This just in—the newest way for hipsters to listen to their music is actually quite old. As reported by NBC nightly news, the cassette is making its comeback. While it hasn’t quite hit has hard as the vinyl craze, the numbers are impressive. A Springfield, Missouri-based tape manufacture called National Audio Company reports having sold more than 20 million cassette tapes. (20 million!) Kinda insane to think about it. (Seriously, who knew that there were that many tape players still in existence?) But it’s also nice to hear from someone like National Audio Company president who owes his success to “stubbornness and stupidity.” Check out the full video segment below.
OK, so maybe he didn’t buy the company Google. But thanks to a glitch in the system for a brief moment, Sanmay Ved owned the domain name Google.com. All for the princely sum of $12. Ironically the purchase was made through Google Domains, who quickly canceled his order when they realized their mistake. Oh how the mighty fall.
But as Mashable reports, the domain Google-Idiots.com is still up for grabs. Pranksters, your mission is clear… Discuss
If you’re planning a cross-country road trip any time soon and want to make sure you can snap a couple of images to let your friends know just how well-traveled you are, this list is just the thing to read. The site Busbud looked at popular TripAdvisor destinations, and ranked them by looking at the number of hashtags associated with the place on Instagram. Some of the locations (like this image of the Grand Canyon by @kennethknudsen), aren’t that surprising, but a few of the deeper cuts, like Idaho’s Bear Lake, Maine’s Old Orchard Beach, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes of Michigan, are worth checking out. Discuss
Dogs aren’t exactly known for their attention spans, so taking that perfect selfie with your K-9 has long been a seemingly impossible task. Thankfully, the Pooch Selfie is here to help. The new Kickstarter product attaches a squeaky ball to the top of your phone and “uses this focus to hold their gaze as you snap away that perfect portrait picture.” Now that technology has solved modern humanity’s most incessant problem what is there left for us to do? Discuss
Even if you’re not a fan of videos taking up your newsfeed, this new 360-degree feature from Facebook looks pretty cool. The social media platform debuted the interactive video this week, which is created with a special set of cameras that films all angles of a scene at once. The demo video, which is a clip from the upcoming Star Wars, shows how users can use their mouse pad or fingers to manually move the angle of the frame around the entire scene. The new feature is part of their collaboration with Oculus, a virtual reality company they recently purchased to incorporate into their platform. Video engineering director Maher Saba explained in a press release, "In the future, imagine watching 360 videos of a friend’s vacation to a small village in France or a festival in Brazil — you’ll be able to look around and experience it as if you were there.” Now, if they could just explain what the Poke is for.
New details have emerged about an upcoming season of the popular true crime podcast Serial. According to reports in Maxim and Deadline, a new season of the investigative podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig will look at the case of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held as a hostage by the Taliban for five years. After the U.S. negotiated his released, Bergdahl was charged with desertion, and even putting the lives of fellow soldiers who attempted to find him at risk. He now faces both court-martial and life in prison. There are some major questions about why Bergdahl wandered off the military base in Afghanistan prior to his capture. One General told the New York Times that Bergdahl wasn’t trying to abandon the Army, but was attempting to walk nearly 20 miles to another base to expose leadership issues he was “perceiving were true.”
As the reports note, Koenig has been at his trial, which began last week and has been meeting with Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal, who is working on a movie about the case. Several of the filmmakers are also rumored to be involved in the podcast. The Serial producers however, seem almost weirdly defensive when asked for their own comment. According to the Maxim report, when asked for a response, they said, “We'd very much appreciate if fellow journalists would give us some room and not feel the need to attempt to dig into and try to figure out what you think we might be doing, especially since we're actively reporting stories, and having a bunch of wild speculation out there makes our job reporting harder. Doesn't feel very menschy.”
They did however confirm they were working on both the second and third season of the show, so it’s unclear which one will feature the Bergdahl case. Discuss