I just spent an hour playing with this ‘interactive music video’ and now I’m scared

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Embedded above is a music video for Ty Segall’s “Manipulator.” But that’s not the way to experience this. Instead, head over to Segall’s page and, after a few minutes of loading, get ready to click anything and everything in this so-called “interactive music video.” There are three scenes in all, and more than a dozen things to alter in each scene. According to designer Simon Wiscombe, “all in all there are about 3.1 * 10^31 different combinations.”

So let’s give it a shot.

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TechCrunch Giveaway: Free Tickets To The 2014 Future Stack Conference

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unnamed-2 The team at New Relic is excited to send 10 of our TechCrunch readers to the 2014 Future Stack Conference, taking place on October 8th-9th at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Enter our giveaway below, and you could join 1,000+ of your fellow data lovers next month for this 2 day event.
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A Better Look At What’s Next For Windows

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screen-shot-2014-07-11-at-8-54-02-am Two important things happened this week in Windows: It became more evident that the Windows Phone branding that Microsoft has pressed for years is likely set to fade, and Windows 9 was detailed in greater focus thanks to a large leak. The two events are linked, given that Microsoft is widely expected to better unite Windows, Windows RT, and Windows Phone. There won’t be three… Read More

The iPod is gone, but not forgotten

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Apple finally killed off the original, click wheel, hard drive iPod this week. A lot of people barely noticed, because we were too busy gawking at a watch that isn’t really a watch. However, for a generation of music-lover, the iPod was the consumer electronics product of the last decade. It brought Apple back from the dead, birthed a whole new family of iDevices, and literally changed the way we interact with music. In some ways for worse, in some ways for the better.

Mat Honan at Wired has put together a fitting eulogy for the iPod that made me remember just how exciting a prospect it was to have your entire music library in your pocket. And a huge part of that reason wasn’t the technology — it’s because so many of us used to define…

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Y Combinator Wants You (To Solve Big Problems)

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ycombinator In its last Demo Day, Y Combinator showcased startups that are seeking to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. As in, nuclear energy, health, and quantum computing–all things that are (arguably) more important than how to get food delivered to your piehole using the most direct route possible. And Y Combinator isn’t done looking for companies that can have a wide… Read More

Apple says iPhone 6 pre-orders set new overnight record

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Apple today revealed that overnight pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record, suggesting that consumers are indeed eager to get their hands on larger iPhones along with new features like Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payments platform. “Response to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been incredible with a record number of preorders overnight,” an Apple spokesperson told Recode in a statement. That demand probably has something to do with the problems users experienced when trying to reserve an iPhone from Apple’s web store last night. AT&T has also said it’s seeing more demand at this early stage than it did for overnight pre-orders of the iPhone 5 and last year’s iPhone 5S.

So that’s positive news for Apple, though…

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Apple reportedly spent more than $100 million on the new U2 album

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Apple CEO Time Cook and U2 frontman Bono made big news this week when they announced that the band’s new album would be distributed, at no charge, to the roughly 500 million people with an iTunes account. But as Bono made clear on stage, someone had to make up the difference. “First you would have to pay for it,” he told Cook, “because we’re not going in for the free music around here.”

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Sesame Lets You Order Themed Gift Sets From Your iPad

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sesame-box-doorstep-ground1 Web and mobile gifting service Sesame, which lets you browse and order themed gift sets online or from your iPhone, has now rolled out to iPad. The updated application lets you get a better feel for the gifts you’re ordering, by including “unboxing” videos that show how the gifts were packaged and what they look like in real life. In addition, “hot spots” now… Read More

Zynga, Scopely Exec Leaves To Start Mobile Studio MobLabs

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Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 10.40.42 AM Andy Kleinman, who was chief business officer at Los Angeles-based gaming company Scopely and a general manager at Zynga, left the company to start a mobile products-focused studio called MobLabs. Kleinman previously co-founded Vostu, a Latin American social gaming company, and later joined Three Melons, a studio that was acquired by Playdom (which was later acquired by Disney). Then he… Read More

The Death of the iPod Classic

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Apple will no longer sell the iPod Classic. Mat Honan reflects on the end of a thing that was, itself, the end of something else.

I miss the time when we were still defined by our music. When our music was still our music. I miss being younger, with a head full subversive ideas; white cables snaking down my neck, stolen songs in my pocket. There will never be an app for that.

Information “wants to be rented.”

Etsy bans sale of merchandise with Redskins name and logo

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Etsy is banning its merchants from selling products that include the Washington Redskins’ name and logo, writing in a blog post this week that the decision was made because the team’s name is “disparaging and damaging to Native Americans.” Etsy has had a longstanding policy that prohibits many hateful or demeaning products from being sold on its marketplace, including hateful products referencing race, religion, and gender.

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