Field Recordings From a Virtual World

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Triple A video game titles (meaning the ones that cost hundreds of millions of dollars and have huge launches) are always trying to push for greater and greater verisimilitude. This is one of the reasons that there is a new round of consoles every 7 years or so, and why sound design in games is ever evolving to better evoke a sense of place. These audio environments are now interesting enough that at least one person has decided to record these habitats for posterity.

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Let’s Stop Sending Nasty Emails to Macaulay Culkin

Thursday, April 17, 2014

When internet writing goes terribly wrong.

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Bill Gates Files Anti-Google Glass Camera Detection Patent

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Looks like Bill Gates is firing some shots at Google Glass. A new patent on which Gates is listed as an inventor proposes a technology that would blur computer monitors or alert users when a camera is present.

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A Google For The Dark Net

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The near-anonymous Tor browser is pretty convenient for buying illegal things online. Except there's no search function. Until now.

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A Teenager Said Something Stupid On Twitter, and Barely Anyone Freaked Out

Monday, April 14, 2014

This weekend, a teenager* directed a stupid terrorism joke at an airline's Twitter account. In return, the airline promised to send the FBI after the teenager. The teenager freaked out. That short exchange was retweeted over 30,000 times.

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It's Not A Fun Week To Work at OpenSSL, The Mostly Volunteer Project Responsible for the Heartbleed Bug

Friday, April 11, 2014

Until earlier this week, it's likely that most internet users had never heard of OpenSSL. But thanks to the Heartbleed bug, which put all manner of usernames and passwords at risk, the OpenSSL project is coming under some serious scrutiny. To understand how the Heartbleed bug happened, it's important to understand how the OpenSSL project works.

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Google Will Now Let You Buy Google Glass (for One Day Only)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Google announced today that they’ll let anybody buy Google Glass, but for one day only. Previously, only a limited number of people were allowed in to Google’s beta test. But next Tuesday, if you’d like, you can plunk down $1,500 for a pair of internet spectacles.

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If You Livetweet Your Favorite Shows, You're An Outlier

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Television pushes social media really hard in its advertising these days. You'll see ads and even TV shows with hashtags in the corner, and anyone who watches AMC shows knows about their whole "second screen experience" deal which keeps you tethered to your computer while you watch The Walking Dead or Mad Men. But Nielsen has found that most viewers aren't all that engaged with social media while they watch TV. 

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#21 - There Is No Such Thing As Silence

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Continuing our expose into the very hush-hush world of Silence, we look at an app that promises to deliver you four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence. PJ talks to Larry Larson, who helped design the 4'33" app.

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Could George Bush Be Sued For Some Of His Paintings?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

George Bush's paintings, some of which long ago found their way into the public eye through a leak from the hacker Guccifer, were put on display earlier this week at the George W. Bush presidential center. 

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Here's a site that lets you check to see if you've been compromised by Heartbleed

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This week, a vulnerability in the OpenSSL protocol called "Heartbleed" was discovered. If none of the words you just read make any sense, here's a good explainer about how 2/3 of the internet was exposed to this security vulnerability. Worried that a website you use regularly was vulnerable? This site can help.

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The Best, Most Inaccurate Twitter Pic Account Around

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A few weeks ago, we did a TLDR episode about the general inaccuracy of those "amazing pics" accounts, which frequently post photoshopped, poorly sourced, unattributed photos.

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The Greatest Video Game You May Never Play

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Back in 2012, a small browser game came out that reminded us of the limitless possibilities of a video game, and no one knew about it. The game was called Frog Fractions, and it was made by the independent game development studio, Twinbeard, and its sole employee, Jim Crawford.

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Not All Video Games Cause Aggressive Behavior. Just the Really Crappy Ones.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Well if someone had just asked me, I could have told them that - a study has found that video games with frustrating and counter-intuitive controls are more likely to cause aggressive behavior.

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The #1 Android App is a Complete and Total Scam

Monday, April 07, 2014

Until yesterday, the #1 app for Android in the Google Play store was called Virus Shield. As Android is a platform known for security vulnerabilities, Virus Shield promised a one-button solution for protecting your device. There's just one problem. It appears to be a complete and total scam.

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Way to Ruin President Selfies, David Ortiz

Monday, April 07, 2014

Last week, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz took a selfie with President Obama that, unbeknownst to The President, was orchestrated by Samsung to promote the Galaxy Note 3 cellphone. Turns out The White House isn't super happy about that.

 

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You can now use emojis to search Yelp

Friday, April 04, 2014

Business review site Yelp has added an update to its mobile app allowing users to search with emojis.

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If Daily Mail readers wrote the headlines

Friday, April 04, 2014

Web designer Richard Westenra has created an ingenious browser plugin that swaps out the headlines from the British tabloid The Daily Mail with user comments about them.

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