Hollywood reviews Michael Bay, the person

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Before Michael Bay had Optimus Prime riding a mechanical dinosaur, he made the original “Got Milk?” television commercial. Over at GQ, Sean Fennessy compiled an intricate series of quotes from Hollywood’s elite that help put the life of the “testosterone-sweating” director into perspective. “Michael Bay has a mainline to the testosterone glands of the American male,” remarked Transformers: Dark of the Moon actor Frances McDormand, one of the over 60 people who gave their testimonials to GQ.

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Art Galleries App ArtBinder Raises $3.17M In Round Led By Index Ventures

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ipad-solution ArtBinder, an app and platform which allows art galleries to present artworks remotely, has raised $3.17 million in a Series A funding round led by Index Ventures. Additional investors include: Leon Black, CEO and Founder Apollo Global Management; Matt Cohler former VP of Product at Facebook; Adam Freed, former COO of Etsy; Bruce Gibney, former partner at Founders Fund; Ben Sontheimer, CEO… Read More

Boston’s solar-powered benches can charge your phone

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Visitors at select Boston-area parks will soon be able to sit, relax, and charge their mobile devices. Dubbed “Soofas,” these solar-powered benches will also disseminate location-based information such as noise, temperature, and air pollution levels through a website, according to Yahoo Tech. The high-tech amenity was first piloted in 2013, and has since been upgraded to include a larger seating area and the ability to plug in two phones simultaneously via USB. In the future, Soofas may feature inductive charging stations similar to those being deployed in Starbucks outlets through out the US.

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UberX Wages War On Bay Area Taxis With 25% Price Cut

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Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 7.14.37 PM If Uber’s intent to put taxis out of business wasn’t clear already, the email it just sent SF Bay Area users should make it crystal. “We just dropped uberX fares by 25%, making it 45% cheaper than a taxi.” No matter how much people want hard-working cabbies to be able to support their families, uberX is now just too much cheaper for most people to ignore in San… Read More

FBI, CIA Join NSA In “Backdoor” Searches On Americans

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Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 5.29.58 PM Thousands of Americans were targets of so-called “backdoor” warrantless surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies last year, according to a letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden. The missive, written by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to the Senator in response to a question posed earlier this month, is plainspoken. The Office also stated that… Read More

Samsung SSD 850 Pro (128GB, 256GB & 1TB) Review: Enter the 3D Era

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Over the last three years, Samsung has become one of the most dominant players in the SSD industry. Samsung’s strategy has been tight vertical integration ever since the beginning, which gives Samsung the ability to be in the forefront of new technologies. That is a massive advantage because ultimately all the parts need to be designed and optimized to work properly together. The first fruit of Samsung’s vertical integration was the SSD 840, which was the first mass produced SSD to utilize TLC NAND and gave Samsung a substantial cost advantage. Even today, the SSD 840 and its successor, the 840 EVO, are still the only TLC NAND based SSDs shipping in high volume. Now, two years later, Samsung is doing it again with the introduction of the SSD 850 Pro, the world’s first consumer SSD with 3D NAND.

US National Archives To Upload All Holdings To Wikimedia Commons

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wikipedia Ever since the National Archives and Record Administration launched the Open Government Plan in 2010, it has increasingly been uploading content to Wikipedia to digitize and gain a wider reach for its holdings. But all this time, uploading its digitized holdings to the Wikimedia Commons was a side project. Now, as mentioned in the 2014 Open Government Plan published earlier this month, the… Read More

Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

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EDWARD-SNOWDEN_2599507b A court permitted the National Security Agency to collect information about governments in 193 countries and foreign institutions like the World Bank, according to a secret document the Washington Post published Monday. The certification issued by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2010 shows the NSA has the authority to “intercept through U.S. companies not just the… Read More

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