Our favorite remixed Renaissance paintings are now a book of animated GIFs

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Jesus gets on the diving board and does a cannonball. He falls down a flight of stairs, arms waving. Adam mows the lawn while Eve and a serpent sit in lawn chairs, laughing. Diana and her nymphs dance and splash each other with water. James Kerr’s Scorpion Dagger GIFs repurpose works from the old masters into funny, irreverent, and occasionally disturbing animations, which he’s been putting out at this point for two years. Around 700 pieces in, he’s decided to take what he sees as the next logical step: an augmented reality book that gives his collages physical form without losing their central, animated essence.

“It’s kind of a funny evolution of what I’m doing,” says Kerr. “I started by scanning Renaissance paintings out of art books…

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Feast your eyes on KFC Japan’s fried chicken keyboard, mouse, and USB stick

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Greasy food and computers usually don’t mix well, but KFC Japan has an innovative new solution: computer peripherals shaped to look just like fried chicken, or at least a rough approximation. The company is holding a contest to attract more followers on social media, and these plastic works of genius are the rewards. We’re gonna say that the mouse looks as much like an alien larva as a drumstick, but an entirely unique and amazing artifact nonetheless.

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Verizon’s internet TV service coming in mid-2015, may let you pick only channels you want

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Verizon’s internet-based TV service will arrive sometime in mid-2015, CEO Lowell McAdam said today. And apparently the company is finding broad support for its effort. At that time, consumers will be able to subscribe to a programming bundle that includes the big four networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC), and also “custom channels.” McAdam didn’t expand on this much, according to Deadline, but he gave a nod to “very exciting” programming like DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV, which will presumably factor into Verizon’s plans.

There’s even better news, though. At least for, it sounds like Verizon doesn’t want to overwhelm customers with hundreds of channels they have zero interest in ever watching. “Everyone understands it will go to a…

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Apple sees voice messaging as the next wave of digital communication

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Remember Push-To-Talk? Before Blackberry’s ascent, and before the launch of the original iPhone, Nextel’s range of PTT devices were the hottest phones in America. Cell phones were still relatively new at the time, offering high-tech connectivity and voice calls, but PTT devices offered instant connectivity for a hefty price tag. Then, with the rise of smartphones and the death of Motorola flip phones, walkie talkie-like functionality disappeared. Texting was in. Facebook messaging was in. FaceTiming was in. PTT was out. Today, PTT’s signature chirp can only be heard on constructions sites and in taxi cabs.

But, within the last couple years PTT has become popular again, but under a new name — “voice messaging.” As consumers have…

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Mozilla Launches Experimental Tool For Cross-Browser Debugging

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10714240756_fd8e2c7de8_o When you are building Web apps — and especially when you are debugging them — all the subtle differences between the different browsers start coming into play. Testing on every single browser is a hassle and there are no good tools available that help you easily automate these tests, partly because the different browsers’ developer tools can’t talk to each other.… Read More

Voice Marketing Company Ifbyphone Raises $30M More, Acquires Competitor Mongoose Metrics

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ifbyphone Ifbyphone, a maker of voice marketing software, is announcing that it has raised $30 million in additional funding. It’s also revealing one of the main uses for that money — the acquisition of competitor Mongoose Metrics. This doubles Ifbyphone’s funding from $30 million to $60 million. The round comes from new investor NewSpring Capital, as well as previous backers Apex… Read More

Watch Twitter go insane during Apple’s iPhone 6 and Watch event

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There’s really not much to say about this one: it’s a stunning visualization of geolocated tweets in the hours leading up to and during Apple’s iPhone 6 and Watch event on Tuesday. Blue dots are iPhone 6 mentions, red are Apple Watch ones; it’s really easy to tell the exact moments when each was announced on stage.

Did you contribute to this madness, or did you watch the event in a social cone of silence? (Or did you avoid it altogether?)

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These are the least-liked photos on Instagram

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Sometimes you win at Instagram, and sometimes you lose. These are the losers.

It’s a live feed of the least-liked pictures on Instagram, dubbed No Likes Yet and built by Daniël Sumarna, Tal Midyan and Tim Hettler and . Generally, you can tell why, whether it’s bad lighting, weird angles or just a bizarre sense of when it’s appropriate to selfie. If you see anything that’s actually good, you can give out a Like directly from the site, rescuing it from Instagram purgatory — but most of these are here for a reason. Think of it as a learning experience, figuring out what not to do. (You can also see your friends’ least-liked photos, or your own, if you want to get super-critical.) A quick sampling…

Maybe not your best angle.

This is…

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How to ruin Batman with one photo

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Batman doesn’t kill people. So why does his new car showcase a hood-mounted machine gun?

Last night, the director of Batman v. Superman, Zack Snyder, revealed the first clear look at the new batmobile, designed exclusively for his upcoming film. It takes a sharp turn in a disappointing direction for the caped crusader, downgrading Batman from a genius detective to a rich bro with a tank.

Over the past decade, we’ve seen variations of the batmobile in Christopher Nolan’s films. Batman’s bike, tumbler, and plane riffed on the idea of mobility rather than lethality. Batman’s transportation had the singular purpose of closing the gap between point A and B, A being villain and B being Batman.

Now, imagine the the iconic showdown in The…

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