MySpace has apologized to users who stored music and other creative content on the social network, claiming that during a server migration large quantities of photos, videos, and music were lost.This has left many fans unable to access old bands they enjoyed and many artists who have long since moved on from their musical or other artistic endeavors.In some cases, this means that certain songs, images, and videos are lost forever.The relevance of MySpace has long since waned, but once upon a time, it was the most popular site in the U.S. with more than 100 million members.Although it lost out to new social networks like Facebook and Twitter, MySpace held millions of publicly accessible songs and other artistic content for years — even rebranding itself as a source for new music in 2013.However, this server move debacle has reportedly lead to the corruption and unavailability of more than 50 million songs, as well as untold numbers of videos and photos that were uploaded between 2003 and 2015.
Most techniques to prevent frost and ice formation on surfaces rely heavily on heating or liquid chemicals that need to be repeatedly reapplied because they easily wash away.Even advanced anti-icing materials have problems functioning under conditions of high humidity and subzero conditions, when frost and ice formation go into overdrive.PSLs can delay ice and frost formation up to 300 times longer than state-of-the-art coatings being developed in laboratories."Ice and frost pose hazards to people and can damage machines and reduce functionality of some technologies, especially those related to energy and transportation, so we have been interested in finding possible ways to overcome their harmful effects, and phase-switching liquids are very promising candidates," said Sushant Anand, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and corresponding author of the paper.PSLs are a subset of phase change materials that have melting points higher than the freezing point of water, which is 0 degrees Celsius, meaning that they would be solids at a range of temperatures close to that at which water freezes.So, on a winter day, you could coat a surface where you don't want icing with a PSL material and it would remain there much longer than most deicing liquids, which demand frequent reapplication," said Rukmava Chatterjee, a doctoral student in the UIC College of Engineering and the first author of the paper.
Apple’s March 25 event sports the tagline “It’s showtime,” and the gathering — which is expected to gather Hollywood executives and filmmakers in Cupertino, California, instead of the usual techies — is rumored to be the official unveiling of the company’s slate of television and movie programming.As with any Apple projects, official details regarding the programming slate have been hard to come by, but a recent — and not surprisingly, unconfirmed — report suggests that at least five projects have completed filming, with a long list of additional TV shows and feature-length movies in various stages of development or production.Although nothing is 100 percent official at this point, The New York Times reports that list of projects that have completed filming include Are You Sleeping?, a mystery starring Octavia Spencer and based on a Kathleen Barber novel about a cold case reopened by a podcasting detective; For All Mankind, a sci-fi series from Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore that explores what would have happened if the international space race had continued long after it did in our timeline; and Dickinson, a comedy series based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson and starring Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock).Also finished, but lacking a title, is a new comedy series from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia duo Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, as well as an untitled thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that stars Rupert Grint, Lauren Ambrose, and Nell Tiger Free.Apple’s slate of programming still currently in development or production also includes some high-profile projects that have been reported on in the past, but in keeping with the company’s traditional secrecy, have been kept under wraps beyond the bare minimum of confirmed details.The biggest one of the bunch — both in its A-list cast and Apple’s investment in it — is an untitled series that explores the behind-the-scenes drama of a morning TV news show, which will team Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston both in front of the camera and as producers and bring Steve Carell back to television.
Back in December, Mercedes-AMG released pricing information for the first GT 4-Door Coupe model to hit the US market, the V8-toting GT 63.Now, we know how much the less expensive I6 variant will cost, and as it turns out, it's a fair bit less.The Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4-Door Coupe will start at $99,995, factoring in $995 for destination and delivery, when it goes on sale this spring.That price is $37,500 lower than the next available trim, the GT 63, and it's a far cry from the $159,995 GT 63 S that lives atop the lineup.Both 63 variants are already on sale.To be fair, there is a fairly large performance delta between the 53 and 63 models.
From the outside, diabetes may look like a simple condition to manage but it's actually a constant math test where the right answer is nebulous and the stakes range as high as death.But a new technology about to get broader commercial release could make insulin management the self-driving car of endocrinology.People managing diabetes today can wear a wireless stick-on sensor to track blood glucose without finger sticks, and a pump to administer insulin without an injection pen or syringe.But the person remains in the loop, between the sensor and pump, managing and authorizing insulin delivery throughout their day.Closed-loop technology mostly removes the person from the process and delivers insulin to their body in a smart, real-time trickle, with the exception of mealtimes when a manual extra dose is still required.Bigfoot Biomedical is one of several startups planning to bring this tech to a broader market in 2019.
