Wired is debuting a new look for its June issue, which hits newsstands Tuesday. The magazine has been completely made over by Scott Dadich, who before being named editor-in-chief last November worked as creative director of Wired from 2006 to 2010.
There was something about the previous version of Wired — the bright colors, bold fonts, perhaps the splashy photos and graphics — that made it feel distinctly like a magazine about science and technology for men. Not so with the new edition of Wired, which feels more like Wired meets T: The New York Times Style Magazine meets The New Yorker. With its modern, almost muted aesthetic, it feels more like a lifestyle magazine — and a rather sophisticated, thoughtful one at that. Read more...More about Media, Wired, Magazines, Conde Nast, and Business
Who knows security better than a thief?
Romanian computer expert Valentin Boanta used to supply thieves with the skimmers they used to gather information to create fake bank cards and then steal cash from ATMs.
Boanta, 33, was caught in 2009. And now, six months into his five-year sentence, the former thief has developed a technology that would safeguard ATMs from the very attacks in which he used to participate.
"When I got caught, I became happy," Boanta told Reuters. "This liberation opened the way to working for the good side."
Skimming is the act of copying a credit or debit card by scanning the magnetic strip on the card's back. Thieves then use these cloned cards to withdraw money from the cardholder's bank account at an ATM. Read more...More about Hacking, Security, Privacy, Theft, and Tech
Whether you're producing a title card for your new company, or just looking to wow your co-workers with a dazzling presentation on the dangers of hydraulic fracking, a little animation is never a bad idea. Things are more interesting when there's a little flare involved, right?
Lucky for you, a handful of programs are out there to help you create your own animations. From branding to marketing to entertaining, their purposes are endless, and extremely customizable for whatever it is you're going for.
Check out these five animation tools to help you get started. Read more...More about Adobe, Diy, Video Editing, Final Cut Pro, and Animations
Sofia Vergara, whose role as the passionate and funny Gloria on ABC's Modern Family has earned her three Golden Globe nominations and three Emmy nods, wasn't lost when she appeared at a rival network's red carpet event this month. In fact, the carpet was blue and rolled out for her and other stars by USA Network executives, which had just announced they would begin airing Modern Family reruns on Sept. 24
The announcement at USA's upfront presentation to advertisers in New York City somewhat surprisingly attracted Vergara and castmates Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet
Networks typically tout new programming rather than rerun pickups during upfronts Read more...More about Entertainment, Tv, Celebrities, Usa, and Social Tv
"Zach was at home and at peace with those he loved most," the Children's Cancer Research Fund said in a statement announcing Sobiech's death. "Zach's life ended just as he lived, embraced by the love of his family, friends, grace and music."
Sobiech had been fighting osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, for the past four years after his diagnosis at age 14. Last May, after treatment options ran out, doctors told the Minnesotan teen that he had up to a year left to live
Since his diagnosis in 2009, Sobiech had been writing farewell letters in the form of songs to his friends and family. Last year, he uploaded "Clouds" to YouTube, a pop tune that went viral and currently boasts over 3 million views. Sobiech's story struck a chord with people all over the world, including some celebrities who spread his message through a tribute video Read more...More about Viral Videos, Clouds, Music, Us, and Watercooler
On its trail of destruction, the tornado has blown debris from houses — including people's personal belongings and important documents — many miles away.
The Facebook group asks members to post photos of any items or documents that were blown into their yard, so that they can be returned to the rightful ownersFacebook, Social Media, Us, and Oklahoma Tornado
You’ve heard of 3D-printed clothes and 3D-printed buildings, but 3D-printed food? We are truly entering sci-fi territory. The Sugar Lab takes simple white sugar as its base material to print delicate 3D structures that can be eaten on their own, or used as a decorative topper for cakes and cupcakes
The company, founded by married couple Kyle and Liz, started out when they wanted to make their friend a birthday cake but didn’t have an oven. They began to experiment with printing with sugar, until they finally discovered the secret formula to making complex geometric shapes from the sweet stuff Read more...More about Art, 3d Printing, Pics, Lifestyle, and Travel Leisure
Brittany Wenger isn't your average high-school senior: She taught the computer how to diagnose leukemia.
The 18-year-old student from Sarasota, Fla. built a custom, cloud-based "artificial neural network" to find patterns in genetic expression profiles to diagnose patients with an aggressive form of cancer called mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL). Simply put, this means Wenger taught the computer how to diagnose leukemia by creating a diagnostic tool for doctors to use.
Since artificial neural networks are programs that model the brain's neurons and their interconnections, Wenger told Mashable that they "can actually learn to detect things that transcend human knowledge." Read more...More about Student, Medicine, Leukemia, Cancer, and Medical
For parents looking for educational toys, a hardware startup developed electronic buildings blocks and a companion augmented reality app that make for an interactive learning experience.
Founded by Tarun Pondicherry and Josh Chan, LightUp magnetic building blocks that can teach anyone about how electronics work.
The interactive blocks are different electronic components, like a battery, light sensor, LED, variable resistor, button, buzzer, wire blocks and more. When snapping together the various magnetic blocks, kids and teens can build projects like a night light and dimmer switch, to more advanced projects like a remote control and a wireless (infrared) transmitter. Read more...More about Startup, Startups, Diy, Electronics, and Learning
Justin Bieber won two awards at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, and the audience had mixed emotions about his speech
"I'm 19 years old, I think I'm doing a pretty good job [...] it should really be about the music. It should be about the craft, the craft that I'm making," Bieber said. "I'm an artist that should be taken seriously."
