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Chuck Norris vs. Communism: how VHS piracy started a political revolution

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 14:34

No matter what your stance is on file sharing, the commercial downsides to pirating movies and television shows are obvious. Director Ilinca Calugareanu uses her re-enacted sequences to riff on the styles of the bootlegged movies — a Romanian censorship board scene is pure Adrian Lyne, while other sequences call to mind some of the grungy, low-budget action flicks of the era.

How virtual reality ate the Sundance Film Festival

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 13:44

The most buzzworthy feature of 2015’s Sundance Film Festival isn’t a film at all, but pair of virtual reality goggles you strap to your head. Talk to filmmakers and they’ll tell you they can’t remember being so excited: some say it’s like they’re present at the dawn of a new medium. All are on display at New Frontier, Sundance’s annual showcase for works at the intersection of art and technology. Virtual reality debuted at Sundance in 2012 with Nonny de la Peña’s Hunger in Los Angeles, which used an early head-mounted display to place viewers in the middle of a food line outside a church.

Save $27 on an Amazon Prime subscription today only

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 13:20

If you've been holding off from buying Amazon Prime, today might be the day that you change your mind. The retailer is discounting the service to $72 today only in order to celebrate its Golden Globe victories for its original series, Transparent. The rare price cut represents a $27 savings from the service's typical $99 yearly cost, and for that price you'll get unlimited two-day shipping, access to Amazon's Prime TV and movie streaming catalog, Prime Music, and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

At Davos, Technology CEOs Discuss the Digital Economy

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:21

Davos: One of the most anticipated discussions at this year's meeting was the plenary session on The Digital Economy. Given that I wrote the book that coined that term 20 years ago, I attended with great interest.On the panel were Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Microsoft CEO Satya...

Top iOS news of the week: Eye tracking, Chrome Handoff, iPhone big in Asia

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:19

In the world of iOS this week we heard of an Apple patent to track eye movement, Chrome was updated to support Handoff, and the iPhone is boosting Apple's position in Asia.

Top Android news of the week: Windows phone, Samsung overheating, and Google apps

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:18

In the news this week were rumors that Microsoft is thinking about running Android apps, Samsung is changing processors due to overheating issues, and a simple way to get Google apps on custom ROMs.

The Weekender: on film noir, Sundance, and Portland punks

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:06

Tonight, NYC's Film Forum is doing a double-feature with two noir classics: "The Lady From Shanghai" and "The Third Man." If you're in the city, you'd be remiss not to sit down in a dark theater and take in two dark stories. Markisha McClenton, the lab tech, told me that she no longer gets sleepy.

Turn your Instagram pictures into tattoos

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:00

Want to proudly display your Instagram feed on your bicep? A new service called Picattoo will turn a dozen of your pictures into temporary tattoos for cheap.>

One month with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: 5 ways to use the edge and 10 reasons to love the phone

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:24

After using the Note Edge for more than a month, Matthew is close to pulling the trigger on the T-Mobile model. He finds the edge display compelling for several reasons.

Low Latency 117: Pie in the sky

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:00

Microsoft's HoloLens looks pretty cool in proof of concept videos, but how will it shake out when it finally goes on sale?>

Davos elites warned about catastrophic cyberattacks

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 09:37

Attacks on power plants, telecommunications and financial systems, even turning all of Los Angeles' traffic lights green: Davos elites were warned Saturday of the terrifying possibilities of modern cyber terrorism. Eugene Kaspersky, who heads the Kaspersky Lab security group, said the possibilities of individuals being hacked would only increase in future as more devices, such as "smart" televisions, are hooked up to the Internet. Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said that criminals could bring about chaos in a much lower-level way. He told an anecdote about traffic authorities in Los Angeles who went on strike and also set all the lights to red, sparking gridlock.

SAP sees high cloud profit potential in long term

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 09:34
Europe's biggest software group SAP could eventually see its software delivered via the cloud deliver higher profit margins than its traditional packaged software, its finance chief told a newspaper. In the long term, they can definitely become more profitable than our classic licence sales," Luka Mucic told the Euro am Sonntag business weekly in an interview published on Saturday. Unlike the packaged software SAP has been selling for decades, for which clients pay a immediate licence fee, cloud-based software is generally paid for by subscription over time, but most of the costs for the software provider are upfront.

Behold 'Guardians of the Galaxy' in 8-bit glory

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 09:00

This "Guardians of the Galaxy" tribute makes us long for a retro NES-style video game of Groot, Rocket, Star-Lord, Gamora and Drax in pixilated action.>

Samsung Galaxy S6: What we know so far about the upcoming flagship

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:02

Samsung's Galaxy S5 is due for a refresh and MWC is looming...