TIME Fast Food

People in These Cities Can Now Order Burger King Online

A Burger King Whopper hamburger is arranged with french fries for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
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Uber, but for ordering a Whopper without putting pants on

The lifelong dream of ordering, receiving and consuming a Whopper without putting on pants can now become a reality for residents of the United Kingdom.

Burger King is expanding its online delivery service to select U.K. locations in the cities of Northampton, Romford, Truro, Hornchurch, Gants Hill, Hull, Skegness and Hayes. Lucky fast food fans in those places can order off a full-featured online menu that even features some delivery-specific deals.

Burger King first began experimenting with online ordering and deliveries in 2012 in Washington, D.C. and has since expanded to other U.S. locations such as New York.

[Engadget]

TIME privacy

How AT&T Wants You to Pay For Your Privacy

AT&T Reports 81 Percent Rise In Q2 Profit
Tim Boyle—Getty Images An AT&T logo is displayed on an AT&T truck July 25, 2006 in Park Ridge, Illinois.

ISP can track your web history and searches

The privilege of not having your every click tracked, saved and regurgitated in the form of targeted ads will only cost you $29 per month on AT&T’s super-fast Internet service.

The company, which just announced it’s bringing its 1-gigabit-per-second service to Kansas City, touts a price tag of $70 per month for the high-speed connection meant to compete with services like Google Fiber. But that’s actually a “premier” offering that allows AT&T to track a user’s search terms and browsing history to serve targeted ads. The standard high-speed service without the tracking costs $99.

AT&T defended the pricing model to The Wall Street Journal by arguing that the ad targeting helps AT&T make more money, which in turn lets customers who participate earn a discount. The model is somewhat similar to the discounted Kindles Amazon sells that show advertising. Companies with free, ad-based services, like Facebook, don’t allow users to fully opt out of being tracked while on their sites.

However, the fact that AT&T is an Internet provider means it could gather a more comprehensive picture of your Web browsing activities than companies with a less intrusive presence. That’s lucrative for advertisers and for ISP’s, but not so great for privacy-minded end users.

TIME Retail

Kanye West Wants To Be ‘The Steve Jobs of Gap’

Kanye West At the 2014 Cannes Lions
Didier Baverel—WireImage Kanye West attends the 2014 Cannes Lions on June 17, 2014 in Cannes, France.

He thinks he's the one man who should have all that power

Back before he was launching fashion lines, Kanye West was a lowly Gap retail employee who smoked weed on his work breaks. Now? He wants to be the creative director of the well-known clothing chain.

“I’d like to be the Steve Jobs of Gap,” West said in an interview with Style.com shortly after he debuted his Adidas Originals collection last week. “I’m talking about full Hedi Slimane creative control of the Gap is what I would like to do. And I can say this because it doesn’t conflict with my Adidas contract.”

In the interview, West talks about his desire to bring his fashion to the masses. The rapper has been working in the fashion world for several years and complained very, very loudly about how the powers that be wouldn’t let him get his ideas out. With Adidas, he thinks he has a chance to bring his apparel to a wider audience. Certainly Gap, with its thousands of retail locations, could extend that vision even more. And with the company having just posted a 9% decline in January sales at Gap stores, maybe it could use a bit of shaking up.

Once West is through eclipsing Steve Jobs, he’ll only have Walt Disney, Howard Hughes and William Shakespeare left to topple.

TIME Gadgets

Apple Granted Patent for Virtual Reality Headset

Samsung Electronics Co. Launches The Galaxy Note 4 Smartphone, Gear S Smartwatch And Gear Virtual-Reality Headset
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images A visitor tries out a Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Gear Virtual-Reality (VR) headset, jointly developed by Samsung and Oculus VR Inc., at Samsung's flagship store in Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 24, 2014.

Headset would use iPhone as a display

Apple may be experimenting in the virtual reality space. The company has been granted a patent for a head-mounted virtual reality device that would use the iPhone screen as the display. Apple first applied for the patent back in 2008, meaning VR has been on the company’s mind for a while.

The functionality of the product in the Apple patent seems to have the most in common with the Samsung Gear VR, a headset Samsung developed in conjunction with Oculus that uses the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet as a display. These devices are a bit more complex than Google’s current solution, which slots a smartphone into a headset made out of cardboard.

Apple’s patent also calls for a separate remote control that would be able to manipulate the headset in some way.

Virtual reality isn’t the only new mode of interaction Apple is exploring. The tech giant had a patent granted for a “3D user interface” for computers earlier this year. Still, Apple being granted a patent doesn’t mean an actual product is in the pipeline.

TIME Gadgets

This iPhone Case Looks Just Like the Back to the Future Time Machine

Meet the DeLorean for your phone

We were supposed to have hoverboards and self-tying shoes by now. Even if Back to the Future II was pretty wrong about how tech would evolve by 2015, that doesn’t mean the actual signature gadget of the modern age, the iPhone, can’t get its own awesome Back to the Future accessory.

