All Covered With Vines

FBI Releases Vine Star Jerome Jarre From Custody After Reading Fans’ Tweets

Mr. Jarre snapped a selfie before cops boarded his flight in Miami. (Twitter)

A funny thing happened on the way to Miami, when Vine celeb Jerome Jarre tried to shoot one of his six-second videos on an American Airlines flight.

The drama began when the social media star attempted to make a video of himself exiting the airplane bathroom wearing nothing but a speedo and an inflatable duck. Unfortunately, an American Airlines crew member was not impressed, and told Mr. Jarre he’d be arrested once the flight landed in Miami. Read More

the robots are coming

Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself

Are we closer to AI? (Wikipedia)

In college, it wasn’t rare to hear a verbal battle regarding artificial intelligence erupt between my friends studying neuroscience and my friends studying computer science.

One rather outrageous fellow would mention the possibility of a computer takeover, and off they went. The neuroscience-savvy would awe at the potential of such hybrid technology as the CS majors argued we have nothing to fear, as computers will always need a programmer to tell them what to do.

Today’s news brings us to the Neural Turing Machine, a computer that will combine the way ordinary computers work with the way the human brain learns, enabling it to actually program itself. Perhaps my CS friends should reevaluate their position? Read More

selfie stupidity

Forest Rangers Begging Visitors to Stop Taking Selfies with Bears

No photos, please. (Wikimedia Commons)

We guess this is what happens when you ban tiger selfies.

Forest rangers in California’s South Lake Tahoe are begging visitors to stop taking so many goddamn selfies with bears, WFMY News 2 reports. The insanely dangerous selfies have apparently become so popular, officials at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center are threatening to close the area to visitors if they don’t quit it. Read More

Planet Reddit

Reddit Launches Crowdfunding Site That Basically Just Sells T-Shirts

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Everybody is getting in on the crowdfunding game. In a space previously dominated by Kickstarter and Indiegogo, now everyone who wants to up their ecommerce game is starting their own crowdfunding platforms — just this week, Amazon launched their own crowdsourcing page for book ideas so that they can further erode the American literary tradition.

As of this morning, Reddit launched their own crowdfunding site, called Redditmade, into open beta. It’s a natural extension of the Reddit ethos, given that crowdfunding is basically upvoting with money, and Reddit is the poster child for upvote-driven communities — even if that title should really belong to Imgur. Read More

Fashion Tech

‘Cloth’ Lets Your Friends Choose Your Outfit From Afar

You can be just like this cool gal, cataloguing her outfits. (Cloth)

After a successful period of beta testing, Cloth — the iPhone app that lets you help your BFFAEAE decide on the totes perfect brunch outfit — officially launched to the public this morning.

Founded last year by Seth Porges, Wray Serna and Bradford Stephens, Cloth was inspired by people’s tendency to ask their friends for outfit advice when they’re getting ready to go somewhere. It aims to replicate every facet of the ~getting ready~ experience all within a single app. Read More

Guns Don't Kill People 3D Does

This 3D Printed Gun Is Inscribed With the Declaration of Independence

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Just about every new technology is married at first to some illicit activity — the Internet and pornography, for example. Or bitcoin and drug dealing. Or Whisper and also drug dealing (only Whisper hasn’t grown out of that one yet). For 3D printing, a technology that has the ability to literally save lives and cure ailments, that darker element is 3D-printed guns.

The newest weapon in the ever-growing arsenal of 3D-printed weaponry is a metal handgun called the Reason. According to 3Dprint.com, this is the second run of guns in Solid Concepts’ 1911 line of 3D-printed firearms, the first of which ran for nearly $12,000 a pop. Read More

hack the vote

Google’s New App Gives You One Less Excuse to Skip Midterm Elections

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Voter turnout is consistently much lower in midterm elections, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Press obsession and controversy always drive people in droves to come out for presidential elections, and there’s always that general feeling that there’s less at stake when you’re just deciding on one or two local politicians — most of us are much less likely to take a day off to cast a ballot for a single senator than for a slew of national representatives.

Get to the Polls is a new tool that robs you of another excuse to skip the midterms by telling you exactly where you need to go to vote. The web tool is simple: You punch in your address and it tells you where you go to vote and who’s going to be on the ballot. It’s much cleaner than Googling “where to vote,” calling hotlines and texting your number to some clunky SMS service for voters. Read More