Rise of the Drones
There’s something about ebook reading that’s still icky for some finicky readers who fancy themselves intellectuals. Maybe it’s that the ~handfeel~ of an iPad doesn’t stand up to the deckled edges of a Penguin Classics Deluxe edition, or that there’s no street cred from reading Capital in the Twenty-First Century if no one in Caffe Reggio can see the book jacket. But that doesn’t mean these readers can’t be won.
Oyster, an app that’s most often described as being “Netflix for Books,” is launching a literary magazine called The Oyster Review.
The new digital mag is the first brainchild of writer, editorial remixer and famed Internet Person Kevin Nguyen in his new role as Editorial Director for Oyster. Mr. Nguyen joined the startup a few months ago after he was poached from Amazon, where he put together the Best of the Month picks as a books editor.
Every college graduate has poured through entry level job listings that ask for “5+ years experience” and wondered, probably aloud and to his or her nagging family, “How is anyone supposed to get experience if every job already requires experience?” Listen, consider yourself lucky — consider how that conversation goes for drone pilots, whose entire industry didn’t even exist five years ago.
Amazon has open job listings for a “Flight Operations Engineer” who would be based in Cambridge, England. In the truly meaningless fashion of job boards, the job requires “5+ years of relevant aviation experience.”
Data crunchers over at Alibaba have discovered an unusual trend.
While looking at underwear sales earlier this summer, the e-commerce mega company’s analytics team noticed a correlation between women’s bra sizes and their spending power.
Off the Media
Well, this is terrifying, if true.
Two UK women are claiming their Halloween selfie at a London bar was photobombed by the ghost of an old woman, the Mirror reports. The so-called ghost appears to be an elderly woman in Victorian-era clothing, the women observed.
Last year, a couple of young guys in the pickup community created a deliberately offensive article for Medium.com about the female writers at XOjane. Not because they wanted to offend people for some personal benefit (it was published under pseudonyms) but to trace and observe the process.
As you can imagine, it caused a stir.
You could call it trolling. Or you could call it a social experiment.
When Cops Tweet
Startup Land is sold as a paradise. On the corporate campuses of companies like Google, Facebook and Apple, programmers and developers have access to bike repair shops, vending machines with free gadgets, ping pong tables, beer on tap — they can even stay up all night and
work until their fingers bleed have as Read More
The Future Will See You Now
In order to help city-goers take the notoriously late and unreliable L train with ease, the NYPD is expanding their presence on their favorite social media site. Yup, you guessed it — Twitter.
back to school
Humans have been watching videos to learn how to fishtail their hair and photoshop their heads onto others’ bodies for quite some time, but a recent study shows that we’re not the only ones who can learn this way.
A group of Brazilian marmosets learned to open boxes for rewards after watching how-to videos of other marmosets performing the same actions, Nature reports.
When we sat down with HappyFunCorp’s Ben Schippers to ask him about his new code school, he had some harsh words about competitors like Flatiron School and General Assembly (GA). By Mr. Schippers’ account, those schools aren’t preparing coders to do much more than make “another Hipchat clone.”
When we asked Mr. Schippers why these schools claim such high placement numbers, he fired back:
Well why can’t we hire them? Google can’t hire them. Where are they actually getting hired? This is what I’m constantly asking people. A lot of these programs will tell you you’re going to be able to get a job, and that’s not the reality.
Every blogger, writer and reporter has a
love/hate relationship with their content management system. If your professional life belongs to WordPress, for example, the woes of formatting overkill and half a dozen SEO fields have no doubt caused you to look up to the sky and ask: why isn’t there a better way?
Vox Media, the network of mostly profitable news sites that includes The Verge, SB Nation, Curbed and Vox, has its own coveted in-house system called Chorus. In a recent post about the future of blogging, Vox Media Editorial VP Lockhart Steele hinted that Vox could be preparing to open Chorus up to the rest of the publishing world: