The Fast and Furious franchise is celebrating the life of Paul Walker, who died Saturday in a car crash, with an emotional YouTube video set to Diddy and Skylar Grey's "Coming Home."
Walker played undercover agent Brian O' Conner in the Fast and Furious films, which have earned $2.3 billion worldwide since 2001. The heartbreaking tribute is a reel of scenes.
"The most important thing in life will always be the people in this room, right here, right now," Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, says in one scene. "Salute, mi familia." Read more...More about Entertainment, Film, Video, Videos, and Universal Pictures
When you need help with a difficult problem, it’s always wise to turn to an expert. Maybe that’s why India’s home ministry is planning to ask the United States for assistance in decrypting communications over Skype, BlackBerry, WeChat and other services.
The communication over these services is encrypted and the encryption-decryption technologies available with the service providers will be required by security agencies even if the facility for lawful interception of these communications is extended to security agencies in India. The technology in use by US agencies may be an area of co-operation. Read more...More about United States, India, Monitoring, Spying, and Governments
It's easy to forget one of your favorite Christmas classics. Suddenly, your lights are down and all the trees waiting for trash collection have zapped you of all holiday spirit
And for those who haven't had the chance to watch Santa's Slay yet — yes, St. Nicholas is setting the nanny's hair on fire Read more...More about Viral Videos, Christmas, Watercooler, Videos, and Christmas Movies
Jack was born with his jaw bones fused together, which led to his distinct look. When his lower jaw didn't grow as much and created an overbite, his tongue started sticking out and now it can't stop, won't stopPics, Cats, Cute Animals, Instagram, and Watercooler
For almost a year, four journalists at Bloomberg News were investigating the political connections of China's richest man, Wang Jianlin. In October, according to The New York Times, Bloomberg editor-in-chief Matthew Winkler told them the story wouldn't run because if it did, Bloomberg News would lose reporting access in China
A few days later, Winkler reportedly spiked a second story, on the children of Chinese officials employed by foreign banks, presumably for the same reasons. Winkler reportedly defended his decision by "comparing it to the self-censorship by foreign news bureaus trying to preserve their ability to report inside Nazi-era Germany." Chinese officials responded last week by conduct unannounced investigations of Bloomberg's Chinese bureaus Read more...More about China, Internet, Censorship, Great Firewall, and Great Firewall Of China
After years of wrangling over various issues, China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless carrier with 740 million subscribers, has finally struck a deal with Apple to offer the iPhone on its network in China, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal
The first hints of the deal came earlier this week when Fortune uncovered graphics on a China Mobile subsidiary website that showed the iPhone being offered under the company’s banner. However, when Fortune questioned China Mobile regarding the graphic, the company stated that there was no deal in place.China, Iphone, Apple, Mobile Carriers, and China Mobile
The events leading up to Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution are a tangled tale of chaos and mass protests that eventually led to political change. Now, a video game aims, in a sense, to recreate this complex history through entertainment.
The three-season game series 1979 Revolution recounts history through the use of actual photos, video footage and audio recordings of those involved in the revolutionVideo Game, History, Iran, Iranian Revolution, and Revolution
But the world's most popular sport isn't just beloved IRL — folks love playing its digital counterpart as well. The following infographic from EA Sports breaks down just how much
According to EA Sports — which publishes the wildly popular FIFA 14 game — people play 460,000 FIFA matches and score 990,000 goals every 90 minutes (the length of an actual soccer match)
The most popular match-ups are Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich (the all-time record is an even split) and Spain's El Clásico rivalry between Madrid and FC Barcelona (Madrid has the edge here)Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, meanwhile, are FIFA 14's top goal scorers. Read more...More about Soccer, Gaming, Entertainment, and Sports
Someday you will take a pill that will fix your body. Sounds like science fiction and, though not yet science fact, it is a tantalizing potential presented by a breakthrough in nano technology and biomedicine from researchers in the U.S., Denmark and Rome. Nanorobots that can deliver and release biomolecules based on temperature.
Built from molecules, this “DNA Nanocage” (sounds cool because it is) was designed by researchers, but self-assembled from the human “body’s own molecules.” The hope, while far off, is that the Nanocages could be ingestible in pill form, containing medicine to effectively trap diseases or cancers at the molecular level. Read more...More about Nanotechnology, Us World, World, Health Fitness, and Biomedicine
A couple of high-definition cameras recently delivered to the International Space Station are set to start broadcasting near-live images of Earth for free — at a magnification where you can see vehicles and crowds.
The cameras are the property of Urthecast, a Canadian company that plans to start its free broadcast in early 2014. The cameras can see everything from 51 degrees north to 51 degrees south — sorry, Alaska, Scandinavia, and most of the UK, you won't be featured. Everyone else will be able to see their neighborhood drift by in surprisingly high resolution, surprisingly frequently. (The ISS orbits the planet 19 times a day.) Read more...More about Satellite, Hd Video Camera, Tech, and World
Officers charged Kaveh Kamooneh with misdemeanor theft of what a local NBC station reported to be five cents' worth of electricity. The police officer checked with the middle school and determined that Kamooneh had not been given permission to charge his car with the school's electricity. He then spent just over half a day in jail before being released on $150 bail.
