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Mind-bending 360° Video Takes You From Space to Tokyo and Back Again

So far, 360° videos have mostly worked as novelty items that are rarely impressive. But I have to say this motion graphics exercise, that starts in a sort of Max Headroom-ish outer space blasts through a deconstructed Tokyo and finally turns into a Space Odyssey-style head trip, is one of the finest examples of the technique that anyone’s produced. Read More >>

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Uber’s CEO Became a Big Boy When Tim Cook Gave Him a Stern Talking To

Controversial Uber CEO Travis Kalanick received a career retrospective profile in the New York Times today that covers his awkward early years and his propensity to invite conflict. Among the new information that it reveals, there’s an enlightening story about the time Tim Cook had to summon Kalanick after discovering that Uber was still tracking iPhones after its app had been deleted. Read More >>

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Icelanders Worry That Voice Commands Will Kill Their Native Language

Iceland has long had a progressive outlook on technology. It’s regularly high on lists of the best countries for data privacy, the Pirate Party has a substantial place in its government, and it was the headquarters of Wikileaks for a long time. But Icelanders are currently concerned that their native language could go the way of the dodo due to the cultural changes that tech is accelerating. Read More >>

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Neil Young’s Painful Rebranding of His Music Service Won’t Save It

Niel Young’s “high resolution” music crusade is undergoing a change, an extreme change!!!!!!! The classic rocker turned tech entrepreneur has announced that Pono’s now defunct music store will become a high-quality streaming service. It’s kind of like Tidal but it’ll suck more. The fittingly out of touch new name for this service will be “Xstream.” Read More >>

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The March for Science Has Spread From Pole-to-Pole

Rainy weather on the east coast of America didn't stop people from hitting the streets to march for science yesterday. But the conditions in Antarctica and the Arctic Circle were quite a bit more extreme and protests in the name of facts were still rocking those two far-flung locations. Read More >>

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Google’s Plan to Build Ad-Blocking Into Chrome Could Be a Very Good Thing

It’s not just you, online ads are getting worse. Auto-play video has become a standard, pop-ups are back in a big way and those inline ads seem accidentally clickier all the time. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is well aware of this and it’s planning to add a built-in ad blocker to the Chrome browser. If the plan is handled correctly, it could force sites to give everyone a better experience. But that’s a big “if.” Read More >>

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What Happens When a Person Has an Epiphany?

The entire industry of puzzle gaming is held up on the joy of problem-solving and the endorphin rush that is felt when a player suddenly figures it out. Science knows very little about that brief moment when we all just get it and in a new study, researchers have attempted to gain some insight by watching people have epiphanies. Read More >>

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Google’s Greatest Time-Sucking Invention Just Got a Lot Better

Google Earth is one of the purest, most beautiful gifts the company has ever given us. Today, the globe-trotting software received a major overhaul that will delight hardcore fans and remind others that it’s still a great way to throw away hours of your life. Read More >>

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The Competition May Be Catching Up With Netflix

Netflix issued its first quarter user gains report to investors today and the fact that it fell short of user growth estimates caused a brief drop in the streaming giant’s stock price. It blamed the lackluster growth on one thing: no House of Cards-style blockbusters. But in reality, Netflix is probably waking up to the crowded streaming landscape. Read More >>

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Owners of the Fourth Generation iPad Could Get an Upgrade If They Need Service

If you’ve held back on getting the latest iPad since 2012's fourth generation, you could be in luck. According to an internal memo obtained by 9to5 Mac, users who need service on that model could walk out of the store with a shiny new iPad Air 2. Read More >>

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How Cats Went From Kings of the Jungle to Kings of the Castle

It’s a story that stretches back 11 million years, cats have had a long journey from being worshiped by ancient civilisations to being worshiped by the memelords. Read More >>

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Emulate the Golden Age of the Macintosh Thanks to the Internet Archive

Along with its duties of maintaining copies of important news, literature, scientific information, and old MySpace pages, the Internet Archive also loves to create emulations for you to fiddle with inside your browser. Today, the lovable non-profit organisation has made it easy for you to relive the glory years of the early Macintosh like it’s 1985 all over again. Read More >>

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The ‘Explosive’ Bombardier Beetle Got Robbed by a Dingo for the Title of Most Interesting Genome

This week, the Pacific Biosciences SMRT Grant announced the lucky winner of the World’s Most Interesting Genome competition. The contest was voted on by the public and a dingo named Sandy won the day. But was that the right decision? No, Sandy is kind of like a doggo and it’s clear that voters let her cuteness win out over far more interesting genomes. Read More >>

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April the Giraffe Has Officially Given Birth 

An event almost 16 months in the making is going down right this moment at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. Internet phenomenon April the Giraffe gave birth to her much-anticipated calf yesterday and more than a million people gathered to watch it live and simultaneously say together: “Push!” Read More >>

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Judge Loses His Job Over Online Comments About His Cases

The temptation to use the anonymous online commenting for the purpose of telling other people how stupid they are is strong. But one judge has learned the hard way that giving yourself a pseudonym doesn’t mean that no one will ever find out who’s talking shit. Read More >>