We discuss the eagle video being a fake, a photo of Mount Everest in 2 billion pixels, Dropbox has acquired Snapjoy, Twitter gets a new COO, Tim Cook is the runner up for person of the year, EFF Patent project backed by Mark Cuban and 'Notch', 'Cut the Rope' creators come out with new game, and Boeing uses potatoes to simulate humans.
Today, the Quebec-based National Animation and Design Centre (Centre NAD) admitted in a press release the video had been produced by four of its students: Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault, Antoine Seigle, and Félix Marquis-Poulin. The eagle and the infant were both products of 3D animation and the video had originated in a class of theirs, "Atelier de simulation de production."
Today, Wired can exclusively report that Marc Blank and Dave Lebling, two of the co-founders of Infocom and co-creators of Zork, will be honored with the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Pioneer Award at the DICE Summit in February. The award is given to the gamemakers whose groundbreaking early work laid the foundations of the multi-billion-dollar videogame industry. Previous recipients include David Crane, creator of Pitfall!, and Asteroids designer Ed Logg.
The photo is part of a broader project called GlacierWorks by the mountaineer Breashears, who made the much-acclaimed IMAX documentary “Everest.”
Snapjoy announced today that it has been purchased by cloud storage firm Dropbox. Snapjoy is a startup focused on aggregating photos from various sharing services -- such as Picasa, Flickr and Instagram -- and devices, providing users access to them in one place via a web interface and iOS app.
In move that shuffles some of the highest ranking members of the microblogging start-up’s executive team, Ali Rowghani has been named chief operating officer of Twitter, according to a change in his Twitter profile, shifting into the role that CEO Dick Costolo once held only a few years ago.
America's broken patent system needs major reform to protect innovators and the public. Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is announcing a major new boost to its patent work: a half-million dollars in funding from entrepreneur Mark Cuban and game developer Markus "Notch" Persson.
Tubular, a small San Francisco start-up that provides analytics for YouTube content creators, has raised $2.5 million in venture capital in the latest sign of how far the business ecosystem has evolved around the Google-owned video repository.
The social giant is putting the brakes on a test it launched earlier this year that let it place its own ads on other developer’s mobile apps.
Tomorrow, ZeptoLab plans to release its first game unrelated to “Cut the Rope” since the debut of the flagship franchise and its green baby monster, which spawned plush toys and cartoons. “Pudding Monsters,” the new game for Apple and Android mobile platforms, presents players with puzzles involving gooey cyclops creatures. Players shift and combine the blobs to move through each course.
From the makers of Cut the Rope, Pudding Monsters is a deliciously addicting puzzle adventure with wacky characters and innovative stick-'em-together game-play.
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The changes — which were outlined in an ABC report earlier this month — are designed to give users easier access to and awareness of ways that they can control the privacy of their information on the site. A new privacy shortcut menu has been added to the main bar that runs across the site. There’s also a new ‘privacy settings and tools’ page that displays a simplified overview of privacy options and lets users opt out of having content from their Timeline indexed by search engines.
Over the past few weeks, Apple has started work on a new 39-acre campus that will be the future home of the company’s America’s Operations Center.
“We aren’t happy with the user experience and we don’t need the money,” he said.
The sacks of potatoes replicate the way human passengers reflect and absorb electronic signals, said Boeing spokesman Adam Tischler.
At long last, Tumblr has just pushed out an update to its iOS app which adds full compatibility with the iPad and iPad mini. Tumblr built for the big screen includes sleek sidebar navigation buttons, a new radial menu for composing posts, and of course "native" elements that make posts load a whole lot faster.
Despite the concerns about a crunch, the reality is that the level of Series A activity is holding steady. At the same time, the number of seed deals have exploded. As a result, the Series A Crunch is nothing more than excessive demand for a limited supply of Series A financings.
As usual, it’s chock-full of interesting statistics about how U.S. consumers use the Internet, but the most interesting statistic is probably that the overall online penetration rate in the U.S. has stabilized at 79 percent (the same number Forrester found in 2011). That’s the percentage of U.S. adults that go online at least monthly. What has changed, however, is how many adults go online at least daily: In 2011, that was 78 percent of U.S. adults, and in 2012, Forrester reports that 84 percent now go online at least once per day.
LG has refined its Magic Remote controller with language recognition so that you can talk to your smart TV remote similar to Siri, the voice assistant feature on iOS.
draw.io is an online diagramming application and github project. It features the full range of visual configuration you expect, as well as web application features such as a full range of export options, a large collection of icons, real-time collaboration and embedded widget sharing.
Markus "Notch" Persson, creator of the indie game Minecraft, talks with Dan Benjamin about inspiration, creativity, and the future of gaming.
In early October, Time LightBox asked Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza to reflect on his time photographing President Barack Obama in a feature story that included a great sampling of his work. One of the stand-out images shows Obama pretending to be caught in Spider-Man’s web in the Outer Oval Office. The young “Spider-Man” is the son of a White House staffer.