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30 Jul 09:35

Popcorn Time Adds Apple TV Support, iOS App Coming Soon

by Ernesto

popcornThe Popcorn Time phenomenon is one of the biggest piracy stories of the year thus far.

The software became an instant hit by offering BitTorrent-powered streaming in an easy-to-use Netflix-style interface.

While the original app was shut down by the developers after a few weeks, the project was quickly picked up by others. This resulted in several popular forks that have gained millions of users in recent months.

Today one of the most popular Popcorn Time forks releases a highly anticipated feature. The developers inform TorrentFreak that the latest version now has Airplay support, making it possible to stream movies directly to Apple TVs and other supported devices.

Ironically, Airplay support is currently limited to the Windows release, but a Mac version is due early next week and the Linux release will follow shortly after.

The latest feature follows the addition of Chromecast support a few weeks ago, but this is by no means the last planned development.

Popcorn Time adds Airplay support

Looking ahead the developers hope to bring the Popcorn Time experience to as many operating systems and devices as possible.

“Our ultimate goal is to bring Popcorn Time to every platform, operating system and device that can play videos, so Airplay is one particle of a huge revolution we’re making to the torrents and movies world online,” the team told us.

“This is only the beginning… You know us, we have many more surprises coming your way,” they add.

One of the “surprises” is a native iOS app. Although it probably won’t be featured in Apple’s App Store anytime soon, Popcorn Time will be available on jailbroken iPhones and iPads in the near future.

“Support for iOS devices will be ready in August. It’s already working in our development environment and it’s looking beautiful,” the team notes.

Popcorn Time’s popularity hasn’t gone unnoticed by Hollywood. A few weeks ago the MPAA pushed back and managed to get two popular forks removed from Github claiming that the apps are hurting the major movie studios.

While this was a setback, it doesn’t seem to have hindered development much. Both Popcorn Time forks are still around and new features are being rolled out faster than ever.

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

11 Jul 15:00

Bike Safety System Uses Radar to Track Approaching Cars

by delana
[ Filed under Transportation & in the Bikes & Cycles category ]

backtracker cycling safety system

Even for experienced cyclists, riding along busy stretches of roads or highways can be harrowing. There are too many drivers who don’t want to share the street with bicycles and drive aggressively; there are even more who just aren’t paying attention to their surroundings. For the brave cyclists who choose to travel on two wheels anyway, the Backtracker provides a “sixth sense” to keep them safe.

backtracker front module

The Backtracker is a two-piece system which can tell cyclists when cars are approaching from behind. The front module fits onto the bike’s handlebar assembly and acts as a visual cue relating to what’s happening behind the cyclist. When a car is approaching, the display indicates how close it is and how quickly it is approaching. It can “see” vehicles up to 140 meters (153 yards) away.

backtracker rear module

The second module fits onto the back of the bike and contains a radar and a tail light. The two modules are connected via Bluetooth LE. As the radar detects a vehicle approaching, the tail light begins blinking rapidly to alert the driver to the cyclist’s presence. It also sends a signal to the front module alerting the cyclist to the vehicle’s presence, proximity and speed.

Both modules are charged via USB and can go for up to eight hours on a single charge. The project is raising money via the Dragon Innovation website, where a $199 pledge will get you a single Backtracker set.

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26 Jul 13:13

How North Korea got this way

Vox's Max Fisher explains the historical events that produced the bizarre, tragic North Korea we know today.
24 Jul 20:38

Philip K. Dick's cult novel 'Man in the High Castle' becoming an Amazon TV pilot

by Jacob Kastrenakes

Amazon is preparing its third round of TV show pilots, and Deadline reports that one of the upcoming titles will be an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel in which Germany and Japan have won World War II and taken over most of the United States. Titled The Man In the High Castle, the show will be based on Dick's 1962 Hugo award-winning book of the same name. A writer from The X-Files will reportedly create a script for the pilot, which will be directed by David Semel — who was also behind the first episode of Heroes.

