WATCH: incredible archer shows his skills

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Lars Anderson is an amazing archer. He is the opposite of modern competitive archers who are stationary and shoot at distant targets. His runs and jumps on walls while he shoots, maintaining deadly accuracy. He can fire three arrows in 0.6 seconds. He can leap in the air to catch and arrow, load it, and hit a target before his feet hit the ground.

He’s almost as good as the slingshot guy!

The Vergecast 137: Business hole

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It’s been quite the week, as evidenced by the fact the Dieter has been awake for a full 24 hours at this point. We’ve got BIll Gates, holograms, local Super Bowl ads, and a tired variation on a classic genre we like to call “lazy jazz.” Join Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Chris Plante, and his Swaggesty Sam Sheffer on a journey through time and incoherence on this week’s show.

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NHL will broadcast live GoPro footage during games

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GoPro is about to bring NHL fans a lot closer to the ice. GoPro has partnered with the NHL to provide its small, rugged cameras for use during live broadcasts of the league’s games. This includes first-person footage broadcast from players’ helmets and footage captured from cameras around the rink and inside the goals. The NHL intends to start using live GoPro footage during the All-Star Skills Competition on January 24th and potentially during the All-Star Game the following day.

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Bud Light’s Super Bowl ad puts a man in the middle of a life-size Pac-Man game

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For many people, the big budget, celebrity-exploiting commercials are the best part of the Super Bowl, and Budweiser is responsible for some of the most popular ones. It doesn’t look like that’s going to change in 2015. This year, Bud Light is appealing to America’s fondness for nostalgia and super-sized things with a life-size Pac-Man game.

Dreams do come true

In the commercial, one lucky dudebro, after accepting a crisp Bud Light, gets to enter the maze. He’s shoved into a dubstep-soundtracked stadium and a woman with a microphone says, “You. Are. Pac-Man.” He darts through the maze — sweaty, exhilarated, kind of drunk. The floor is lined with glowing pac-dots and around every corner are big, waddling ghosts, waiting to cause…

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What Do Uber, Zenefits And Public Health In A Kenyan Slum Have In Common?

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slum The old saw about effective management goes, “You get what you measure.” Today, whether you call it growth hacking or business intelligence, successful large corporations and lean young startups have become fanatical about measuring their customers. The leaders of the pack – like Uber (which collects data on the supply and demand of their riders and drivers) and Zenefits… Read More

Shout Offers A New Take On Location-Based Social Networking By Ditching Anonymity

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shout-art A new application called Shout is offering a twist on location-based mobile social networking, with a newly launched app that lets you post messages shared with those in your immediate vicinity, or even citywide. The idea is similar in some ways to the popular anonymous social app Yik Yak, which also lets you post things to be shared with those nearby, except for a key difference: on Shout,… Read More

Comcast’s CEO called the White House to talk it out of strong net neutrality rules

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For as much as Comcast loves to say that it’s in favor of an open internet, it sure doesn’t like hearing about strong net neutrality regulation. According to The Wall Street Journal, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts actually called up one of Obama’s top advisors last year to lobby against strict net neutrality rules. The call was reportedly made just days before Obama came out in favor of Title II reclassification, the type of net neutrality enforcement that advocates want. Roberts is said to have made it clear that, whatever the White House was planning, Comcast was opposed to it. Evidently, his lobbying effort didn’t pan out.

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This Ghostface Killah video reimagines a 1970s noir with aliens and ray guns

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Next month, thick-tongued Wu Tang member Ghostface Killah and Toronto alt-funk trio BadBadNotGood will release their collaborative LP, Sour Soul. It’s an unlikely pairing, but the tracks they’ve released so far — like the crunchy boom-bap single “Gunshowers” — show an exciting inclination for future-swiped ’70s funk. They take that inclination even further in the above video for the MF Doom-featuring “Ray Gun,” which recruits Odd Future rapper Left Brain as its star.

Neon-lit strip clubs, low-riders, and tarot cards

The clip, directed by Rob Schroeder of Lodger Films, is set in a retro-noir city, complete with neon-lit strip clubs, low-riders, tarot cards, gold teeth as currency, and dead-eyed damsels. Left Brain, wearing a mask that…

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Voting For The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards Closes Next Week

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crunchies We need you to vote for the Crunchies. It’s important. Every year TechCrunch and VentureBeat join together to celebrate the best technology and startups of the previous year. But you, our dear readers, decide who wins. Vote below. As last year’s host John Oliver noted so astutely, the Crunchies are “like the Nobel Prizes being given out, if Nobel Prizes were given out in… Read More

iSwapp Is A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Swapping Your Unwanted Stuff

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IMG_2895 Craigslist, ever extant, still lumbers like some forgotten Jurassic leviathan in the fading light of classified ads. But what’s that rustling in the hedge? Why it’s iSwapp, a clever solution to person-to-person commerce that encourages buyers and sellers to meet at a neutral location as soon as the whim hits. Founded by Christopher Hall, Mohammed Mosayed, Nahid Hassan, and Juan… Read More

Box Skyrockets 50% To More Than $21 Per Share In First Minutes As A Public Company

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levie Bam. Today Box opened at around $20.50, far above its $14 IPO price, giving the company a valuation of around $2.5 billion. The company was valued at just under $1.7 billion at $14 per share. Box picked up $175 million in the transaction. It is worth noting that the gap between Box’s last private valuation — $2.4 billion — and its IPO valuation will likely be completely… Read More

FilterEasy Raises $1.2 Million To Help You Remember To Change Your Home’s Air Filter

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airfilter When was the last time you changed your home’s air filter? If you’re like me and the majority other homeowners across the U.S., this routine home maintenance task is easy to forget because filters are only changed every few months or so. But the costs of not changing the filter are high: reduced air quality, higher energy bills, and, over time, dirty air filters can even… Read More

Any.do launches desktop app for Macs

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To-do list app Any.do is coming to Macs today, with a new desktop app available for download from the App Store. The new software integrates with the OS X Notification Center, adds reminders for upcoming deadlines, and displays a badge in the launcher for outstanding tasks — exactly the sort of cross-platform support that has become a must-have for the best to-do list apps. “The Mac ecosystem is a huge market we haven’t even touched yet,” said Any.do CEO Omer Perchik in a statement announcing the app. “With the launch of Any.do for Mac, we believe more and more people will learn about Any.do for the first time.”

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Game of Thrones’ Sansa Stark is Jean Grey in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse

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Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse marches on. The director announced late last night that he had casted Storm, Jean Grey, and Cyclops — roles originally held by Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, and James Marsden, respectively, in the original X-Men trilogy. Given that the new movie takes place both years prior to 2000’s X-Men (and also presumably in a separate timeline, cf. Days of Future Past), Singer went for younger talent that could grow into this timeline.

Sophie Turner, best known as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, will play the telepath Jean Grey….

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iHeartRadio Hits 60 Million Registered Users

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iHeartMedia 02 iHeartMedia has today announced that its iHeartRadio streaming music service has surpassed 60 million registered users. That puts iHeartMedia’s streaming property well out ahead of Spotify, with less than 20 million registered users, and it leaves iHeartRadio on a much faster growth track than Pandora, currently at around 70 million users. Remember, iHeartRadio only came on the scene… Read More

Vice News Offers Immersive Report On The ‘Millions March’ Protest Using VR

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phpovfebx Virtual reality promises a lot of potential changes to the way we experience the world, but the ramifications it has for how we tell stories might be among the most interesting. Vice News is offering a glimpse into what news broadcasting might look like when VR is omnipresent with a report on the New York Millions March from December, where people rallied to protest the killings by police of… Read More

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