Hulu's Former CEO Just Launched a Subscription-Based YouTube Rival

YouTube pretty much won the video war years ago, but there are still plenty of people vying for some of the action. Remember Viddy? Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar thinks that his new startup video site Vessel offers a unique subscription-based model ($3/month) that can pull YouTube stars over to a new platform. Long… » 12/17/14 11:30am Yesterday 11:30am

Qatar Pays Migrant Workers $1 an Hour To Be Fake Sports Fans

The life of most migrant workers in Qatar is bleak—so bleak, it's a human rights violation. The latest report from Doha reveals a new twist in the sad story. When they're not toiling away at building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, many workers are being paid impossibly small wages to be fake sports fans. It doesn't… » 12/17/14 10:52am Yesterday 10:52am

The Best Bluetooth Headphones For Every Discerning Ear

I love headphones, always have. That's probably because for most of my life, I was hearing impaired. Headphones were the only way for me to hear music the way it was supposed to be heard—the treble, the bass, and everything in between. But I don't want to be tethered to my laptop and phone: I want to do it wirelessly. » 12/16/14 5:30pm Tuesday 5:30pm

A URL Trick Let You Use Someone Else's Delta Boarding Pass

A BuzzFeed intern and NYU senior recently claimed to have hacked Delta's paperless boarding pass system by changing just one digit in a URL. "On Delta, you can change the URL of your boarding pass and get someone else's boarding pass," Dani Grant wrote in a Medium post. "Even if they're on a different airline." This… » 12/16/14 1:40pm Tuesday 1:40pm

You Can Discover New Planets with a DSLR 

Wouldn't it be cool to discover a planet circling a lonely star light years away from Earth? Maybe you'd even get to name it. Actually exploring deep space is hard, but as IEEE Spectrum's David Schneider points out, detecting exoplanets is pretty simple, simple enough that a basic DSLR and a telephoto lens can do it. » 12/15/14 11:42am Monday 11:42am

New Bond Script Leaks: Execs Scrambling to Fix Awful Ending

According to emails leaked in the Sony hack, the new James Bond movie, Spectre, which began filming this week, will likely clock in among the most expensive movies ever made, with a current projected budget "in the mid $300Ms." Why? Possibly because the script—which leaked in full alongside copious, desperate notes to… » 12/12/14 7:30pm Friday 7:30pm

Report: Sony Pictures Suspends Shoots Because It Can't Process Payments

The Times of London is reporting that Sony Pictures "cancelled shoots because the problems have left it unable to process payments." The paper cites only one source in its report, but at this point, nothing seems surprising in the world of SPE. The historically awful hack from a couple weeks ago just gets more awful… » 12/12/14 6:38pm Friday 6:38pm

Wearable Air Quality Sensors Could Help Us All Breathe Easier

Imagine if you could locate the healthiest route for your afternoon jog, the fresh airiest one that would keep you from breathing the pollutants that cars barf out into the atmosphere. It might change every day as these pollutants move around. But you'd be ready, because you'd be wearing an air quality sensor. » 12/12/14 4:35pm Friday 4:35pm

Another Torrent Site Has Resurrected the Pirate Bay

The popular torrent site Isohunt just launched a new fully functional websiteoldpiratebay.org— that lets you search through the Pirate Bay archives. This is a little bit silly, since Pirate Bay's archives have been public for years. But it's also a little bit useful if you've been having Pirate Bay withdrawal since… » 12/12/14 3:10pm Friday 3:10pm

The Pentagon's New Non-Lethal Mortars Seem Like a Very Good Idea

An estimated 174,000 civilians have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Who knows how many of these casualties could have been prevented if the United States and its allies were using deadly weapons, especially in dense urban areas. So it's great news that the Pentagon has developed a non-lethal mortar round. » 12/11/14 5:52pm 12/11/14 5:52pm

How Greenpeace Wrecked One of the Most Sacred Places in the Americas

Greenpeace can get a little aggressive with its tactics. That doesn't mean that it's not fighting for a good cause! But after the organization marched through the sacred Nazca Lines etched into the Peruvian desert for a climate protest, capturing it all on camera with a drone, you have to wonder what the hell they… » 12/11/14 3:30pm 12/11/14 3:30pm

Apple Is Pulling a Bunch of the Neatest iOS 8 Apps

Remember when Apple went after that handy note-taking widget, a popular app that's one the first truly useful widgets for iOS 8? Turns out, Apple's been pulling all kinds of apps that take advantage of new features in iOS 8—even after they've been approved to be in the App Store. And developers are starting to get… » 12/11/14 10:21am 12/11/14 10:21am