YouTube in 2007 was the Wild West of freak comedy. Offbeat humor, celebrated through cheaply produced and easily distributed clips, dominated the young video-hosting platform, founded two years prior. Catchy songs about shoe shopping and trippy animations starring sleepy unicorns were elevated to the “Featured Videos” section of the site, the breeding ground for niche humor hits like “ Chocolate Rain ” and “ Charlie Bit My Finger .” At that point, 19-year-old Chris Crocker was living with his grandparents in Tennessee, a difficult existence for a gay teen who started getting home-schooled after eighth grade because of incessant bullying. On MySpace and YouTube, Crocker (real name Chris Cunningham) posted confessional videos that provided commentary on sexuality and “realness.” He sometimes assumed over-the-top Southern characters like Earl Annie Edna , a talk show host and vocal Crocker hater. On both platforms, Crocker gained a following for his videos. Related … [Read more...] about ‘Leave Britney Alone’: Chris Crocker on the Viral YouTube Clip
On a sunny Saturday in February, two policemen on a motorcycle stop Jhon Jairo “Popeye” Velásquez as he walks down the driveway of a dilapidated mansion near Medellin, Colombia. The estate belonged to a former associate of late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who was killed in 1993, reportedly by Colombian police aided by U.S. Special Forces .. Velásquez, who worked for Escobar, is giving a tour of his old mob hangouts and discussing his future in film and politics. The beat cops aren’t here to arrest him. “We’re intrigued by him,” says the more boyish of the patrolmen, who was born the year Escobar was killed. “It’s really cool to hear the story.” If the officer had been born 20 years earlier, he might have been one of over 500 policemen Velásquez and other assassins from Escobar’s Medellín Cartel murdered in a bloody war against the Colombian government. Instead, he gives Velásquez his patrol number in case of emergency and the policemen ride away. Related Inside 'El … [Read more...] about From Escobar Hitman to YouTube Star: Meet Jhon Jairo ‘Popeye’ Velasquez
Microsoft and Google are working on bringing audio output improvements to Chromium. This step by the companies will not only improve the audio output of Google Chrome web browser, but also all other browsers out there that run Chromium including Window’s native Edge browser. The information was first reported by Windows Latest website and according to their report, the audio output improvements have been confirmed by Google and Microsoft for Chromium. Several users have been reporting audio output issues while watching YouTube videos on Windows 10 using Google Chrome browser. Another issue reported by users while watching videos using Google Chrome is they can’t crank up the volume to full while watching. According to a report by bugs.chromium.com website, YouTube receives over hundreds of reports daily from users regarding audio issues while playing videos on Desktop Web. As per the post, Google thinks that there are mainly three main reasons behind this. Here are … [Read more...] about Microsoft and Google working together to fix YouTube’s audio related issues for Chromium on Windows 10
If you were interested in technology around 2013 and 2014, lifelogging , or the practice of recording everything about your life for digital posterity, increased self-awareness, and potentially personal growth, was the big trend . The wide adoption of lifelogging seemed inevitable, at least based on the number of products and interest surrounding it, but it never really took off in the way lifelogging evangelists said it would. Or did it? Despite all the privacy concerns that eventually made lifelogging a dirty word, we have still all become lifeloggers — we just don’t call it that. Sadly, we may have lost out on the main redeeming feature about it in the process. Lifelogging tech Google Glass is perhaps the quintessential life-logging product. It was designed to be worn all the time and had a camera that could take stills and video, which it then uploaded directly to Google Now (remember that?) for all to see, and you to remember. You could feasibly catalog everything that … [Read more...] about Lifelogging isn’t dead. It lives on, just without any of the promised benefits
Photo: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images Mounting evidence has investigators wondering if North Korean hackers are the computer criminals behind Sony Pictures Entertainment’s cyber-security mishap , which occurred last week. The Wall Street Journal reports that people briefed on the investigation — which include the FBI, Sony, and an IT security company — said the hackers used tools and code eerily similar to those used in March 2013 against South Korean broadcasters and banks. South Korea’s government blamed the attack, known as “Dark Seoul,” on North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, a beefed-up intelligence agency. WSJ added that this month the studio is releasing The Interview , James Franco and Seth Rogen’s comedy about talk-show hosts charged with assassinating the communist country’s leader, Kim Jong-un. (North Korean government officials have threatened the U.S. if it encourages the film’s release and distribution.) A source at Sony, however, told the paper that … [Read more...] about Is North Korea Behind the Sony Pictures Hackings?