As Venezuelans mourn Chavez, election set for mid-April
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14, officials said on Saturday, as acting President Nicolas Maduro tries to benefit from an emotional outpouring for his late mentor, Hugo Chavez, and win his own term in office. ...
Seattle bar bans use of Google Glasses
A Seattle dive bar has decided to ban the use of Google Glasses at its location. The bar, called 5 Point Cafe, says that the use of Google Glass in its bar would be a violation of its customers’ privacy. Dave Meinert, the owner of 5 Point Cafe, stated that “People want to go there and be not known… and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the internet.” Google Glass does raise the issue of privacy, especially since anyon...
Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley On Whether Hot Apps Can Still Be Born At SXSW [TCTV]
Much like Twitter got a lot of its early traction at South By Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) in Austin back in 2007, Foursquare famously started off with a bang when it launched at SXSWi in 2009. So it was great to take some time with Foursquare’s founder and CEO Dennis Crowley in Austin at this year’s SXSWi to talk about the past, present, and future of launching apps at the conference. In the video embedded above, watch Crowley discuss whether SXSW or not lost its touch as the sp...
Since Facebook won’t add a dislike button, here comes the Hater app
Everything is always a bit fluffy on Facebook when you could only Like statuses and photos. That's why Jake Banks launched the Hater app in time for SXSW so people can gather and hate on pretty much anything they desire.
Judge rules traffic cameras violate motorists’ rights
A judge in Ohio ruled that the traffic cameras located in Elmwood Place, Ohio are a violation of the motorists’ rights. Judge Robert Ruehlman stated that the entire system is a scam. Many drivers and business owners believed that the cameras were too harsh and that they were becoming detrimental to the village’s image. The cameras were installed back in September 2012, and over 6,600 speeding tickets were already issued. Apparently, the ruling was upheld because the city failed to ...
SXSW 2013 on BitTorrent: 7.39 GB of Free Music
Since 2005 the SXSW music festival has published thousands of free tracks from participating artists. For some of the first releases the festival organizers created the torrents for the artist showcases themselves, but since 2008 this task has been handed over to the public. Luckily all of the SXSW showcase MP3s are still freely available on the festival’s site for sampling purposes, so it only takes one person to get a torrent up and running. For the past four years Ben Stolt has taken the ti...
As It Hits 3M Users After 6 Months, hoppr Checks-In It’s Bid To Be India’s Foursquare
While Foursquare has been concentrating on smartphones for some year now, much of the rest of the world has remained on a feature phone (though that of course is changing). So the opportunity to do location-based services has been limited – though not impossible. It has always been possible to triangulate a phones’ rough location based on the nearest three base stations using. So taking that idea, last year a new startup called hoppr launched in India, offering real benefits to peopl...
Star Wars: The Old Republic 'Rise of the Hutt Cartel' DLC video
Developers discuss the making of new planet, Makeb. BioWare has released a new developer diary video for the Star Wars: The Old Republic 'Rise of the Hutt Cartel' DLC expansion.Click here to read the full articleRelated StoriesThe Last of Us demo release date confirmedUpdate: SimCity EU servers suffer intermittent outagesBattlefield 4 reveal on March 26, teases EAKillzone: Mercenary video shows new gameplaySimCity servers "improved significantly", says EA - offers free game...
Google nears settlement over Street View privacy breach
For most people, their worst fear is having their private information, like their search history or e-mails, leaked out to the public. While their information wasn’t leaked publicly, many people found that their greatest fear almost became a reality when Google Street View cars accidentally came into possession of their passwords, adult-rated web site visits, and e-mails by activating their wireless collection system. Google is said to be nearing a $7 million settlement in order to resol...
'Ghost Rider 2' Stuntman Mike Gaboff -- Sues Movie Over Near-Fatal Stunt Gone Wrong
A stuntman for "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" claims he almost died when his crazy on-fire motorcycle stunt went horribly wrong and now wants the movie to PAY UP for all the damages. According to documents obtained by TMZ, Mike Gaboff -- a stunt…
“The US Is A Country Of Explorers” Says Elon Musk As He Plans For A Texas-Based Spaceport
Wired’s Chris Anderson interviewed Mega-Entrepreneur Elon Musk about his many  projects, including SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Throughout their fairly technical and detailed conversation, Elon when into detail about the rigors of launching rockets and dealing with bad press about cars. Part of the reason he is here in Texas is to meet with Texas legislature to talk about launch facilities. Elon detailed that SpaceX really needs a third launch site besides Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg; they n...