"I'm waiting for them to arrest water drinkers and cell phone chargers," Kamooneh said, according to the news report. Read more...More about Georgia, Electric Cars, Dev Design, Us World, and Us
Last week, we brought you footage of an NBA usher and young boy staging a hilariously amazing dance battle on the Jumbotron "dance cam" at a recent Detroit Pistons game. Video of the duo's incredible moves has been watched more than 8 million times on YouTube
Now they're back, throwing down in typically excellent fashion on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night. You can watch — and hopefully pick up some moves of your own — in the clip embedded atop this post
We can't decide who's moves we like more—46-year-old usher Shannon Sailes' or 11-year-old fan Antoine Alexander's. But here's what we do know: Watching them meet for the first time and continue showing the rest of us how it's done is undeniably awesome Read more...More about Nba, Entertainment, Videos, Sports, and Watercooler
A conclusive study by the Library of Congress reports that only 1,575 of the nearly 11,000 films produced during the silent era still exist in their complete formThe study was commissioned by the National Film Preservation Board and written by historian and archivist David Pierce.
It’s not just obscure films of little interest that are lost: Lon Chaney’s London After Midnight – directed by Freaks auteur Tod Browning — is mostly gone (although it can be reconstructed scene for scene using still photographs), 20 Clara Bow films, The Patriot, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, the adaptation of Edna Ferber’s So Big starring Colleen Moore, and many more are just gone forever. Read more...More about Movies, Film, Library Of Congress, Entertainment, and Video
When you've designed an app to appeal to shy people, it only seems appropriate to skip the marketing
That's why James Sun, the cofounder of Anomo, is keeping his app under the radar for now. At least as much as possible.
Anomo is an app that launched in February for iPhone and Android as a location-based dating app. But Sun recently found a whole new audience and pivoted the service into a social network for introverts, as counter-intuitive as that sounds. Unlike some of its competitors like Whisper, it's not fully anonymous, but shy users can mask themselves with avatars. Though its user base is still small — 40,000 downloads, 4,500 daily active users — it's growing by 500% each month Read more...More about Facebook, Mobile Social Networking, Apps, Iphone Apps, and Android Apps
Over the last few days, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have swarmed the streets of Kiev and other cities to protest against the government's decision to back away from a deal with the European Union on Nov. 21. The deal would have established political and free trade agreements between the EU and the Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, and it faced strong opposition from Russia.
The decision by Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych spurred pro-European protesters to take to the streets, and the movement has gained steam by the day. On Nov. 24, estimates put 100,000 people in the streets. By Tuesday, that number had swelled to 1 million, according to The New York Times. Read more...More about Protests, Us World, World, Ukraine, and Ukraine Protests
More than 2 million accounts have been compromised from popular sites such as Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn after malware captured login credentials from users worldwide, according to a new report.
According to web security firm Trustwave, hackers have stolen login usernames and passwords across various sites in the past month with the help of Pony malware, a bit different than a typical breach.
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"Although these are accounts for online services such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google, this is not the result of any weakness in those companies networks," said Abby Ross, a spokesperson for Trustwave. "Individual users had the malware installed on their machines and had their passwords stolenPony steals passwords that are stored on the infected users' computers as well as by capturing them when they are used to log into web services." Read more...More about Facebook, Twitter, Security, Gmail, and Hackers
Smoking areas could be cloudy with both puffs of smoke and e-cigarette vapor in New York City one day soon.
The New York City Council held a hearing on Wednesday to discuss a bill that would restrict e-cigarette use to outdoor zones in the same way smoking is regulated.
E-cigarettes, an industry that is on pace to rake in $1.7 billion this year and has moved from niche to mainstream in a matter of years, are replacements for tobacco cigarettes. They do not burn anything or release smoke, but instead give off a vapor that comes from a heated tube of liquid inside each electronic device. Nicotine is a part of that liquid, and the idea is that e-cigarettes can give users a buzz without the added carcinogens. Read more...More about New York City, Smoking, New York City Council, Us World, and Us
This week, Apple acquired Topsy, a social media analytics company that focuses on tracking Twitter data. The acquisition is interesting, not only because of its purported price (a hefty $200 million), but also for what role it might might play in the Cupertino giant's future plans.
Immediately after the acquisition was confirmed, analysts and pundits started to speculate as to why Apple would acquire Topsy. If this were any other company, the promise of "leveraging big data" and "mining social conversations" for real-time data and "sentiment impact" and other buzzword-laden drivel might be enough. But this is Apple Read more...More about Apple, Social Tv, Topsy, Second Screen, and Startups
A recent survey found that 70% of people are more likely to look for a new job after vacation. Realistically speaking, with the holidays and the accompanying vacation days just around the corner, there's a chance a few of your employees are looking to jump ship. And that's bad news for two reasons. First, if they're unhappy, that could reflect poorly on the company culture, morale and/or management. Second, it costs 20% of an annual salary to replace a mid-level employee, and it could cost 213% of a year's salary to replace a C-suiter, according to a study by CAP [PDF].
Odds are, you lack the time, money and patience to recruit a new slew of hires, so we've done you a favor and rounded up tips and tactics for building employee retention and fostering a happy workplace that makes people want to stick with you. Read more...More about Human Resources, Company Culture, Business, Small Business, and Supported
Today is National Cookie Day, which means you have one more excuse to hit the oatmeal raisins. (Not that you needed one).
On your quest to sate your cookie hunger, a lot of obstacles can pop up — from proximity to a bakery, to a boss that frowns on mid-meeting cookie binges.
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These GIFs express the agony as you're even temporarily separated from your delicious snickerdoodlesLists, Gif, Watercooler, and Cookie