Apple launched a faster new iPad Air on Monday that supports Apple Pencil and Apple's Smart Keyboard.While it bears some similarities to the 11-inch iPad Pro, there are some differences when it comes to performance, identity verification, and other features.The 10.5-inch iPad Air starts at $499 and supports accessories like the Apple Pencil and Apple's Smart Keyboard.It's another example of Apple bringing features it initially launched on the pricier iPad Pro to its more affordable iPad models.That makes the Air slightly taller, narrower, and thicker than the Pro.Thanks to its thinner bezels, Apple's smaller iPad Pro (pictured above alongside the 12.9-inch version) manages to pack a slightly larger display into a body that's around the same size as the new iPad Air.
Early adopters can get started by enrolling any Pixel device, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL.The search giant said a preview software development kit (SDK) is also available Wednesday for developers.Android Q brings "a number of additional privacy and security features," Google said in a blog post, as well as new camera capabilities, faster app startup, enhancements for foldable devices, and more.Android Q lets developers manage how their app is displayed on foldable and large screens.Many phones have a portrait mode that blurs the background of a subject in a photo.The new Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus were the first phones to feature HDR10+ a high dynamic range format for displays.
We may finally find out what its $1 billion worth of TV shows is all about.An all-black email last week featured an animation of the classic, flickering countdown numbers of film leader, ending with Apple's logo and "It's show time" in white.Underneath, the company included a simple invitation to join Apple for a "special event" in its Steve Jobs Theater.Apple has nabbed big-name deals with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, M. Night Shyamalan and Steven Spielberg, among many others.The company also hired two top television executives to spearhead the effort.Steve Jobs said he "finally cracked" how to create a connected iTV set in 2011, but it never materialized following his death that year.
At a glance, the Omen Mindframe doesn’t look too unlike other premium gaming headsets with it’s sleek, black frame, thick mesh ear cushions, and suspended leatherette headband.The Mindframe moves heat away from your ears so you can remain cool during prolonged use.It’s a brilliant concept that aims to tackle the age-old problem of hot and stuffy gaming headsets.This headset definitely keeps your head cool, but it’s not perfect.Don’t worry, though — it’s not overwhelming, providing a pleasant ear environment instead of acting as a refrigerator for your ears.The headset’s exterior does become hot over time and if you touch it, you’ll feel the heat radiating from it.
DJI has finally released a 3.5mm microphone adapter for the Osmo Pocket, its handheld vlogging camera that was released back in December, reports Drone DJI.The $39 adapter plugs into the camera’s USB Type-C port, and it will reportedly work with microphones from Rode, Audio-Technica, and Sennheiser.The Osmo Pocket’s internal microphone doesn’t sound terrible, but in my time with the camera, it seems to be the weakest part of the device, especially when compared with the video footage produced by its three-axis stabilized camera.Sound quality might not matter when you’re working with a rugged action camera — like the GoPro Hero 7 — that’s designed for filming extreme sports, but DJI’s camera is more at home while vlogging, a situation where audio is much more critical.However, DJI’s adapter might not be the only one you need.Although we think of all 3.5mm jacks as being the same, they actually differ depending on how many contacts they have at their ends.
Lyft has kicked off its roadshow for an initial public offering and is expected to set its share price at between $62 and $68 per share, according to an updated prospectus the ride-hailing company filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.That means its valuation could be somewhere between $21 billion and $23 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.Currently, as a private company, the ride-hailing company is valued at about $15 billion.Lyft will be listing on the Nasdaq and using the ticker symbol LYFT.Its IPO could arrive as soon as the end of the month.Lyft filed for an IPO with the SEC on March 1 saying it plans to "revolutionize transportation" and be the "defining brand of our generation."
Fellow advertising nerds, your kind of tournament bracket is finally here.Welcome to March Adness, Adweek’s intense showdown of today’s most marketing-savvy brands in which absolutely nothing is on the line and all of this is just being done for fun.That said, we’ve tried to take our jobs moderately seriously in naming the competitors in our March Adness bracket and ranking them each based on their reputation for strong advertising.Can a first-seed juggernaut like Burger King get toppled by a slick and sarcastic startup like Ryan Reynolds’ Aviation Gin?You won’t find this kind of drama on live TV this month.Is our ranking system confoundingly arbitrary?
