Interview: RZA Wants To Buoy The Music Industry -- With A Speaker?

Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA started working with speaker manufacturer Boombotix in mid-2014, and he says he wanted make more than just another branded product. “I just had a bigger idea than sticking my logo on something,” he told me at CES in Las Vegas. “I thought we could make this great product a little greater.” His idea? Load it with exclusive music.

Steve Jobs Imagined A National Broadband Network In A 1985 Interview

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Steve Jobs was once quite a visionary. His legacy has arguably been tarnished by stories of his need for total control, the bizarre antics at the end of his life, not to mention a shitty biopic starring Ashton Kutcher which hopefully won’t be the last word on the man. But when you look back at the early days of Apple, you’re reminded of his tremendous ability to peer into the future.

Why The Woman Who Found Snowden Doesn't Want More Whistleblowers

A few days ago, I found myself in a crowded Manhattan office watching Laura Poitras sign posters for her new documentary. Each signature appeared above the film’s title — Citizenfour — and below the film’s subject — Edward Snowden. She didn’t think she had time, but her handler insisted. It’s taken me a while, but only now do I realise what a powerful metaphor that moment was. In a way, it revealed what Poitras thinks about the future of whistleblowers: We shouldn’t need them any more.

Jony Ive Even Engineered The Sound Of The Apple Watch Clasp

Even though most of us never even notice it, Apple has a fantastic history of sound design, from the ping of the text message to the decades-old powering up noise. That legacy runs through Apple’s new era of product design too, right down to the sound of the new Apple Watch clicking open.

US Job Applicants Admit More To A Computer Avatar, Says Government Study

Researchers at the National Center for Credibility Advancement, the US military’s “premiere educational centre for polygraph and other credibility assessment technologies and techniques,” studied whether potential government job applicants would admit more to a computer-generated avatar versus self-reporting on a paper or computer questionnaire. They created a talking head avatar and gave it an automated dialogue tree of questions.

An Hour With The Photographer Behind Windows XP's Iconic 'Bliss' Background

Charles O’Rear — he goes by Chuck — isn’t a famous photographer like Annie Leibovitz or Henri Cartier-Bresson or Robert Capa or Ansel Adams. But one of his photographs has probably been seen by more people than any other image.

Bowling With God: Vint Cerf Talks Time Travel, Porn And Web Addiction

They say that success has many parents but failure is an orphan. Judged by that standard — or any other — the internet is a success. Al Gore invented it. Tim Berners-Lee got a knighthood out of it. Everyone was using it before it was cool. But only two men have ever borne the title “Father of the Internet”. One is the late computer scientist Bob Kahn. The other is Vint Cerf.

It Takes A Small Artistic Army To Bring A Pixar Film To Life

Monsters Inc blew more than a few minds when it premiered in 2001. Sully’s coat comprised a million rendered hairs, and Boo’s oversized pink shirt moved with such a natural flow it appeared nearly life-like to audiences. And while advances in technology during the 12 years between the original film and the prequel — premiering in June — will provide another jaw-dropping visual experience, Monsters University was no less challenging to make.

Twitter Interviews Are Apparently Now A Thing

If you don’t want to read a piece about the horrid state of our society, please go no further. Apparently companies are throwing traditional in-person interviews out the window in favour of Twitterviews: Twitter. Interviews.

Dyson's Newest Airblade Could Change The Way Architects Think

While James Dyson is the obvious face of the company he founded in 1993, he isn’t the only one tinkering away at high-powered blades or really sucky vacuums in Malmesbury, England. With over 700 some engineers under one roof, Dyson tasked Marcus Hartley with creating the new Airblade Tap about two and a half years ago.

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