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23 Jul 18:55

Isaac Cordal’s “Cement Eclipses.” Isaac Cordal...

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Isaac Cordal’s “Cement Eclipses.”

Isaac Cordal places different miniature statues into his local landscape of Chiapas, Mexico to create an entirely new sense of place once the objects inhabit their chosen situation.  Stories develop organically from the objects and, especially with these skeletal versions, take on a metaphorical prowess to the pleasing street art.  See more below!

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Isaac Cordal

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29 May 13:23

Arent You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper

22 Jul 16:45

Xiaomi Mi 4 features 5-inch 1080p display, stainless steel frame and $320 starting price

Xiaomi Mi 4 official

Android fans, you’ve now got another flagship smartphone at your disposal.

Xiaomi today introduced the Mi 4, its newest Android smartphone that boasts some impressive features. It’s got a 5-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a beefy 8-megapixel shooter on its front. Sandwiched inside of the Mi 4’s stainless steel frame is 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 64GB of storage, an LTE radio and a 3080mAh battery.

Just as we’ve seen with other recent Android phones like the Moto X and OnePlus One, consumers that pick up the Xiaomi Mi 4 will be able to customize their device with a replaceable back cover. Xiaomi plans to offer bamboo, wood, leather and stone-textured backs.

Xiaomi Mi 4 replaceable backs

The Xiaomi Mi 4 sounds like a respectable Android flagship so far, but perhaps what’s most impressive about the device is its pricing. Xiaomi will sell the 16GB Mi 4 at a price of CN¥1,999 ($322 USD), while the more capacious 64GB variant will cost CN¥2,499 ($403 USD). Preorders will begin in China on July 29. There’s no word yet on when or if the Mi 4 will make its way into other territories.

Alongside the Mi 4, Xiaomi today took the wraps off of its new Mi Band, a super-affordable fitness tracker. The water resistant Mi Band is priced at CN¥79 ($13 USD) and is capable of tracking movements and sleep patterns. It can also serve as an alarm by vibrating to wake you up in the morning.

Xiaomi Mi Band

Even folks not super interested in fitness or sleep tracking can get use out of the Mi Band. Xiaomi has enabled the Mi Band to unlock your phone when they’re near one another. The Mi Band is expected to last 30 days on a single battery charge.

What do you think of the Xiaomi Mi 4? Would you pick one up if it were offered in your home country?

Via Engadget (1), (2), Xiaomi (Google Translate)

18 Jul 18:00

Eye-Deceiving Murals Turn Streets Of Iran Into An Optical Illusion Gallery

by Justina Bakutyte

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Creative murals by designer and street artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo are turning Tehran, Iran’s streets into an outstanding open-air gallery. Executed on two-dimensional blocks of concrete, Ghadyanloo’s artworks deceive the viewer’s eye by skillfully using methods from op art and 3D painting.

Mehdi has established a mural-painting company Blue Sky Painters, which helps him to work with the large-scale street art projects. What is not very frequent in the field, is that Ghadyanloo is fully backed up by the city’s municipality. According to the artist himself, it is one of the government’s goals to promote mural art in Tehran.

“The city is an architectural mishmash with buildings often having only one facade and the other three just left blank and grey. This doesn’t make for a beautiful city but it is a great environment for mural work. I think the municipality really felt the need to bring some cohesion or at least colour to the often confused and smog-smeared architectural face of the city.”

Ghadyanloo graduated from MA in Animation, which brought him closer to storytelling and surrealism. The latter has really influenced his style in urban murals. His scenes often depict unrealistic sights and actions such as cars flying in the air, man bicycling down the wall, people defying gravity and so on. Many of Ghadyanloo’s creations also cleverly interact with their surroundings bringing even more life to the streets of Tehran. (via: My Modern Met)

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20 Jul 22:25

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21 Jul 05:26

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17 Jul 15:15

Game of Phones: An Iron Throne for Your Phone

by Hazel Chua

Game of Thrones Phone Stand

Who knew you could make something this awesome from styrofoam, cocktail swords, foam tape, and lots of hot glue? A dude who goes by the username of tumb1r was bored one day, so we he went and made a miniature iron throne for his phone using the stuff we mentioned earlier. Okay, so he wasn’t actually bored, because he set out to make one from the get-go, but what he did here is nothing short of impressive.

