Ellie Banks

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"SEAGULLS! (Stop It Now)" -- A Bad Lip Reading of The Empire Strikes Back

Microsoft has a master plan to change the world with a new line of super-thin, super-light PCs with cell service

When Microsoft released a new version of the Surface Pro with an LTE cellular modem late last year, it seemed like a routine, if much-anticipated, upgrade to Microsoft's flagship PC.<p>But at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year, Microsoft executives tell me that …

Consumer Tech

I was Mark Zuckerberg's mentor. Today I would tell him: your users are in peril

I am a tech investor, and Facebook is by far my largest investment. Still, for the past 15 months I have been pushing Facebook to sacrifice near term profits. The reason? I want them to address the harm the platform has caused through addiction and exploitation by bad actors. Government watchdogs …

Social Media

HP Spectre x360 15 and ENVY x2 introduced at CES 2018

So far CES 2018 has been all about laptops, notebooks and convertibles; HP isn’t standing on the side and brings the new Spectre x360 15 and ENVY x2 …

Want To Live Forever? Science Says It’s Time To Start Chugging Coffee Now

Good news: Coffee will stunt your growth, just like your mother predicted! Better news: All that growth-stunting could actually be good for you because the stunting it’s doing is in your inflammation pathways. That’s according to a new study out of Stanford University which found that drinking more …

Space mining gets a boost through Luxembourg's new law

American asteroid mining companies are allowed to keep their hauls, but what about European outfits? They should be set from now on. Luxembourg (which already has its own space mining tech) has adopted a draft law that gives private operations the right to keep what they take from asteroids and …

Tolkien biopic to be led by Downton Abbey director

Tolkien’s Catholic faith played a central role in forming his mythology; will this pic ever make it to theaters?<p>After the overwhelming success of <i>The</i> …

Downton Abbey

Twitter Is Now Offering Brands Customer Service Chatbots to Use in Direct Messages

Twitter is upping its chatbot game.<p>To better help brands converse with users and offer customer support, the company is launching two new products …

Whale is the latest app from twitch.tv founder Justin Kan

There’s no two ways about it. Justin Kan is a startup legend. In 2006, he launched Justin.tv, which is credited for popularizing lifestreaming. This later evolved into Twitch.tv, which Amazon bought in 2014 for an eye-watering sum. Kan is also responsible for founding SocialCam, Exec, and The …

App Store

Baby humpback whales star in new PBS series 'Forces of Nature'

The same process that turns the ocean blue also helps humpback whales find the coziest spot for raising their precious 1-ton calves.<p>Water molecules …

The most popular website colors

This image depicts the most commonly-found stylesheet colors on the web's top sites—Paul Hebert did an amazing amount of analysis and this is just …

HTML

Amazon and Pandora are set to launch a new music streaming service

Pandora could announce its plans this to expand its $5-per-month platform this week, with possible features including skipping more songs or storing several hours of playlists, the newspaper said. The company plans to launch a full-fledged on-demand platform by Christmas. Such a platform, priced at …

These Media Plans Represent Creativity at Its Finest, Regardless of Budget

The media business may be changing on a nearly weekly basis, but one constant that will always matter as long as advertising survives is the Big …

How to sleep better and enhance your writing

How's your sleep lately?<p>Sleep isn’t just about being a functioning human being; it also has a lot to do with <i>writing</i>. That’s because sleep affects …

Sleep

Facebook's Lifestage is a video-centric social app for teens

Facebook isn't done launching products designed to capture the Snapchat generation. Its latest attempt after Instagram Stories and live filters? A new standalone, video-centric social app for high school students called Lifestage. To be able to complete your profile, you'd have to take videos and …

Ira Glass Explains Why 'Serial' Became Popular So Much Faster Than 'This American Life'

"It's easier to get people to listen to a podcast right now, I think, than it is to get people to listen to a new show on the radio, for sure."<p>With “Serial” fans anxiously awaiting information on the third season of the acclaimed podcast, “This American Life” host and executive producer Ira Glass …

30 brands with excellent social media strategies

Here are 30 examples...1. General ElectricIf we look at GE's latest social media venture, it's a good example of how the brand turns its own work …

Cancer

Selfie, Shrug, ROFL, Face Palm, Whiskey, Clowns and more among new emoji arriving in June

New emoji are coming! The organization that approves new emoji before they hit your keyboard has just announced 72 more emoji which will be added to the Unicode standard (Unicode 9.0) later this month. This selection includes several fun additions, including those reflective of internet slang – for …

Musk: SpaceX could take humans to Mars in 9 years

Elon Musk believes SpaceX should be able to land humans on Mars nine years from now.<p>Musk reiterated confidence in his Mars timeline at the Code Conference on Wednesday night.<p>"If things go according to plan, we should be able to — we should be able to — launch people in 2024, with arrival in 2025," …

Space Travel

Mississippi Museum of Art

Support<p>Being a private, not-for-profit organization, the Museum depends on donations, gifts, and grants from corporations, foundations, governmental …

Art Galleries

Everything Facebook announced at F8 2016

Two days of Facebook’s F8 Conference have come and gone, so here’s a look back at all the things you may have missed from the event.<p>To learn more about each topic, click the links below for full stories.<p>Mark Zuckerberg kicks off the event… with a Trump takedown<p>It’s not unusual for tech CEOs to make …

Social Media

Key Takeaway From Facebook's F8 Conference: Make Video Shareable

For all the buzz around new product and technology announcements at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference, one statement made in the session titled …

Starbucks launched its own keyboard app so you can text emojis of unicorns drinking coffee

Can the latest app from Starbucks become the next Kimoji? <i>Nah</i>, probably not. But the company this week has released its first consumer-facing app that’s solely focused on entertainment, as opposed to its core business of selling food and drink. Yes, that’s right. Starbucks has its own emoji keyboard …

7 hidden features in the latest Snapchat update

Between motion-tracking emoji and face swapping with saved photos, there's been no shortage of feature-packed Snapchat updates of late.<p>But there's a …

All phones in India to be equipped with panic buttons from 2017

The country's government is hoping to lower the rate of violence against women with phones kitted out with panic buttons and GPS.<p>There were 337,922 crimes against women reported in India in 2014. That's over 900 crimes a day, or around one every two minutes.<p>The country's government hopes to battle …

India

Nintendo's NX game console coming next March

The gaming giant sets a launch date for the Wii U's replacement and pushes back yet again the release of the new Legend of Zelda game.<p>Nintendo's next game console is less than a year away.<p>"For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed …

Retrogaming

Nothing Twitter is doing is working

Jack squat<p>Twitter reported its first quarter earnings today, and they came in under expectations: the company's haul of $595 million was less than the $607.8 million that analysts expected, and so is the $590 million to $610 million it expects to make in the current quarter. The company added 5 …

Safari (Browser)

Dig Gardening? Plant Some Connected Tech This Spring

If you dig gardening, you know it's often a months-long guessing game. Plant seeds, water them, make sure they get the right amount of sunshine, and …