Everybody's favorite TV show-watching website just gained a new partner. The Walt Disney Co. announced today that it's struck a deal with Hulu to include programming from ABC and ABC Family (sorry, apparently no ESPN) on the site. This is good news all around, especially for those of you who haven't watched and have been meaning to catch up on Lost for the past four seasons. (It's on Season Five now, right?)
Now the big question (besides "When will CBS join the party already?) is, who at ABC will follow in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin and Seth MacFarlane and star in the next installment of those delightful Hulu commercials? I bet Eva Longoria.
P.S.(A.): Watch all three seasons of Arrested Development on Hulu! That's an order.
Businessweek has the latest Apple rumor suggesting that the company will release a new iPhone Lite and a "Media Pad" media player on the Verizon Network. These will be brand new gadgets and available only for the Verizon Network. Of course this is all rumor, but if a iPhone was to make it's way to the best network in the North East, it would be a major reason for cell phone users to make their way to Verizon. AT&T's customer count blew up thanks to the iPhone and without that exclusivity, they could fall further away from Verizon (nationwide). The 7" inch media pad rumor is also interesting in that it could very well be the first "netbook" called by a different name and distributed by Apple. Very exciting news all around.
The Nuggets tied an NBA record for the largest margin of victory when they annilated the Hornets by 58 points last night, 121-63. The last time a team was blown out by that much, well...you would have to back to the days of 1956 when the Lakers were not known as the LA Lakers, but rather the Minneapolis Lakers.
Go to the ESPN website NOW (click here if you're really that lazy) and type in the Konami code (UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A) then hit "enter" as many times as you want in order to "Cornify" the website. You'll see what I mean. Genius.
Thanks Deadspin and Kotaku.
UPDATE: This was posted at 7:15pm; it stopped working by about 7:35pm. At least I got a screenshot in, and AAshish got his unicorn on!
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a twitter page. You can follow their updates on the Swine Flu not-quite-a-pandemic-yet progress. I don't really care if you follow their updates, I only posted this because this picture was so damn hilarious! [CDCemergency, image via Gizmodo]
I've asked this question a bunch of times: Do you think any of the (Pussycat Dolls, Black Eyed Peas, 90% of R&B groups) care that you never hear any of them on any song, or are they content to get paid lead singer money for basically being backup dancers? Melody Thornton of the Pussycat Dolls has finally given me an answer: Fuck that shit!
At a Britney Spears/PSD tour stop Friday in her hometown of Phoenix, Melody addressed the crowd to say hey fellow Phoenicians (San Diego-ans... San Dieg-ans!), I'm fed up and I'm not going to take it anymore! Or more precisely:
"What's up everybody? I'm Melody and I'm a native of Phoenix, Arizona. Let me give a shout-out to my family. Thank you for supporting me, even if I'm not featured. You know what I'm saying?"
Melody is the one in the photo above, directly behind Nicole Scherzinger. Or, stepping out of her shadow, as it were.
Today, I was pulled over by a police officer for speeding. After writing the ticket, he asked me why I was wearing a surgical mask. I told him that swine flu was found in our area and I was scared. He thought that I was insulting him and wrote me another ticket. FML
You can now follow the new H1N1 strain of Influenza, aka Swine Flu, on Google Maps. The page is updated in real time and you'll be able to see how it has spread and hopefully go away. The pink markers are suspected cases. The purple are confirmed cases. Ones without a black dot are fatal and yellow markers are negatives (a couple in France). [Google Maps]
These "digitigrade leg extensions" are the work of Seattle-based sculptor Kim Graham. Essentially a fancy pair of stilts, the legs mimic digitigrades (animals including horses that bear weight on their toes). Half this video demonstrates how the legs look on a human. The other half demonstrates how they look on a furry satyr. [Gizmodo]
Williams, 41, was removed from his room at a Manhattan hotel at 4 a.m., police sources said.
Once inside the hotel, the officers confronted what sources described to The Post as "a suicidal man" who was acting "violent."
The cops called an Emergency Services Unit for help since Williams had trashed his room.
Once there, sources said, the officers used a Taser to subdue Williams, who was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital for a psychological evaluation. [NY Post]
Even under normal light, you can see the protein gene that causes the glow.
The two cloned puppies are on the left and right.
A cloned beagle named Ruppy – short for Ruby Puppy – is the world's first transgenic dog. She and four other beagles all produce a fluorescent protein that glows red under ultraviolet light.
