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Aereo takes on broadcasters before the Supreme Court

AOL launching ad-supported streaming movie service

AOL is getting into the streaming movies game. According to Variety, AOL will launch an ad-supported streaming movies section next Tuesday, April 30th, initially featuring "tens of films" from Miramax, the studio behind breakout pictures including Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and There Will Be Blood, among many others. The film selection will rotate on a monthly basis, and the initial...

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BASE jumpers set record by jumping off the Burj Khalifa

Daredevls Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet broke the world record for the highest BASE jump earlier this week by flinging themselves off the top of the 2,717-feet tall Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai. The jump was sponsored by the skydiving resort Skydive Dubai, which constructed a small platform at the top of the building in order to make the jump possible. The gentleman jump together and curve around the building like flying squirrels, trailing red plumes behind them for effect.

People have jumped before from the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, but this is the first time anyone's done it from the very top.

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Samsung opens museum to own the history of 'innovation'

Samsung Electronics is marking its 45th anniversary today by opening the Samsung Innovation Museum in Suwon, South Korea. “The Samsung Innovation Museum brings together some of the true historical masterpieces of electronics innovation," said CEO Kwon Oh-hyun at the opening event. "These inventions laid the technological foundation that allowed us to develop and refine products that enhance...

"...An opportunity to see where we’ve come from and also see where Samsung draws inspiration from." Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung CEO

Edit image text with this useful Chrome extension

Meme generation might never be the same again. Project Naptha is a browser extension that lets users select, copy, edit and translate text from any image — so long as it is under 30 degrees of rotation. The plug-in runs on the Stroke Width Transform algorithm Microsoft Research invented for text detection in natural scenes. It also provides the option of using Google's open-source OCR engine...

Drowning simulator uses terror to promote life jackets

The film that plays when you visit interactive life jacket awareness website Sortie En Mer begins optimistically. You watch from the first-person perspective of a man sailing on a calm, blue ocean. Your friend, coming up from below deck, notes the beautiful weather. You ask him to take the wheel, and steps to the front of the boat to adjust the sails. It's there that the story takes a darker turn: you're knocked into the sea by a swinging boom, and left to flounder as your friend tries, and fails, to bring the boat around.

Sortie En Mer's forced perspective makes for a harrowing experience...

Apple ad uses the Pixies to promote new tagline: 'You're more powerful than you think'

An Apple advertisement airing on major networks tonight uses an alternative-rock classic to promote a new tagline for the iPhone 5S. A crowdsourced version of the Pixies' "Gigantic" plays in the ad, which unveils a new tagline: "You're more powerful than you think." The ad itself shows off the iPhone's content creation features — music is a major part of the commercial, but gaming, photography, videography, and even a language translation app are also highlighted. You can watch the commercial below.

Agreement means Google will back Samsung in spat with Apple

A legal agreement made between Samsung and Google means that the Android-maker is bound to lend a hand in the event that Samsung loses its current battle with Apple. In court today, Apple disclosed some terms of a Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA) between Samsung and Google, including a clause that asks for Google to compensate Samsung.

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Why Nike is getting out of the wearable game

After great success with the release of the Grimace pogo stick and the Hamburglar jump rope, we are sad to announce that the McNugget Pedometer will end its run next week. While the team behind the device was and still is very proud of it, the number of devices sold has not met our expectations....



Twitter blocks three whistleblower accounts in Turkey

Today, Twitter instituted countrywide blocks in Turkey on three accounts, which Turkish courts had ruled were in violation of the country's laws. The three accounts (two of which used the same "Haramzadeler" monkier) played a major role in leaking incriminating details about government corruption. In March, the struggle over those accounts led to a wholesale crackdown on Twitter, which was later lifted. Now, the government has settled for simply blocking the accounts for Twitter users...



The first commercial drone test site is now operational

The first of six testing sites for commercial drones is officially operational. Today, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that a site in North Dakota has been certified to begin tests with the Draganflyer X4ES, a roughly 3-foot-wide,...


Beats Music said to be struggling with subscriber count in 'the low six figures'

Just because millions of consumers wear your headphones doesn't mean they're going to use your streaming music service. That's apparently a lesson Beats is learning the hard way. Billboard reports that Beats Music is off to a slow start and has put together disappointing subscription numbers in its first 100 days since launch. The total paid subscriber count is said to be somewhere in the "low six figures" range. And that's after a generous free trial window and a major marketing push. Beats...


Mastermind of Comcast scam that lowered customer bills by $2.4 million pleads guilty

Two men in Pennsylvania helped thousands of Comcast customers lower their monthly bill through an illegal scheme, and now they're going to jail because of it. For more than a year, Alston Buchanan and Richard Spraggins discreetly took payments between $75 and $150 from 5,790 local Comcast subscribers. In exchange, they shaved down the monthly fees that each customer owed, ultimately robbing the cable and internet provider of $2.4 million. Buchanan and Spraggins allegedly paid off a Comcast...


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