Microsoft and Google have been locked in a war of words over a YouTube Windows Phone app, but in the midst of the arguments a new Scroogled ad has emerged. Designed to be an internal-only video, a copy has somehow managed to find its way onto the web right in the middle of Google’s I/O developer conference.
Unlike Microsoft’s previous attempts, this directly parodies Google’s own Chrome ads with a bouncing ball tracking how Google allegedly targets you with ads. It’s identical to Google’s own Chrome “Now Everywhere” ad, set to the same music and style. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that the ad is genuine, stating it’s “an internal video that was leaked.”
While Google CEO Larry Page didn’t mention Microsoft’s Scroogled…
Because it’s the weekend before Memorial Day weekend, here’s a compilation video of unusual ways to open beer bottles. Maybe you’ll learn something you can use to impress your friends next weekend while you’re all getting drunk and grilling or whatever the hell people with friends do on Memorial Day. Sadly, I lost my last friend over a year ago. “To drugs?” No, to being an @$ $ hole. But enough about that dickbag, we’re here to talk about beer. I like opening my bottles the way I imagine farmers kill chickens: cutting their heads off with a ninja sword then drinking the blood to ensure a bountiful fall harvest. Can you tell I was home sick on farm field trip day? Sucks too because a kid on the bus told me they witnessed a goat orgy and our teacher was freaking out about it and the farmer was all, “Aw miss, they’s just bonin’.”
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Most approaches to capturing 3D models of real-world objects involve multiple cameras that are rarely cheap, and are sometimes tricky to calibrate. The University of Glasgow has developed a method that ditches those cameras altogether. Its system has four single-pixel sensors stitching together a 3D image based on the reflected intensity of light patterns cast by a projector. Reducing the pixel count lowers the cost per sensor to just a few dollars, and extends the sensitivity as far as terahertz wavelengths. Real-world products are still a long way off, but the university sees its invention as useful for cancer detection and other noble pursuits. Us? We’d probably just waste it on creating uncanny facsimiles of ourselves.
Via: New Scientist
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Cornell University may be the host of the Cornell Cup competition, but that doesn’t mean it can’t bring its own robots to join in on the fun. This year, students brought along a few bots, dubbed dunebots, outfitted with all-terrain wheels and equipped with laser tag turrets. The rugged rig features a pair of cameras, a dustproof and water resistant chassis, air intakes capped with filters, and other custom components for suspension and steering. Not only does the team plan on releasing code and documentation for the project, but the hardware was designed with modularity in mind, so others can build their own modified versions.
Taking the robot into battle requires two pilots armed with Xbox 360 controllers: one directing where it travels, and another aiming the turret and firing. Driving the buggy over the web is also possible, though it takes a few seconds for it to react. The group also baked in voice controls, to boot. If you’re not watching the car duke it out in person, you can even tune in over the web and watch a live video stream from one of its onboard cams. Its top speeds haven’t been firmly nailed down, but the team says the bot was running at approximately 35 percent of its full potential, since it was deemed too fast for conference attendees. Hit the jump to catch us talk with the effort’s Computer Science lead Mike Dezube, and to see a dunebot in action.
Question by Ljm Ljm: How can shift the iphone picture and the camera video recording easily to the iphone picture and the camera? I want to shift the iphone picture and the camera video recording to my computer and share it with my fa miry and friends
Answer by Antigone KThere are a couple ways to do this. One is to sync the iPhone & computer using iTunes. Another is to open the picture or video, and email it. And lastly, another way is to connect the iPhone to a windows computer without itunes, select use as camera or open files when windows recognizes it as a new device, and copy them over.
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It’s no secret that Portal co-creator Kim Swift has been developing an Ouya-exclusive game, but details regarding it had been kept under wraps until today. Dubbed Soul Fjord, the Airtight Games-developed title fuses Norse mythology with ’70s Funk and Soul, and charges its main character Magnus Jones with climbing the World Tree to demand an invitation to Ragnarok, “the party that will end the world.” Gameplay hasn’t been shown quite yet, but the experience is described as a dungeon-crawler with rhythm-based combat that’ll see players battle their way through randomly generated areas. Do the hustle past the break to catch the game’s first trailer and a developer video diary.
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We like pinball. We like classic NES games. Accordingly, it doesn’t take much deduction to know that we really, really like Skit-B Pinball’s Duck Hunt pinball machine. It has a fully mechanical, themed pinball machine below, but there’s also a PC up top that replicates the images and sounds of Nintendo’s light gun video game in sync with the analog action. The conversion of a Williams Valiant took about a year of off-hours work to finish, and it shows — the attention to detail is what we’d expect if Gunpei Yokoi had put all his energy into pinball instead. Our only lament is that the Duck Hunt machine is a side project, and it likely won’t escape into the wild. At least there’s a video (after the break) to sate our curiosity.
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People will do almost anything to get free digital access to movies and TV shows. One company believes people will even “work” to earn money to pay for this content. The job: Watching ads.
