Digital Publishing

Vox Media May Open Their Coveted CMS To the Wider WordPress-Plagued World

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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: Read More

Rise of the Drones

Drones Might Soon Harass Disneyland Park Goers

Drones are coming. (Photo: Facebook)

If all goes as planned, Aladdin’s Magic Carpet will be replaced by a drone.

Walt Disney World is mulling the idea of bringing drones into its theme parks as a way to carry “large puppet-like characters and projection screens during nighttime shows,” reports the Orange County Register.  Last week, three <air quotes> Disney Imagineers </air quotes> filed patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that outlined their plans of what they would do with the flying robots.  Read More

Money Money Money

Former Bond Villain Builds Personal Submarines For International Billionaires Like Richard Branson

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As Graham Hawkes describes it, he was sitting in the front seat of what is basically an underwater sports car when he was ambushed by a great white shark. He’d recognized the shark’s behavior as a territorial challenge, and wanted to pull away, but unfortunately he had business magnate and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson riding shotgun.

“I remember Richard saying ‘Get closer, get closer!’ and I thinking ‘I’m not going to face down a great white shark,'” Mr. Hawkes told Betabeat. Read More

security alert

California Signs Cellphone ‘Kill Switches’ Into Law

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Long live the kill switch.

Yesterday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law its highly anticipated “kill switch” bill. Under the new guidelines, cell phones sold in the state are required to come with a button that makes the device inoperable if stolen or lost. Law enforcement officials said it works remotely and they hope the antitheft feature deters criminals from stealing phones.  Read More

Internet 911

Teen Dies Attempting Risky Stunt for Viral Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. (Wikipedia)

A U.K. teen has reportedly become the first fatal victim of the Ice Bucket Challenge, an Internet trend designed to help fight a deadly disease.

Cameron Lancaster, 18, is believed to have completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and then jumped feet-first off an 80-foot cliff into the shallow water at an abandoned quarry, the Telegraph reports. His body was found after a four-hour search. Read More

sailing on the high-tech seas

Royal Caribbean’s New Ship Has Robot Bartenders to Amuse Its Midwestern Visitors

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What’s a vacation worse than Myrtle Beach? A freakin’ cruise.

With their lack of flexibility, dreary windowless cabins, and cramped pools, cruising leaves a lot to be desired. And millennials are horrified to learn there’s no Internet in sight. Royal Caribbean, however, hopes to change that with the introduction of its “Quantum of the Seas” ship.  Read More