Line.” Two years later, he turned his attention to John Carpenter’s cult classic, this time posing a much simpler question, “Why not?” After amassing a collection of synths authentic to the period, Taam was inspired to compose something that was both classic and modern. “Operation Black Light” is sleek and stealthy, propelled by a bassline that whirs like a Blackhawk helicopter blade. “Mac 10” is the sound of bombast, a grenade that’s just gone off with shrapnel bouncing everywhere. A re-cut of the film, by editor Christian Silbereis featuring the Mogi Grumbles re-score is available as a companion piece for your enjoyment.
Sadly it seems the re-cut has been taken offline, but the score is still available on Soundcloud and of course iTunes/Rdio. Be sure to check it out; it’s a fantastic re-imagining of this John Carpenter classic.
It would appear that Vulture has been given permission to stream “Xscape”. This is the demo version of the track and appears to be a shorter version than the version leaked in the early 2000s (hopefully it’s just a radio edit).
In order to create video tutorials for all 3,500 recipes in their catalog, Absolut has invented a sleight of hand trick that allows them to make thousands of unique videos – instantly, at the touch of a button. Launched on YouTube and as part of the new Absolutdrinks.com, these simple video tutorials show consumers how easy it is to make their favorite cocktails at home in a series of pre-filmed steps.
Holy shit, my mind is blown. And we thought Garnish was ambitious!
In some ways, collecting music in the analog age was tiresome. You’d spend a lot of time tracking down records, and not always like what you bought. In the digital world, you can sample everything online, buy music in seconds, and download an entire album in minutes. The thrill is gone, but the ubiquity of instant access to most of what you want balances that out. There are still some CDs that don’t get released digitally, but even those are easy to buy. A few clicks on a web site, and you can order a CD from anywhere.
Collecting in a digital world is different. No more do you need to go to record stores and check out the used or import bins; you can just go to the iTunes Store, or Amazon, or google the name of the band you’re looking for. Do you want to get recommendations for bands you might like? You don’t need the music press for that any more; just try any of a hundred apps, or use iTunes’ or Amazon’s recommendations.
We do realize that this humble experiment of ours is uninformed, and that what we propose here would have to be reconsidered if done for real, but for the sake of getting the point across we wanted to focus on one thing only – making Wikipedia readable.
last September, I wrote a post about how scammers had been using my photos to lure women into online, romantic relationships for the purpose of ‘borrowing’ or extorting money. Since that time, the scams have continued. I get, on average, one new report a day from women (and occasionally men) who have been tricked, or nearly tricked, into sending money. In many cases, individuals have reported forming deep attachments or even falling in love with these scammers. This has been a frustrating predicament that has been going on for many years now. In this post, I thought I would share a few of the things that I’ve learned about the scams, the scammers, and their potential victims.
What I want to know, and what I hope someone will help me discover, is whether or not biology plays a fundamental role in shaping people’s experience with immersive virtual reality. In other words, are systems like Oculus fundamentally (if inadvertently) sexist in their design?
So that’s a no then?
The gist of the article is that there may be something to do at the biological level about how women perceive depth compared to men. The question then becomes, if only men can enjoy Oculus is it a sexist product?
But, to me, the answer is clearly no, especially if this is based on a fundamental biological difference between men and women. My understanding of sexism is that it’s a conscious (or perhaps un-conscious) decision to discriminate someone based on their sex or gender. I’m not entirely sure that a product that causing motion sickness because of a biological difference can be considered sexist.
That’s kind of like saying that the birth control pill is sexist…
It’s still an interesting article, despite the link bait-y headline.
From Esquire, 100 of the best Sci-Fi movies ever made.
A great list, to be sure. I especially like that they avoid sticking to the “traditional” definition of “Sci-Fi” aka movies about space/aliens/other worlds/etc. rather than fiction based in science (which would include such films as Contagion (which didn’t make the cut mind you), Eternal Sunshine…, Children of Men etc.). Though I do take issue with Aliens ranking higher than Alien. Alien is a God-damned masterpiece.
A really handy guide, and not one littered with “turn off every useful feature of the $600 phone you have” advice.
In fact, the “usage” information was really helpful for me to realize that I myself have a problem. Despite sitting in my pocket and doing nothing for almost half an hour the usage time was only a few minutes shorter than the standby. Not cool.
Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. With a huge selection of TV episodes and movies, voice search that actually works, plus exclusive features like ASAP and Amazon FreeTime, it’s the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, music, photos, games, and more.
Looks super cool (even if it does rely on one of those god-awful Check Mark lists) but it doesn’t seem like it’s available outside of the US.
Jackson couldn’t read or write music at all. Contrary to received wisdom, he could play instruments a bit - he’s credited as playing keyboard, synthesizer, guitar, drums and percussion on ‘HIStory’ - but none proficiently. He didn’t have any formal composition training, though one could say he was trained harder than any other performer by his father.
But just as Mozart could hear whole symphonies in his head, Jackson fully realised his songs before they were put down on paper. “The lyrics, the strings, the chords, everything comes at the moment like a gift that is put right into your head and that’s how I hear it,” said Jackson during the ‘Dangerous’ court case of 1994.
Pretty cool to see people finally starting to appreciate Jackson’s artistry.
Just a shame it has to happen now instead of 5 years ago.
It’s a considered and worthy collection of reworked gems that remind you of just how important Michael Jackson was - and let’s face it, not many other artists can release their cutting room floor cast-offs and it can still sound this good.
I’m genuinely super-duper excited. I just wish I was cool enough to have got a first taste too.
Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time on the new album. For the ultimate fan experience, XSCAPE will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The XSCAPE standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available for pre-order beginning April 1 on iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.
It’s about time! Really smart move offering a deluxe edition that includes the demos in their “original” state.
Now if only they hadn’t fucked up the name of “Escape”.
“Xscape” has further significance in that it is the one track on the album that was ‘contemporized’ by the producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.
Curious to hear the “new” version, since the original is easily one of the best “un-released” Michael Jackson songs.
Update: the official website has been updated with the announcement and full press release.