Hit the break for pictures of the mobile iron throne while it was in the making.

Game of Thrones Phone StandA


Game of Thrones Phone Stand B

Game of Thrones Phone Stand C

Just imagine how much more awesome the iron throne stand would be if it has a built-in charger. A GOT-inspired dock for my phone? Yeah, I’d definitely want one.

You can check out the full gallery on Imgur.

VIA [ Neatorama ]

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21 Jul 04:07

Tikker Is A Watch That Counts Down Your Life

by David Ponce
Laszlo Tenki

No, thank you.


We’re all gonna kick the bucket, sooner or later. And while some of us are aware that every passing minute is precious, others might need a more visual reminder. The Tikker wristwatch pictured above serves as a powerful expression that your time on this planet is limited, and it does this by displaying not the actual time of day, but how long you have left to live. The way it works involves answering a questionnaire (probably to determine your likely life span), and deducting your current age from the result.

Aside from doing its duty as a powerful symbol of your mortality, it’s also a statement to others that you take life seriously and intend to make the most of it.

We’re not sure whether Tikker also displays the actual time of day, but we’re going to go ahead and assume it does. A $39 pledge will get you one.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

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19 Jul 19:02

Did the Wayback Machine Catch Russian-Backed Rebels Claiming Responsibility for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17?

by Dan Colman

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If you’re a long-time reader of Open Culture, you know all about — a non-profit that houses all kinds of fascinating textsaudiomoving images, and software. And don’t forget archived web pages. Since 1996, Archive’s “Wayback Machine” has been taking snapshots of websites, producing a historical record of this still fairly new thing called “the web.” Right now, the Wayback Machine holds 417 billion snapshots of web sites, including one page showing that “Igor Girkin, a Ukrainian separatist leader also known as Strelkov, claimed responsibility on a popular Russian social-networking site for the downing of what he thought was a Ukrainian military transport plane shortly before reports that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 had crashed near the rebel held Ukrainian city of Donetsk.” (This quote comes from The Christian Science Monitor, which has more on the story.) Girkin’s post was captured by the Wayback Machine at 15:22:22 on July 17. By 16:56, Girkin’s post was taken offline — but not before had its copy.

To keep tabs on this story, follow Archive’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

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15 Jul 17:51

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19 Jul 11:25

Moral Effects of Socialism

by Alex Tabarrok

Dan Ariely and co-authors have an interesting new paper looking at moral behavior, specifially cheating, in people who grew up in either East or West Germany.

From 1961 to 1989, the Berlin Wall divided one nation into two distinct political regimes. We
exploited this natural experiment to investigate whether the socio-political context impacts
individual honesty. Using an abstract die-rolling task, we found evidence that East Germans
who were exposed to socialism cheat more than West Germans who were exposed to
capitalism. We also found that cheating was more likely to occur under circumstances of
plausible deniability.

…If socialism indeed promotes individual dishonesty, the specific features of this socio-political
system that lead to this outcome remain to be determined. The East German socialist regime
differed from the West German capitalist regime in several important ways. First, the system
did not reward work based to merit, and made it difficult to accumulate wealth or pass
anything on to one’s family. This may have resulted in a lack of meaning leading to
demoralization (Ariely et al., 2008), and perhaps less concern for upholding standards of
honesty. Furthermore, while the government claimed to exist in service of the people, it failed
to provide functional public systems or economic security. Observing this moral hypocrisy in government may have eroded the value citizens placed on honesty. Finally, and perhaps most
straightforwardly, the political and economic system pressured people to work around official
laws and cheat to game the system. Over time, individuals may come to normalize these types
of behaviors. Given these distinct possible influences, further research will be needed to
understand which aspects of socialism have the strongest or most lasting impacts on morality.

