Every great story has a hero and a villain, and the vast majority of stories are told from the hero’s point of view. And yet, it is only natural to wonder what those same stories would look like from the villain’s perspective. Indeed, many of the most important works in our cultural history adopt the point of view of the antagonist: Think of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, or John Gardner’s Grendel, or Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, or Nintendo’s nihilistic masterpiece Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3. To that list we can now add Bad Piggies, the upcoming spinoff to Rovio’s ludicrously successful videogame Angry Birds. READ FULL STORY
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The iPhone 5 is no longer just a myth. Beloved utopian super-company Apple has just sent out an invitation beckoning various media professionals to a September 12 event in San Francisco. As reported by CNN, the invitation seems a bit cryptic, featuring only one vague phrase — “It’s almost here” — over a large “12,” to mark the date. But as you can see from the image above, this invitation actually marks a rare non-cryptic moment for the tech giant. The “12″ casts a shadow of a “5,” which seems like a relatively straightforward indication that the iPhone 5 will finally hit stores, thus fulfilling centuries of prophecy. Either that, or Apple just wanted to create an homage to that awesome Phantom Menace poster, which was made back when it was possible to write “awesome” and “Phantom Menace” in the same sentence without laughing and then crying. READ FULL STORY
Print is dead!
Well, not exactly. Moleskine, the renowned manufacturer of journals and diaries, has partnered with digital scribes Evernote to produce a new tech-compatible notebook. Called the Evernote Smart Notebook, its physical pages can be digitized with Evernote’s iPhone and iPad programs, allowing users to search and organize them as though they were digital documents. (The new notebooks have special inked lines that allow your scribbled notes to be easily scanned and digitized by a smartphone or tablet’s camera.) READ FULL STORY
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in London’s Ecuadorean Embassy since June, waiting for the South American nation to respond to his request for asylum. Today, Ecuador came through: It granted Assange asylum, guaranteeing him protection from arrest as long as he’s on Ecuadorean territory, writes the New York Times.
Of course, in order to get to Ecuador, Assange will have to leave the embassy — and Britain has no intention of letting him. Britain’s highest court ruled last year that Assange must be extradited back to Sweden, where he will be questioned about an alleged rape and an alleged molestation.
There have been rumors about an impending release date for the iPhone 5 for so long now — basically since Steve Jobs introdcued the iPhone 4 back in June 2010. Last year, everyone was sure that the iPhone 5 was thisclose to hitting stores…until Apple introduced the iPhone 4S instead. (In the tech business, this is referred to as “Pulling a Not Without My Anus.”) So take this with a grain of salt: The enthusiast muckrakers over at iMore claim that Apple is plotting an event on September 12 where it will introduce a next-generation iPhone. That device will, per the rumors, go on sale on September 21. READ FULL STORY
You’re reading this, so it’s safe to say the Internet did not, in fact, shut down today, like it had been predicted to on various news sites over the past week.
Just like back in high school, all salacious rumors, in this case, Internet Doomsday, have only a small grain of truth to them. The actual story, helpfully summarized by Time, is:
“In 2007, cyberthieves created malware, dubbed DNSChanger, that manipulated the way Internet ads appeared in infected computer browsers, allowing the cybercrooks to rack up millions in illicit fees.
The malware depended on a basic Internet principle called DNS (Domain Name System), which is how Internet routers know where to send your Internet requests — that is, how to translate a URL like http://www.time.com into a numeric IP address when you type it into your browser’s address bar.
Computers infected by DNSChanger had their local DNS information changed and were redirected to fraudulent servers that delivered Web-based ads that eventually channeled millions of dollars to the malware authors.” READ FULL STORY
There was a time, at the beginning of Seinfeld‘s run, that the show was dismissed for being about nothing. (To their credit, the show’s writers ran with that criticism, building an entire arc around the idea.) For Jerry Seinfeld’s next project, though, he’s flirting with similar existential nothingness. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a web series that will run on Crackle beginning on July 19. In it, Seinfeld drives his funny friends around in fancy cars. To get coffee.
Check out which of his famous friends are coming along for the ride: READ FULL STORY
Welcome to ‘What Is Your Damage,’ Annie Barrett’s summer shop of all the melodrama and self-absorption she misses from springtime reality TV. Every Tuesday and Friday, she’ll rant about a current offense to her humanity, then assess readers’ damages via video replies. Don’t be shy about admitting what annoys or intrigues you. We’re all in this pop cult together!
Why did you let yourself get corrupted by Aaron Sorkin’s bizarrely outdated concept of you on The Newsroom this week?
Have you no principles? (Look to the men of The Newsroom for guidance.) You’re embarrassing yourself. I know it’s been, like, 15 years since you could qualify as a compelling plot device — and I know you’re hurting in general because people dread you now and prefer texting, Facebook, Twitter, and that bitch Siri for all the fun stuff — but this was the wrong way to act out.
Tom Hanks is heading to Electric City. No, Dunderheads, he’s not guesting on The Office, which is, of course, set in Scranton, Pa., a.k.a. Electric City. The two-time Oscar winner has created a new animated web series about a seeming oasis of idealistic possibility set amongst a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future. Hanks has been working on the idea for years, at one point contemplating bringing his characters to life with puppets. Instead, Yahoo will host a series of short five-to-seven-minute episodes, the first 10 of which will premiere on July 17. Additional episodes will follow on July 18-19, completing the 90-minute adventure.
Hanks himself will lend his voice to the cast, along with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Antoon, Chris Parnell, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Georg Stanford Brown. Hanks’ character is new to Electric City, and after the world nearly ended, safe housing is rare — and expensive. His only affordable option? Dressing in drag, and getting a job in a knitting factory… I kid. Watch a quick trailer here. READ FULL STORY
Google unveiled a new tablet during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference today. The tablet is called the Nexus 7, which sounds like an alien spaceship discovered drifting through a spooky nebula by the Enterprise. Coming just one week after Microsoft announced their own tablet, you might be having visions of a three-way war between Microsoft and Apple and Google for supremacy in the tablet market. But the Nexus 7 is quite a bit smaller than the iPad, weighing about half as much. Combine that with starting price of $199, and the Nexus 7 looks more like a missile salvo fired directly at Amazon’s Kindle Fire. (“They’re firing Nexus 7 rockets!” screams Admiral Bezos. “Quick, launch the Kindle Firebomb!”) READ FULL STORY