When a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace hacked Sony Pictures in late 2014, thousands of private emails and information about top executives, actors and Hollywood hotshots hit the ‘net. The messages revealed pay discrepancies between male and female stars, and contained copies of films that hadn’t yet seen release. Some of these emails contained racist and derogatory comments from Sony Pictures staff, including co-chair Amy Pascal, who consequently left the company in February. Now, all of these emails are available in searchable form on WikiLeaks. Anyone interested in digging through Sony Pictures’ email archives can now search by specific term, sender, recipient, attached filename or email ID.
It may sound like a high-end department store, but Ashley Madison is actually a hookup network for people who want some extra-marital, no-strings attached sex. As much as we pretend that the site caters to a small niche, the truth is that its parent company is struggling to keep up with the demand. That’s why it’s reportedly preparing to go public in the hope of raising $200 million to fund international expansion.
According to the company, Ashley Madison is the second most profitable dating enterprise on the internet, second only to Match. Unlike its rival, the service is geared up to cater to people in committed relationships who are looking for some extra fun.
If you can’t speak French, then the advert pictured above reads “What do they have in common? They should have thought about Ashley Madison.” The three men depicted in the poster, Bill Clinton, Prince Charles and King Albert II of Belgium are all believed to have had an extra-marital affair in their time. Ironically, however, the site’s biggest critic is also its founder, Noel Biderman, who said that he’d be “devastated” to learn that his wife used the site.
Unfortunately, as profitable as the site may be, the road to riches offered by a public offering hasn’t been easy to take. This is probably because the company’s seedy image — its slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair” — is too much even for the debauched fiends of Wall Street. An IPO was attempted in 2010, but as the company’s Christoph Kraemer told Bloomberg, investor appetite in North America and Canada was scarce. This time, the company will try in London because of Europe’s more relaxed attitude towards sex.
The IPO is planned to arrive later this year and, if it’s successful, could easily eclipse that $200 million figure. It’ll also ensure that, if they didn’t have to before, Noel Biderman and chums probably won’t ever have to work ever again. See what I mean? Adultery is big business.
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More than a year has passed since the first half of Double Fine’s Broken Age came out, leaving fans of classic adventure video games as flummoxed and desperate for resolution as the game’s young heroes. Later this month Tim Schafer’s point and click fantasy will finally continue when Broken Age: Episode 2 hits PC, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. We here at Engadget feel that there’s no time like the present to revisit the first chapter. Composer Peter McConnell and artist Nathan Stapley will be joining us to give some insight into the game’s strange world of technological prisons and human sacrifice-loving beast gods.
Tune into JXE Streams at 3PM ET in this post, on Engadget.com/gaming and on Twitch.tv/Joystiq for two hours of Broken Age. Come 4PM ET, those fine artisans from Double Fine will join us via Skype to talk about their work on the game.
[We’re playing Sid Meier’s Starships on PC streamed at 720p.]
Northampton, England is considering an unusual approach to alleviating traffic congestion and air pollution. The city wants to replace the trucks currently clogging its two major motorways with underground delivery carts. The system from Mole Solutions, dubbed a “Freight Pipeline”, will leverage linear induction motors to propel steel carts through dedicated tubes between various stations throughout the city. “Congestion is a global issue and we could take a significant volume of traffic off the roads, not just in the UK but in countries like China and India,” Mole Solutions chief Roger Miles told reporters recently. “The bounds of this are limitless.” The company asserts that these steel “moles” would be able make deliveries 24 hours a day without disturbing residents. Should the current feasibility and subsequent financial viability studies work out, the Mole system could soon be running under a number of UK city centers.
Interestingly, this isn’t actually the first time such a scheme has been implemented. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Chicago’s business district was undercut by a massive web of subterranean delivery tunnels. New York City (as well as Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and St. Louis) built a number of underground mail tunnels in 1897, though this series of tubes were never actually put to use.
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Source: Mole Solutions
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a new game from The Chinese Room, the studio behind beautiful exploration experience Dear Esther and horror game Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. It’s exclusive to PlayStation 4 and takes place in a gorgeous, abandoned 3D world. In-game, players embark on a mission to discover where everyone in this quaint village went — how and why they all seemingly, suddenly popped out of existence. Time plays a “fairly central role” in the game and it involves mysterious beams of golden light. The Chinese Room revealed Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture at Sony’s Gamescom presentation in 2013 with an eerie trailer hinting at a retro, post-apocalyptic environment, and the latest video expands on these themes. It’s similarly vague but offers a look at another environment, this time an empty children’s classroom that appears to have been ransacked by … something. Along with the new video, The Chinese Room offers a taste of the game’s music with a haunting, orchestral track.
Creative Director Dan Pinchbeck predicts the soundtrack is going to be a major hit this year. “Actually, I think it’s better than that, it’s one of the best game soundtracks ever created,” he says. Bold words about a mysterious game. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is due out this summer, but you can listen to the new song and watch the latest trailer right here:
Source: PlayStation Blog
The Microsoft Store site will sell a Signature Edition of the impressive HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 notebook. The website has a price of $1,149.99 for the 13.3-inch Windows 8.1 notebook, which has a 360 degree hinge on its display so it can also be used like a tablet.
Disney released the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens during the beginning of Star Wars Celebration.
The trailer debuted online today following the panel for The Force Awakens at Star Wars Celebration, taking place April 16-19 in Anaheim, California The seventh live action film in the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens takes place about thirty years after the last film, Return of the Jedi.
I am sure that many of you remember when Instagram first came out, since that is the day that food was photographed more often than it was eaten. Never did you think that pasta could look so good with that Crema filter and just a slight color adjustment. Food photography has slowed down a slight bit since then, but many of those dishes would make a great home-cooked meal if they included the recipe for it. If only there existed an app that had access to all of that data and could present it to the user via a friendly searchable interface. (Spoiler ahead: There is..)
Handpick is wonderful tool that (according to the developers) has access to over 100 million socially shared dishes that are now available to you, the user. Handpick allows you to search for certain dishes, lets say pasta or steak, and it will then show you hundreds of images and recipes that are sure to impress even the most staunch connoisseur. Handpick also has a popular tab category, so you can see what is currently being searched and selected the most, just in case you do not have anything in mind per say, and are willing to live life on the edge. Handpick is a great app for food lovers, and more information regarding the food app can be found using the widget below.
With the launch of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite, Apple released its much-anticipated Photos app, which was first announced during its Worldwide Developers Conference in 2014. The Photos for OS X app took several months to complete because it was designed from the ground up to work with OS X Yosemite and integrate with both the Photos for iOS app and iCloud Photo Library.
Because Photos for OS X replaces both of Apple’s existing photo apps, Aperture and iPhoto, you’re going to need to migrate your Aperture and iPhoto libraries into the new Photos app if you want to be able to use Apple’s latest and greatest photo editing tools with your images.
The migration from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos actually happens automatically if you only have one library in your Pictures folder. However, you may have more than one photo library on your Mac if you’ve split your iPhoto library up or if you use both iPhoto and Aperture, which makes things a little more difficult. You may need some help figuring out how to manually migrate additional libraries, so we’ve created a handy guide to explain how to get those other libraries into Photos quickly and easily.
One quick note: Before you migrate all of your existing photos into Photos for OS X, make sure you have enough iCloud storage space if you want to take advantage of iCloud Photo Library, which syncs your images across al of your devices. With iCloud Photo Library turned on in the Photos app, all of your images will be uploaded to the cloud, which does eat up your iCloud storage space. You can use Photos without iCloud Photo Library — just make sure you turn it off in the Preferences menu. Read more