Best Photos Of 2015

The most incredible and jaw-dropping photos from 2015

By on December 13, 2015 at 9:41 AM.

The most incredible and jaw-dropping photos from 2015

With 2016 just around the corner, a steady stream of “best of 2015” lists have already started to roll in. And with good reason, the beginning of a new year is always a great time to sit back and reflect on the previous 12 months. If you’re just catching up, some of the more interesting recaps we’ve seen thus far include Google’s compilation of the year’s most viewed YouTube videos and Facebook’s summary of the most discussed topics of the year.

Still, with 2015 bringing us no shortage of viral videos, scientific discoveries, political controversies, and technological breakthroughs, sometimes the best way to fully capture the year that was is to take a look at the best photos taken over the past year.

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Banksy Steve Jobs

Banksy paints Steve Jobs portrait to highlight Syrian refugee crisis

By on December 12, 2015 at 2:15 PM.

Banksy paints Steve Jobs portrait to highlight Syrian refugee crisis

Banksy, the legendary graffiti and street artist whose identity still remains something of a mystery, recently paid a visit to the “Jungle” Refugee Camp in Calais, France where he left four new pieces of compelling artwork. Of particular note, though, is a piece depicting Apple co-founder Steve Jobs carrying what appears to be an original Mac and a bag – full of what we presume are his personal items – over his shoulder. Banksy titled the piece, “The Son of a Migrant from Syria.”

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Rocket Scientists Cheering

Video of 400 cheering Rocket Scientists is the best thing you’ll see all day

By on December 12, 2015 at 12:57 PM.

Video of 400 cheering Rocket Scientists is the best thing you’ll see all day

Apparently, owning a commercial space flight company is the thing to do among the tech elite. While many people are already familiar with Elon Musk’s SpaceX, far fewer people are aware that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has his own space flight company, a venture called Blue Origin.

If the name sounds at all familiar, it’s because Blue Origin about two and a half weeks ago launched a reusable rocket – named the New Shepard – and managed to land it back to earth safely, an impressive feat that SpaceX is still struggling to pull off. Nonetheless, Musk was gracious enough to congratulate the Blue Origin team via Twitter for their success.

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Apple Store Sword

Man wielding a samurai sword causes chaos at Apple’s flagship 5th Avenue retail store

By on November 22, 2015 at 11:31 AM.

Man wielding a samurai sword causes chaos at Apple’s flagship 5th Avenue retail store

Just before the weekend, a man was arrested after wildly waving around a samurai sword at Apple’s flagship retail location in New York City. According to ABC7NY, a suspect named Hsu Chien walked into the Apple retail store late on Friday afternoon and headed straight for the store’s iconic winding glass staircase, all the while brandishing a sword.

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Isis Facebook

Facebook deactivates the account of a woman whose first name is ‘Isis’

By on November 18, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

Facebook deactivates the account of a woman whose first name is ‘Isis’

In the wake of the horrifying terror attacks in Paris last week, Facebook de-activated the account of a San Francisco-based engineer whose real name is Isis Anchalee. The removal, which was ultimately reversed, highlights the ongoing battle Facebook has with respect to users with real names that the social networking giant nonetheless deems to be fake. Per Facebook’s official policy, profile names must represent an “authentic identity; as your friends call you in real life” and must be able to be verified with various identification forms.

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Why Is ISIS Attacking Paris

What it’s like to be held hostage by ISIS and live

By on November 17, 2015 at 3:06 PM.

What it’s like to be held hostage by ISIS and live

Islamic State has been in the news a lot lately and it’s led many to ask why the terrorist organization is so hellbent on slaughtering innocent civilians in multiple countries. Author Nicolas Henin was for a time held hostage by the group and he has some key insights into what motivates it, as well as why it is so shockingly brutal in how it treats everyone who isn’t a member. Essentially, he’s found that ISIS is something of an apocalyptic cult whose goal is to provoke a massive world war that will lead to the end of days.

Does that sound crazy to you? Well, it should because it is.

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Life Working At Apple

Insiders reveal what it’s really like to work at Apple

By on November 16, 2015 at 2:45 PM.

