We already know that Google employees get a ton of perks to keep them happy at their jobs. However, the actual work people do at Google is fun as well, as a new thread posted over at Quora reveals. In fact, one current Google engineer describes it as the “world’s greatest playground for anyone interested in program analysis.” More →
Think Jon Snow is really dead? You know nothing, as a certain Game of Thrones character would say. Snow, the beloved hero of George R.R. Martin’s story who was seemingly murdered by his fellow members of the Night’s Watch at the end of last season, is the star of a new teaser image that HBO has posted to promote the upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones.
Anonymous has been leading the digital fight against Islamic State by getting some of its social media accounts on Twitter banned, but has it been doing more harm than good? A Twitter spokesperson tells The Daily Dot that Anonymous’s lists of purported ISIS-affiliated are so “wildly inaccurate” that it doesn’t even pay attention to them anymore. More →
Remember all the crazy (and physically impossible) skating moves you used to love doing in the old Tony Hawk Pro Skater games? Well Tony Hawk himself recently tried to pull a similarly spectacular stunt of his own in a recent ad for the Sony Action Cam when he tried to successfully navigate the world’s first horizontal loop. More →
You recently decided to buy a phone with a bigger battery — so why does it still seem to drain more quickly than you expected? One answer might be that the apps you’ve installed are covertly communicating with their own back-end and other third-party servers on a constant basis even though such communications aren’t helping deliver a better user experience. More →
I have always had a vague fear of traveling to other countries because I’ve been worried that “Brad Reed” will translate to “infected donkey scrotum” or something similar in another language. I was reminded of this anxiety today when I read about the plight of a Vietnamese-Australian man who had trouble getting Facebook to approve his account because his name is Phuc Dat Bich.
To promote their just-released film The Night Before, actors Anthony Mackie, Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt went on the Sway in the Morning radio show this week. While they did talk about the new movie, the highlight of their appearance was without a doubt an epic freestyle battle where Mackie and Gordon-Levitt dragged Rogen into making some awkward-yet-hilarious rhymes of his own. More →
What’s the best way to find the best deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year? Well, you could always bookmark our ever-expanding Black Friday 2015 hub. Or, if you’re interested in smartphone apps that will aggregate Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from all over, you should really try out two apps that I’ve found to be tremendously helpful: BuyVia and RetailMeNot. More →
We learned earlier this week that Islamic State used a bomb disguised as a simple soda can to bring down Russian MetroJet Flight 9268 last month. But how might such a device have really worked? Reuters has talked with some experts on explosives manufacturing who have analyzed the photo of the soda can bomb that ISIS posted this week and who have come up with some theories about how the device may have worked. More →
Every time I’ve laughed at one of Mark Zuckerberg’s decisions, he’s made me look foolish. I remember being very skeptical of Facebook’s decision to buy up virtual reality headset maker Oculus Rift last year but a new report from Variety is making me understand just how cool Facebook’s plans for virtual reality could be. More →
Staples released its Black Friday 2015 ad earlier this month but it’s also just unveiled several new deals that it says will begin on Thanksgiving Day on Staples.com and continue in stores Friday at 6 a.m. The first round of deals saw some terrific values on Windows 10 laptops, Apple iPads, Amazon Kindles and some high-end printers. The deals announced on Thursday expand the offerings even further — let’s check them out below. More →
You may not know it, but many people who send you email know the exact moment you open it and even where you happen to be when you open it. As The New York Times explains, many people and companies have been using small pieces of code that can track both the location and the time when someone opens up the emails they send. In the piece’s example, an investor immediately received a phone call from a startup company shortly after he opened an email that he received from it earlier in the day. Essentially, they knew the exact moment he opened up the message and pounced to see if they could spark his interest in making an investment. More →
Want to know the future of technology? Try taking a look at the most recent commercial failure from Microsoft and you might get a clue. Business Insider has put together a piece about 11 Microsoft products that flopped commercially but were surprisingly innovative and ahead of their time. The issue here isn’t, as some pundits have claimed, that Microsoft isn’t innovative. The problem is that many of these products have often been marred by poor execution, poor marketing, or some combination thereof. That said, many of them were nonetheless innovative and should be appreciated on their own terms, even if they didn’t lead to blockbuster sales for Microsoft. More →