Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Popcorn Time is just like Netflix, but everything is pirated.
- Polygon examines everything that went wrong with the "Street Fighter" movie.
- People are selling their organs on Facebook.
Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green announced Monday she is leaving her role as leader of hardware development to lead the My Life & Work team inside the Applications and Services Group.
Larson-Green, who announced the move in an internal memo obtained by GeekWire, also will serve as chief experience officer for the division, which oversees online services such as Bing, Outlook.com, MSN, and SkyDrive. She will report to Qi Lu, who runs the Applications and Services Group.
Before taking over development of hardware such as the Xbox and Surface last July, Larson-Green was tapped to lead all Windows software and … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Nokia will have to walk a fine line when it comes to selling its recently unveiled Nokia X family of smartphones.
While Nokia X and its brethren will run on Android, they are far from Android phones. That could lead to customer confusion as the company has largely focused on Microsoft's Windows Phone operating for its primary line of smartphones, and its older Symbian operating system for its Asha line of starter smartphones.
"We're going to have to be deliberate," said Stephen Elop, head of devices for Nokia, in an interview with CNET … Read more
An update on Wednesday night brought Retina display support to the iPad e-book app of "A New Kind of Science," Stephen Wolfram's mammoth tome on mathematics, computing, cellular automata, and the nature of the universe.
Ordinarily, you'd think that would be a good thing. But for this particular project, it reveals how much more needs to be done to really meet the potential.
NKS, as it's called for short, embodies decades of Wolfram's work. An entire business -- Wolfram Research's Mathematica software for mathematical analysis and visualization -- grew out of a mere … Read more
Now that it's official that Satya Nadella is Microsoft's next CEO, it's time to ponder what happens with some of the other leading company insiders who didn't get the nod.
As part of the search process, the Microsoft CEO search committee considered not only more than a few outsiders, but also a number of internal candidates as possible replacements for now ex-CEO Steve Ballmer. From conversations I've had with various contacts, I think the committee gave at least passing consideration to most of the members of Microsoft's senior leadership team.
That means all the … Read more
To blog, or not to blog: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer.
In a battle worthy of Shakespeare's famous scene in Hamlet, some members of the academic world have been raging. No, the fight wasn't about revenge for murder, it was about whether scholars should be allowed to blog.
The International Studies Association, a scholarly association with 6,200 members, announced on Monday that editors of its journals should be banned from blogging, according to the Guardian. The group said that the move was necessary for "maintaining and promoting a professional … Read more
Wait, so my life may not have disappeared down a black hole after all?
There is a chance for it to emerge and bloom like the career of David Hasselhoff?
It's charming when a phrase enters the language and we think we all know what it means. In the case of "black hole," we think of an infinity of black nothingness that swallows everything that slips into it.
But now, in a new paper called "Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes," Stephen Hawking has cast the cat among the black, holey pigeons and caused a scattering of incomprehension.… Read more
If you're not going to fight, Stephen Colbert is going to do it for you.
The legendary campaigner against all things unfair and irrational has suddenly heard that his access to free sex might be threatened.
Yes, Net neutrality might drift into the ether currently occupied by privacy, security, and reality singing shows.
This might have a catastrophic effect on human freedoms. Or merely human doms.
What if Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and their brethren carve up the Internet, thereby carving greater chunks out of our pockets?
The Web was built on equality.
Therefore, he argued: "Under Net … Read more
How much do you love the marvelous British actor, comedian, author, and self-proclaimed gadget addict Stephen Fry? If you love him enough to carry him around with you, you'll be happy to know he finally has his own miniature gaming figure.
Preorder your very own miniature Fry as Master of Lake-town from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" for $20. The resin figure is for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" Strategy Battle Game (PDF) and comes unpainted and requires assembly. Games Workshop recommends Citadel Super Glue and Citadel Paint. … Read more