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Welp, this is about as up close and personal as you'll ever get to a grizzly bear's mouth without being eaten alive or requiring some pretty major surgery
The incredible clip embedded above comes from the GoPro camera of Alaskan naturalist Brad Josephs. While he was leading a wildlife-viewing trip, a mother bear and her three-year-old cub came across the camera, Josephs writes on his website
Josephs says the bear, whose terrifying teeth and slobbery gullet we see in such detail, "only gently mouthed the camera." Nonetheless, the wild video provides a rare and fascinating glimpse into just why grizzly bears sit firmly atop the animal food chain Read more...More about Gopro, Watercooler, and Videos
How, oh how, did we ever survive?
For YouTube's Comedy Week, the Gregory Brothers pay homage to all the addictive content that the video-sharing website has given us over the past few years. After all, we wouldn't have this awesome YouTube video about how awesome YouTube videos are without YouTube! (Ultra meta, we know.)Youtube, Viral Videos, Watercooler, and Videos
Several eyewitness videos of the massive tornado that devastated Oklahoma City suburbs Monday — killing at least 51 people — have gone viral online.
They each portray the cyclone tearing across Moore, Okla., near Oklahoma City, and kicking up debris. The half-mile-wide tornado, which had wind speeds of up to 200 mph, destroyed multiple homes, vehicles and an elementary school, according to the Associated Press
Watch the videos, posted above and below
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Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland and international pop star Paulina Rubio will join The X Factor judging panel alongside Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato for season three, Fox revealed on the show's Facebook and Twitter pages Monday night
The announcement came hours after a Missouri concert venue inadvertently leaked half of the news in a tweet warning ticket buyers that Rowland's tour had been canceled
Due to X-Factor related sched. conflicts, the Kelly Rowland & The-Dream tour has been cancelled. All tix will be refunded at pt of purchase.
— The Midland (@themidland) May 20, 2013
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Rowland and Rubio had been heavily rumored to be close to finalizing deals, and Fox couldn't hold off any longer, as auditions for contestants begin Tuesday Read more...
When my daughter begged me a few years ago to go on Tumblr so she could engage with Harry Potter fandom, I said no. I was worried about what else she might encounter on the vast blogging service
You know what I’m talking about. I feared she’d stumble onto porn.
Tumblr, which Yahoo is buying for $1.1 Billion is not a porn site, far from it. Spend any time on the spotlight page and you see it’s a vast sea of insightful and entertaining posts on every topic imaginable
One user aptly described it this way:
Tumblr user: Don't do it. It will consume your life.
Tumblr user: It's like having a stoner conversation with the world.
Tumblr user: It's crawling with intellectual knowledge, cats, and fandom. Read more...
In the social-media age, even the most innocent misstep can have unintended consequences, as one NFL rookie recently found out the hard way
Keenan Allen is a talented wide receiver from Cal who was selected in the third round of last month's NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers and Oakland Raiders share one of the NFL's fiercest rivalries, which is why a random fashion choice by Allen this weekend stirred up plenty of backlash from San Diego fans
When Allen made a trip to In-N-Out, he posted a Vine video to document the occasion for his many fans. The problem? He wore a Raiders hat. He's since deleted the video, but this screenshot via the San Diego sports blog LobShots.com lives on: Read more...More about Nfl, Entertainment, and Sports
Yahoo unveiled some big changes to Flickr on Monday, both in terms of features and overall design. One of those changes is that free users are no longer limited to a certain number of photos; instead, everyone gets 1TB of space for their full-resolution photos.
With that change comes an end to what used to be the biggest difference between free Flickr accounts and Flickr Pro. As it turns out, that's by design. In addition to lifting the previous upload and storage limits, Flickr is quietly discontinuing its Flickr Pro accounts (existing Pro users can continue to use Flickr Pro) and shifting to a different type of upgrade model. Read more...More about Flickr, Photography, Features, 500px, and Tech
Microsoft will announce the highly anticipated next-generation Xbox gaming console Tuesday from its Redmond, Wa., headquarters, and the company has set a high bar, considering the success of its current model. The Xbox 360 has been a force to be reckoned with since its debut at the end of 2005. It remains at the top of sales charts even now
What can we expect from Tuesday's event? We cut through the rumor onslaught to provide you with our predictions.What's in a Name?
The next Xbox's name has been one of the most heavily speculated details, and it seems the crowd cannot agree on a favorite. The new Xbox is codenamed "Durango," all sources agree, but it's unlikely the retail name. The slightly uncreative "Xbox 720," the rotational iteration following a 360, is probably the hottest search term related to the new Xbox. Read more...More about Microsoft, Gaming, Xbox, Entertainment, and New Xbox
A few days after Google announced the ability to send money via email, mobile payments purveyor Square has done the same.
Square Cash, which the company introduced in invite-only mode on Monday, lets consumers send money to friends by cc-ing "firstname.lastname@example.org" and including the dollar amount in the email's subject line. Square takes a $0.50 cut of each transaction. The program is also open only to those who are 18 and older. Though Square had been focused on businesses, this release appears to be geared towards consumers.Gmail, Square, Mobile Payments, and Business
Loyal Tumblr users shouldn't worry about changes that could come to the site, CEO David Karp said Monday night at an event hosted by Yahoo, which acquired his social-blogging platform earlier in the day
Yahoo announced it had acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion. The move is said to be a part of an effort to attract more users in the 18-to-24 year old demographic and grow its social strategy, but many believe the deal could negatively impact the guidelines and nature of Tumblr.
"We hope the product will evolve even faster than it has before," Karp told Mashable. "That is something we have always been committed to, and the mission to build an audience and the ethos of creative expression and community guidelines — that stuff isn't changing." Read more...More about Yahoo, Tumblr, Business, Small Business, and Startups