Lad bombs, Mario wall art, and more in this week’s Staff Picks
You want to know all the best from around the Web in the past week, but you don’t want to have to look for it, right? Never fear. We’ve trolled the matrix to find the coolest, weirdest, and most interesting tidbits of the past seven days. Have at it.
As Venezuelans mourn Chavez, election to be held in April
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14, officials said on Saturday, as acting President Nicolas Maduro tries to benefit from an emotional outpouring for his late mentor, Hugo Chavez, and win his own term in office. ...
NASA James Webb Space Telescope arrives at SXSW
The scientists and engineers of NASA were able to bring the NASA James Webb Space Telescope to SXSW despite terrible weather conditions. The telescope, which is set to be officially released in 2018, will be able to peer farther into the universe to discover all of the crazy and interesting mysteries that Space has to offer. The telescope is available for viewing to over 30,000 attendees of the SXSW festival. The telescope is a giant step forward for space discovery. It is said to be able to v...
Elon Musk Says His Only Regret In NYT Controversy Was Not Rebutting The Rebuttal
During this afternoon’s keynote interview at South by Southwest Interactive, Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk briefly addressed his recent back-and-forth with The New York Times about a negative article by writer John Broder, which Musk said was “false.” Asked if he would do anything differently, Musk said there was just one thing — he would have posted “the rebuttal to the rebuttal.” Broder’s article recounted a test drive of Tesla’s Model S in which the...
Jetsetter: Canada loves Gradius, Japanese men want RPG wives, and Square brings Final Fantasy to Mexico
It's a big week in Jetsetter. Square-Enix makes new moves into Mexico and India, Canada gets its Gradius on, and Lord British himself returns to role-playing games for the first time in years, making a successor to the Ultima series. Also, what do Japanese men want in an RPG? A wedding!
Natalia Kills’s “Problem”: Hear Her Grimy New Single
Nearly a year ago, Natalie Kills was holed up in Los Angeles with producers Jeff Bhasker and Emile Haynie to record the follow-up to her 2011 debut Perfectionist. Even then, she was particularly stoked over one song in particular: “Problem,” now the second single off sophomore album Trouble. While “Problem” chugs along to grimy riffs, Kills seduces if she’s unleashing her twist to Juicy J‘s “Bandz a Make Her Dance” – especially at its clappi...
'Star Trek Into Darkness' Trailer: New Teaser Is More Intense, Mind-Blowing (VIDEO)
Is the latest teaser trailer is any indication, "Star Trek Into Darkness" is going to be one hell of a ride. The latest (leaked?) video for the May 17, 2013 sci-fi/action sequel from director JJ Abrams is filled with intensity, urgency, and some crazy-impressive special effects. We also get another glimpse at Benedict Cumberbatch as the next best Star Trek super-villain. If his icy stares and robotic gestures are any indication, we're going to want to see a lot more of him in the Star Trek univ...
If It Gets Them, Google May Open .Search, .App, .Blog And .Cloud gTLDs To The Public
If Google is awarded the right to manage the domain registrations for .search, .app, .blog and .cloud, there is now a good chance that it won’t just use them for its own services and will open them up for non-Google properties, too. Last year, when ICANN opened up the first phase of the registration process for new generic top-level domain names, Google accounted for about 100 of the over 1,900 applications ICANN received. Among those were some that referenced Google brands and products li...
Google patents rear-touch controls 6 years after Apple
A patent application has just revealed that Google is going to be implementing rear-touch controls for its future Android smartphones. The patent is similar to a patent filed by Apple in 2006, which it planned on using to implement the rear-touch feature in its future iPads. However, it’s been 7 years since Apple was granted the patent, and yet there are still no iPads with rear-touch controls. Perhaps Apple will begin production on that project now that Google is gunning for it too. The...