My Brain Refuses to Believe This Short Film Wasn’t Computer-Generated

March 19, 2018 Editor 0

Camille Boyer and cinematographer Nik Mirus worked with a Montreal-based agency called Caravane to create a surreal short film called Club Palace. It looks like a computer animation student’s final-year project, but in reality it was all filmed using real-life miniatures and clever practical effects. Read more… Powered by WPeMatico

Business intelligence firm Meltwater acquires DataSift, which scrapes and analyzes blog and social media content and had raised $72M (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

March 19, 2018 Editor 0

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Business intelligence firm Meltwater acquires DataSift, which scrapes and analyzes blog and social media content and had raised $72M  —  In a week when all eyes are on Facebook and the subject of how data about us on social media platforms gets used without us knowing, there’s … Powered by WPeMatico

Ancient Maya traded dogs for use in religious ceremonies, new study shows

March 19, 2018 Editor 0

Enlarge (credit: PNAS) Studies of the bones of dog, large cat, turkey, and other animal bones found in the Maya city of Ceibal show that, as early as 400 BCE, the Mayan elite were importing dogs from distant corners of Guatemala and raising large cats like jaguars in captivity, probably all for use in elaborate rituals at the pyramids in the center of the city. “Animal trade helped sustain many large civilizations, such as the Romans in Europe, the Inca […]

I didn’t hear the word ‘Trump’ for 4 days, and I very much recommend it

March 19, 2018 Editor 0

You have to try pretty hard to escape hearing Donald Trump’s name for four days, but I promise it is really worth the effort. Last week, I disappeared, along with a large group of friends, into Joshua Tree National Park for a long camping weekend of moderate boozing, unhealthy eating, and staying completely away from politics. A Trump ban wasn’t something that the 20 of us agreed on beforehand. (It would have been impossible as we were sharing the campground […]

You’re more likely to get the flu from a sick flight attendant than a sick passenger: study

March 19, 2018 Editor 0

Air travel is often depicted as a spreader of diseases around the world, given that it squeezes lots of people into a small space. However, a new study shows that you’re not likely to get the flu from a passenger seated more than 1 meter, or 3.3 feet, away from you.  The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, claims to be the first to rigorously test the spread of viruses — specifically influenza — […]

Google IO 2018: what we want to see

March 19, 2018 Editor 0

Google IO 2018 is less than two months away, with the event happening in early May, and it’s sure to be used to unveil a bunch of Android software goodies and potentially even some new hardware. We don’t know much about IO 2018 yet, but Google has begun teasing the event, giving us a few clues as to what we might see – and when. We’ve also come up with a wish list for what we want from Google’s annual […]

Quick Takes: Audiophile Calls AirPods Best Truly Wireless Earbuds He’s Ever Heard in Year-Later Review

March 19, 2018 Editor 0

In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest Apple news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays. Monday, March 19 Highlights 1. AirPods: the audiophile review: The Verge‘s Vlad Savov finally got around to testing a pair of AirPods, over a year after they launched, and now understands why so many people are fans of Apple’s wireless earphones. Once dismissive of them, he now […]

Here’s how Uber’s self-driving cars are supposed to detect pedestrians

March 19, 2018 Editor 0

A self-driving vehicle made by Uber has struck and killed a pedestrian. It’s the first such incident and will certainly be scrutinized like no other autonomous vehicle interaction in the past. But on the face of it it’s hard to understand how, short of a total system failure, this could happen when the entire car has essentially been designed around preventing exactly this situation from occurring. Something unexpectedly entering the vehicle’s path is pretty much the first emergency event that […]