A team led by Byeong-Chun Lee of Seoul National University in South Korea created the dogs by cloning fibroblast cells that express a red fluorescent gene produced by sea anemones. [NewScientist]
Rangers coach John Tortorella threw a plastic drinking bottle over the glass and into the stands during a confrontation with a fan in the third period of New York's 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday night, according to multiple media reports.
Tortorella and a man standing behind the Rangers' bench were seen yelling at each other with about 13½ minutes left in the game. After Tortorella heaved the green plastic bottle, he grabbed Aaron Voros' hockey stick and held it high, waving it in the fan's direction before assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld stepped in to calm him.
A TV replay of the episode did not show whether anything was thrown at Tortorella, but there were reports a cup of liquid was tossed over the bench at him, and he was seen using a towel to wipe off his suit. [ESPN]
GV Mobile is a app that brings Google Voice to your iPhone/iPod Touch. It allows you to make calls, send text messages, record calls and check visual voicemail from all your phone numbers in one central location. The app comes in two versions. The free version lets you make and receive calls, but not much else. The full version is for $2.99 and has all the features that make the app great. Still, for most people it would be a waste of $3 for an app that's cool but they wouldn't use much.
2009 marks Guinness' 250th Anniversary and to celebrate, the 1759 society is launching a Special Edition Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout on April 24.
We couldn't be prouder of this stout. Using a unique brewhouse process that combines the use of stout and ale malt, it's a distinctive carbonated stout with a clean, smooth finish. This is especially exciting, as we haven't introduced a new stout to the US since 1967, when we first started importing Guinness® Draught.
The Stout is a limited edition so pick it up while you can!
Thanks for 250 years of Guinness goodness! [Guinness]
You 76ers better be careful, or Shaq and his crew are going to come after you for defacing Superman signs. The 76ers should wear their St. Patrick's day jerseys for show.
A drunk or high (or both) student was at the cafeteria at Fordham University when the mascot walked in. The student decided to take a shot at the Ram and knocked him on his behind and knocked the mascot supersized head off. Seeing that the man inside the costume was quite big, the student decided to make a run for it. He didn't get too far.
Hundreds of bewildered students enjoying the warm weather saw a man dressed in Fordham athletics gear jump over the fence and sprint straight to the middle of Eddie's, followed by several cafeteria workers. He approached a Fordham student and, with one sickening punch to the face, knocked him to the ground.....
One side of the student's face turned an ugly shade of purple. When Carroll went to restrain him, he resisted, pleading to be allowed to go back to his room. Many witnesses suspected the student was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When Carroll and other security personnel tried to put him in a security vehicle, he resisted more violently, and security tried to put handcuffs on him. The mascot stood quietly and agreed to go to the hospital calmly. Both were eventually taken to the hospital.
A real hawk flying around in the middle of a basketball game probably isn't the best idea. Especially when it gets hit by a buzzer beating 3/4 court chuck up. Then you'll have PETA all over you.
Want to get the MP3 of that song you heard on YouTube? It's easy, just head over to ListentoYouTube and copy and paste the link for the video. This site rips the audio from the flash video file and lets you download it. Easy, simple, awesome. [Lifehacker]
This picture of PS Home shows an ad saying that you will be able to play as the Joker in the PS3 version of Batman: Arkham Asylum. It's advertising in 2nd life about events in real life. Oh joy! [Kotaku]
According to io9, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will officially be making at least a cameo in the upcoming Terminator Salvation. Arnold didn't have to act either.
Turns out Schwarzenegger has been secretly working with helmer McG and the effects team to reprise his signature role ... without lifting a finger.
A body-cast mold of Schwarzenegger, created when he first appeared as the muscle-ripped cyborg, provided the basis for a digital-effects version of his famous character. The figure appears in "Terminator Salvation" as a living, breathing actor.
Schwarzenegger viewed the resulting footage and gave his go-ahead just in time for McG to include the footage before the helmer completes his cut of the movie.
The U.S. News and World Report's Law School Rankings for 2010, scheduled to be released tomorrow, were leaked over the weekend, and it contains some good news - but I'll get to that in a bit. The best five schools are unchanged from last year with Yale taking the top spot, followed, in order, by Harvard, Stanford (dropped to third from a second place tie), Columbia and NYU. Other notables include Michigan at #9; Boston University at #20; Boston College at #26; good ol' Fordham University at #30; American University at #45; and Penn State University still stuck in Tier 2 (i.e. ranks 51-100) at #65.
On to the good news: The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University finally cracked the top tier of law schools (following last year's unexpected drop) making this year's fourth highest jump, six spots to #49. This bodes well for those of you (whoever you are!) graduating from Cardozo in the next year.
Woo hoooo it's a celebration bitches. Free legal advice on me!
