British EDM duo Dirty Vegas first found fame when its debut single "Days Go By" reached the top of the 2002 club charts, won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, and appeared in a Mitsubishi Eclipse car commercial. Three top 20 albums and five top 40 club hits later, Dirty Vegas vocalist Steve Smith chatted with me about new … Read more
Amazon's Prime premium service just got a little more expensive.
For the first time, the online retailing giant will raise the membership fee for Prime, hiking it by $20 to $99 a year. Amazon Student Prime will rise $10 to $49 a year. Prime members will pay the higher fee when their accounts come up for renewal.
The critical cut-off date is April 17. If your renewal comes up before then, you'll still pay the original $79 fee. If comes up on April 17 or after, you're stuck with the higher fee.
Prime, introduced nine years ago, … Read more
Dutch DJ trio Kraak & Smaak are best known in the US for singles like 2008's "Squeeze Me" and 2010's "Dynamite." A soulful house track, "The Future Is Yours," leads off "Chrome Waves" (perhaps my favorite party album of 2013) and has already topped US college radio charts. Kraak & Smaak returned to SXSW this week for three shows.
Are you excited to return to SXSW? What will you be doing there? It's great to be back again. We missed the US a lot! We will do three showcases … Read more
When you get mad, you get mad.
When you're a famous person, it's your duty to share your madness. And if you want the immediacy of sharing just how mad you are, you go to Twitter.
Quite naturally, this is what LeBron James chose to do on Wednesday when his phone phlegmed out and erased everything he had on it.
As Business Insider reports, the Miami Heat forward told his 12 million followers: "My phone just erased everything it had in it and rebooted. One of the sickest feelings I've had in my life!!!"
Sympathy … Read more
I confess that I occasionally laugh at my mathematician friends. (They laugh at me all the time.)
What stirs me is the stimulus/response mechanism that urges them to reduce everything to math. It doesn't matte whether it's global warming or intercontinental warring, they can find a mathematical answer.
I know it's not (always) their fault, but when they start to discuss who ate what at dinner, in order to split the check, my teeth begin to talk among themselves.
I am secretly overjoyed, therefore, that mathematicians have declared that something mundane is quite difficult for them.… Read more
Innocence can be a practiced art.
Wide eyes, raised eyebrows, arms spread apart, palms upward. They're all quite effective.
Some, though, are suspicious that a fit and fetching Facebook mother is less innocent that she might appear.
No, I am not talking of Sheryl Sandberg. I am talking about another Lean-In Tower of Facebook: Maria Kang.
Should you not have heard of Kang, she's colloquially known as Facebook's "Hot Mom." This complex epithet was given her because she is, in the estimation of many, hot and she is a mom of three.
One problem some people have is that Kang seems to think she's quite hot too.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Neil Young just destroyed his funding goals for a digital music player on Kickstarter.
- Meet the people making new games for Atari, Super NES, and Virtual Boy.
No job is sacred any more: Even the technology trade show booth babe's role has been taken over by robots. Lexy and Tess the robotic pole dancers drew a crowd Monday at the CeBit IT show in Hanover, Germany.
The pair were upgraded models for the Tobit Software booth, which has been displaying the dancers for a few years now. Designed by British artist Giles Walker, they're made from 12V motors found in cars (the kind that control the windshield wipers); have LED arrays instead of faces; and are controlled via PC, while their "male" counterpart, a DJ with a megaphone horn for a head, looks on. … Read more
Mozilla says that thanks to the upcoming Unreal Engine 4 from Epic, the Web is significantly closer to the goal of Web-based games that rock at the speed of native code.
Just in time for the annual Game Developers Conference to be held in San Francisco next week, the joint Mozilla and Epic project demonstrates Unreal Engine 4 running on the Web in Firefox without plugins. Unveiled Wednesday, the demos of Epic's Soul and Ninja Swing games running plugin-free in the browser at near-native code speeds reveal remarkable growth in 12 months.
Originally announced last year, the faster browser … Read more
King, the company behind the wildly popular Candy Crush Saga and other popular social games, has provided a look into exactly how much it thinks it can raise in its impending IPO.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday released an amended filing from King showing that the games maker plans to offer 22.2 million shares at its IPO and price them between $21 and $24. Another 3.3 million shares will be offered for over-allotments, should demand for the company's stock surge.
If King can offer all 25.5 million shares at a maximum offering price … Read more