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April 22, 2014

parislemon:

Yes, that’s Tim Cook narrating. As Rene Ritchie notes:

My best guess as to why Tim Cook narrated the “Better” video is because it speaks to Apple’s core values, and speaking to Apple’s core values is both deeply important to Tim Cook, and how he’s been positioned atop and within Apple.

You can say Tim Cook is not a product guy, but there’s no question that he knows better than anyone how Apple does what it does. And because he cares about it, he’s made that process… better.

This feels like the point where Tim Cook finally drew the line in the sand and showed what Apple looks like under his image. He’s been moving in this direction for a while, but unlike prior efforts, this doesn’t feel like Steve Jobs’ Apple under new ownership. This has Cook’s fingerprints all over it. More power to him.

(via fastcompany)

22:57 // 3 hours ago
In case you needed your mind blown this evening, there’s a new Chrome plugin called Project Naptha which allows you to select text inside images. To give you an idea:


Project Naptha automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web.
The result is a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image.

In case you needed your mind blown this evening, there’s a new Chrome plugin called Project Naptha which allows you to select text inside images. To give you an idea:

Project Naptha automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web.

The result is a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image.

21:53 // 4 hours ago
portugaltheman:

There are less than 400 Sumatran Tigers in existence. Unfortunately most of the world is unaware of this frightening fact. Without action, the species will completely disappear. To spread the message of the Tiger’s vulnerability, we’ve created a song that will also go extinct unless it’s reproduced. These custom lathe-cut records are made from polycarbonate plastic, which means it will degrade after a certain amount of plays, causing the song to eventually disappear and go extinct. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, in collaboration with  us, have made only 400 records of this unreleased song. There are no other copies in existence. Tigers are dwindling every year. Social influence and conservation action could actually help save a species. Visit http://ift.tt/1lxl3Dh and http://ift.tt/1lxl3Dk to find out more. #EndangeredSong #SumatranTiger #EarthDay

This is brilliant.

portugaltheman:

There are less than 400 Sumatran Tigers in existence. Unfortunately most of the world is unaware of this frightening fact. Without action, the species will completely disappear. To spread the message of the Tiger’s vulnerability, we’ve created a song that will also go extinct unless it’s reproduced. These custom lathe-cut records are made from polycarbonate plastic, which means it will degrade after a certain amount of plays, causing the song to eventually disappear and go extinct. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, in collaboration with  us, have made only 400 records of this unreleased song. There are no other copies in existence. Tigers are dwindling every year. Social influence and conservation action could actually help save a species. Visit http://ift.tt/1lxl3Dh and http://ift.tt/1lxl3Dk to find out more. #EndangeredSong #SumatranTiger #EarthDay

This is brilliant.

(via heyveronica)

13:31 // 13 hours ago
flavorpill:


If 1991 was the year punk broke, 1994 was the year it went for a little nap. While the originators of punk were losing interest, a legion of inferior second-wave grunge bands invaded the charts (hey there, Gavin Rossdale and Scott Weiland! Hiya, Collective Soul!). Just like virtually every counterculture movement, grunge was over as a creative force by the time it went mainstream. 

Don’t Believe the Nostalgia Machine: 1994 Was a Shitty Year for Music

"The consensus today seems to be that Green Day were fine until they started trying to be U2. They weren’t. They were never fine.”
Ouch.

flavorpill:

If 1991 was the year punk broke, 1994 was the year it went for a little nap. While the originators of punk were losing interest, a legion of inferior second-wave grunge bands invaded the charts (hey there, Gavin Rossdale and Scott Weiland! Hiya, Collective Soul!). Just like virtually every counterculture movement, grunge was over as a creative force by the time it went mainstream. 

Don’t Believe the Nostalgia Machine: 1994 Was a Shitty Year for Music

"The consensus today seems to be that Green Day were fine until they started trying to be U2. They weren’t. They were never fine.”

Ouch.

11:25 // 15 hours ago
Know that selfie-taking idiot who got kicked in the head by a train conductor? Well, that YouTube video he uploaded got a crapton of views, and he’s poised to make bank from ad revenues and licensing fees—as much as $250,000, according to one estimate. Who’s laughing now?

Know that selfie-taking idiot who got kicked in the head by a train conductor? Well, that YouTube video he uploaded got a crapton of views, and he’s poised to make bank from ad revenues and licensing fees—as much as $250,000, according to one estimate. Who’s laughing now?

10:53 // 15 hours ago
April 21, 2014
So we’ll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows.
I see what you did there, White House.
12:08 // 1 day ago

We have to reply to this, apparently

michegoss said: Say “apparently” again

» SFB says: Apparently, you’re a jerk. :( — Ernie @ SFB

11:58 // 1 day ago
True story: Coffee (which apparently should be brewed with an AeroPress) apparently drives us to stronger ethical behavior, according to a recent study. We’re apparently less ethical when we’re groggy.

True story: Coffee (which apparently should be brewed with an AeroPress) apparently drives us to stronger ethical behavior, according to a recent study. We’re apparently less ethical when we’re groggy.

11:52 // 1 day ago
Hitchin’ a ride: A 16-year-old boy managed to survive a flight from San Jose, Calif. to Maui by hanging out in the wheel well of the plane. That’s not a short flight—five-and-a-half hours to be exact—and he did so without the benefit of, you know, much in the way of oxygen or climate control. He was largely unconscious during the flight, but despite that, he’s OK. Holy crap.

Hitchin’ a ride: A 16-year-old boy managed to survive a flight from San Jose, Calif. to Maui by hanging out in the wheel well of the plane. That’s not a short flight—five-and-a-half hours to be exact—and he did so without the benefit of, you know, much in the way of oxygen or climate control. He was largely unconscious during the flight, but despite that, he’s OK. Holy crap.

10:33 // 1 day ago
April 20, 2014
We are announcing today that we have reverted back to our prior legal terms, which contain no mention of arbitration.

A statement from General Mills • Walking back a much-criticized policy that would have essentially replaced the consumer’s right to sue the company with an online arbitration process. The move drew much heat after The New York Times wrote an article on the practice last week.

By the way, they’re not the only ones that do this.

17:48 // 2 days ago