Monthly Archives: August 2015

Here Is Your WIRED Star Wars Challenge for Day 120

Time for a late-August Pernilla film fest. The post Here Is Your WIRED Star Wars Challenge for Day 120 appeared first on WIRED.
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AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

 AOL is announcing another acquisition — Kanvas Labs, maker of mobile social apps. An AOL spokesperson told me that the company will continue to offer the existing Kanvas Labs products. Those include photo editing app Kanvas; Kanvas Keyboard, which allows users to include GIFs and stickers in their mobile conversations; and Kanvas for Messenger, which integrates the startup’s… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

I Used Physics to Calculate How Much Yoda Weighs

In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke does a one-armed handstand with Yoda balanced on his foot. Using this, I can estimate the mass of Yoda. The post I Used Physics to Calculate How Much Yoda Weighs appeared first on WIRED.
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Podcasts’ Biggest Problem Isn’t Discovery, It’s Diversity

Apps like Howl are powerful tools for bringing networks’ unknown shows to listeners, but it’s just more of the same. The post Podcasts’ Biggest Problem Isn’t Discovery, It’s Diversity appeared first on WIRED.
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California’s Katrina Is Coming

California’s long-term lack of rain isn’t what keeps engineers, economists, and state water planners awake at night. The post California’s Katrina Is Coming appeared first on WIRED.
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This Girls’ Summer Camp Could Help Change the World of AI

SAILORS—the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory’s Outreach Summer program—is the country’s first AI summer camp for girls. The post This Girls’ Summer Camp Could Help Change the World of AI appeared first on WIRED.
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LG Is Selling A Gold-Plated Version Of Its Watch Urbane Smartwatch For $1,200

 Android fans wanting a touch of gold with their smartwatch — a la the Apple Watch — may be interested to learn of a fancy version of LG’s Watch Urbane. Read More

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Netflix Is Letting A Number Of Hollywood Movies Go In Order To Focus On Exclusives

 Neflix is bidding adieu to a slew of top Hollywood films from Epix as it continues to focus on hosting exclusive content on its service. As joint venture between MGM, Lions Gate Entertainment and Viacom’s Paramount, Epix is a big name in the industry. Read More

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Why Silicon Valley Falls Short When It Comes To Education

 Despite Silicon Valley billionaires’ remarkable track record of innovation, it appears they have decided to throw in the towel on higher education. Each year, many donate millions to old-line American colleges and universities that, together, graduate the same number of engineers as we did 25 years ago. STEM jobs will grow by more than 17 percent in the next decade, but an aging STEM… Read More

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Giffiti Jazzes Up Photos With GIFs

 In the ever-escalating social media arms race, GIFs are the best way to get attention. Static photos are so 2013. But a new app called Giffiti (like graffiti with GIFs) lets you enhance your pics by overlaying animations. 
Announced by Nalin Mittal this month with a simple post on Reddit, Giffiti rocketed to the front page and hit #14 amongst U.S. Entertainment apps on… Read More

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