It’s interesting that Ariely et al. try to explain cheating as a result of socialism. My own approach would look more to the virtue ethics of capitalism and Montesquieu who famously noted that

Commerce is a cure for the most destructive prejudices; for it is almost a general rule, that wherever we find agreeable manners, there commerce flourishes; and that wherever there is commerce, there we meet with agreeable manners.

See Al-Ubaydli et al. for a market priming experiment and especially McCloskey on The Bourgeoise Virtues for more work consistent with this theme.

17 Jul 15:49

‘Forest Man’, A Short Documentary About an Indian Man Who Planted a Forest Larger Than Central Park

by Brian Heater

“Forest Man” is a short documentary directed by Canadian filmmaker William D McMaster that follows Jadav Payeng, a man living in Jorhat, India, who has been planting his own forest on Majuli Island in India’s Brahmaputra River since the late 1970s. The forest, which now covers more ground than New York’s Central Park, is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including rhinos, deer, tigers and 115 elephants.

My dream is to fill up Majuli Iland and Jorhat with forest again. I will continue to plant until my last breath.

via Gizmodo

12 Jul 20:26

Two Neighbors From Austin, Tx

16 Jul 14:20

amaditalks: There are more of is than anyone would ever be led...

by wagatwe


There are more of is than anyone would ever be led to believe. Free Palestine!

18 Jul 23:03

richbram: Lawrence Halprin, fuente Ira Keller, Portland


Lawrence Halprin, fuente Ira Keller, Portland

14 Jul 21:59

"Casa Futebol" Concept to Turn World Cup Stadiums into Public Housing


No Brazilian can be happy with their national team suffering two crushing defeats in a row, and now the country is dotted with brand-new stadiums that can only serve as a painful reminder. But now that the World Cup is over, perhaps those stadiums, so expensive and controversial to build, can be put to more enduring use.

Architects Axel de Stampe and Sylvain Macaux have put forth a proposal called Casa Futebol, whereby the twelve stadiums would be reappropriated for housing. The concept calls for the design of prefabricated apartment modules of 105 square meters that could be inserted into the periphery of each stadium's shape, along with "colonizing the outside facade" to give them a different look.



19 Jul 00:07

I favorited this over a year ago. Just got around to making a few of them. #2, 9 and 18... Delicious!!!

03 Jul 10:00

Nicholas Manousos “Tourbillon 1000%” – 3D printed functional horological model #3DxEducation #3DxReplica #3DThursday #3DPrinting

by Matt

Nicholas Manousos “Tourbillon 1000%” – 3D printed functional horological model:

The tourbillon was invented by Breguet in 1795 and patented in 1801. It was intended to counter the effects of gravity on the escapement. Today their usefulness is controversial, but the allure remains. In my opinion, a tourbillon is the ultimate expression of mechanical beauty.

3D printing turns the traditional paradigm of manufacturing around, allowing for extremely rapid prototyping. The 1000% scale is a result of the resolution capabilities of today’s 3D printers, but it has an unexpected benefit. It allows people to hold the usually too delicate tourbillon in their hands, see clearly every single part at work, and therefore fully comprehend the mechanics. Tourbillon 1000% is the result of 3 years of engineering and design.

Tourbillon 1000% is not intended to be a timekeeper, but rather an educational device. Thermoplastics may experience characteristic changes when exposed to extreme temperatures.

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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

11 Jul 15:47

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak

by Christopher Jobson

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Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Based in the old industrial town of St. Etienne, France, street artist oakoak (previously) relies on a keen sense of observation to create his humorous interventions on walls, streets, and sidewalks. Cracks and crumbling infrastructure become the backdrop for superheroes and other pop culture characters who interact with their surrounds in unexpected ways. He shares with Bulkka:

Since I come from Saint Etienne, an old industrial city which is now in reconversion, I have the need to make my city less “grey” and at the same time, funnier. Humor is really important to me. It’s definitely the most important element in what I do.

