Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Twitter and WAM! team up to battle harassing tweets against women

Twitter and WAM! team up to battle harassing tweets against women

Twitter is collaborating with Women, Action & the Media, more commonly referred to as WAM!, to help reduce the number of harassing tweets directed at women. To do this, WAM! has kicked off a harassment reporting tool, which will allow women who are being harassed on the microblogging site because of their gender to report the abuse. WAM!, then, will review the report and pass ones that meet the criteria on to Twitter. In time, the data collected will be used to improve how these issues are handled in the future.

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Court to Google: help identify source of Avengers trailer leak

Court to Google: help identify source of Avengers trailer leak

On October 22, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer leaked. This was a problem, as it wasn't supposed to debut for a few more days, being set to show during the next Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D episode. A final cut of the trailer wasn't ready to go out, however, so Marvel had to hastily put one together, which it made live on its YouTube channel in response to the leak. During the time slot it was originally set to air, Marvel showed an "extended edition" trailer instead, all the while hunting down who leaked the footage in the first place.

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Toy Story 4 arrives summer 2017

Toy Story 4 arrives summer 2017

Disney and Pixar are planning another Toy Story movie, and it'll be arriving in June 2017. The information comes from Disney, which revealed the news yesterday during its earnings call for the latest quarter. John Lasseter -- who wrote and directed both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 -- will be directing the latest film (Toy Story 4). The news is surprising. Disney had previously said that no plans for another film in the franchise was forthcoming, something Toy Story 3's ending reflected.

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Dinosaur skull’s 3D digital restoration brings wide access to researchers

Dinosaur skull’s 3D digital restoration brings wide access to researchers

Fossils are an important part of palaeontological research, but their fragile and precious nature makes access difficult for many. To solve this problem, researchers from the University of Bristol and more have restored a damaged dinosaur skull digitally, turning it into a complete 3D model with the damaged and missing portions corrected. With these 3D models, scientists are able to study fossils without physically accessing them, something that simultaneously helps preserve fossils and increase access to them. The work was recently detailed in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

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Husqvarna motorcycles: a taste of the future with retro inspiration

Husqvarna motorcycles: a taste of the future with retro inspiration

If you liked the recent futuristic Ronin motorcycle concept and the design direction its maker took, you will love Husqvarna's two most recent bikes. Both are concept models -- the Vit Pilen and the Svart Pilen (White and Black Arrow, respectively) -- featuring a satisfying mixture of retro design and futuristic elements. The models were designed by Kiska for Husqvarna, and though they're not available to buy, their purpose is to ascertain whether there's enough interest in taking them to production, which means one can hope.

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Audi TT gets chocolate makeover in Belgium

Audi TT gets chocolate makeover in Belgium

The third-generation Audi TT, already an attention-grabbing model, is officially the sweetest car in the world, at least the version that was recently covered with thousands of pieces of shiny, swirly chocolates. The sugar-bound car surfaced last week in Kortrijk, Belgium, where the model was hawked at a lifestyle and design exhibition to curious individuals and broadcast on WOW TV as a showcasing event. Why cover the car in thousands of pieces of chocolate? Perhaps the better question is, why not?

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Silk Road 2.0 seized by feds alongside (alleged) admin’s arrest

Silk Road 2.0 seized by feds alongside (alleged) admin’s arrest

In early October of last year, the first iteration of underground online shop Silk Road was seized by the FBI and Department of Justice, and its founder Ross William Ulbricht was arrested. It didn't take long for a new version to open, however, and though the Silk Road 2.0 has had its share of drama, the underground market has been in operation for the last year or so. That came to a halt today, with the service again being seized and the alleged admin being arrested.

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Vsenn takes on Project Ara with its own modular phone

Vsenn takes on Project Ara with its own modular phone

Google's Project Ara will soon have a competitor, with startup Vsenn announcing plans to create its own module-based handset. Vsenn is a Finnish company, and according to its website, it was co-founded by a former Nokia Android X program manager. The company has very little details about its plans and smartphone at this time, instead teasing with promises that its phone will offer "modular and upgradable hardware". Joining the modular design will be special attention paid to security, as well, with Vsenn saying "preserving...your privacy is our main priority."

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Netflix reveals “A Series of Unfortunate Events” series plan

Netflix reveals “A Series of Unfortunate Events” series plan

Netflix is going to turn Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events into a series, bringing the book series' first television adaption following the movie starring Jim Carrey. While plans have been released, the effort seems to be in its early stages, with Netflix currently on the prowl for a director to take on the project. Netflix will be serving as producer alongside Paramount Television, and according to the folks at Deadline, the two companies are fast-tracking the series.

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Astronauts trap GoPro in floating water orb on ISS

Astronauts trap GoPro in floating water orb on ISS

This week NASA posted a video on its YouTube page of astronauts playing with a GoPro and an orb of water they had floating around. Like magic, they trapped the action camera in the sphere of water while it was recording, showing what the world looks like from inside of a water bubble, as well as what a GoPro looks like when encased and floating. As you'd expect, this took place on the International Space Station, and was part of a look at water surface tension as experienced in a microgravity environment.

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