Engineers in China recently completed work on a mesmerizing 980 ft. long suspension bridge primarily made out of glass. Dubbed the Haohan Qiao Bridge — which appropriately translates to Brave Men’s Bridge in English — the engineering marvel towers 600 feet above a canyon below and is situated between two cliffs. Located at the Shiniuizhai National Geological Park in southern China, the Haohan Qiao Bridge is clearly not meant for the faint of heart.
A few weeks ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on the new Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Over the course of an interesting 10 minute interview, Colbert asked Cook what he thought about the spate of Steve Jobs related films that were making their way into theaters.
Cook responded by saying that he was none too thrilled by all of the Steve Jobs portrayls he had seen thus far, emphasizing that they don’t accurately reflect “the man that I knew.”
Calling Jobs a great man, Cook said: “I think a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic and I hate this. It’s not a great part of our world.”
There’s something fundamentally unnerving about an animal performing a completely surprising physical feat. After all, if you’re already on high alert when in the presence of a dangerous animal, the last thing you need is to be taken aback by some new-found talent you had no idea it possessed.
We’re not talking about flying squirrels here, we’re talking about a full-grown crocodile that can quite literally leap out of the water. Sure, we expect sharks to majestically jump out of the water in an effort to grab a meal, but that’s not a skill most people would even assume a seemingly lazy crocodile might possess.
With a few weeks to go before the Aaron Sorkin penned Steve Jobs biopic hits the big screen, Universal Pictures earlier today released the second official trailer for the highly anticipated film about the Apple co-founder.
Notably, the film, naturally titled Steve Jobs, won’t be a traditional cradle to grave type of biopic. Instead, Sorkin, who knows a thing or two about storytelling, has crafted a film that will mostly focus on three of Jobs’ biggest product announcements, including the original Macintosh. Based on what we’ve seen so far in the two released trailers, the film will also touch a bit on how Jobs’ personal life helped shape his professional life and vice versa.
With Donald Trump not only running for President but actually enjoying a significant lead over rival candidates, the build-up to the 2016 Presidential election will undoubtedly be one for the record books, at least as far as entertainment value is concerned.
And just when you thought that the media circus surrounding the 2016 election couldn’t get any more absurd, anti-virus maker John McAfee this week announced that he plans to run for U.S. President with a newly formed party called the Cyber Party. On Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission confirmed that McAfee had filed the requisite paperwork to run.
In an email sent to Ars Technica, McAfee said that his newly formed Cyber Party “in terms of ideology and aims… is not really related to any existing party.”
Google last week, in case you missed it, introduced a brand new logo design. While not a monumental change, the new typeface offers up a subtle variation to the logo the search giant had been using for the last five years. The most prominent change is that Google’s new typeface completely does away with the serifs that helped define its logo for the past 16 years.
Harnessing salary data from Glassdoor, BusinessInsider recently put together a fascinating list detailing which positions at Google pay the most money. While Google, at its core, is an engineering company, they’re still a large corporation teeming with lawyers and marketing executives. Which is to say, some of the highest paying jobs at the search giant might surprise you a little bit.
What do you do when pesky mountains hinder your ability to transport people and goods as fast as possible between various destinations? Some countries will build railways around those mountains, but if you’re Switzerland, and you have to deal with your Alps, you just go ahead and build the world’s largest tunnel even if it takes more than 15 years to do it. More →
The manhunt for the man who killed two Virginia WDBJ7 employees on the air earlier this morning has come to an end. Police are now saying that Vester Lee Flanagan, formerly a news reporter at the above station, turned the gun on himself as the authorities were closing in on his location. Despite some conflicting reports, ABC News is reporting that he is not dead but is in very critical condition. He was reportedly found after his car ran off the road and crashed.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, we’ve come to find out more about who Flanagan was and what his motives may have been. More →
A horrific tragedy struck Virginia earlier today when a gunman, presumed to be a disgruntled employee, shot two WDBJ7 employees live on the air. The two victims are Alison Parker (age 24) who was the station’s news reporter and Adam Ward (age 27) who was the station’s cameraman.
“Law enforcement personnel have a photo of the suspect,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said in the shooting’s aftermath. “We believe it’s a disgruntled employee of the station, and they’re in pursuit.”
Subsequently, authorities found the alleged suspect’s vehicle unattended at the Roanoke Airport.
The most recent update has pegged former station employee Vester Lee Flanagan as the suspect. On air, Flanagan reported under the name Bryce Williams. According to WTVR, Flanagan had been fired from the station, though that news hadn’t yet been made public.
Shockingly, Flanagan posted first-hand video footage of the shooting online, both to his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
The Daily Beast adds:
In the tweets, Flanagan hinted at possible motives for the shooting. He tweeted about filing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint and alleged that the reporter had made racist comments. “They hired her after that???” he tweeted. The slain producer, he claimed, complained to HR about him after working together one time. His final text tweet boasted about filming the attack.
Both accounts have since been suspended but a Google cached version his Twitter account (with no link to the video, we can assure you) can be seen below.
As it stands now on, Flanagan is still on the run and is wanted for murder.
UPDATE: The latest report is that Flanagan has since killed himself.
According to The Daily Beast: “At 11:37 a.m., police said over the radio to disregard the search for Flanagan, who is believed to be dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Below is a photo of Flanagan courtesy of ThinkProgress.
The Okanogan Complex wildfire in Washington State that you keep hearing about on the news is even more serious than you think. According to recent estimates, the fire is currently just 10% contained, burning more than 400 square miles, and officials say that it could continue burning until snow hits later this year. More →
Smugglers have a storied history when it comes to crafting clever and ingenious ways to conceal drugs and sneak them across ostensibly secure borders. Back in the early ’90s, cartels out of Columbia were the first to add a layer of technical sophistication to their drug smuggling activities when they began manufacturing small submarines designed to transport cocaine across International waters while avoiding detection. Since then, the technical capabilities of what are often referred to as narco-submarines have only increased. Some rigs have elaborate communications systems built-in and can sometimes cost upwards of $1 million to construct.
Interested in what’s going on outside the tech world this afternoon? Here are some news items that are rocking the web on July 27th, 2015. More →