The SLAC National Accelerator Lab in Menlo Park, California has a ridiculously powerful X-ray laser. And what would you do if you were one of the members of the team lucky enough to play with said X-ray laser? You would shoot stuff with it, obviously, and you would record all the action to post up later on YouTube. Well, you’re in luck because the researchers at the lab think just like you do and they’re way ahead of you. More →
Twitter has been fighting for relevancy over the last few years: Snapchat took away its tweens, Facebook took away the argumentative uncles, and Twitter is mostly left with political statements and Kanye’s tweetstorms.
But don’t worry, there’s a plan to Make Twitter Great Again, and it involves changes to the very heart of Twitter’s formula, the 140-character limit.
My iPhone looks so much better than yours. Sure the hardware is the same and so is the software, for the most part. But instead of using a photo of a cat or even Apple’s stock images, I put a little time and effort into the wallpapers I use on my handset. As a result, my phone looks far more sleek than most, and I’m reminded of that every time BGR publishes a post with a photo of my iPhone at the top because so many people email me asking for my wallpaper.
So beginning earlier this month, I began posting every once in a while when I come across a solid new set of wallpapers in an effort to help readers keep their phones looking as sharp as possible. More →
A Facebook Live stream made headlines on Monday, as father-in-the-making Kali Kanongata’a livestreamed his baby’s birth on Facebook Live. Only, Kanongata’a didn’t realize he was livestreaming to 120,000 people — he thought it was just going out to friends and family.
As People reports, Kanongata’a just “intended to share the video on Facebook so that his family on the Polynesian island of Tonga could share in his joy.” They did — but they were joined in their joy by 120,000 other random strangers off the internet. But the video at least has a happy ending for him:
“We just see it as a positive. I know some people are mad that it’s not private, but I’m from the island [of Tonga], and years ago, we would have water births in public. I wasn’t too worried about hiding anything because our culture has done this for thousands of years.”
The Fort McMurray wildfire has captured devastation on a scale most of us can’t comprehend. Images from the ground and satellites have helped quantify the destruction, but this shot from the International Space Station somehow ties the scale of the destruction together much more clearly.
The photo was taken by an Expedition 67 crew member on May 14th, from 240 miles away. (Yes, the astronauts have some pretty sweet cameras.) The lower-angle shot shows a huge plume of smoke engulfing Fort McMurray — the town isn’t really visible, the smoke is so dense.
I’m on a lifelong hunt for the perfect smartphone keyboard. Nothing out there is perfect — the right key layout always comes with the wrong prediction engine or the option key in the wrong place.
But as it turns out, Swiftkey has secretly been working on an Android keyboard with emoji support that is, technically speaking, the perfect medium for communication.
After years of deliberation, it appears that Twitter is finally going to stop counting links and photos toward its 140-character limit in tweets. A person familiar with the matter tells Bloomberg that although it hasn’t been made public, the company has reached a decision, and the update could hit within the next two weeks.
It is so much fun watching trucks wiping as their drivers try to speed them over gigantic sand dunes. And it’s even more satisfying when one of those trucks has a Nazi swastika painted on the top of it, as you’ll see in a new viral video posted on the Facebook page of Million Dollar Homepage-Lebanon. More →
The sadistic Islamic fundamentalists who run Islamic State are some of the absolute worst people in the world… but that doesn’t mean they can’t have soft spots in their hearts for children. Well, at least when it comes to indoctrinating children into their violent and twisted ideology.
Long War Journal brings us word that Islamic State’s “Library of Zeal” has developed its own Android app to help teach children the Arabic alphabet. But since this is ISIS we’re talking about, the app also teaches children the Arabic words for weapons including tanks, guns and rockets. More →
According to CBS58, two teenage girls are under investigation for livestreaming themselves on Facebook having sex with a 15-year-old boy. To make matters worse, the stream happened during school time, and other teenagers watched on their phones from a health ed class.
The two girls, students at Barack Obama School in Milwaukee, are under investigation from Milwaukee Police, and are likely to be charged with “exposing a child to harmful material.” Milwaukee police have given a search warrant to Facebook, asking for account information of the 14-year-old girl.
It seems like airlines like to nickel-and-dime you for everything these days, which is why you shouldn’t feel guilty about milking your flight for all it’s worth. Business Insider has done a terrific job of putting together a list of free things that you can get on many airlines and some of these freebies are things that I never expected. Basically, if you think that you always have to pay for beer and wine on your flight, you’re about to be pleasantly surprised. More →
Hot on the heels of bringing 360-degree video to its social network, Facebook announced on Wednesday that it will also be giving users the ability to post 360-degree photos on the News Feed in the coming weeks. As with 360-degree videos, you’ll be able to click and drag on the photos in order see them in full.
Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old woman in Arpajon, France, who appears to have thrown herself in front of a train while livestreaming on Periscope yesterday. As the latest (and most graphic) in a series of disturbing incidents livestreamed using the app, it shines a dark light on the service.
The video now appears to have been pulled from Periscope, but the New York Times reports some snippets are still on YouTube. The woman appears on a couch, talking to viewers in a “sober” fashion as she lays out her plans. Other users asked questions and appeared to goad her on, saying things like “We’re waiting” and “Give us a hint.” Police also said that the woman sent a text to one of her relatives a few minutes before her death, stating her intentions. It’s unclear whether any Periscope users made an effort to contact police after realizing her plans.