Subscriptions for more than 40 destinations are now available: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and United Kingdom.
Since the new Skype for iPhone application was launched on March 31, 2009, it has generated a great response with the application becoming the No. 1 downloaded free iPhone application in more than 40 markets, and downloads surpassed the two million mark in less than ten days. Adding a Skype subscription allows iPhone and iPod touch users to have greater flexibility of calling people who are on regular phones from Wi-Fi zones, and it allows them to save significantly on making calls internationally compared to the rates typically charged on mobile phones.
"In a tough economy, everyone is looking for more ways to save. With the launch of Skype's Unlimited Country subscriptions, we now offer very simple, cost effective one country calling options," said Don Albert, GM and vice president of Skype Americas. "Our users can make calls internationally to virtually any regular phone any time of day, without a long-term contract, hidden fees and other restrictions."
Dwight Howard has been named Defensive Player of the Year. He was only the fifth player ever to lead the league in blocks and rebounds in the same season averaging 13.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks a game. At 23, Howard becomes the youngest player to win the award.
Jim Goldman says to buy a Mac instead of a PC. Jim Goldman is an idiot.
I can understand if you want to buy a Mac over a PC for a legitimate reason (or vice versa). But don't buy one for the reasons Jim Goldman says above, because he is a flat out LIAR.
He claims that a PC will need about $600 worth of extra equipment to run as well as a Mac. Which is complete horse crap. He says you need to buy photoshop, which is apparently included in a Mac (obviously, not true). He goes on to say there is a ton of features you need that are included in a Mac but you have to pay for with a PC. Most of the stuff is totally bogus and you can get free anti-virus, free iTunes, free Picasa.
Talk about irresponsible reporting.
Dear CNBC, next time you want to compare PCs vs Macs call a tech blogger instead of your Silicon Valley Bureau Chief.
The one thing I will agree on is that "Once you go Mac, you don't go back."
Kendrick Perkins should probably focus on getting the Celtics to start playing 2008 Celtic basketball instead of talking smack about Derrick Rose (aka your soon to be Rookie of the Year).
"Everybody has their night," Perkins said, according to the Associated Press. "I know it won't happen again. He'll never have another game like that against us."
If you didn't know, Miss California was first place runner up in the Miss USA Pageant. There is a controversy going on whether or not Carrie Prejean's (Miss California) answer to Perez Hilton's question on same sex marriage cost her the crown.
Keith Lewis, who runs the Miss California competition, tells FOXNews.com that he was "saddened" by Prejean's statement.
"As co-director of the Miss California USA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman," said Lewis in a statement. "I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit. I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone and religious beliefs have no politics in the Miss California family."
Co-director Shanna Moakler said that she fully supported Lewis' statement.
But Prejean told FOXNews.com that she has no regrets and is happy with the answer she gave.
Miss California's answer sparked a shouting match in the lobby after the show. "It's ugly," said Scott Ihrig, a gay man, who attended the pageant with his partner. "I think it's ridiculous that she got first runner-up. That is not the value of 95 percent of the people in this audience. Look around this audience and tell me how many gay men there are."
But that's all beside the point.
THIS IS A BEAUTY PAGEANT, NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR OPINION!
By the way, Miss North Carolina, Kristin Dalton, won the pageant and no one really cares about that either.
The Detroit Lions unveiled a new logo for the 2009 NFL season. I'd wish them good luck, but after going 0-16, you really shouldn't need luck to win one game and improve last seasons performance. The team also showed off new jerseys, because that will help you win a game. Fierce!
According to ESPN, Mike Brown has been named Coach of the Year for the 2008-09 season. He (with some help from that LeBron fella) led the Cavs to a franchise record 66 wins.
'Dre missed two key free throws down the stretch but made up for it with this game winner. Clutch! Apparently home court court advantage doesn't exist in the NBA anymore.
The Chuckster couldn't complete Webber's task of eating a slice of bread in 30 seconds. The next task should be to eat 8 saltine crackers in one minute without water. Good Luck Chuck
The U.S. military in the past would give a soldier an electronic handheld device, made at great expense specially for the battlefield, with the latest software. But translation is only one of many software applications soldiers now need. The future of "networked warfare" requires each soldier to be linked electronically to other troops as well as to weapons systems and intelligence sources. Making sense of the reams of data from satellites, drones and ground sensors cries out for a handheld device that is both versatile and easy to use. With their intuitive interfaces, Apple devices—the iPod Touch and, to a lesser extent, the iPhone—are becoming the handhelds of choice.