Back in 1968, researchers froze ram sperm in liquid nitrogen and stored it in a laboratory.It has now been defrosted and used to get Merino ewes pregnant."We believe this is the oldest viable stored semen of any species in the world and definitely the oldest sperm used to produce offspring," says animal reproduction specialist Jessica Rickard with The University of Sydney.A video view of the thawed semen under a microscope shows plenty of activity.The project involved inseminating 56 ewes, and 34 were successfully impregnated.The researchers say the live birth rate was as high as for sperm that has been frozen for just a year.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren made headlines last week on the heels of her March 8 call for the breakup of Google, Facebook and Amazon.It’s only the latest cry of foul against big tech, and it’s helped fuel much recent speculation that the tech giants could be heading for dismemberment.Technology mavens wringing their hands over this calls to mind the last time the country was at a crossroads this fraught—37 years ago, when the government actually did bust up a monopoly: ATAdweek, which is celebrating four decades of publication this year, was among the hand wringers back then.The problem, as we saw it, wasn’t so much the corporate fortunes of AT, but what would happen to all those lucrative ad agency contracts once “Ma Bell” (as the company was nicknamed) got broken up.While not happy about the uncertainty, we concluded there wasn’t much cause for worry, quoting an A statement issued a week before our Jan. 18, 1982 cover story: “A restructured Bell System may ‘open a whole new world of communications.'” In other words, a Ma Bell breakup might shake things up a little but would ultimately yield more companies and, hence, more opportunities for ad agencies.
While smart TVs have been around for a while now (Samsung unveiled theirs back in 2008), adoption rates have really picked up in the last few years, forcing marketers to determine how to include connected TV in their marketing budgets.In the past, brands typically drew from their discretionary test-and-learn budgets or from established buckets, including linear TV, digital or programmatic budgets.With CTV scaling and more consumers adding smart TVs to their households, we’ve come to a critical point for marketers: figuring out where to include this new form of advertising in their budget.It’s proven to be at the forefront of consumers interests, especially as traditional TV viewing continues to decline and users move to different platforms.In order to roll out a new CTV campaign, advertisers and marketers must first identify the markets on which to focus.To identify target markets, it’s important to consider where the majority of a brand’s audiences are located and which markets have the best available inventory at scale.
Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, the world's most popular gamer, and iKon, a Korean pop group, helped Samsung celebrate the launch of its Galaxy S10 smartphones at a special event in New York City.At Samsung 837 in Manhattan, fans played in a "Fortnite" tournament using Galaxy S10+ phones and were treated to a special performance by iKon.Samsung is also offering Galaxy S10 owners a special "Fortnite" skin based on iKon member Jung Chanwoo.To celebrate the launch of their new Galaxy S10 smartphones, Samsung partnered with the world's most popular gamer and a Korean pop supergroup for a special event in New York City called Level Up.Held at Samsung 837, the company's exclusive Manhattan venue, Level Up included a "Fortnite" tournament run by Super League Gaming with a guest appearance from Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, and a performance by K-pop group iKon.The tournament was played entirely on the Galaxy S10+, with footage being displayed on a three-story video wall inside Samsung 837; gameplay was also broadcast on Twitch, a video game streaming platform.
In tandem with last Friday's World Sleep Day, musician Moby released his latest album, Long Ambients 2.The ambient electronica album is available exclusively on the Calm meditation app and is a sequel to Long Ambients 1: Calm.With a Calm account, you can listen to Moby's six relaxing tracks to meditate, work or fall asleep to at about 37 minutes each."I originally made these songs for myself because I couldn't find this type of music anywhere," Moby said."Long Ambients 2 was designed to help me sleep and to help other people find calm and maybe get a good night's sleep.I hope to share it with other people who have sleep issues or battle anxiety or have a hard time calming themselves down."
For the first time ever, a movie has its own hub on Spotify.To drum up interest in Jordan Peele’s upcoming horror film, Us, the Oscar winner, who wrote and directed the movie, curated a playlist of notable soundtrack songs, one of which is from Us and the others from other noteworthy series and movies.Beginning today, the movie, which opens Friday, has taken over Spotify’s TV & Movies hub for Spotify Premium and free users.In the playlist, you’ll hear Peele himself, who recorded introductions to some of the memorable songs like Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song (Day-O),” which memorably appeared in Tim Burton’s 1988 cult classic, Beetlejuice, in a scene where characters are possessed to sing and dance to the song.“Few movies are as wonderfully strange and as original as Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice,” Peele said in his introduction to the track.“So it’s fitting that the apex of this bonkers ghost story involves a dinner party becoming possessed by Harry Belafonte’s ‘Banana Boat Song.’”
A giant fireball exploded in Earth's atmosphere on Dec. 18 off the coast of Russia over the Bering Sea.It was the second-largest known meteor explosion in the past 30 years, according to NASA data.The fireball released a blast with an impact energy of 173 kilotons at just 25.6 kilometers above Earth's surface.(At around 100 kilometers you'd be in space.)A fireball this big is only expected about two or three times every 100 years, Lindley Johnson, planetary defense officer at NASA, told BBC News on Monday.However, because of its remote location, almost no one noticed.