53: Lacey Duke - Music Video & Film Director

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Boom, the startup that wants to build supersonic planes, just signed a massive deal with Virgin

Have you heard about Boom?<p>Boom is a relatively new startup that’s aiming to build something pretty crazy. They’re not building an app… or a social network… or even some new gadget for the Kickstarter crowd.<p>Boom wants to build planes. Really, really, <i>really</i> fast planes.<p>Specifically, they’re trying to …

Aerospace

We're all couch potatoes: 70% of Americans 'binge-watch' TV

According to Deloitte’s 10th annual Digital Democracy Survey, Americans are in love with binge-watching their favorite television shows.<p>The survey says that 70 percent of those surveyed are watching TV shows in binge format, as God intended. In this case “binge” means five or more episodes at a …

Netflix

This headset puts a microphone right in your ear canal

It's been a while since I've cared about advances in Bluetooth headsets, and I would guess that I'm not alone. For years, you've been able to buy a small and decent-enough earpiece for taking calls hands-free, and most people are probably happy enough to use their EarPods for that purpose. That's …

Headphones

Facebook fights harassment with impersonation alerts

Online harassment is bad enough by itself, but it can be particularly insidious when harassers try to impersonate you -- they can easily ruin your reputation with a few bogus posts. Facebook might just have a way for you to fight back, though. It's currently testing an impersonation alert feature …

Facebook

World's comfiest video game is controlled by pillows

Every winter I attend the Game Developers Conference where I meet as many video game creators as can be fit into a five-day itinerary. GDC isn't like E3, Tokyo Game Show, or other flashy conferences in which billion dollar publishers pulverize attendees with deafening pop remixes. The San …

Tokyo Game Show

Microsoft created a teen chatbot named Tay to learn how millennials talk

Microsoft just introduced its latest A.I experiment and it's bizarre.<p>It's called Tay and it's an experimental chatbot meant to embody the personality of a teenage girl. Microsoft launched Tay on Kik, GroupMe and Twitter on Wednesday with the goal of learning how millennials speak.<p>Once you've …

Chatbots

Degreed acquires European education startup Gibbon

Degreed, a startup promising to “jailbreak the college degree,” announced today that it has acquired Gibbon.<p>Degreed offers tools for tracking lifelong learning and earning additional credentials. Gibbon, meanwhile, is supposed to help you learn by curating and sharing playlists of learning-related …

Startups

Pornhub launches VR porn channel with free 360-degree adult videos

Virtual reality porn is quickly becoming a thing.<p>Pornhub, the largest pornography website on the Internet, is the latest company to jump on the VR porn train. The porn site has partnered up with BaDoink, a company that specializes in producing porn videos with 180- and 360-degrees of visual …

Virtual Reality

Eating tacos with Danny Trejo is the best use of VR so far

Danny Trejo is a national treasure. Tacos are delicious. Now you can combine both into a wondrous lunchtime experience thanks to <i>Trejo Eats Tacos in VR</i> from Ganglebot Films. The three-minute YouTube short is set in Trejo's own Los Angeles-based cantina, the eponymously named <i>"</i>Trejos' Tacos." You can …

Los Angeles

JetSmarter puts a jet in your pocket, and is happy to see you

If traveling first class is just a teensy bit too plebeian for you, JetSmarter has you covered. The company lets you book a private jet from your smartphone, and announced today it is expanding into Europe, with scheduled routes between London, Nice, Paris, Geneva and Moscow.<p>JetSmarter claims it is …

Fort Lauderdale

Facebook is reportedly testing a tool for detecting profile imposters

In a move to curb harassment on the service, Facebook is testing a tool that alerts users when their name and profile picture are being used on a new account, <i>Mashable</i> reports. The company says it started testing the feature in November and has since set it live for 75 percent of accounts.<p>According …

Facebook

Taxi-hailing app Curb to relaunch with a new attack plan against Uber

Formerly known as Taxi Magic<p>Curb, the app formerly known as Taxi Magic, is getting a fresh coat of paint and some unique features. The relaunch comes under its new owner, Verifone Systems, a public company based in San Jose that operates the entertainment and payment systems in about half of New …

Uber

Genetically-Modified Maggots Could Help Wounds Heal Faster

Scientists at North Carolina State University are bringing an 18th century wound treatment into the 21st century. They’ve genetically modified …

Biology

Report: Google's placing its own bet on mobile livestreaming with YouTube Connect

It looks like livestreaming is becoming a thing again. In the wake of Twitter’s desire to build out Periscope and Facebook’s eagerness to push Live Videos to the masses, it seems Google does not want to be left behind. According to a report from VentureBeat, which cited a source, Google has built …

Google