The iPod also fulfills the U.S. military's need to equip soldiers with a single device that can perform many different tasks. Apple's online App Store offers more than 25,000 (and counting) applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which shares the iPhone's touchscreen. As the elegantly simple iPods—often controlled with a single thumb—acquire more functionality, soldiers can shed other gadgets. An iPod "may be all that they need," says Lt. Col. Jim Ross, director of the Army's intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors operations in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
[Newsweek; images via the iPhone blog & Engadget]
The latest rumors for the new (now improbable?) iPhone is that it will support HD video and have Apple TV-like behaviors. The upgrade to supporting HD video is a obvious upgrade to make. But the Apple TV behavior is very interesting.
What this could mean is that the iPhone or iPod Touch could act as a make-shift Apple TV. They envision plugging your iPhone into an Apple AV Dock connected to your HDTV. This would then be able to stream video over Wi-Fi from your computer's iTunes library. This added functionality would skip the time-consuming step of syncing HD videos to the device itself and replicate some of the behavior of the Apple TV.
[MacRumors; image via Gizmodo]
GM put forth the idea that electric cars of the future should have a standard universal plug that recharges the car. A few hours later, other major car companies agreed. Volkswagen, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Fiat, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Eon, Vattenfall, EDF, Npower, Endesa and Enel agreed to use the same 400-volt plug to charge their cars. This would mean that you can take your electric car anywhere in the world and be able to charge it without the use of those crappy adapters or travel kits. Good to see there is at least some positive news coming out of the automotive industry these days. [Engadget]
Jorge Posada hit a 2 run home run against the Indians to take a 4-3 lead in the 7th inning. The ball hit the top of the outfield wall, had fans reaching out over it and Trevor Crowe trying to catch it. It was initially ruled a home run and then confirmed by the instant replay. It's hard to tell whether or not the replay had any value to the decision. It was a tough call even if you saw it 100 times. Either way, it hit the top of the wall and was ruled a home run.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Umpires used the first video review of the season to rule that Jorge Posada's drive to right field was a home run in the Yankees' game against the Cleveland Indians.
Posada was pinch hitting Sunday when he sent a fly to right off Jensen Lewis.
Indians manager Eric Wedge came out to dispute the call. The umpires then convened for several minutes before going to the video room through the visitors' dugout. They returned and summoned both managers to explain the decision.
LeBron James sat out of the final regular season game for some well deserved rest. But the Cleveland Cavs aren't just about LeBron James, they are a team damnit! And when one player is out, his teammates step up. Take Anderson Varejao for example:
That's right TEAM! This is exactly why the Cavs are going to be 2009 NBA Champions. They play, joke and have fun as a team. LeBron is the star and they (and we) all know it. But LeBron knows that without his boys to back him up (even jokingly), he'll never that championship ring.
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Wearing bandanas and waving Jolly Roger flags, hundreds of supporters of file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay demonstrated on Saturday against a Swedish court's conviction of the Internet site's organizers.
The Stockholm district court on Friday sentenced Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundstrom to one year in prison each for helping millions of Pirate Bay users commit copyright violations of movies, music and computer games.
The court also ordered them to pay 30 million kronor ($3.6 million) in damages to international entertainment companies, including Warner Bros., Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and Columbia Pictures.
The entertainment industry applauded the move, calling it a landmark decision protecting the rights of those whose livelihood depend on creative activity.
All four defendants have vowed to appeal the verdict.
The rallies against "judicial murder" occurred in Stockholm, Goteborg, Karlstad and Lund and were organized by The Pirate Party. The political party, which supports free file-sharing for noncommercial use, said its membership rose by more than 20 percent to about 20,000 after the court announced its verdict.
Police spokeswoman Birgitta Nilsen said at least 500 mostly young people were protesting in Stockholm alone, many supporting the Pirate Bay defendants by wearing bandanas and carrying skull and crossbones flags.
The Pirate Party does not have any formal ties to The Pirate Bay, but has expressed its support of the site on several occasions.
Party Chairman and founder Rickard Falkvinge received loud cheers as he addressed the black-clad crowd at the Medborgarplatsen square in downtown Stockholm, demanding that the defendants to be freed from the charges.
"The establishment and the politicians have declared war against our whole generation," he said, calling on "file-sharing for the people."
The Pirate Bay doesn't host copyright-protected material, but directs users to content through so-called torrent files. It has an estimated 22 million users worldwide.
Gizmodo's Jason Chen:
The crux of it is that I just don't want to be told when to watch them, how to watch them, and what to watch them on. I'd say that for a lot of people, that's the case. Sure, some people just steal because they don't want to or can't pay, but a lot of people are just waiting for the official distribution model to be just as slick as BitTorrent.
