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The Dark Knight’s Bane Takes on the Cable Guys [VIDEO]

By · August 9, 2012 · Filed in Uncategorized · No Comments »

Dark Knight Rises villain Bane was a pretty formidable nemesis for Bruce Wayne, but he all but crumbles when dealing with the frustratingly lazy cable guys.

The latter foil Bane’s attempt to compel Wayne (a.k.a. Batman) to watch Gotham being destroyed on live TV from a prison cell. Of course, hooking that channel up presents some problems. There’s no signal or power source and exotic prison pit installations present their own challenges. As Bane learns, though, the cable guys can’t be charmed and little can be done to block their relentless up-selling.

[via Jest]

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How Neo-Nazi Hate Music Spread Online

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Wade Michael Page, the alleged lone shooter in Sunday’s vicious attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, was a longtime member of a neo-Nazi heavy metal band named End Apathy.

The band’s lyrics are full of hateful and inflammatory messages about “getting rid” of the “enemies of the white race;” in at least one song, listeners are encouraged to “gather your guns.”

End Apathy’s music was easily available on MySpace as well as the website of its record label, Label 56. The band’s MySpace page has since been deleted, but searches for similar bands reveals myriad online choices for followers of such music — such as another band Wade played in, Definite Hate.

Hate rock predates the Int…
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What You Can Learn From Wired Reporter’s Epic Hack

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After what can only be described as a nightmare hacking experience left him with a wiped hard drive, a deleted Gmail and compromised Twitter and iCloud accounts, Wired reporter Mat Honan has been picking up the pieces of his digital life.

After first revealing details on his personal blog, Honan expounded on the situation in an essay entitled, “How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking.” It’s a harrowing read that we encourage you to check out in its entirety.

What made this attack particularly jarring was that the hacker didn’t get into Honan’s account by cracking his password. Instead, the perpetrators used public information and light social engineering to get ac…
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‘Arrested Development’ Set Pictures Hit the Web

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The Bluth’s are back — for real this time! The first pictures taken from the set of the much-anticipated season four of Arrested Development have hit the web, thanks to tweets from cast members and fans.

Actor Jason Bateman recently turned to Twitter to release the first photo taken during filming, which is currently underway at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif.

Netflix recently announced that it signed 10-episode commitment to host a new season of the series, which went off the air in 2006 after its third season. Since then, executive producer and narrator Ron Howard teased fans on Twitter with a picture of the script and star Jason Bateman tweeted photos from the writer’s r
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The Journey of OUYA

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July 10: OUYA Launches

OUYA launched its Kickstarter campaign on July 10. Besides some leaked images from AngelList the week before, it was the first most of the web had heard of the ambitious console. OUYA claimed it would run Android, be completely hackable and only retail for $99. It also incentivized developers by delivering a development SDK in each console for no extra charge.

The image to the left was the only rendering released on the first day of the Kickstarter, along with the OUYA’s promotional video. It only showed on half of the console’s controller.

Click here to view this gallery.

The OUYA — the $99, hackable, Android-based console — wraps up its KIckstarter late Wednesday night. After setting a $950,000 goal for backers, the OUYA raised more than $8 million through the crowdfunding website to help bring its prototype to market next year.

OUYA announced its intentions on July 10: to bring an affordable, modifiable console to the public that anyone could program on. It would run on Android, and you could do anything you wanted to it without voiding the warranty. Their Kickstarter page plainly states their goal: “cracking open the last closed platform: the TV.”

Within eight hours they had reached their funding goal of $950,000, and broke two Kickstarter records
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Now You Can Scan Your Deposit With Bank of America’s App

By · August 8, 2012 · Filed in Uncategorized · No Comments »

They may be late to the app store with this one, but it will still make lots of customers happy. Bank of America has updated its iPhone app to allow users to deposit checks without having to go to the bank or an ATM.

You simply snap a picture of the front and back of the check using the app, and your money is deposited. Banking is finally truly mobile.

While it makes life more convenient, this feature is not new. USAA Bank was the first to offer it almost three years ago. Chase Bank made it available to its customers the following year.

Bank of America was the subject of public backlash and many online petitions last year when it instituted a $5 per month fee for debit card u…
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Oregon Ducks Launch College Sports’ First Social Command Center

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The Oregon Ducks made a big splash in the social pond Wednesday, launching what appears to be college sports‘ first digital media command center to track chatter and push content across a variety of platforms.

Located deep in the bowels of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium, the so-called QuackCave serves as a hub for all of the athletic program’s social communications. Staffers will distribute digital storytelling and promotional content through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and other networks. They’ll also monitor fan conversation to answer question and interact with passionate followers.

Oregon has one of college sports’ largest and most engaged social media followings with more…
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Is Your Laptop Too Old for Mountain Lion or Windows 8?

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Whether you have a computer that operates on a Windows or Mac system, you’re probably wondering if you can download the latest version of its OS.

Virtually all machines running Windows 7 will be able to operate on Windows 8, which will be released in October. Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion, released July 25, runs on most Macs that can run Lion, but if your machine was made in 2007 or 2008, it might not be compatible.

Supported models include:

iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)…
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Zynga COO Resigns as Game Maker’s Stock Falters

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John Schappert, Zynga‘s chief operating officer and a member of its board of directors, is resigning from both positions.

According to an Aug. 8 SEC filing, his resignation “was not tendered in connection with any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.”

His resignation is not a terrible surprise. Late last month, reports emerged that Schappert was no longer overseeing game development. Two executives who then reported to him — David Ko, chief mobile officer, and Steven Chiang, EVP of Zynga’s games division — began reporting directly to CEO Mark Pincus rather than Schappert.

Schappert was a high-profile hire for Zy
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McKayla Maroney Is Only ‘Kinda’ Impressed With Meme

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American gymnast McKayla Maroney will leave the London 2012 Games with a gold medal, a silver medal and the unofficial title of most meme’d Olympian.

SEE ALSO: McKayla Maroney’s Scowl Prompts Meme Frenzy

The Internet did a two and a half twist over an image of Maroney standing on the medal stand seemingly pouting over her silver medal finish on vault. The repurposing of the expressive pic spawned the sizzlingly viral Tumblr McKayla Is Not Impressed. The site caught the attention of Maroney who tweeted a good-natured, albeit slightly lukewarm, response to the meme.

@lindsapple: My entry for @mckaylamaroney tumblr…” this tumbl…
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