For the past week, I’ve been using HitBliss to watch new movies and episodes of television shows without paying anything. I earned money to pay for them by watching video ads that I chose. HitBliss made sure I was watching the ads by displaying little on-screen prompts for me to click.
An ad for the new movie “42” with a strip below showing ads that can be watched to boost a balance.
I found HitBliss to be a refreshing change from video-watching alternatives, including monthly subscription models like Netflix or free videos on Hulu that intersperse ads most people ignore. On HitBliss, once I watched enough ads to pay for a video, I could forget about ads altogether and enjoy a movie or TV show without interruptions.
HitBliss must be downloaded to a Mac or Windows PC, though a cable can connect a PC and TV for big-screen viewing. It’s still in a beta phase, with a waiting list for interested viewers. For access now, go to http://hitbliss.com/wsj. Android and iOS apps are in the works.
On the downside, HitBliss offers a portion of the catalogs found in stores from Apple and Amazon. Though content is new, including current-season TV episodes and new-release movies, I found fewer than 700 movies and about 140 TV shows (with thousands of episodes) in the HitBliss Store. Shows like AMC’s “Mad Men,” FX’s “The Americans” and PBS’s “Downton Abbey” weren’t available.
Another caveat is you can’t rent or purchase more than seven titles a day using the Earned Pay option, so if you want to binge-watch several seasons of a TV series in one day, you’ll have to pony up the dough for the eighth episode on. (HitBliss takes Visa or MasterCard for payments, just like a regular digital video store.) Earned Pay is acquired in $ 5 increments before you have to spend your earnings.
HitBliss is divided into two sections: HitBliss Earn, where you view ads to make money; and HitBliss Store, where you find the content you want to watch. A handy History box shows all of the videos you’ve watched, while a Saved section lets you keep TV episodes or movies you might want to watch in the future.
The HitBliss page for “Flight” shows the movie costs $ 3.99, but the user only has a balance of $ 2.50, shown in the lower right.
Your HitBliss trust level rises or falls depending on how conscientious you are about clicking on the pop-up prompts, and this trust level affects how many pop-ups you see and how fast you earn money. If I muted my computer, turned the volume down too low or navigated to another window, the ad stopped. If I missed a prompt, my earnings stopped accruing and my HitBliss trust level dropped, resulting in seeing these pop-ups more often.
If you want to earn money faster, you can give HitBliss ad partners access to personal information like Web-search history, Web-browser history, current location, age, gender, income, education and children’s ages. If you don’t want to spend money on videos, you can have a check mailed to you or have HitBliss donate the money to a charity of your choosing.
I started out by opting into the slowest Earned Pay pace, which didn’t let advertisers know any of my personal information. Only a handful of companies (around five or six, depending on the week) are currently advertising on HitBliss, so I saw quite a few of the same Dr Pepper and Aflac commercials.
But waiting for the little pop-up attention tests added a game-like quality to watching ads. The faster I clicked on the prompts, the more trust I earned, giving me more points and money.
Oddly, the HitBliss Earn video player doesn’t display how much money you’ve earned as you go. Instead, it shows five rectangles in the bottom right of the screen, which the company’s founder, Sharon Peyer, says represent a dollar per rectangle. When I earned $ 5, a message popped up saying I had reached the maximum balance.
At this point, users can’t watch any more ads and can navigate back to the HitBliss Store where TV shows cost $ 1.99 an episode and 24-hour movie rentals range from $ 1.99 to $ 3.99.
The first time I used my earnings, I bought the pilot episode of the thrilling crime show “The Following” for $ 1.99. On the pay screen, I could choose to use either my Earned Pay or credit card. All HitBliss content is only available in standard definition and not high definition, but I didn’t miss HD. The video — like the most recent episode of “The Mentalist” — looked crisp and clear.
The HitBliss viewing experience was good. I especially liked being able to rewind or fast-forward to the exact second of a show, using a slide bar. I experienced a few instances of slow buffering on my typical home Verizon DSL Internet connection, including one that lasted 15 seconds. Otherwise, video streamed easily with few delays and HitBliss auto-adjusted the quality of my video stream according to my connection. Video can be watched in a small- or full-screen view, and captions can be turned on or off.
I rented the DreamWorks animated movie “Rise of the Guardians” for $ 3.99 and rated it after I was finished. These ratings, which include funny canned comments you can click on or your manually added comments, can be shared with other friends on the service, or via Facebook and Twitter.
If you’re tired of paying for video, HitBliss offers a smart solution that doesn’t take much work for the rewards. Just prepare yourself for its current limitations.
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Remember Little Golden Books? Those things were awesome and the perfect length for an afternoon potty sesh. Now? Now I sit there in pain for like an hour asking myself why the hell I eat the things I do. Animator Joebot has created a small series of video games (Bioshock, Portal and Skyrim) imagined as Little Golden Books. I’m especially fond of the Bioshock one, but I’m especially fond of Bioshock in general. If Rapture really existed, I would live there, and I would be its king. Just me and Sander Cohen taking boner plasmids and making art all day.
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