Sometimes, social media is there to make you watch videos you would normally ignore. Enough of my friends posted a video titled "Captain Picard sings 'Let it Snow!'" that I finally broke down and became a viewer. It was worth it.
Video editor and aspiring video-game designer James Covenant painstakingly cut the short video together from snippets of dialogue from "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Picard recites his way through the familiar lines of "Let it Snow."… Read more
Aereo, the online TV service that streams and records over-the-air shows in some parts of the US, said Thursday that it will launch in Baltimore on Dec. 16.
The company aimed to expand from its New York home base to 22 total cities in the US this year, but has been held back technical difficulties on top of accumulating legal wrangling. With Baltimore, it will be in 10 cities, comprising NYC, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Detroit and Denver.
Aereo also identified San Antonio, Texas; Indianapolis, Ind.; and Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, as cities it would enter, … Read more
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime made abundantly clear in a recent interview that his company's direction is driven by strategy and not the changing desires of its fan base.
In an interview with Siliconera published on Wednesday, Fils-Aime was asked how does "what fans want or say influence [his] decisions." His response, which centered mainly on petitions brought to Nintendo by fans asking them to bring legacy games to newer devices, was telling of Nintendo's view of the market.
"I have to tell you -- it doesn't affect what we do," Fils-Aime … Read more
Samsung rumors run rampant in this week's episode.
First, insiders are predicting that a "lite" version of the giant Note 3 could be released early next year. And, not even a year after the Samsung Galaxy S4 dropped, Sammy could already be gearing up to release the Galaxy S5. And this time, it might have a more-premium feel.
The biggest news this week, though, is the rumor that YouTube is working on a subscription-based service called "Music Pass." Imagine ad-free YouTubing. Sounds good to me.
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A talented artist can get a lot of mileage out of the various art apps available for the iPad, but we ain't never seen anything like this. Digital artist Kyle Lambert has created a portrait of actor Morgan Freeman that's so lifelike we wouldn't have believed he'd painted it at all -- never mind on an iPad.
Luckily, he shot a time-lapse of the process so we can see exactly how it was done. About 200 hours and 285,000 brushstrokes have been condensed down to just three minutes so that you can see, stroke by stroke, how the picture was put together. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Of course Applebee's is going to replace waiters with tablets.
- The secret meeting that changed rap music, and destroyed a generation.
- A surgeon's review of Google Glass in the operating room.
The 1980 movie "The Blues Brothers" really set the standard for car chase scenes for years to come. The mall chase, in particular, may be the greatest filmed example of gleefully wanton destruction inside a commerce center ever. Now, we can relive that greatness with a Lego remake.
Bricktease's faithful frame-by-frame Lego re-creation of the scene is three minutes' worth of plastic brick mayhem. Stores are plowed through and screaming minifigures jump out of the way as Elwood and Jake Blues bust through the mall. "Disco pants and haircuts," indeed.… Read more
Not all faith in humanity is lost as dictionaries become crowded with words like selfie, srsly, and twerking. On Tuesday, Merriam-Webster came out with its top ten words for 2013, and this list wasn't bogged down in text-speak or Internet memes.
Merriam-Webster's grand prize goes to: science.
That's right, the top word for 2013 is the age-old term, "science," defined as "knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation."
Merriam-Webster selected its top ten words of the year by looking at the most-searched-for words on … Read more
Comedian and author Russell Brand often gets attention in the viral blogosphere for saying shocking things -- most recently, he hit headlines calling for a political revolution to reject the current systems and hierarchies that favor the privileged.
Giving away his work for free seems to be along a similar anti-capitalist vein. Brand's latest DVD, "Messiah Complex," is available to purchase for £10 ($16.40) from Amazon and the BBC Shop, and he tweeted both those links. But the first link he provided was to a Pirate Bay proxy for the torrent (allowing UK users to circumvent ISP-level blocks to the Pirate Bay main site). … Read more