My main interest is giving importance to places and objects that people don’t notice anymore. I walk a lot every day and that’s how I get to find new attractive places with urban elements such as broken walls for example. When I see something interesting during my walks, I measure it and study it, and I come back later to make the collage. I prefer to prepare the drawings and drafts at home.

Included here are several works from the last 6 months or so, but you can see many more pieces on his Facebook page.

12 Jul 23:00

10 Absurdly Fantastic Looping Portraits by Romain Laurent

by Alex Santoso

One Loop Portrait a Week #35 by Romain Laurent
Lee Towndrow is a teriffic - albeit a bit monotone - table drummer

Now THIS is what animated GIFs are made for!

New York City-based photographer Romain Laurent started to create looping portraits as a personal challenge late last year. "As far as the intention of the series, it's a way for me to explore a hybrid medium, experiment and being spontaneous while sticking to a short weekly deadline," Laurent told Colossal, "There isn't a common concept between each loop, I just 'go with the flow' and see what comes to my mind each week."

One Loop Portrait a Week #32 by Romain Laurent
Darwin Deez hovers majestically

One Loop Portrait a Week #16
Nicole Bogatitus didn't have enough coffee this morning

One Loop Portrait a Week #39 by Romain Laurent
Vincent Cyr, whose inner self is feeling real smooth right now

One Loop Portrait a Week #37 by Romain Laurent
Vincent Cyr finds the energy of NYC hopping

One Loop Portrait #11
Amy Li's goldfish is gone

One Loop Portrait a Week #29 by Romain Laurent
Yannick Roux's mind is high in potassium

One Loop Portrait a Week #26 by Romain Laurent
When Menno Kluin has too many good ideas, his ears get a life of their own

One Loop Portrait a Week #19 by Romain Laurent
Roy Stanfield approves of this kickflip

One Loop Portrait a Week #3 by Romain Laurent
Trevor Dickson is 75% water

View more of Laurent's absurd yet endearing looping animated portraits over at his Tumblr.

13 Jul 13:01

Heart transplant video will blow your mind

by Jonco

Warning: Video contains extremely graphic medical content.

Here’s something you never realized you wanted to see: uncensored, gory footage of a real human heart transplant.

Read all about it.

14 Jul 04:20

4gifs: This kid shreds. [video]


This kid shreds. [video]

12 Jul 19:15

Artist Telmo Pieper Repaints His Own Childhood...

Artist Telmo Pieper Repaints His Own Childhood Drawings

Previously: Everyday Objects Turned Into Creative Illustrations

09 Jul 21:45

Germany half way through their game vs. Brazil

14 Jul 18:45

Lots of Little Girls Say They Want to Be Princesses; This Dad Took Action

Lots of Little Girls Say They Want to Be Princesses; This Dad Took Action

Jeremiah Heaton's 7-year-old daughter Emily expressed interest in being a real princess. While most dads would explain how the world actually works, Heaton found 800 square miles of disputed land in Africa, planted a flag, and "claimed" it. Emily now wears a crown and is called "Princess Emily".
There are no words.

(h/t HuffPo.)

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02 Jul 20:00

Ubuntu Timekpr Controls Computer Access For Kids, Not Just Internet Access

by Danny Stieben
Laszlo Tenki

Wow. I was disappointed that they discontinued it. Tomorrow there will be an update on my kids' laptop.


There’s a newly-revived Linux parental control utility that controls the access to the computer account itself, not just Internet access. If you want your kid to stay off the computer when you tell them to, you need Timekpr. Historically, parental controls for Linux were sometimes pretty lackluster, and even the better ones often only restricted access to the Internet such as Linux Mint’s Domain Blocker. Even parental controls for Windows tend to just focus on restricting Internet access. About Timekpr Timekpr is a parental control application which directly controls access to your child’s computer account. While I find that parental...

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