Insiders reveal what it’s really like to work at Apple

Whereas most high-tech companies like to welcome the world in and show everyone what life is like behind the scenes, Apple, as is typically the case, tends to operate a little bit differently. Much like its products, life at Apple is somewhat shrouded in secrecy. Not only will you have little luck getting current employees to talk about what they’re working on or what life at the company is like, convincing former employees to provide any insight as to what life is like inside the mothership is equally as challenging.

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Steve Ballmer Apple

Steve Ballmer: Microsoft investing in Apple ‘might have been the craziest thing we ever did’

By on October 25, 2015 at 5:02 PM.

Steve Ballmer: Microsoft investing in Apple ‘might have been the craziest thing we ever did’

Recently, former Microsoft CEO and current Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer appeared on Bloomberg TV where the former executive briefly touched on Microsoft’s monumental 1997 investment in Apple.

At the time, Microsoft’s deal with Apple not only helped rescue the company from the brink of bankruptcy, it gave Apple a much-needed lifeline, affording the company room and time to innovate. And as we all know, the deal ultimately helped set Apple up for the most astounding tech resurgence in history.

As part of the deal, Microsoft agreed to invest $150 million in Apple for shares of non-voting stock. Additionally, the two companies signed off on a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. And to top it all off, Microsoft promised to provide continued support for Microsoft Office for the Mac for a period of 5 years while Apple promised to make Internet Explorer the default web browser on the Mac for the same period of time.

So when asked about Apple during an interview segment on Bloomberg TV, Ballmer said that helping out Apple back in 1997 might very well have been the craziest thing Microsoft ever did.

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Amazon Working Conditions

Amazon has got itself in a major feud with The New York Times

By on October 19, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Amazon has got itself in a major feud with The New York Times

This past August, The New York Times ran a shocking expose highlighting the atrocious working conditions many employees at Amazon have to put up with. In putting together their piece, the Times interviewed more than 100 former employees who described a dystopian workplace environment where employee performance is valued even more than employee health.

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Airplane Landing 360 Degree Video

Incredible 360-degree interactive video of a plane taking off and landing from inside the cockpit

By on October 15, 2015 at 11:00 PM.

Incredible 360-degree interactive video of a plane taking off and landing from inside the cockpit

We’ve seen a number of incredible videos of planes taking off over the past few months, from this Russian fighter jet taking off vertically to this incredible cockpit footage of an F-16 ascending 15,000 feet in just 20 seconds. But this video here is just a little bit different.

Leveraging YouTube’s support for 360-degree interactive videos, Swiss Airlines recently posted some an incredible interactive video which provides users with a cockpit view of what it’s like to takeoff, fly, and land an Airbus A320. The video embedded below is from a flight that took off in Zurich and landed in Geneva.

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Whale Drone Video

Incredible drone footage shows two whales swimming alongside a paddleboarder

By on October 12, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Incredible drone footage shows two whales swimming alongside a paddleboarder

We often come across stories that tend to put drones in a negative light, from cops in North Dakota being able to arm drones with tasers and tear gas to a fisherman attacking an innocent drone mid-flight. But we can put all of that aside for now and focus on some truly magnificent aerial footage captured by, you guessed it, a drone off the coast of Fourth Beach in Western Australia.

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Christopher Columbus Day

Christopher Columbus: Why he doesn’t deserve his own national holiday

By on October 12, 2015 at 7:35 PM.

Christopher Columbus: Why he doesn’t deserve his own national holiday

Every year, children across the country are taught about the great adventurer that was Christopher Columbus. Famously sailing the ocean blue in 1492, millions of grade-school students in the U.S. were and are still taught to believe that Columbus was a great man who discovered America against all odds.

And in honor of the great explorer that is Christopher Columbus, every second Monday in October, going back to 1937, is a designated national holiday called Christopher Columbus Day.

Only thing is, the true history surrounding who Columbus was and the events surrounding his “discovery” of America quickly reveals that he is hardly a man worth celebrating. Quite the contrary, there is an avalanche of evidence pointing to Columbus being an absolutely deplorable human being not worthy of his own holiday, and certainly not worthy of anyone’s admiration.

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