Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of March 15th…
Inside the booming black market for Spotify playlists
An August 2015 exposé by Billboard quoted an unnamed major-label executive who claimed playlist adds were being sold for “$2,000 for a playlist with tens of thousands of fans to $10,000 for the more well-followed playlists.”
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of March 14th…
RIP Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking, physicist and author of "A Brief History of Time" has died at his home in Cambridge, at the age of 76. His children said, "We will miss him for ever".
Cryptocurrencies fall as Google announces ad ban
Google is banning ads related to cryptocurrency from its vast advertising network, effective in June. Cryptocurrency markets reacted negatively to the news. The price of bitcoin is down about 6 percent since the Wall Street Journal first reported the new policy early Wednesday morning. Other major currencies, including Ethereum and Litecoin, are also down modestly.
400,000 high res images, via The Met's Open Access initiative
"Using the Creative Commons zero license (CC0), the third most visited museum in the world has essentially turned over a trove of high resolution images to any individual or business who wish to use, copy, or modify them for their projects—with no conditions attached."
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of March 13th…
Let's Encrypt now supports Wildcard Certificates
"Wildcard certificates are only available via ACMEv2. In order to use ACMEv2 for wildcard or non-wildcard certificates you’ll need a client that has been updated to support ACMEv2913. It is our intent to transition all clients and subscribers to ACMEv2, though we have not set an end-of-life date for our ACMEv1 API yet."
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of March 8th…
Canada's Vertical $10 Note
Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz today unveiled the new $10 bank note featuring Viola Desmond during a ceremony at the Halifax Central Library.
Ghostery Just Went Open-Source
Along with going open source, Ghostery is also announcing two new, simpler ways it plans to make money. The first part of the new business model will be Ghostery Insights, a paid, premium product designed for academics, journalists, researchers, and anyone else curious about the webpage and tracker ecosystem online. The second part will be Ghostery Rewards, a kind of affiliate marketing system that users can opt into.
New Google Feature Lets Artists Post Messages to Search Results
Starting today, artists can post videos, GIFs, images and good old-fashioned text to a prominent space inside their search results' "Knowledge Panel," the blocked-off area containing photos, a bio and links to areas like YouTube and Spotify. Artists can control the customized content on a dedicated site for verified people, places and things. Fans will be able to tell if the updates are legit by the blue checkmark next to the artist's name.
- Nintendo Direct, 3.8.2018
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of March 7th…
- Jurassic World Alive
Previewing Android P
Highlights include enhancements to the notification panel, indoor positioning, and support for iPhone X-style notches. This developer preview only works on the Pixel 1, Pixel 1 XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.
A game where you are the boss of CosmoCast, a corrupt, post-Net Neutrality ISP. Your job is to "boost, throttle or disconnect" people based on their activities, working at breakneck speed to keep the packets flowing in the way that optimizes the internet for your shareholders at the expense of your users.
Explore Disney Theme Parks on Google Street View
Google and Disney announced today that all U.S. Disney theme parks and resorts are on Google Street View. They feature 360-degree panoramic views of attractions from Disneyland to the ESPN Complex to the water parks.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of March 5th…
- Mary Poppins Returns, teaser
The World of Linux Handhelds in 2018
"It’s a kind of middle ground for Linux handhelds. After all, the concept of Linux handhelds preceded the advent of smartphones and since then there is probably less of a need for the general public - iOS and Android already seem to answer the needs of most users so far. In fact, it has clearly become a niche market, with only smaller companies operating in it. But the good news is, there are several efforts underway to get there, in several directions."
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of March 2nd…
Thumbor is a smart imaging service. It enables on-demand crop, resizing and flipping of images. It features a very smart detection of important points in the image for better cropping and resizing, using state-of-the-art face and feature detection algorithms (more on that in Detection Algorithms).
Simulating different HTTP response codes is hard. This service mocks HTTP status codes for you, so you can build your applications faster. Send a request (GET, POST, PUT or DELETE) to our their mocked APIs to receive the status code that you need.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of March 1st…
The Light Phone 2 is a simple, 4G LTE phone with a beautiful black & white matte E-ink display. It brings a few essential tools, like messaging and an alarm clock, so it's even easier to ditch your smartphone more often, or for good. Currently on IndieGoGo.