Hit-and-run suspect to victim: “Look what you did to my car”

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Ryan Hamilton might not have seen the Nissan Altima coming outside of his home in New Jersey. After all, it was 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday. By the time its driver had run him over, then run him over twice again in an attempt to get away, he probably knew it was there. And when the driver told him “Look what you did to my car,” it’s a fair bet he knew what had struck him. Read the rest

Suits Optional As New Digital Team Moves Into The West Wing

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Mikey Dickerson Mikey Dickerson, the engineer credited with saving the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, moved into the White House earlier this month to lead the new U.S. Digital Service (USDS). But just because he’s working a few steps from the Oval Office, Dickerson said he won’t be changing his style. “People are putting up with me walking around [Executive Office Building] and the… Read More

Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

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PlayStation 4 Earlier this month, Sony announced that it has already sold 10 million units of its PlayStation 4 game console since its launch last November, a record-setting figure for the company’s hardware. In an interview with Eurogamer published yesterday, SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida admitted that the company doesn’t really know why its console is doing so well in… Read More

A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

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Internet of Things smart home For the last few years there has been a lot of talk in the venture capital industry about automating the home and leveraging Internet-enabled devices for various functions in manufacturing and the traditional workplace. The first wave of this was the use of the smartphone as a remote control, like the Nest’s ability to allow consumers to control their thermostat using their smartphone.… Read More

Weird new Twitter feature lets you build an Acura right inside a tweet

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Twitter has been throwing caution to the wind lately, what with the addition of random tweets to users’ timelines“Buy Now” buttons, and a font tweak that set the typographical world ablaze. Now we’re seeing an interesting new use of Twitter cards in advertising: Acura has built a rudimentary configurator for its new TLX model right into a tweet, which lets you choose an engine, a drivetrain, and a color before offering the option of sending an image of the kitted-out vehicle to your followers.

Ironically, Acura isn’t really known for innovating on design — but it can apparently innovate on social media. The configurator even works on Twitter’s mobile apps (though not in embeds, it seems).

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Move Over, Uber, SF Residents Can “Yo” A Smart Car To Take Them Anywhere They Want Tomorrow

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Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 2.36.39 PM A very gimmicky Mercedes-Benz campaign hopes to tap into the SF tech millennial market tomorrow by offering free rides in its smart electric vehicles to anyone who sends them a “Yo.”
Starting at noon on August 21, smart will place pop-up signs at two outdoor locations in San Francisco – one in the Mission and one in SoMa. Anyone who reads the sign and then sends out a… Read More

This Japanese music video is quite strange

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This is a very weird music video. It starts out seeming like glitchcore, a bunch of 3D models rotating on what feels like a desktop. (Some of it seems to actually be photoshop?) From there, we pass lightly through a seapunk waterfall and into something genuinely unheard of, a kind of tunnel of pixely stock art, digital tatami floors and what appears to be a golden dolphin. The teens are calling it CADcore, a more aggressive variant of renderscape. Mostly, it’s bewildering.

My theory is that all this is actually taking place inside the iMac that we see being smashed on the side of the road. Everything else is a hallucination of the now-broken machine, a massive system failure seen from the inside. Eventually, all the objects the computer…

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Facebook will now pay you money to find bugs in the Oculus Rift

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Here’s a new way to support your expensive VR habit: hunt for flaws in the code for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, software development kit (SDK), and website.

Facebook just announced it is incorporating Oculus, which it acquired in March for $2 billion, into its infamous bug bounty program.

Under the program, individual security researchers who report bugs to Facebook may be financially rewarded. The minimum reward is $500, and there is no cap on the maximum. Facebook paid out $1.5 million in bug bounties last year.

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Robots kidnap a human in the first trailer for dark sci-fi film ‘Automata’

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With just its first trailer, Automata easily takes a place beside Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar on the list of the best-looking sci-fi films coming this year. The film takes place in a dark future where robots are quickly gaining consciousness, and things go bad when a small number of them actually become sentient and kidnap a human. What really is sentience and humanity and true thought? Sure, these questions have all been explored before, but with its Blade Runner-esque vision and District 9-kind of grittiness, it looks like Automata will have an interesting take on it all. Plus, Javier Bardem plays a robot, which is pretty great. It’ll be released on October 10th.

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The awesome oldies mix from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is still the best-selling album in the country

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There are a lot of good things about Guardians of the Galaxy. Groot is one. The fact that Vin Diesel plays Groot is another. Chris Pratt is also awesome. But one of the very best things about the summer blockbuster is its soundtrack, the “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” that even factors into the plot of the movie. By some alchemical mix of the movie itself and the combined excellence of the Jackson 5, David Bowie, Redbone, and the Raspberries, this collection of music from the ’70s has now spent two consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200. It’s estimated to have sold 93,000 copies in the previous week (down from 109,000 the week previous), putting it firmly above the “Now 51” collection and the never-dying Frozen soundtrack. Take that,…

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Verizon can’t tell new HTC phones apart in its latest ad

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Can you spot the difference in the two phones pictured above? Yes, one is black and the other is white. They’re also running different operating systems. But in its latest ad, Verizon apparently thinks they’re both HTC’s One M8, which the carrier just got as an exclusive on the Windows Phone side. The phone on the right is actually an HTC One Remix, a smaller version of the HTC One M8 that Verizon started carrying last month. Verizon’s also positioning the One M8 Windows Phone version as “another Verizon exclusive,” despite the fact that AT&T says it’s getting it too.

Whoops.

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