Look at how popular iTunes became. That system thrived because it provided a great mainstream experience, even while limewire/napster were free and thriving. Or look at Hulu now. I don't have to go to BitTorrent for a TV show—new or old—if it's on something as amazing and easy-to-use as Hulu. (And some studies show that people are migrating from torrent to streaming, when it's viable.) I just don't want to have to be told I have to wait to see movies on my computer/phone in some crippled way, weeks later. For me, it's about speed, and ultimately convenience and experience, above all else. I don't get that at the megaplex, no matter how much they want me to line their pockets with popcorn and gummibear money.
And if you feel the same way I do, make a pirate hat, take a photo of yourself wearing it with or without an eyepatch, parrot, cardboard sword, and post it somewhere, anywhere, and declare yourself a pirate.
I think it's safe to say (even though game 1 is not over yet) that Derrick Rose will be named Rookie of the year for the 2008-09 season. With 6 minutes left, he has 32 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. Oh yea, this is his first playoff game EVER. 32 points is a career-high for him as well and there s plenty of time to up that as well. So there it is, Derrick Rose = ROY.
Anything short of that would be highway robbery.
UPDATE: Rose finished with 36 points, 11 assists and 4 rebounds. He fouled out as well.
So you want to check out Citi Field, but aren't really a Mets fan, nor do you want to pay lots of your hard earned cash to check out a stadium you can watch on TV. Well, here's a chance for you to see it for cheap. 1010wins.com, along with other CBS owned radio stations in New York are offering $3 tickets to check out Citi Field during the CBS Radio Expo on Saturday May 2nd. Click the link for the offer. [507Tixx]
Volkswagen already overtook GM earlier this year but I wouldn't be surprised if GM got beat out by Hyundai let alone a good car company like VW. That being said, VW > Toyota would do much better for the resale value of Dubs around the world. VW FTW!
I think by now, everyone knows of the infamous spam call telling you (as if you weren't aware from their 23058725 previous calls) that the factory warranty on you vehicle is about to expire. Gizmodo has some suggestions to put a hopefully put an end to the spam madness!
These ridiculous people at National Auto Warranty Services (US Fidelis) are the only people to ever spam-call me on my cellphone. Now I know why.
After I told them to take me off their call list for the fifth time, I suspected something was fishy. This Reddit user finds out that they just don't give a sh*t about anything.
The company's been making calls since January '08, and has even been sued by AT&T and Verizon for spam calling their customers. For some reason, they still keep calling and making offers (legit or not, I'm not sure) about extending your factory insurance for your vehicle. If you've been getting these calls—and a lot of us here have been—hit up Reddit to see how you can file a complaint. [Reddit via Gizmodo]
The Ora ILegale Clock has a cool way to compensate for Daylight Savings Time. No longer will you have to worry about falling back and hour or springing forward. Simply tilt the clock left or right to make the adjustment. [Coolest Gadgets]
Now that we know that KG will probably miss all of the playoffs, he has obviously decided to help his team out in any way possible. Even if that means prepping the arena (seat by seat). You got to love it.
This is a picture off the Monster Cables website regarding the Dr. Dre headphones dubbed "Beats by Dre." Anyone reading any tech site/blog would know that Monster is a ripoff. They are overpriced gadgets and cables that seem domineering due to fake "performance tests." Basically, Monster decided to fake a quote from Engadget, to which, Engadget had a suggestion:
Regardless, if Monster wants to use a quote from Engadget, that's no problem. We suggest this one:
Monster Cable sucks.[Engadget]
The brainchild of culinary adventurers Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, Alcoholic Architecture creates a intoxicating vapor using the same ultrasonic humidifier system found in Antony Gormley's installation at the Hayward in 2007 called Blind Light. Patrons pay around $7 for hourly slots between 7 and 9pm where they can don protective suits and get drunk off the air. It's a novelty for sure, but $7 isn't a bad price for an hours worth of gin and tonic no matter how you look at it. [Gizmodo]
remanence : variance from Samuel Cockedey on Vimeo.
Created by Samuel Cockedey using Canon DSLR cameras—mostly a 350d according to him—shows one of the most amazing and hi-tech cities in the world from different angles and in different times through the day. [Gizmodo]
This is the first of a series of Mission G promos entitled "Blokhedz"available online at MissionG.com. It stars a young aspiring rapper, YoungBlak, starring the voice of Talib Kweli. The first episode above is called Thinking of a Master Plan. Click the link for more episodes. [Mission G]