A new iPhone case by Japanese toymaker Bandai is shaped just like the DeLorean Marty McFly uses to travel between eras in the iconic sci-fi series. The mini-DeLorean features flashing blue lights and sideways wheels poised for takeoff. The iPhone 6 itself slots into the chassis of the vehicle, and the case features removable flaps covering the iPhone’s camera and volume control buttons. The accessory costs 5,940 yen (or about $50).

Check out Bandai’s ad for the new case above.

TIME Television

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Gets 2 More Seasons

Oliver will remain on premium cable until at least 2017

John Oliver will be launching into viral rants against the powers-that-be for years to come.

The late-night comedian’s news commentary show Last Week Tonight has been renewed through 2017, HBO announced Tuesday. The show will get two more seasons of 35 episodes each, to go along with the current 35-episode season that kicked off Feb. 8. While Last Week Tonight owes an obvious debt to The Daily Show, where Oliver was once a correspondent and guest host, the HBO program goes more in-depth in its news coverage and even engages in its own investigative journalism.

MORE: How the ‘John Oliver Effect’ Is Having a Real-Life Impact

During the first season, Oliver’s no-nonsense explanations of various complex topics raised awareness about real-world issues like net neutrality policies, civil forfeiture laws and the finances of the Miss America pageant. With Stephen Colbert headed to CBS and Jon Stewart soon leaving The Daily Show, Oliver seems poised to become the most important voice in fake-news in the coming years.

MORE: 6 Things John Oliver Should Tackle Next

 

TIME Snowstorm

Boston Mayor Urges Daredevils to Stop Jumping Out of Windows Into Snow

"This is not Loon Mountain"

Bostonians stuck in their homes due to ever-mounting snow accumulation have taken up the habit of diving into the snow from the windows of their houses. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh thinks this is a really, really bad idea.

“I’m asking people to stop their nonsense right now,” the mayor said at a Monday news conference, according to the Boston Herald. “This isn’t Loon Mountain, this is the city of Boston, where we’re trying to remove snow off of the street and it becomes very dangerous.”

As the snow totals have mounted, young people have taken to leaping into snow banks. The higher the jump, of course, the more things could go wrong. Walsh is worried about already-overworked emergency responders being forced to deal with avoidable injuries by daredevils. The city, which has accumulated a record 58.5 inches of the white stuff in February alone, is dealing with huge economic costs in a brutal winter that still has a month left to go.

[Boston Herald]

TIME World

Chainsaw-Injured, Gin-Swilling Australian Loses DUI Appeal

Timothy Withrow drank gin to overcome pain of wound, but was stopped for driving under the influence

An Australian man who drove himself to a hospital while drunk after sustaining a chainsaw wound has lost a court appeal in the case.

Timothy Withrow cut his hand with a chainsaw last February at his home in Port Wilunga. He sewed the wound closed himself, poured gin on it and then drank some of the gin to numb the pain. When he tried to drive himself to the hospital, he was pulled over for not stopping at a stop sign. His blood alcohol content was triple the legal maximum.

Withrow pled guilty to his traffic crimes but was trying to get the crimes reclassified as “trifling” due to the unusual circumstances, so that they would carry a lighter punishment. However, a judge determined that posed a clear danger to himself and others while on the road, even if his tolerance for pain was admirable.

“I admire [his] courage and his tolerance to pain,” said Justice Kevin Nicholson, “but I do not admire his judgment.”

[BBC]

TIME Gadgets

Sony’s Google Glass Killer Now Available for Preorder

New device boasts augmented reality feature

Sony is seizing on the withdrawal of Google Glass from the consumer market with a pair of smart glasses all its own.

The Japanese firm announced Tuesday that a developer version of its SmartEyeglass will go on sale March 10 for $840 and is now available for pre-order in select countries.

SmartEyeglass, which Sony showed off at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, allows people to snap pictures, follow GPS directions and view text messages. The device can also create an augmented-reality overlay over the real world, so that users can see interesting factoids as they look over a tourist destination, for example, or receive assembly instructions as they’re building a product. Users have to pair the glasses with their smartphones to achieve full functionality.

At $840, Sony’s product is considerably cheaper than the $1,500 Google was sharing for the beta version of Glass. The new SmartEyeglass will be available initially in Japan, the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. A commercial release for the smart glasses is slated for 2016.

TIME Iran

Iran Leader Criticizes American Sniper

AMERICAN SNIPER
Warner Bros.

Ali Khamenei calls the movie "propaganda"

Iran’s top leader has criticized the film American Sniper for encouraging violence against Muslims, according to a state media outlet.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s Supreme Leader, told the IRAN Farsi newspaper that the movie “encourages a Christian or non-Muslim youngster to harass and offend the Muslims as far as they could,” the Associated Press reports.

“You are seeing what sort of propaganda there are against Muslims in Europe and the U.S.,” Khamenei said, adding that he hasn’t seen the movie.

American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, focuses on the life of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who became known as a lethal sniper during the Iraq War. The movie has generated more than $300 million at the U.S. box office, but it has not been released in Iran.

[AP]

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